Languages

  • Beginning Conversational French

    This course will teach you how to communicate easily and comfortably with those who speak French. You’ll learn practical, common phrases that will make your trip to the many French-speaking regions of the world more pleasant. You’ll learn dialogue specific to various settings, and you’ll be surprised how easy it can be to speak another language!

    Each lesson introduces a scenario, presented in short dialogues. You’ll be able to practice and learn both sides of the conversation, so you’ll easily understand and expect common responses. Every lesson also has cultural tips, which will make you more comfortable in a foreign setting.

    Since proper pronunciation is important to good communication, this course will help you master the best pronunciations. Simply click on each word to hear it spoken! Every word and sentence is also written out phonetically using sounds that you are already very familiar with from English words. This course has been carefully crafted to ensure you will have no trouble pronouncing French words correctly.

    The first three lessons give you an introduction to the basics you’ll need for most conversations, such as “please” and “thank you.” You’ll also learn numbers, days of the week, months of the year, and telling time.

    After the introduction and basic conversation lessons, you’ll learn what to say at the airport. Then, you’ll need to get to your hotel, so the next lesson teaches you about transportation. The following lesson will show you how to talk to hotel employees. After you’re settled into your hotel, you’ll probably be hungry, so next you’ll learn about restaurants. The entire course is structured in this logical, systematic method. Since each lesson presents its own setting, you will want to print your lessons and take them with you on your trip for quick reference.

    Each lesson also includes cultural tips. Hand and body gestures mean different things in different cultures. For example, do you know the proper way to point to avoid offending people? This course will tell you. That tip and the many others that you will learn will help you better blend in and avoid misunderstandings when you travel.

    This course makes learning French fun and surprisingly easy. You’ll be pleased with your quick progress, and you’ll be prepared for your next trip!

    $110
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  • Conversational Japanese

    Whether you want to learn conversational Japanese for travel or just for fun, you’ll find this course makes it easy and enjoyable for beginners to master the essentials of the Japanese language. Guided by a native Japanese instructor, you’ll also gain cultural knowledge only an insider has.

    In each lesson, you’ll learn useful conversational phrases and vocabulary words particular to a specific area of travel. You’ll practice these in drills, interactive exercises, and dialogues. Throughout the course, you’ll find helpful audio aids and Japanese words written in the English alphabet. With this, you’ll be bypassing one of the biggest obstacles for most beginners of Japanese: the letter system.

    Along the way, we’ll follow the story of two Americans traveling in Japan. Together, we’ll be on our way to many adventures in exciting Tokyo and the scenic Japanese countryside. By the end of this course, you’ll have acquired basic conversational skills that enable you to travel around the country easily, and you’ll have discovered the heart of Japan!

    $110
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  • Discover Sign Language

    It’s truly amazing that we can communicate just by using our hands! Add different facial expressions, and you have a conversation—the language used by Deaf people. In this course, you’ll discover how to use this graceful, expressive language to communicate.

    You’ll begin with an introduction to the language itself, and learn to create the signs for numbers. You’ll also master the sign alphabet so you can fingerspell proper names.

    Then you’ll learn to sign phrases and expand to complete sentences, and see how to put it all together so you can introduce yourself and start a conversation. Along the way you’ll learn signs for colors, numbers, where you live, family, and the activities you like to do and even the ones you don’t.

    Throughout, you’ll learn by watching videos that demonstrate how to make the signs and how to incorporate facial expressions to communicate in this beautiful language. This course is taught using the best practices of the industry with a minimum of audio support. Throughout, you’ll be immersed in silence, so you’ll gain an understanding of the perspective of Deaf people and sign language.

    You’ll also gain an introduction to the world of the Deaf culture and explore topics such as lipreading, baby signs, and the career of interpreting. By the end of the course, when you meet a Deaf person, you’ll be ready to sign!

    $110
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  • Instant Italian

    This dynamic course will teach you how to express yourself comfortably in Italian. You’ll learn practical, everyday words and phrases that will make your stay in Italy more enjoyable. You’ll read, hear, and practice dialogues based on typical situations that you’re likely to encounter while staying in Italy. The dialogues and follow-up exercises of each lesson will teach you to communicate in Italian in a wide variety of settings. You’ll be surprised by how quickly and easily you can learn many useful expressions in Italian!

    This course also makes it simple to master your pronunciation of Italian. Essential words and phrases are written phonetically by using sounds that are familiar to you from English words. The course audio feature lets you hear the words and phrases spoken aloud with just a click of your mouse. Short exercises are included with each lesson to help you reinforce what you’ve learned and gauge your progress, making it easy to pinpoint areas that you still need to review. The exercises also give you immediate feedback—you’ll know whether you answered correctly as soon as you finish.

    By the end of the second lesson, you’ll have learned about the Italian language’s impact on the world, the Italian alphabet, phonetics, and pronunciation, proper forms of address, expressions of courtesy, and how to make introductions. When you reach your final lesson, you’ll know how to ask for help, ask directions, navigate Italian shops, book a hotel room, order a meal, and much more! Cultural notes are included throughout the course to help you better understand Italians and their way of life. You’ll also learn what various gestures mean to Italians, which ones to use, and those you should avoid.

    This course will convince you that learning a language is both fun and rewarding. You’ll be pleased at how quickly this course helps you build your skills, and prepares you for your next adventure in Italia.

    $110
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  • Spanish for Food Service

    When working with employees who speak another language, it is important to be able to communicate with them and to work efficient with them.  Spanish for Food Service is an innovative, self-paced, online Spanish course designed for restaurant managers, wait staff, cooks, and anyone working with Spanish-speaker employees and co-workers in the food service industry.

    Students will build their workplace Spanish vocabulary and conversation skills while learning with pictures, native-pronunciations, readings, and quizzes, as well as cultural tidbits along the way.

    In addition to basic greetings and general Spanish vocabulary, this course also covers hiring, training, job expectations, job performance, accidents and emergencies, menu terms, meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, beverages, service station, condiments, types of china and flatware, room set-up, and cleaning supplies.

    $165
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  • Spanish for Law Enforcement

    With more and more Spanish-speaking people living in the United States every year, learning the Spanish language is becoming ever more important—especially in the field of law enforcement, where clear and quick communication is crucial. Mastering basic Spanish will give you more power to handle situations involving Spanish-speaking victims, witnesses, or criminals. It’s a smart career move as well, because adding Spanish skills to your résumé can open the door to new job opportunities.

    Whether you’re new to the Spanish language or just want a refresher, this course will teach you the basic Spanish phrases you need for everything from making casual conversation to handling life-or-death situations. You’ll start with simple vocabulary for everyday topics including colors, numbers, conversational phrases, family names, and words for asking questions. Next, you’ll learn Spanish terminology you can use during arrests, traffic stops, medical emergencies, and many other common law enforcement situations.

    In this course, you’ll focus specifically on Spanish for law enforcement personnel, skipping the “touristy” phrases you don’t need to know. And to make your learning easy and painless, the course is sprinkled with fun games and stories. So if you’re having flashbacks to your boring high school Spanish class, don’t worry—you can learn Spanish and have fun at the same time. By the end of this course, you’ll be well on your way to being a Spanish speaker and communicating more effectively with the Spanish speakers all around you.

    $122
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  • Spanish for Medical Professionals

    Are you struggling to communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients?  If so, here’s the perfect solution. Whether you’re new to the Spanish language or just want a refresher, this fun and simple course will give you the basic tools you need to bridge the communication gap.

    With increasing numbers of Spanish-speaking patients entering the healthcare system every year, it’s more crucial than ever for health professionals to learn medical Spanish. What’s more, adding Spanish skills to your résumé can broaden your career horizons. But you’re a busy person, and you don’t have time to waste—so this course skips the “touristy” topics and focuses on the survival Spanish medical personnel really need to know in a medical setting.

    Starting with the basics of Spanish pronunciation, you’ll move right into simple words for everyday topics including colors, numbers, conversational phrases, family names, and words for asking questions. Next, you’ll get to the meat of the course as you discover how to ask about pain, symptoms, medical histories, insurance, and patients’ feelings. You’ll also learn how to talk about body parts, diets, and medical care and treatment. Along the way, entertaining games and stories will help you practice your new vocabulary as you gain awareness about Latin American culture.

    By the end of this course, you’ll have a strong foundation in basic medical Spanish that you can build on for years to come. ¡Vamos! (Let’s go!)

    $122
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  • Spanish for Social Services

    Spanish for Social Services is a self-paced, online Spanish course designed for social workers, counselors, non-profit office staff and administrators, ministers, and anyone working with Spanish-speakers in an outreach capacity.

    Students will build their workplace Spanish vocabulary and conversation skills while learning with pictures, native-pronunciations, readings, and quizzes, as well as cultural tidbits along the way.

    In addition to basic greetings and general Spanish vocabulary, this course also covers job titles and people, the outreach visit, social work terms, interview phrases, insurance vocabulary, medical history, feelings, agency services, common places, accidents/common injuries, and emergencies.

    $165
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  • Spanish in the Classroom

    If you’re struggling to communicate with your Spanish-speaking students and their families, and you don’t know your cabeza from your codo (that’s your head from your elbow), don’t worry—help is here!

    Whether you took a Spanish class 20 years ago and just want to brush up a bit, or you have never taken a Spanish class, you’ll learn the essential Spanish for teachers and bridge the communication gap with your Spanish-speaking students and parents. Rest assured that this won’t be anything like your typical high school Spanish course. We’ll skip the frills and focus on “survival Spanish” you can put to work immediately. We’ve tossed out long vocabulary lists and complex grammar rules and replaced them with games and stories to make learning easy, painless, and even fun. You’ll learn new words in easy-to-digest bites, and each lesson will include Supplementary Material to help you keep expanding your vocabulary.

    We’ll start with the basics of Spanish pronunciation, and then we’ll move right into simple words for everyday things, such as colors, numbers, and question words. Then you’ll learn more of the basics of conversational phrases, family names, and directions. Next, we’ll get into what it’s like on the first day of school as we go over words related to enrolling new students, conversing in the classroom, talking about rules and behavior, and basic vocabulary for various academic subjects. We’ll also cover Spanish words and phrases to use in the cafeteria, on the playground, and even in the nurses office! Finally, we’ll delve into some survival phrases for the parent-teacher conference as you learn to describe how a child is doing, talk about academic or behavior problems, and discuss grades and homework.

    By the end of this course, you’ll be well on the path to being a Spanish speaker and communicating more effectively with the Spanish-speakers all around you. ¡Vamos! (Let’s go!)

    $122
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  • Speed Spanish Series

    Learn shortcuts to help you engage in conversational Spanish, as you build your language skills and develop fluency.

    Series includes:

    Speed Spanish

    Imagine yourself speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Now you can with Speed Spanish! This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Spanish pronto. You’ll learn six easy recipes for gluing Spanish words together to form sentences. In no time at all, you’ll be able to go into any Spanish speaking situation and converse in Spanish. ¡Qué Bueno!

    Speed Spanish II

    Have you ever seen a non-native speaking Spanish fluently? Were you impressed? Would you like to become more conversational and more comfortable in Spanish-speaking situations? Now you can. Our Speed Spanish courses are unlike any other Spanish classes you may have ever taken. You’ll see words, hear them pronounced properly, and be granted plenty of opportunities to practice your pronunciation. Then, you’ll learn several clever recipes that you can use to glue the words together into sentences. Enroll in Speed Spanish II, and you’ll see an immediate improvement in your Spanish fluency from the very first lesson.

    Speed Spanish III

    Master your ability to speak, understand, and read Spanish by taking the final installment in our unique three-part Speed Spanish learning series. In this advanced-level course, you’ll learn the final six recipes that will serve as templates to help you create any Spanish sentence you want. The goal of this course is not just learning the recipes—it’s also to help you use them spontaneously so that you’ll never be at a loss for words!

    $299
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