Transparent Language markets itself as “the most complete language-learning system for independent learners.” While there are lots of different exercises for you to work through in their Essentials Course, I thought that the material wasn’t all that helpful and that it got very repetitive. Although the courses might not be all that useful or in-depth, with over a hundred languages on offer it might be worth checking out if you want to learn the very basics of a more obscure language such as Buriat, Kazakh or Turkmen.
While the exercises are for the most part well-designed, diverse and easy to use, it is the core material itself that I found lacking.
I hardly came across any explanations at all; practice was almost exclusively memorizing words and phrases.
I would only consider using if I was studying a very rare language.
- I really like the fact that they offer up courses in languages that are usually overlooked.
- It’s pretty well-designed, easy to use and has lots of different activities to work through.
I Don’t Like
- The core material is severely lacking in my opinion; it’s hard for me to imagine you’ll learn much grammar or how to form even a basic sentence yourself.
- It gets very repetitive and so I didn’t find it that fun to work through.
- You learn virtually nothing about the different cultural contexts of the languages you’re learning.
- Their teaching methodology was the biggest issue for me, leaving you memorizing lots of words and phrases in isolation.
There is a free two-week trial period for you to try it out. Otherwise, it is $24.95 per month or $149.95 for a whole year if you just select one language. If you want access to all of the languages it is then $49.95 per month and $249.95 a year.