Archive for July, 2017

Online French Course for Teenaged Learners Posted by on Jul 31, 2017

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This year, we’ve focused on providing opportunities for classroom students and homeschoolers to learn Spanish and French online. We are excited to announce the next step in that direction: the Teen Voices French course. Intended for learners in grades 7-12, the 20-unit course focuses on the everyday life of a typical adolescent in France. Learners will…

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Do online language courses really prepare you to speak the language? Posted by on Jul 26, 2017

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There’s a fine line between teaching cookie cutter language content and whimsical phrases that are memorable but impractical. Our content team works hard to find the middle ground. We offer more than 100 languages at Transparent Language, many of them roughly following a similar template of content. But the first step of any new language…

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What Type of Learner Are You? Posted by on Jul 24, 2017

There’s learning the language, and then there’s learning the learning of the language.   Everyone learns differently. Some people are textual learners, others are contextual; some people process numbers easily, others images and spaces. To best succeed at learning your language, you need to know the type you are and be able and willing to…

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5 Unusual Tips to Learn a Language Faster Posted by on Jul 19, 2017

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How can I learn a language fast? It’s the one question I can’t get away from. I see it asked on Quora, in tweets, Google suggested searches, blog comments, and beyond. Short answer: you can’t. Learning a language takes time. But you can learn a language faster with the right approach. Many sources will cite…

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Why Umlauts Are the Best Posted by on Jul 17, 2017

Itchy Feet: Expressive Vowels

Umlauts make German fun! What other languages get their spark from diacritics? I mean really, who doesn’t like umlauts? They’re the best thing about German, and probably the best thing about other languages that use them. They’re like two friendly reminders that this language is different and fun to learn. I love that about all…

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Learn Hmong with Transparent Language Online Posted by on Jul 12, 2017

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Every year, we add a few new languages to Transparent Language Online. This year, we’re very excited to add Hmong (and ESL for Hmong speakers) to the list! Who are the Hmong people? The Hmong are an ethnic group located mainly in southern China and southeast Asia, with significant pockets also located throughout the western…

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Plugging the Language Holes in Your Head Posted by on Jul 10, 2017

Nobody’s got a perfect mental dictionary in every language. Where are the pages torn out in yours? I’ve noticed holes popping up in my language brain. Not just in the languages I’m learning – though to be sure, my German, Italian and French brains are more pockmarked than a wheel of Swiss cheese – but…

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