The LaVergne Public Library is equipping its patrons with the ability to communicate in 100 different languages.
On Friday, the library introduced “Transparent Language Online,” a software program that can teach a large number of different languages.
The English as a second language component is available for those who want to learn English. It offers English lessons in 15 different languages, including Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish, Thai, and more. Additionally English speakers can learn over 100 languages, including those whose instructional books are most requested in the library – Spanish, French and Latin.
“We have so many people coming in to check out books on learning other languages that often these books are unavailable,” said Library Director Teresa Wilberscheid. “If these books are already checked out, patrons can access the database at home on their computer through the library’s web page by using their library card.”
The online language-learning service offers an unprecedented number of learning options. Transparent Language Online features listening, reading, speaking, and writing exercises, as well as integrated pronunciation analysis, Byki (or “before you know it”) vocabulary acquisition exercises, conversational language courses, video grammar lessons, and a robust social community.
Mayor Senna Mosley pointed out that there are at least 180 languages currently spoken in LaVergne, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. “When you have a population as culturally diverse as we enjoy here, we want to make sure everyone is provided the opportunity to learn, to read, to speak whatever language they desire.”
Wilberscheid is thrilled to offer the free program to the community, “The breadth of coverage with all the languages available is tremendous. There is literally something for everyone here.”