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How 150 freelance linguists help us train tens of thousands of language professionals Posted by on Feb 26, 2019

cl-150 cohorts remote lesson authoring

We talk a lot about how technology is transforming the way we teach and learn language. But we don’t talk enough about the transformation in how we create language learning content—and the team that helps us do it. The content challenge is different for professionals In contrast to many language learning companies, we primarily support…

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Transparent Language Online Wins Fourth Consecutive Platinum Award Posted by on Jan 15, 2019

We’re feeling very fourtunate to receive our fourth consecutive Platinum Award in LibraryWork’s 2019 Modern Library Awards! Providing language learning opportunities to library patrons must really be our fourte. (Okay, that’s all of our number puns… four now.) The Modern Library Awards are special awards because they are voted on by the librarians with whom we…

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2018 Transparent Language Year in Review Posted by on Dec 31, 2018

transparent language 2018 year in review

Practice what you preach, right? For professional linguists and casual language learners, we preach reviewing early and reviewing often, so we’re taking our advice and looking back on our year. What have we been working on? CL-150 Updates CL-150 Cohorts: To help professional linguists sustain and strengthen their language skills, we’ve expanded the CL-150 Cohorts…

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Attention Management vs. Time Management for Language Learners Posted by on Dec 10, 2018

attention management against distractions

Productivity is typically associated with time. How long does a task take? How much can you get done in a certain amount of time? Could you do it faster—and thereby be more productive? Managing time alone is no longer enough. With the entire world at our fingertips, time management has met its match: endless distractions…

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History has taught us the value of foreign languages. Have we learned our lesson? Posted by on Nov 19, 2018

historical importance of languages

From the Cold War era to the 2014 Ebola outbreak, we need not look back too far to realize the scale of America’s language gap—and why we must fill it before history repeats itself. There is a reason we offer more than 100 languages in our learning platforms: we believe all languages matter. That’s not…

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It’s time to spend less time on alphabet learning Posted by on Nov 5, 2018

learn baluchi alphabet

Alphabet learning is like the “accessory work” of language learning. A Crossfit athlete, for example, cares mostly about the big movements: squats, cleans, snatches, muscle-ups, etc. To improve these movements, dedicated athletes will do accessory exercises like hammer curls, rows, or glute bridges. Less fun to spend lots of time on, no doubt, but necessary…

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Language training must embrace the next generation of e-learning Posted by on Oct 1, 2018

future of elearning

To get serious about skills training, organizations “need to embrace a new generation of e-learning.” According to the former head of Google France, Jean-Marc Tassetto, e-learning platforms are on “the brink of an engagement revolution.” He predicts that e-learning will be more personalized, adaptive, and aligned with individual goals. Less MOOC-style show-and-tell and more, well…

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