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Archive for November, 2016

‘Tis the Season: Consider Giving to These 5 Great Organizations Promoting Languages Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

Give the gift of language this holiday season. A few years ago, we shared a list of 10 gifts to give the language lover in your life. This year, on the heels of the 7000 Languages launch, we’re thinking a little differently about the holiday season. Rather than (or in addition to) gifts, we encourage…

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Language Learning Through Songs Posted by on Nov 28, 2016

Itchy Feet: High Culture

Listening to music sung in a foreign language is a great way to learn that language. Provided you really understand what they’re saying, that is… Unfortunately for us language learners, there are a lot of things that words simply can’t express. Cultural particularities are often among those things – culture is nebulous, it’s not concrete, and that makes…

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Learn English with Transparent Language Online Posted by on Nov 23, 2016

Of the 100+ languages offered in Transparent Language Online, English is our most requested. For good reason! Linguistic diversity is on the rise in the United States, bringing with it a number of opportunities, but also some challenges. According to the 2012 Census data, half of the foreign-born population self-reported that they speak English less than “very…

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Non-Profit “7000 Languages” Uses Technology to Protect Indigenous and Endangered Languages Posted by on Nov 21, 2016

Hello, language-lovers everywhere! I’m thrilled to announce the expansion of Transparent Language’s 7000 Languages Project into a full-fledged nonprofit organization. My name is Alexa Little, and I’ll be serving as the Executive Director of the new nonprofit, 7000 Languages. Today, over 3,000 of the world’s 7,000 languages are endangered. Languages become endangered when political, social…

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Why Admin Features are Just as Important as Content in Edtech Posted by on Nov 16, 2016

When it comes to finding the right tech for your classroom, library, or organization, are you asking the right questions? While discussing our online language learning platform with educators, librarians, and organizations, we hear a lot of questions about content and presentation: What languages do you offer? Do you have alphabet instruction? Does the platform…

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Bringing Indigenous and Endangered Languages Online with Local Content Posted by on Nov 14, 2016

The world is going global, and with it so are languages. The effects of globalization on the world’s linguistic diversity are a concern not only for those who want to preserve our human heritage, but also for ensuring equitable, sustainable development in the world’s poorest (and often most linguistically diverse) regions. Imagine tomorrow you, your family, and your…

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Why the American Election Won’t Affect Your Language Learning Posted by on Nov 9, 2016

You may have thought that the results of the 2016 American presidential elections would have some effect on your language learning – but here we are, one day later, and you were wrong. Finally! It’s over. This hideous beast of an American election cycle that seemed to begin an eternity ago is finally dead, vanquished…

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