Excited to start learning a new language? Before your patrons dive into our courses, here are a few pointers, straight from the Living Language editors, on how to best use our online programs.
Librarians, for more information about our digital programs for libraries, please visit www.livinglanguagelibraries.com. If you already have a free trial code, click here to get started. We hope you enjoy these useful tips.
Happy language learning!
Our online courses include the following:
You can select different modes of study, including card view or list view. You can also move the cards into your “Mastered” deck once you feel you know it well enough. You can toggle between the “Mastered” and “Study” deck to move cards between the two. Click on the ? icon in the flashcards for more information on how they work.
For languages with non-Roman scripts, you can toggle the transliteration on and off beneath the card. You can also study all the vocabulary flashcards at once by clicking on “All Vocabulary” on the index page for each level in your language course. You can navigate to the index page at any point by clicking on the name of the course at the top of your screen.
The dialogue will play automatically when you enter it; you can toggle the “Autoplay” off and just click on the audio icon to hear individual lines. Click on the speech bubble itself to turn it over to see the English translation. For languages that include transliteration you can use the “Transliteration” toggle to see or hide it.
Each game will include instructions for that game before you enter it; if you’re unclear how the game itself works, click the ? icon once you’re in the game for further instruction. Similar to the “All Vocabulary” section there is also an “All Games” section where you will have access to all games in a particular level. You can access this from the index page.
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Here you will often find games testing the grammar or vocabulary you just learned, along with supplemental instruction and culture notes that will help reinforce your understanding of both your new language and a new culture.
The linear instruction does not mean you can’t go at your own pace or jump around; our courses don’t lock you into a path, and if you encounter a grammar note or vocabulary section you’re already familiar with, you can skip it. Once you’ve completed each lesson, you can also go back and review any section you feel you need more practice with. You can also jump to different lessons by using the “Select a lesson” menu in the upper right.
Most importantly: keep going. Perseverance is key to learning anything, but especially learning a language!