News From Language101.com
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 — one before breakfast, one close to noon, and one in the afternoon.
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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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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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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.
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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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!
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.