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Learning Spanish, 15 Minutes At A Time

April 17, 2014:  Long study sessions can be difficult, so I’ve recently been experimenting with 15 minute study sessions.  Much to my surprise it’s working.

In the past, we have always recommended that you study for two 30 minute sessions per day and more if you can.  That’s still a good approach and will work well.  However I am also having very good results (maybe even better results) from studying for three different 15 minute sessions, with one before breakfast, one close to noon, and one in the afternoon.

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Language Teachers Can Now See How Their Students Are Doing

February 22, 2014:  We have just added some cool new features that we think will make it much easier to teach foreign languages.

Teachers can now see exactly how their students are doing.

Learn Your New Language in 84 Hours!

Eighty-four hours of studying Spanish (or your new language) can change your life! If you study your new language with Language101.com for one hour per day for 12 weeks (that’s 84 hours total) you will be able to speak it well enough to travel in countries where your language is spoken.

You will be able to travel without translators or guides. Of course, you’ll be able to do a lot with your language even if you don’t plan to travel.

A Very Specific and Bold Claim!

When you study with Language101.com for 84 hours, you will be able to go from nothing to being able to deal with “most situations that you are likely to encounter while traveling in a country where your new language is spoken.”

If you want to re-learn a language you learned once (and have since forgotten) you’ll get it back even faster.

You will also be able to “describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes, and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.”

Those quotes are from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages description of the B1 level of competence in your new language. That’s not a “native speaker” level of competence, but it may be what you need.

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Higher Blood Sugars May Hurt Language Learning

Do higher glucose levels affect your ability to remember and learn new words? German researchers in Berlin say, yes, they do. The 141 Berliners in the study were asked to remember words (presumably German words) for different lengths of time. Those who had higher blood sugar levels remembered fewer words than those with lower blood sugar.

The volunteers were all within what is commonly called the “normal” range of blood sugar. Even within that “normal” range, people with higher average blood sugar remembered less well than people with lower average blood sugar.

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What Our Customers Say

We ask all our customers why they chose us. On January 6, 2014, this is what one customer said.

“I tried both the Spanish and French tutorials. I didn’t finish the French tutorial, but I found that days after trying the full Spanish tutorial, I still remembered words and phrases! I felt this boded well.”

On January 13, 2014, a customer from Canada said this: ”The free trial is why I chose you. After I used it a few times, I was able to remember simple phrases with my French customers.”

At language101.com, our job is to help you learn fast and forget slowly. So please try our free demo.

Why I Can Now Speak German, Russian, and Spanish

You Can Do This Too!

January 5, 2014: I’m not a genius at language learning. When I hear a foreign language word the first time, I forget it immediately. When I hear it a second and third time, I forget it again and again.

But when I use the Language101.com software, I learn quickly and forget slowly. Here’s how I tested my language skills in 2013.

On November 4, 2013, I flew from Seattle to Frankfurt, Germany, for two very pleasant days spent talking German and never leaving the Frankfurt Airport. I stayed at a hotel in the airport, got my hair cut at the airport (speaking in German), shopped at wonderful stores, and ate at great restaurants, all without ever leaving the Frankfurt airport.

I was able to speak quite a bit of German because several years ago I studied about half of our German lessons. I also try to speak German every chance I get, which is not very often. But when you study with Language101.com you will learn quickly and forget slowly.

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How I Use my Language Skills When Traveling

November 27, 2013: When you get off your airplane in another country, it’s great to be able to speak the local language right away. Here is how I do that.

I study with our software one hour per day for at least eight weeks before I make a trip. Eight weeks is long enough to dust off old language skills or build new ones; and while longer is definitely better, in eight weeks you can learn a LOT.

The First Thing I Say Is . . .

When I get to passport control, the first thing I say when I hand the person my passport, is “I love your country.” Of course, I always say that in their language. This gets things off to a good start. It’s also the truth, because I don’t go places that I don’t love.

After that, every chance I get to speak the local language, I do. When people talk to me in English, I say in the local language, “I love your country, and I’m here to learn your language.” After that, I speak as little English as possible.

I Get Treated Better Than Most Travelers

This year I traveled to Mexico, Germany, and the Russian-speaking part of Ukraine, and people always love it when I try to talk their language. In Ukraine, the officials sent me through the very short Ukrainians-only passport line so I didn’t have to wait.

I’m not a super-genius at language learning; I have to work hard at it and repeat things many times in order to learn them. Fortunately our software makes that an efficient process, so that you can go from nothing to being conversant in 8 to 12 weeks.

Join me. It’s a LOT of fun!

Language101.com Goes Native on the iPad and Android

July 5, 2013: Language101.com is now working natively on iPhones, iPads, Androids, and all the laptop and desktop browsers we have tested.

Does that mean it will work for you on your iPad? Probably, but we still aren’t making any promises. There are lots of different software versions out there, and we haven’t tested them all.

Try the free lesson in your favorite language, or simply try your regular study plan to be sure.

Puffin Is No Longer Needed

Flash browsers like Puffin are no longer needed. In fact, Puffin no longer works on an iPhone or iPad. If you were studying with Puffin on your “iDevice,” simply switch to Safari instead, and, thanks to our new back-end software, you will have a much better study experience.

Clear Your Cache if You Have Problems

One customer reported being unable to get the sound to play on his MacBook using Safari 5.1.9 on Mac OS X version 10.6.8. When he cleared the cache in his browser, everything worked fine.

If you previously used Language101.com and the audio played well, but now it does not, try clearing your cache. If you don’t know how to do this, do a Google search of something like “Clear the cache in Safari,” or whatever the name of your browser is.

You can also use your browser’s built-in help function by typing in something like “clear cache.”

iPad Log-in Problem and Work-Around

On some iPads, it’s impossible to log in because you can’t scroll to the right part of the screen. We will fix this. In the meantime, if you have an iPad, click here and you will be able to log in. Then navigate to the home page manually and select your language.

Please let us know what kind of device and browser you are using and what does—or does not—work for you.

Take the 30-Day Language Learning Challenge!

Are you traveling to another country this summer? If so, you’ll have a LOT more fun if you learn to speak a little bit of the language.

What Can You Learn in 30 Days?

Thirty days is not enough to take you from knowing nothing to being conversational. But you may already know some of the language, and even if you are a complete beginner, 30 days IS enough time to learn how to be disarming, plus learn greetings and travel phrases that will make your trip much more fun.

Compliments Will Get You Everywhere!

Obviously, you like the country you plan to travel to, so why not learn to say that in the country’s language! We teach you that right away.

Start Learning Right Now

Pick the language you want to learn from the list above, and try our free lesson right now. Then make the commitment right now to study for 30 minutes before noon and 30 minutes before 5:00 p.m. for the next 30 days. You’ll be amazed at how much you will learn.

If you really want to put your study in high gear, make sure you watch our video instructions too.

 

Where Did the “Study Links” Go?

June 5, 2013:  If you aren’t logged in, you may notice that the “Study Links” category which used to be on the top left of each language home page is not there.  So where did it go?

We made this a logged in only feature at the suggestion of one our customers named “Ray” (thank you Ray).  You can still get to these pages by logging in to your account.  If you aren’t already a customer you will need to become a customer and get your account set up first.

You Won’t Learn Much by”Looking” at the Lessons

We want to remind all our customers and potential customers that you won’t learn much by looking at the pages you will see when you click on “Select Your Next Lesson”.  To learn quickly with Language101.com you need to click on “Start Studying” from your language home page.

Of course everyone should watch our video instructions. They will help you learn a lot faster.

French Translations Improved

May 24, 2013:  Our French lessons were originally written by a lovely young French woman from Paris.  Unfortunately her English skills were not as good as her French skills, so some of our English translations were not as good as they should have been.

Today we just had an American, who speaks very good French (and who is very fussy about grammar), revise and improve the English translations.

We think that it will make a noticeable improvement for our students who are studying French.

We’re Rolling Out Our New Look

April 22, 2013:  We are continuing to roll out a new look to more of the languages.  We just changed our French, Italian, and Danish to the new look. Everything should work while this is in process.

If you find something that is not quite working perfectly, please let us know and we will fix it right away.

Some of you have asked how to use Language101.com on your iPhone or iPad. This link tells you how to do that.

If you want to see what our new look, looks like, check out our Learn French Page.

Why Russian and Korean are Phonetic, but English and French Aren’t

All languages that people speak today import new words from other languages every day. Unless you are a linguist, you probably don’t realize that all languages have “rules” (even if they aren’t written) for how to import words from foreign languages.

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Why You Probably Can’t Identify Your Voice in a New Language

When we listen to the sound of our own recorded voices, most of us have no trouble recognizing ourselves. We usually think that we don’t really sound like that, but we almost always recognize ourselves.

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We Are Hiring

April 23, 2013:  We are still looking for an American engineer to help us create American English language lessons and lead the team of teachers making lessons for other languages.

There are other jobs open too.  Please read the details on our foreign language jobs page.