Transparent Language Review 2022
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➡ Is it worth it for the average learner? You will find out in this review.
✅ A clear learning structure.
✅ Excellent voice recognition tool.
✅ User-friendly interface with easy navigation.
✅ Opportunity to learn using languages other than English.
I don’t like...
❌ Little or no grammatical explanations during your learning.
❌ Lessons follow the same pattern and can become repetitive.
❌ The quality of the course does not justify the high price.
How it works
Transparent Language allows you to create your own "learning path" using pre-selected lessons and activities. A dashboard presents all units and lessons in a logical order to follow. Some languages have many units, others very few. Common topics for units include 'Ask for directions', 'At the hotel', 'Buy a train ticket', 'family' and 'shopping'. You can edit your specific learning goals and see how many words you've learned. Seeing your progress each day is convenient and motivating.
If you are learning a language with a totally different alphabet, your first lessons will focus on learning the new letters and their pronunciation.
While some may appreciate this consistency, others may find the stiffness of the lessons repetitive and boring.
After signing up for the 14 day free trial, you are redirected to a page where you select the language you want to learn.
Once you have selected your language, you are redirected to the “My learning path” page where several course units are offered to you.
A translation is provided at the bottom of the word in your native language to help you while you listen.
When you click next, you are taken to the next term or phrase, and when you click on the word itself, you are told how to pronounce and spell it.
Pronunciation – Voice Recognition
Most lessons include a section where you practice your speaking, trying to imitate the native speaker as best you can.
We found this feature quite useful when trying to pronounce new vocabulary.
You can then listen to your recording and pay attention to the part where your pronunciation does not match that of the native speaker. Highlighting combined with reading makes the tool useful.
Transparent Language offers a huge list of general vocabulary under the navigation tab with a range of sections including verbs and adjectives.
Other sections include questions for 'ask for directions', 'to the hotel', 'buy tickets' etc.
There are practice session where you are asked to write the word you read on the screen in a text box that appears below the word. This helps you remember words as well as their spelling.
At the end of each unit lesson, you must take tests to evaluate your understanding of the language you are learning.
A score is assigned based on the number of correct answers.
What is unfortunate is that whatever your score, you can always continue to progress to the next unit.
As mentioned earlier, there is little or no grammar to help you along the way. It is, however, a surprise to finally see all the grammar lessons that were previously hidden away.
In our opinion, these explanations are not thorough enough.
You will also receive grammar tips regarding adjectives, verbs, pronouns, conjugations, adverbs, etc. According to us, this section is also not deep enough.
There is an additional “Tutoring” option. Pricing is 79 € for 2 sessions (includes a one month access) and 299 € for 8 tutoring sessions (includes 3 month access).
➡ Mandarin Chinese
➡ Brazilian Portuguese
Other languages may be available upon request.
Who is it best for?
It is best for true beginners. You have the option to start anywhere in the course, but later lesson content is still quite easy and the repetitive activities may become boring for intermediate speakers. Although the content is not comprehensive, users learning uncommon languages with few resources elsewhere might find it useful.
What learning languages are offered?
Most language learning platforms typically offer up to a dozen languages. Transparent Language has a huge advantage by including a great selection of regional languages. This is really impressive.
➡ Altai - Transliterated
➡ Arabic, Egyptian
➡ Arabic, Iraqi
➡ Arabic, Iraqi - Transliterated
➡ Arabic, Levantine
➡ Arabic, Levantine - Transliterated
➡ Arabic, Modern Standard
➡ Arabic, Modern Standard - Transliterated
➡ Armenian - Transliterated
➡ Bashkir - Transliterated
➡ Belarusian - Transliterated
➡ Bengali - Transliterated
➡ Bulgarian - Transliterated
➡ Buriat - Transliterated
➡ Cambodian (Khmer)
➡ Chinese, Cantonese
➡ Chinese, Mandarin - Simplified
➡ Dakotah, Sisseton
➡ Dari - Transliterated
➡ Farsi - Transliterated
➡ French, Canadian
➡ French, Moroccan
➡ Georgian - Transliterated
➡ Greek - Transliterated
➡ Haitian Creole
➡ Hebrew - Transliterated
➡ Hindi - Transliterated
➡ Japanese - Transliterated
➡ Kazakh - Transliterated
➡ Korean - Transliterated
➡ Kurdish, Behdini - Latin
➡ Macedonian - Transliterated
➡ Mongolian - Transliterated
➡ Ojibwe, Central
➡ Ojibwe, Northwestern
➡ Pashto - Transliterated
➡ Portuguese, Brazilian
➡ Portuguese, European
➡ Punjabi, Shahmukhi
➡ Quechua, Ecuadorian
➡ Russian - Transliterated
➡ Scottish Gaelic
➡ Serbian - Transliterated
➡ Spanish, Castilian
➡ Spanish, Latin American
➡ Tajiki - Transliterated
➡ Thai - Transliterated
➡ Tuvan - Transliterated
➡ Ukrainian - Transliterated
➡ Urdu - Transliterated
➡ Uzbek - Cyrillic
➡ Uzbek - Latin
It also includes instruction tailored to speakers of Arabic - Modern Standard, Chinese - Mandarin Simplified, Czech, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Hmong, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese - Brazilian, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish - Latin American, Swahili and Tagalog.
How much does the method cost?
During the free trial period offered, a learner has time to decide which language to study before making payments or signing up for a plan.
The prices are quite high. To unlock a single language, it will cost you 24,95 € per month, or 149,95 € per year.
When you look at the depth and range of courses available and since the lessons do not cover grammar in depth, the price of the service seems quite high to us.
What other platforms can you use as an alternative?
Pimsleur appears as the good alternative in the market although its price is also high.
Applications Babbel, Mondly and Rosetta Stone are also excellent resources.
Let's not forget to mention software such as Preply and Baselang.
Transparent Language and Duolingo
Duolingo has all the benefits of Transparent Language but for free! Duolingo makes content more fun and less repetitive than Transparent Language by incorporating game-like elements.
For more information on Duolingo, see our review.
Transparent Language and Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone is similar to Transparent Language because it uses a methodical approach. The difference between the two is that Rosetta Stone uses an immersive approach without using your native language. This could prove frustrating for some learners.
Learn more about Rosetta Stone.
Transparent Language and Glossika
The Glossika method for learning languages is quite different from Transparent Language.
Transparent Language likes to make extensive use of activities to engage learners' attention, whereas Glossika focuses on theory and repetition.
Review and conclusion
When it comes to vocabulary, the system does not show us precisely how to connect words correctly in order to form coherent sentences.
The words and phrases that are learned at the beginning of the lesson are the same until the end, which can seem boring.
Thus, depending on the price offered, Transparent Language will not be a method that we recommend in priority. Pimsleur appears to be the best alternative platform due to its robustness and pedagogy.
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- vincent4 weeks ago
|4 weeks ago|
Pros: ransparent Languages offers a holistic perspective on language learning & a ton of resources in order to learn likely every single vocabulary word in existence. There are opportunities to engage with specific aspects of language related to specific vocations or areas where you would need to know very niche language.Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.
Cons: When you log onto the software, it's a bit difficult to navigate. In addition, the wealth of available knowledge is a bit difficult to wade through, similar to it being like a thick soup. There are multiple options and the thought of tackling the language from the point of logging on is almost overwhelming.
|4 weeks ago|
I think it was not worth my money, Duolingo is so much better and has more content, this one has no content beyond touristy content.
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