Archive for December, 2016

10 Most-Read Language News Posts of 2016 Posted by on Dec 28, 2016

Happy New Year, language learners! 2016 has gotten a bad rap, but we love to look back on another year of posts. Whether you’re a long-time reader or just stumbled upon the blog in 2016, we hope our posts have been informative, inspiring, and entertaining. By now we all know the importance of reviewing, so let’s…

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“Yes,” “No,” and Everything In-Between Posted by on Dec 26, 2016

“Yes” and “no” are not as simple as they might at first appear. Here are a few of the ways in which they can vary greatly across languages. You’d think that there would be no simpler words in any language than “yes” and “no.” I mean, those are basically the first words we learn as…

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Transparent Language 2016 Year-in-Review Posted by on Dec 21, 2016

Goodbye 2016! It seems like most people are ready to say good riddance to 2016, but we’ve actually had a memorable year here at Transparent Language! Our engineers have been cranking out new features, our linguists continue to fill our products with new languages and courses, and our sales folks have partnered with more organizations…

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Little Moments of Joy in Language Learning Posted by on Dec 19, 2016

Language learning is not easy, we all know that. So it helps to step back and remember the little moments that make it all worthwhile. Well, this year it’s actually unseasonably warm in Berlin. Not a snowflake in sight. I can’t decide if that’s better or worse than a white winter – on the one…

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Why and Where to Volunteer Your Translating Skills Posted by on Dec 14, 2016

Translating a text is one of the best ways to give your language skills an all-around workout, and you’ll never run out of opportunities to do so: all across the world and the Web, people are waiting to put your language learning efforts to good use. Facing the linguistic pressures of globalization and the digital language divide that separates the linguistic…

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Why Kids Make Great Language Teachers Posted by on Dec 12, 2016

Young kids often feel no shame. They also feel no pity for shaming YOU. And that’s what makes them the perfect language learning partners. Ah, kids. As one commenter on this comic so wisely put it, “wine and children produce the truth. And headaches.” The great part about kids is that they usually have no filter…

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Teaching Languages in Real Time with Major International News Events Posted by on Dec 7, 2016

Why just read a textbook when you can learn via the headlines? When it comes to learning languages, particularly at higher proficiency levels, textbooks alone aren’t always enough. Reading a static page of vocabulary engages very few of the senses and involves very little interaction—a necessity for language learning (and effective learning in general). Textbooks…

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