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Archive for September, 2016

3 Ways to Learn a Language with Wikipedia Posted by on Sep 28, 2016

What if I told you that the most powerful tool for building your foreign language vocabulary is online, free, and right under your nose? Wikipedia is massive, free, and supports 294 world languages, and even though it wasn’t made with us in mind, language learners should never be without it. It’s the first place we…

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Learn an Indigenous or Endangered Language with Transparent Language Posted by on Sep 26, 2016

We care about every language, not just those with commercial value. That’s why we donate our technology to endangered language advocates and organizations looking to leverage technology to preserve their language. Beyond preservation, though, we strive for promotion. We don’t just want to save languages from dying—we want to bring them to life for a…

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Getting a New Perspective on Your Mother Tongue Posted by on Sep 21, 2016

Culture shock isn’t just when you leave abroad for a new place – it’s also returning home and seeing familiar things with new eyes. The same is true for language learning! You’ll see your native tongue from a completely different perspective. This is my favorite thing about travel: it’s not the culture shock you get…

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Speak Now with Conversations in English Posted by on Sep 19, 2016

According to the Center for American Progress, “more than one out of four of all children in the United States are from immigrant families, and in most cases these children speak a language other than English at home.” To better serve this growing population of ELL immigrant children (and their parents), we’ve added a new…

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The Curse of the Englitalianeutsch Posted by on Sep 14, 2016

When you live in a multicultural context, you start to cultivate curious habits, like speaking a mishmash of languages. And what happens if you raise a kid in that context? The other day my wife and I were with my mom in an airbnb up somewhere in the middle of nowhere, Germany. My mom is American but…

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Can learning a language reduce recidivism in the US? Posted by on Sep 12, 2016

We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Edovo, an edtech start-up that provides meaningful learning opportunities to incarcerated inmates. Short for “education over obstacles,” Edovo strives to unlock the potential of the 2 million incarcerated Americans, most of whom spend more time watching television than anything else. America spends $74 billion annually on corrections, but…

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Learning Italian Through Card Games Posted by on Sep 7, 2016

You don’t always have to crack open a textbook to learn a language. Sometimes you just need to dive into a subject you know absolutely nothing about. As we all know, the best way to learn is to be thrown into the deep end and then observed from the side of the pool by someone…

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