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Archive for April, 2017

Can foreign languages make America safer? Medically speaking, yes. Posted by on Apr 26, 2017

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When you think about your safety, do you think about your health? There’s been a lot of talk in today’s political climate about “keeping America safe.” But safety can mean many things and be achieved in many ways, not just military might. Diplomats, aid workers, doctors, scientists, businessmen and beyond all contribute to this country’s security…

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Make the Most of Every Feature in Transparent Language Online—Now On Mobile! Posted by on Apr 24, 2017

Learn on the go on any device! Transparent Language Online is now mobile responsive in all browsers on tablets and phones. For quite a while now we’ve given you multiple options to learn when, where, and how you want with Transparent Language Online: the web version, featuring our full suite of learning activities and content…

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The Real French Posted by on Apr 19, 2017

The French are stereotyped as being snooty about their language. But is that all of France? Or just a certain capital city that casts a long shadow? I’ve made fun of the French a lot, both in my comic and in my articles on this site. Part of it is that they’re just fun to make…

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Stop telling people to “learn a language” Posted by on Apr 17, 2017

They absolutely should, but let’s encourage them a bit differently. After all, as we language lovers know, wording matters. The advantages of knowing a second language are many: improved tolerance, decreased risk of dementia, better performance in other subject areas, and a slew of other social and cognitive benefits. In these tumultuous times, a recent…

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Who Exactly Are “Americans,” Anyway? Posted by on Apr 12, 2017

There’s a lot of disagreement about the term “American.” To whom does it refer, exactly? And why is there this controversy in the first place? Who would have guessed that a somewhat obscure Italian cartographer’s first name would, five hundred years after his death, be such a point of contention across half the planet? In the…

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Who is Transparent Language? Meet Lori from Content! Posted by on Apr 10, 2017

The team at Transparent Language is made up of all kinds of kinds. As you might expect from a language technology company, nearly everyone speaks or has studied another language, from Romanian and Russian to Python and SQL. Get to know the talented team who works so hard to provide language learning opportunities to government…

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The Trouble With Tonals Posted by on Apr 5, 2017

Learning a tonal language is both frightening and very tempting. But which one to choose? Man, I’m so glad I haven’t learned a tonal language yet. Actually, I’m both glad and sad. I’m glad because from what I can tell (my brother Erik, who lives in Bangkok and speaks fluent Thai, and has learned some…

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