May 12, 2015: You may have heard about the passport card that the United States Department of State now issues. Of course, in theory it’s only officially “valid for international land or sea travel between the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.”
The Department of State charges extra for a passport card, and you still must have a passport book if you are going to fly to an international destination, so you might think that you don’t need the passport card. Trust me, get one anyway.
January 9, 2015: Experts say that it takes 30 days to make a new habit.
So if your plans for 2015 involve learning a new language—if you can study at least five days per week at the same time and place every day—you will form a new language-learning habit, and it will stick.
July 13, 2014: We have just made some changes to our software. If you’re a customer who has studied using our software in the past, you should clear the cookies, cache, and temporary Internet files from the browser you are using. New customers are not affected.
If you don’t know how to clear your cookies and cache, do a Google search, inserting the correct words for your version: “Clear cookies and cache in [browser name] on the [operating system].” Obviously you need to know the name of the browser (Firefox is an example) and the type of operating system (for example, Android or Windows) you are using.
If you are seeing any strange behavior in our software while you’re studying, clearing the cache is very likely to solve the problem.
June 25, 2014: Learning a foreign language at Language101.com is a little bit like driving a high-performance electric sports car. It’s extremely fast, but you have to do it right or it won’t work at all.
In other words, if you try to study Spanish or your favorite language with Language101.com but try to use the learning methods you were taught in school, it’s a little bit like trying to put gasoline into an electric sports car. It just won’t work.
If you follow our directions, our software is an extremely fast method of language learning, but it’s almost worthless if you don’t.
June 16, 2014: Today we solved an intermittent slowness problem with our server that unfortunately had been particularly difficult to solve. Fortunately we think it is now solved. Your studying should now be a lot faster.
May 12, 2014: No one ever learns Spanish “this year,” but some people will learn some Spanish today! In other words, nothing ever gets done “sometime”; it only gets done in a time called “right now.”
So to learn Spanish, French, German or your favorite language this year, you will need to learn some of it today at a time called “right now,” and using your smartphone to set daily study alarms is a good idea.