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    Archive for June, 2013 Goes Native on the iPad and Android

    July 5, 2013: 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 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 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.

    Para Mañana (for tomorrow)

    Many people who live in the United States and Canada think of Mexico as the land of Mañana.  A place where getting things done on any particular schedule is simply not that important.

    My experience is that anything that  Mexicans may lack in punctuality, they more than make up for in warmth.  Sometimes, when a Mexican says he will do something or show up at a given time, he really means, “I like you.”

    And after all, who can complain about people liking you!

    “No abras el regalo todavía, es para mañana” means it’s not for now, it’s for later (tomorrow).

    How Our Spanish Learning System Works

    If you want to learn Spanish online (and fast),  you’ve come to the right place. We’ve developed a learning system that is one of the fastest around. And even better: When you learn Spanish with our program, you will remember much much more than you would with books or other programs.

    Please watch the 60 second instruction shown above, so you understand how the program for learning Spanish (and other languages) works.  Then start learning Spanish by clicking on the friendly ‘Try it’ button to the right.


    Learn to Speak Spanish Mexican Style

    (It’s Easier If You Imagine You Are On a Beach in Cancun!)

    by Pierre Roustan

    Really do that right now.  Take a deep breath, look at the pictures and imagine how much more fun it would be if you could learn Spanish before you went!  Yes, I know, it sounds like I’m trying to get you to learn to speak Spanish the Mexican way with an appeal to your emotions – think of the sandy beaches, Acapulco, aaaah, yes, Mexico. Beautiful, beautiful Mexico.

    Of course you’re right, but if you can use your emotions to help you learn something good, how would you describe that in Spanish.  You’re right.  “Mucho Gusto!”


    Tivoli Gardens

    Have you ever been to a theater called the Tivoli? Have you seen audio equipment from a company called Tivoli Audio? How about Tivoli software from IBM?

    What is it about the name Tivoli that makes organizations from theater owners to IBM want to apply it to their products?

    The name comes from the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, and once you have been there, you will know why everyone wants to borrow the name.

    Tivoli Gardens—a wonderful mix of amusement park rides and gardens, restaurants, and theaters—was opened in 1843, and it’s still a great place to visit today. When you visit Copenhagen, you will probably want to see it, especially if it’s a nice day in the summer. It’s right downtown, directly across the street from the main train station, so it’s easy to find.

    When I was there, I had dinner on a floating wooden pirate ship restaurant, which looks like it could sail across the lagoon in search of treasure with just 10 minutes notice.