Sometimes you don’ t have to look very far outside of a school to learn new things. Not everything we adults have learned came from the inside of a classroom, sometimes having a zest for learning new things, new things just seem to find you.
If you attend any of the Metropolitan Libraries you may find MELSA’s (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) newest tools for flexible learning on your own time. There are two such online tools that you can partake of for FREE. That’s right we said FREE. They are Transparent Language and Lynda.com.
Transparent Language Online is a powerful language learning system that uses flashcards to teach you a set of words or phrases. It is the fastest possible way to lock foreign words and phrases in your long-term memory.
Once you have created your account you will be able to access Transparent Language Online from any computer with Internet access.
Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), with funding from state and federal tax revenues.
To access the Transparent Language Account Set Up click here. This access is from Ramsey County.
You will identify your current language then select from a huge array of languages the one you want to learn. The education course has a tutorial how to use the software and how to interact with it. You will need a headset with a microphone to practice the spoken word, otherwise you can go around that and listen and practice writing the new words.
It could be a way to help you to prepare for a vacation where English is not the first language spoken, or to converse with a new neighbor who immigrated legally to this country.
How Does One Navigate Transparent Language Online?
Lynda.com teaches the latest software, creative, and business skills. Users will get unlimited access to a vast online library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized experts and working professionals.
Use your library card to login to Lynda.com for free.
To use Lynda.com without the Library will cost you quite a bit. Thanks to the Library system here and across the country you can learn the latest software for work, school, or just learning something new that is interesting to you.
This is from the About Us section of Lynda.com:
Lynda.com leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.
For 20 years, lynda.com has helped students, leaders, IT and design pros, project managers—anyone in any role—build software, creative, and business skills. Now part of LinkedIn, Lynda.com serves more than 10,000 organizations. With tutorials in five languages, Lynda.com is a global platform for success.
If you’re wondering what areas Lynda.com can instruct you in here are the categories: Business, Design, Developer, IT, Marketing, Web, Photography, Video, Audio+Music, 3D+Animation, Education + Elearning, and CAD.
For each learning category there are three areas to explore: Topics, Software and Learning Paths. In some categories there will be a Guide as well.
In each tutorial you’ll have a video and a text that is highlighted as the audio covers a topic. You can stop it at any time and review what you just saw.
If say life interrupts your learning. You can log off where you are at and your account will list where you left off and resume after life has settled down.
The tutorials are by people who are credentialed in the field they are teaching. As there is a need for new software or tools, more tutorials will be created.
The Library isn’t just about books only anymore…but it will always be about learning. ~~ Publius Jr.