We believe that the purpose of learning a language is to actually use that language
Nashua, NH (PRWEB) March 12, 2012
In a recent post on Transparent Language’s Swedish Language and Culture Blog, one of the contributors tackled the subject of profanity in the post “Swedish Swear Words”. In addition to sharing common Swedish expletives, the author discussed the important cultural differences associated with using profanity in America versus that in Sweden. For example, while the “F-word” is one of the most notorious swear words in the United States, in Sweden, the term is literally child’s play (FYI: the four worst swear words in Sweden all have ties to religion). A reader working to learn Swedish corroborated the post with this observation:
“Yup, we had quite the lively discussion about this last summer when I was in Sweden! We (a group of both Americans and Swedes) were talking about how disconcerting it was for us as Americans to hear a song using the word F*** while walking around in a local grocery store, and how shocking it was to hear 10 year olds using the same word...”
For those pursuing language proficiency, there is an extensive market of solutions, from downloadable software and online language courses to live language instruction and personal tutoring., As a general trend, these solutions often focus entirely on teaching grammar and vocabulary, with very little coverage of the more colloquial or cultural elements of a specific language. However, the fact is that these topics can be more sensitive for companies in the business of teaching language, and finding a way to handle them can be a difficult proposition.
As a leading provider of language-learning solutions for the government, military, education, library, and consumer markets, Transparent Language believes in teaching real world language. “Consider the case of profanity; it has historically been a topic to which teachers do not expose students. We believe that the purpose of learning a language is to actually use that language, and in order to be able to use language in a real, natural way, there are certain areas that are beneficial to know, regardless of their sensitivity,” said Michael Quinlan, CEO of Transparent Language, Inc. “Our Language and Culture Blogs give us an outlet in which we can cover these topics.”
In addition to Language and Culture Blogs, Transparent Language has also worked to build and foster an online social community of over 2 million friends, fans, and followers across both Facebook and Twitter. By supporting Facebook pages for over 35 languages, Transparent Language makes it possible for learners and language experts to come together and share language outside of the confines of a typical classroom.
About Transparent Language, Inc.
At Transparent Language, we develop language-learning resources and systems that deliver more rapid, reliable, and engaging language learning to those who need language skills for work or school, as well as those who simply find joy in learning and using other languages. Every day, we use our expertise in the research and practice of language learning to build programs that are licensed for use by all personnel of Foreign Service Institute, Defense Language Institute, US Special Operations Command, US Marine Corps, US Navy, and many other government organizations, as well as by thousands of schools, hundreds of public libraries, and millions of individual users.