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The ABCs of Language Learning: Transparent Language Online Alphabet Courses Posted by on May 18, 2015 in For Educators, For Learners, For Libraries, Learning Material Updates

Learning the alphabet of an unfamiliar language can be as easy as A, B, C… literally!

In the completely redesigned Transparent Language Online, you can dive right in to a new language, regardless of its writing system, with the help of our alphabet courses. Letters are quite literally the building blocks of a language, so alphabet learning is the most obvious way to build a strong foundation in your new language.

russian alphabet course

Master the Russian alphabet in our new and improved alphabet courses!

Sure, you can learn to speak a language without learning the alphabet, but in this day and age, communication relies just as much on writing as it does on speaking, thanks to e-mails and text messaging. At the earliest stages, familiarizing yourself with a new alphabet allows you to sound out words on road signs or product labels. As you progress in the language, knowledge of the native script gives you an all-access pass to everything from native literature to e-mail communication.

Even learners of Latin-based languages can benefit from studying the alphabet, of course. Sure, the Spanish alphabet looks a lot like the English alphabet, but did you know the Spanish “j” is pronounced like an English “h”? Our alphabet courses are designed to help you master the spelling-to-sound relationship through a suite of activities supported by native speaker audio. You can practice matching the letter to its sounds and vice versa!

japanese alphabet course

Learn both Hiragana and Katakana in our Japanese Alphabet Course!

Before you can transition to learning more advanced concepts, including vocabulary and grammar, you must have a strong grasp on the alphabet. Singing the alphabet song in another language, while super fun, isn’t quite going to cut it. Our full-length courses are designed to help you retain the letters and their sounds in the long run. And according to some of our happy customers, it’s working:

“I felt that [the Alphabet Learner activity] was the first that really challenged my retrieval skills.  I liked how it drilled me more on the letters I got wrong.”

“[The Recognize and Say It activity] was the best exercise for me, as I can usually choose correctly when given a multiple choice, but when I have to come up with the answer from scratch is when I truly know I have learned something.”

Take an assessment at the end of the course to see how well you know the alphabet!

Take an assessment at the end of the course to see how well you know the alphabet!

Believe it or not, Transparent Language Online is the only language-learning program on the market to include full-length courses to introduce you to do the alphabet. Do yourself (and your language skills!) a favor and try out our alphabet courses in the free trial of Transparent Language Online. Courses are currently available in Arabic, Armenian, Chechen, Dari, Farsi, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Iraqi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Mongolian, Punjabi, Pashto, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Urdu, and more, with more on the way!

Find a library near you who offers Transparent Language Online.

None close by? Print this info card and bring it to your local librarians to let them know you’re interested, or sign up for the free trial!

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  1. Marit:

    Any plans to include handwriting instructions in the future? My experiences with learning Bulgarian have taught me that writing things down by hand in the language I am learning really helps a lot.

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