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What Learning Foreign Languages Teaches You About Your Own Language Posted by on Aug 6, 2020

Hyperpolylgot Richard Simcott recently posed an interesting question to his Twitter followers: what have you discovered about your own language through language learning? (And yes, he speaks so many languages that even autocorrect was  dumbfounded, suggesting hyperpolyglot wasn’t even a real word.)  What have you discovered about your own language through language learning? pic.twitter.com/vdsGxh8ApZ — Richard Simcott (@SpeakinFluently) July 19, 2020 The…

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STAYCATION to NEPAL Posted by on Aug 4, 2020

After our time in Senegal, it’s time to go to Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport and hop a flight to Kathmandu, Nepal! As this region is known for its beautiful mountains (Mount Everest, maybe you have heard of it), we can expect a bit of turbulence. But once we touch down at Tribhuvan International, there…

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A New World of Viral Virus Words Posted by on Jul 30, 2020

As World War Two gave us words like ‘radar’ and ‘snafu’, the Coronavirus pandemic has also added new words to vocabularies around the world. Here are some new terms to help spice up your daily anxieties: Caremongering– (Indian English) The act of aggressively advocating for those who need help most during the pandemic. Coronaspeck– (German)…

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STAYCATION to SENEGAL Posted by on Jul 28, 2020

I don’t know about you, but during lockdown I have been to maybe three brick and mortar locations that are not my home in the last five months. Over the weekend, we shook things up and sat outside a Town Faire Tire for two hours while we had our tires replaced. As someone with a…

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New: Advanced English Listening and Reading Lessons Posted by on Jun 9, 2020

Highly proficient English learners, you can now sharpen your listening and reading comprehension with the new Advanced Listening and Advanced Reading lessons in Transparent Language Online. The new advanced English lessons—ten listening-focused and ten reading-focused—are intended for learners near or at the CEFR C2/ACTFL Superior level. All lessons are based on authentic materials created by…

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New Image-Based Learning Activities Posted by on May 5, 2020

Transparent Language Online image explorer activity

Let’s get visual! Two new image-based activities are now available in the lesson authoring tool in Transparent Language Online for Education. We remember more of what we see than what we hear[1]—a fact that should be exploited particularly in language teaching. Images of objects bring vocabulary items to life and street scenes from far off…

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Online Language Lessons to Address COVID-19 Posted by on Apr 10, 2020

COVID-19 News Lesson Spanish

Looking for a meaningful way to address COVID-19 in your language classes, or incorporate it into your personal language studies? The COVID-19 lessons from Transparent Language Online are now freely available for anyone to use. You might not want to talk about COVID-19 with your language students, or you might be using language learning as…

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