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6 Reasons to Love the Word of the Day Courses Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in CL-150, Language Learning, Language News, Product Announcements

If you’re anything like me, you subscribe to one of our Word of the Day emails, but you haven’t actually learned a new word each day. Don’t get me wrong—I open them, every day. I read the phrase and listen to the audio, and it’s a good start. But then I close my email and forget about it, thereby forgetting what I just “learned”.

That minute or two of engagement isn’t enough for the average learner. Most of us have to do more to really learn and remember the day’s word. Until now, we’ve left that up to you, but no longer! I am thrilled to introduce our Word of the Day courses, available in Transparent Language Online. Word of the Day devotees, you’re going to love this… here are just a few reasons why.

1.Words you’ll actually use… and some for laughs.

The Word of the Day content is unlike anything you’ll find in a textbook or on audio tape. These lessons cover the actual spoken language—you know, those words and phrases you always wanted to ask your teacher about, but never quite built up the courage to do so. You never know when you’ll need to say things like “not in a million years” …or “bumpkin”.

Word of the day course 12. Do more, remember more.

We remember about 10-20% of what we read or hear, but up to 80-90% of what we do. Unfortunately, opening an email or retweeting doesn’t really count as doing. The Word of the Day courses let you interact with those new words and phrases we send to your email through listening, speaking, reading, and writing—now that’s a lot to do!

word of the day course 53. Learn in context.

It’s fun to receive a new word and phrase in your email each day. But it’s effective to really engage with it long after that email is buried in your inbox. With Fill in the Blank and Matching, you can dissect each phrase and understand how the pieces fit together.
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4. Speak up!

If you’re learning a language, chances are you want to be able to speak it. Pronunciation Practice lets you compare your accent to that of a native speaker, while Multiple Choice lets you select the correct answer using only your voice!

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5. Test yourself.

Let’s face it – we all hated exams in school. But how do you measure what you actually know? Each lesson includes an assessment, so you can put your Word of the Day knowledge to the test.

Word of the day course assessment6. Keep it fresh.

One word per day adds up quickly, so it’s easy to let a few words slip. But don’t fear! These courses are tied to a unique refresh system in the program that keeps track of what you’ve learned and reminds you to practice older words periodically. We want you to remember all 365 new words at the end of the year.wotd stale

Currently available in Arabic, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, the Word of the Day courses can be accessed through the Courses tab in any Transparent Language Online account (including library and education accounts).

Find a library near you that 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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Meaghan is the Social Media Coordinator for Transparent Language, aka the messenger of language news to twitterverse. She once had a love/hate relationship with French, but the two are now very happy together, although one time she was a little unfaithful with a semester of Hausa lessons. @meagmcgon


    • Transparent Language:

      @John mcdonald The course is available in French! Log in to Transparent Language Online, select “Browse” followed by the “Courses” tab, and navigate to the “French Word of the Day” course! Enjoy. 🙂

  1. Maureen Humpage:

    Please let me know when this is available in Mandarin. I also need instructions on how to record my voice on to the computer.

    • Transparent Language:

      @Maureen Humpage Will do! We’ll make another announcement when the next batch is available. Takes some time to put together well. 🙂

      As for recording, you can contact our support team at support@transparent.com and they’ll be able to diagnose any problems you’re having!

  2. Jeff Oliver:

    Any plans to include Turkish in the near future?

    • Transparent Language:

      @Jeff Oliver Hi Jeff! Unfortunately there are no plans to add Turkish anytime soon, but if/when we do we’ll be sure to let you know!

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