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The Future of #EdTech in Language Learning

If you already follow or use the “edtech” hashtag, then you know dozens of tweets on the topic pour in every few minutes. We at Rosetta Stone thought we’d share one of our favorite recent #edtech articles about the near future, as well as where we think educational technology may take language learning. Times Higher Education brings us an overview of an exciting report about 12 technologies and tech implementation methods that we can expect to see coming out of Australia (and beyond) in the coming months and years. In the Short Term In the coming six to twenty-four months,…

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From St. Nick to Santa – The Legend of the Man in Red

How Saint Nicholas (the Person) Became Santa Claus (the Legend) While children in the United States don’t start looking for Santa until Christmas Eve, children in much of Western Europe can expect a present from him as early as December 6, which is St. Nicholas Day. (For children in Eastern European countries, it’s December 19.) Kids put their shoes next to the fireplace before they go to bed on the 5th and find them filled with small gifts and sweets the next morning. Saint Nicholas was a real historical figure who formed the basis for our modern-day Santa Claus. While…

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Students Receiving Language Services In HS Less Likely to Graduate on Time

Although it might not be surprising, data collected by Raise DC, a coalition of public, private, and nonprofit groups in the Washington area, shows that students who receive special education or English language services are at a higher risk of not graduating high school on time. Although DC has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country, with as many as 40 percent of students not graduating in four years, it’s thought that these conclusions can be extrapolated to the entire country. Get them early Interestingly, Raise DC’s report shows that ELL students who learn English before starting high…

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Top 15 Spanish Travel Phrases

Got plans to travel to a Spanish-speaking country? Learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone is an excellent way to prepare for your travels—be they to Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, or even the Philippines. Whether you’re a beginning Spanish learner or you speak conversational Spanish, it’s always smart to know these top 15 phrases when you’re on to go. Basic Spanish Travel Phrases ¿Habla usted inglés? (Do you speak English?) ¿Puede repetirlo, por favor? (Can you repeat that, please?) Disculpe, ¿qué hora es? (Excuse me, what time is it?) ¿Cuánto cuesta esto? (How much does this cost?) ¿Cómo se dice _____? (How…

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How To Build A Compassionate Workplace

As we approach Thanksgiving, and we look at what makes for good company – whether around the dinner table or around the boardroom table – compassion comes to mind. Compassion is an important yet often-overlooked element in any workplace. Even though employers and employees come together for business purposes, the close interpersonal relationships demanded in the office require a great deal of empathy and understanding between coworkers. Some questions facing management today are how can this compassion and empathy be fostered within a work environment, and why should companies be devoting time and resources to it? Outlined below are some…

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5 Unexpected Shopping Quirks for Travelers

In case you somehow missed the ads livening up the airwaves, web banners, and—yes—even good ol’ newspapers, Black Friday is this Friday. It kicks off the Christmas shopping season, and for the past nine years it has held its reign as this country’s busiest shopping day of the year. Whether you’re planning to set up a tent outside an electronics store or hunker down in your house with a plate of leftovers in one hand and your tablet in the other, you might enjoy reading about how the rest of the world shops. Here’s a crash course for you in…

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¿Por qué celebramos Thanksgiving?

Si vives en los Estados Unidos, probablemente ya sabes que cada cuarto jueves en Noviembre celebramos el Día de Acción de Gracias, o como se conoce aquí, Thanksgiving. Los americanos se juntan para comer muchísimo, disfrutar tiempo con sus familias y tal vez ver un partido de fútbol americano. Pero ¿sabías a qué se debe este día festivo? Primero, una tragedia En Septiembre de 1620, unos peregrinos ingleses se subieron a un barco nombrado el Mayflower y viajaron a través del océano atlántico hasta llegar a lo que ahora conocemos como el estado de Massachusetts. Habían dejado su país para formar una vida en un lugar que permitía la…

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Using Big Data in Higher Education to Drive Results

Have you taken the big data leap? The ability to analyze large data sets gathered from myriad sources can be used, among other things, to recruit, nurture, and maintain your student body—as well as, later, to inspire donations. Read on to learn more about utilizing big data in your institution. What is Big Data? The term refers to collections of data so large and complex that they cannot be parsed, processed, or understood by humans using traditional methods. No single spreadsheet or pivot table, in other words, can handle big data alone. One example of a dataset that qualifies as…

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Win a Free Vacation! – Rosetta Stone’s Around the Globe Sweepstakes

In the spirit of the holidays, we’re giving you a chance to win a free vacation! Register to win the Grand Prize of $2,500. Then play our Around-the-Globe game where you’ll learn interesting tidbits about Christmas around the world and get the chance to win instant prizes—like a Kindle® Fire Tablet, a Fit Brains annual subscription, and more! The holidays are a perfect time to get away—especially with a free vacation! Let Rosetta Stone help you expand your world! What better gift is there than learning? Give the gift of learning this holiday season! Rosetta Stone’s got something for everyone…

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Repatriation: The forgotten journey home, and the future lost asset

At the just concluded People In Energy conference in Houston, a thought-provoking discussion on global mobility trends ended with a common theme among attendees: what can we do about repatriation? Companies make a large investment in their expats who go on assignment. But often lost is the recognition that these employees also invest in themselves. The most successful expats take the time to personally learn a new language and understand the cultural nuances of working in a new country. Companies spend on the front end, and so do the employees. Many Repatriates End Up Leaving Think of the transformation a…

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