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Prepare for the American Citizenship Test with Transparent Language Online Posted by on Apr 16, 2018

The United States has a long history of welcoming people from other countries and cultures. But before they can be welcomed officially in the form of citizenship, newcomers must pass the test. Proctored by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Citizenship test include a civics section with 100 potential questions. Hopefuls are asked only 10, of…

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Libraries Lead the Charge for a Multilingual America Posted by on Apr 9, 2018

This week marks the 50th annual National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries—and librarians. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is: “Libraries lead.” This is not just a nice sentiment—it’s a fact, reinforced by our dealings with more than 1,000 libraries throughout the US and beyond. We…

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New ESL Materials: Advanced Conversations in English Posted by on Apr 2, 2018

Though we offer more than 100 languages in Transparent Language Online and the CL-150, our most requested language continues to be English. We’re excited to continue expanding our collection of English materials. We have traditionally supported beginner and intermediate level learners, from elementary students who need basic, age-appropriate vocabulary to get through their school to…

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When should language learners focus on the depth of their vocabulary? Posted by on Mar 19, 2018

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Last week, we discussed the importance of building vocabulary breadth—or the number of words you know—when trying to improve proficiency. To very briefly recap, we cited studies that demonstrate that of all the factors contributing to language proficiency, vocabulary size is by far the single most significant factor, accounting for anywhere from 50% to 70%…

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How much vocabulary is enough when learning a foreign language? Posted by on Mar 12, 2018

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I came across an interesting question on Quora recently. The asker wondered which was more important: speaking a language correctly and properly or successfully communicating an idea at the expense of eloquence. The consensus was in favor of communicating successfully, particularly in the beginning stages of learning a language. So, where should learners begin to…

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