Thursday, October 25, 2012

Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language Online

The online language learning tool formerly known as Byki is now Transparent Language Online. Over 80 languages are represented, including Norwegian, Ojibwe, and 6 dialects of Arabic. Somali and Hmong are not currently included. There is also English instruction for speakers of 15 languages, including Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Transparent Language uses a flash-card system where you are introduced to words and phrases from the target language with their translation, then you see the target language and provide the translation, then you see the translation and provide the word or phrase in the target language. It’s easy to go back and try again until you get it. Each language module also comes with a “Quick start” version for people with time limitations, a vocabulary, history of the language, alphabet help, and grammar tips.

The first time you login, you create a unique username and password in order to save your lessons. Once that is done, there is no need to put in your library card or PIN number.

Each language module has its own community on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube that you can join. There is also a “Word of the Day” email and a culture blog that you can subscribe to. A mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices. It is still listed as “Byki” in the app store. To use it, click on “Go Mobile” on the lower-right-hand corner of the Transparent Languages on a computer, then click on “Get Byki CLE User Name” to get a temporary code. Type that into the app, and you will have your flash cards in your pocket wherever you go.

--Andrea @Central

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