Chris' Library World
Transparent Online Language---Cosas interesantes (cool stuff in Spanish!!)
Ahhh yes. It's that time of year again.....summer (at least that's what the calendar says) with 70ish degree temps and sunshine galore. And since it is summer you know what that means.....winter is right around the corner. Yes, snow, cold and gray skies, they are a cominâ€™. And like many of you I imagine, I was ill-prepared for last winter with the non-stop monsoon of snow and the temps that did not see a record low they could not break. But, I vowed to myself that my ill-preparedness would not happen again. I've come to the conclusion that that the only solution is that it is never too early to plan for a winter beat down.
So, I've taken steps to ensure I will be ready for whatever Old Man Winter and his conniving partner in crime Mother Nature have concocted to let loose this winter. â€śBring it on,â€ť I say for I have a foolproof plan to escape their wrath......a winter vacation. But not just any vacation. A guaranteed snow-free vacation. Of course I will be heading south, but the obvious southern destinations of Texas and Florida are no longer snow-proof as demonstrated last year when the snow plague infected those once winter warmth havens with inches and even feet of snow. No, I'm planning on going to a place where snow has been outlawed and it dare not show its ugly face in fear of being instantly slushified .....Puerto Rico. Hold on you may be thinking. Chris, buddy, pal, the official language is Spanish and less than 20% (or 1 in 5 for you fraction lovers) of the people speak English fluently there. How on Earth will you be able to communicate with the residents there and find an Internet cafe where you can email pictures back to friends and family in Michigan taunting them with the warm and sunny Puerto Rican weather? â€śGood point,â€ť I say. But, I have it covered.......Transparent Language Online.
â€śWhat's that?â€ť you ask. Good q. It's a fully online interactive fun-filled way to learn a second language. With this program not only do you get listening, reading, speaking, and writing exercises, but also vocabulary lists, video grammar lessons, and a social community allowing you to communicate with fellow students and native speaking language instructors. There are also resources available allowing you to learn about the history of the language and the cultures of the countries that speak the language, thus providing you a way to fully immerse yourself into learning and mastering the language. Personally, what I like the most about the program is it teaches you common phrases right off the bat aimed at helping you navigate any unforeseen and dangerous circumstance you might find yourself in. Such as, where's the bathroom? Or where's the bar? Or more helpful yet, where's the bathroom in the bar?
Well, you may be thinking that's great Chris, but Puerto Rico with its 80 degree temps and sunshine galore may be all well and good for you, but you would prefer to go to Paris with its damp streets and gray skies for the winter. Pas de probleme (that's French for no problem). There are over ninety different languages to choose from so if you want to escape the cold and snow of Michigan and instead enjoy the cold and wet of Paris, that's your choice and the Transparent Language Online will help you make that mistake.
Now I don't just want to tell you about Transparent Language Online and not tell you how to take advantage of the program because that would be mean. Funny yes, but still just plain mean. So I'm happy to tell you that it's not only easy to do, but free as well. All you need is a Mason County District Library or Hart Area Public Library account. And if you don't have one, no hay problema (that's Spanish for no problem). Stop by either the Ludington or Scottville branch with your Michigan driver's license or state id with your current address on it showing that you are living in Mason or Oceana County. Or bring proof in that you own property in either county or you reside in either county for several months of the year. After signing up for a card you just create an account with the Transparent Language Online, which you do right from the Mason County District Library website (www.mcdlibrary.org). And voila, you are now ready to learn and conquer a foreign language.
So there you go. I have provided you with the tools you will need to escape the bone chilling clutches of Old Man Winter, the rest is up to you. But I suggest you act now because it's never too early to start planning on how to mock your friends and family here in Michigan as you enjoy your winter escape.
So, trying to find Transparent Language Online? Look for this logo on the Library's main page: