Introduction first: My name is Bridgette Claery and I just came across Transparent Language full time as part of the engagement team. As you can imagine, it’s hard to do engage People about something you didn’t do yourself, so the first task was four weeks of intensive German class with Christina from the team. (Can you believe I get paid for this ?!)
📅 need motivation to integrate the language into your busy schedule
🗣️ are nervous about working with a native speaker
⁉️ haven’t even really thought about live tutoring
I hope sharing my experience with Transparent Connect can inspire you to find a tutor to improve your studies and make the most of every minute invested.
“DABLing” in German
Studies have shown that when learning foreign languages, the combination of technology and human teaching is more powerful than computer learning or human teaching alone. With our declaratively accelerated blended learning method (affectionately known as DABL), we use Transparent Language Online in a “flipped classroom” approach, in which the course instructor assigns the lessons in advance. This way, you will become familiar and memorize key phrases, vocabulary, and grammar. When you meet with the instructor, you can use this “declarative memory” to conduct conversations in a contextual environment. You memorize something and practice ahead of time so that the work you do with your teacher is deeper, more meaningful, and more impactful.
According to this method, I spent two hours in our transparent online language for every hour with my teacher Christina. So this four-week experiment was the equivalent of four hours with my instructor and eight hours on the platform.
Results – vocabulary
I learned 244 German words and expressions! Vocabulary size is a good indicator of your level and tracking can be motivating as you progress in your language. With Transparent Language Online we simplify the tracking and continuous practice of your vocabulary. All I have to do is click “refresh” for a quick vocabulary check! Set a goal for how many vocabulary you want to learn. If I could study 244 in hours, how many can you study?
What I particularly enjoyed during the class with my teacher is that we were able to take the 244 words and phrases I know, play with them, and create all new sentences. Christina helped me understand the grammar and word structure of German, which made it easy for me to create even more things to say and say correctly. It’s a miracle when a native speaker corrects your pronunciation on the spot.
Results – grammar
In addition to the most important vocabulary and expressions, I also learned grammar. We practiced the verbs ‘sein’ and ‘haben’, how to conjugate regular verbs in the present tense, as well as the difference between the informal and the formal you. Now I am even more ready to take what I have learned and have grammatically correct conversations with native speakers.
Results – culture
I’ve learned some cultural notes that will enable me to better manage my experience with native speakers. Did you know that Germans know exactly how to address someone – they pay particular attention to titles in formal settings. If someone is a doctor, you have to call them “Herr Doktor” or “Frau Doktor” in a formal setting. Good to know, I would hate to be embarrassed in a professional setting! Once you get to know someone, you can ask them to use the informal “you”. In fact, the verb “duzen” means to use the informal “du” (you) and “siezen” means to use the formal “you” (you).
What I learned (except for a shipload of German)
In a short time, my trust in German has grown enormously. Grammatically, culturally and lexically. I even feel like me sound German, and no, I don’t sound angry … I’m happy as a clam. 🐚
The great thing about Transparent Connect courses is the flexibility. Meet with your teacher every day or once a week, whatever works best for your schedule. Rest assured that you are in good hands as they will help you achieve your linguistic goal!
Taking the time to learn a language will tell you how blended learning with a live tutor can help you get the most of it and why acquiring vocabulary is so important to the process. I urge you to get 1000 learned vocabulary in front of me!
 US Department of Education.Evaluation of evidence-based principles in online learning. https://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/eval/tech/evidence-based-practices/finalreport.pdf (2001)