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Languages That Stick uses the greatest classics in an interlaced format to help people learn languages. Just read, enjoy, and learn.

Languages That Stick believes that learning a language should be as fun and easy as reading a favorite story. In pursuit of this goal, Languages That Stick wants to publish the greatest classics in an interlaced format.

Interlaced means that a sentence appears in the language you already know, then immediately afterward in the language you're trying to learn. A interlaced translation helps a reader learn new words, pick up grammar, and see how common phrases are expressed in a way that is far more interesting than studying from a textbook. Here is an example of an interlaced translation from our first product, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes:

“You did it very nicely, Doctor,” he remarked. [-Lo hizo usted muy bien, doctor -me dijo Holmes-.] “Nothing could have been better. [No hubiera sido posible mejorarlo.] It is all right.” [Todo ha salido perfectamente.]

“You have the photograph?” [-¿Tiene ya la fotografía?]

“I know where it is.” [-Sé dónde está.]

“And how did you find out?” [-¿Y cómo lo descubrió?]

“She showed me, as I told you that she would.” [-Ya le dije a usted que ella me lo indicaría.]

Watch the video to see how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and other great writers could become your language instructors!

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    Twelve dollars buys an interlaced, English to Spanish copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, volume 1, in Kindle format, which can be read on a Kindle, computer, tablet, phone, or any device that can run a Kindle app. This book is 214 pages in print version (varies according to screen and font size in Kindle version) and includes the first six stories from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: "A Scandal in Bohemia" "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League" "A Case of Identity" "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" "The Five Orange Pips" "The Man with the Twisted Lip"

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    Eighteen dollars buys an interlaced, English to Spanish, 6' x 9' professionally bound paperback copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, volume 1. This book is 214 pages and includes the first six stories from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: "A Scandal in Bohemia" "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League" "A Case of Identity" "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" "The Five Orange Pips" "The Man with the Twisted Lip"

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    For those living outside of the United States who want to purchase a paperback copy, please contribute $25 to cover international shipping rates. The Kindle version will remain at $12 for international backers, as it is delivered electronically.

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    If you pledge $50 or more, you will receive both a Kindle and a paperback version of the book. In addition, we will add your name to the Acknowledgements section of the book to show our deep appreciation.

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    If you pledge $100 or more, you will receive a Kindle and paperback version of this book, but also a Kindle and paperback version of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes volume 2. In addition, you will be able to choose one of our upcoming books, which will include Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The New Testament. We will also add your name to the Acknowledgements section of all three books.

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