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Archive for September, 2017

The State of Foreign Language Use in the United States Posted by on Sep 27, 2017

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Each year, the U.S. Census Bureau releases data from the American Community Survey (ACS), an ongoing survey that gathers vital data about our country and the people who live in it. The ACS gathers data on employment, education, migration, poverty, and other demographics—including languages—to be used by “public officials, planners, and entrepreneurs use this information…

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Why French Numbers Are the Worst, Part 456 Posted by on Sep 25, 2017

French numbers are hard to write, and weird to understand. And we’re all just going to have to live with that.   I love to complain about French numbers. Well, I love to complain, period, but among all the things out there to complain about, French numbers is perhaps one of the lowest-hanging fruits. I…

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Inmates Seize the Opportunity to Learn Languages in Prison Posted by on Sep 20, 2017

In 2016, we announced our partnership with Edovo, an edtech start-up devoted to providing meaningful learning opportunities for the incarcerated population. Incarcerated Americans spend more time watching TV than anything else. Most of it’s a huge waste of their time and potential—and the $74 billion spent on corrections annually. If the goal of incarceration is…

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An American in Madagascar: Language and the Land of Contrasts Posted by on Sep 13, 2017

The team at Transparent Language is always on the move, meeting with librarians, educators, and language program administrators around the country. As you might expect from language buffs, we also do a good bit of personal travel abroad. Today’s post is from Janet, our technical writer and perhaps most intrepid traveler. A few years back,…

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5 Genuinely Useful Klingon Phrases Posted by on Sep 11, 2017

You might not think you’d need to use any Klingon outside of a sci-fi convention, but believe it or not, these phrases might actually come in handy in everyday life. Klingon is the fictional language spoken by aliens in Star Trek which has become a fully fleshed-out conlang (constructed language) in its own right and…

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