News From Language101.com
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 news ones and while longer is definitely better, in eight weeks you can learn a LOT.
The First Thing I Say is . . .
Then 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 talk 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 talk as little English as possible.
I Get Treated Better Than Most Travelers
This year I have 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 eight to twelve weeks.
Join me it’s a LOT of fun!
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 now, 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 iMac 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 something like “Clear the cache in Safari” or whatever the name of your browser is.
You can also use your browsers built in help function by typing in something like “clear cache”.
iPad Login 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 mean time if you have an iPad click here 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.
June 12, 2013: 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 their 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 their language, and even if you are a complete beginner, thirty 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 their language! We teach you that right away.
Starting 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 more minutes before five 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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.
November 23, 2012: Eight weeks ago, I decided to learn Spanish with the goal of becoming solidly conversational in 8 weeks.
Well, 8 weeks have passed and I’ve studied every day. I spent last weekend in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico having a great time, talking and learning Spanish.
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September 26, 2012: Beginning language students can now learn a lot of their new language for free right here! Here’s how it works.
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Language101.com now works on iPhones and iPads.
April 23, 2013 It’s official — Language101.com can now help you learn Spanish (or your favorite language) on your iPhone or iPad.
If you have an iPhone or iPad, pull it out now and click on your favorite language from the list at the top right of this page. Then click on the big red “Try It” button to try our free demo.
For some people this will work. If the demo works, the full program will work.
If you have the current version of Safari this should work. Please contact us to let us know what happens when you try this.
If it doesn’t work, then read How to make Language101.com work on your iPhone or iPad. You may have to jump through some different hoops, but it will work for everyone who carefully follows the instructions.
Android users can also use Language101.com on Android phones and tablets.
When you buy something important like software to learn Spanish, French or your favorite language, it’s nice to know that the company you’ve chosen is careful about keeping your credit card transaction secure.
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June 18, 2012: We just ordered two dedicated web servers to provide faster and more reliable service for you.
These computers will be located in different cities, so if there is a problem with one server or data center, you will be able to continue to learn the language you want to learn without any delay.
We have been working on our Italian lessons and it’s time to release Italian.
Existing Super Pack customers can already use our Italian lessons. There are thousands of wonderful reasons to learn Italian, and if you’ve always loved Italy then maybe it’s time to learn Italian.