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Free Online Library Resource

by Jake Beus August 31st, 2010 More

Libraries are dealing with huge budget decreases. This has led to layoffs, a decrease in services, and shorter library hours. Perhaps this is a time for libraries and librarians to offer more online services. We have created a very large website where people can learn English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, German, and Russian for free. We are trying to reach out to libraries and librarians so they can be aware of this free resource. Please help us reach out to them so library patrons can take advantage of this free website:  Visual Link Languages

A few librarians and libraries who have a large following include:
@ALA_PLA
@LibraryJournal
@LibrarySecrets
@Librarian

Who are some more of the big influencers in the library community?

Libraries

Free Language Learning Resource For Libraries

by Jake Beus August 31st, 2010 More

Budget cuts are affecting libraries in a big way in this economy. Many library employees and even librarians have lost their jobs. A large number of libraries are offering more services online in order to save money. Libraries offer free resources to everyone in a community, regardless of income or race. Everyone has an equal opportunity to become educated. Here at Visual Link Languages™, we realize the important impact a library can have on a community. We want to help libraries cut costs without cutting jobs.

We understand the importance of free resources libraries can offer, especially in this day and age. We are trying to reach out to libraries and librarians to offer them a free resource for their patrons. As a resource on a library website, they could list the free website for Visual Link Languages as a resource for anyone to learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and English for free. Please help us get the word out to libraries.

Libraries

How Long Does it Take to Learn a New Language?

by Jake Beus August 20th, 2010 More

Have you ever asked someone: “How long does it take to learn a new language?” If you have asked more than one person, it is likely you have received a different answer each time. If all the answers were the same, it’s probably because you were told that “it depends”. Of course, when you consider learning a new language, there are various factors to consider.

What resources do I have? We believe there is no substitution for complete immersion in a language. If you can move to a different country and be completely immersed, do it. Since that is not possible for everyone, Visual Link Language™ has created a method called Immersion 2.0. You use your native language and a moving image to learn a new word or phrase, then you are immersed in the new language using only the moving image.

What level of fluency am I aiming for? Some people simply want to learn enough to get by or have a little fun. Others want to gain a level of fluency which will allow them to feel comfortable in any situation. If you know what you want to accomplish with your new language, you will have a better idea of what level of fluency you’ll obtain. Simply remember that it will take time and work, but it will be worth it.

What is my primary (first) language? If English is your native language, perhaps Dutch may be the easiest language for you to learn. English has similarities with many different languages. Chinese may be on the difficult end, but there are thousands of people who will tell you it is possible. Spanish and French are very popular languages being learned by native English speakers.

How much time will I dedicate to this? As previously mentioned, with our Visual Link Spanish™ course you can become fluent in basic conversational Spanish in just 3 months. Again, if you can become completely immersed in the language, that is great. If that’s not an option, you should set aside time (we say at least 30 minutes) each day to learn your new language. It will not do you much good to cram, because as you probably learned in school, you don’t really remember anything after the test.

What’s my attitude? Perhaps the biggest factor of all is attitude. Some may argue that time is the biggest factor, but realize that if you really want to do something, you can usually make it happen. You’ve heard it before, but STAY POSITIVE. Remember that you will make mistakes, but keep practicing. Laugh at yourself. Remember what your goal is and why you are striving for that goal.

When all is said and done, it really does depend on various factors. Just remember that if you really want to learn a language, you can. The sky is the limit for how many languages you can learn. Have fun with it and work hard!

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Utah High School Contest

by Jake Beus August 11th, 2010 More

We are excited about the Utah high school contest. This is the page that the students will visit to view their YouTube video and eventually win free software to learn Spanish for their school. This is an effort for us to give back to the community and help bridge communication gaps. Visit our homepage to learn a foreign language. But first, enjoy this video about our efforts to give back as well as recognition of your efforts to do the same:

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