Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Celebrate Oktoberfest ~ Learn German! (October e-Resource)

Plans to celebrate Oktoberfest (Sept. 21 - Oct. 6)? Brush up on your German language skills with this month's e-Resource of the MonthTransparent Language Onlinea rapid learning system employing spaced interval repetition. This innovative learning method takes users through a series of simple steps to memorize words and phrases in a new language, including their meanings and proper pronunciation, in the shortest possible time.

Online/Mobile Access
Transparent Language Online is packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing, and vocabulary building lessons for over 80 languages. Featuring top-of-the-line coursework combined with a free mobile app and extensive social media resources, Transparent Language Online is the most complete language-learning system available to library patrons.

Offline Access
Don't have internet access at home or prefer not being "online?" Try our Transparent Language interactive language instruction series via USB flash driveSimply plug the flash drive into your computer, download the Transparent Language software and you're ready to go. No data plan necessary!
The courses, which are contained on a USB storage device (i.e, a "flash drive"), focus on two (2) proven learning methods to help you  expand your language abilities: (1) vocabulary building and (2) using words and phrases in an immersive, whole-language learning experience.

Simply insert the USB key into one of your computer's USB slots/ports, install the software and you're ready to begin. For more details, watch an online demo of this process on the Recorded Books library site.

You'll first start out with 15 Beginner Lessons, equivalent to one year of a high school course or 1 semester of a college course. Every lesson builds on the ones before it, to gradually take you from no knowledge of the language to an intermediate level of proficiency.

Then, when you are ready, you can proceed on to the Advanced-Beginner level and Intermediate level video lessons, which include Reading Lessons, Travel Tours, and Video Conversations featuring real native speaker dialogues.

Over a dozen different languages (including German) are available at the library. These USB drives can be checked out, and borrowed for three weeks, just like other library items.

Free online resources
Check out some of these free online resources to supplement the library's premium Transparent Language offerings:
Bis bald!

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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