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Transparent Language Online: Excellent Education

Transparent Language Online

$199.95 a year or $29.95 a month


PROS Offers instruction in more than 100 languages. Clear learning path and structure. Excellent speech analysis. Appropriately challenging.

CONS Writing and spelling exercises could be more polished. Some languages have more content than others. Pricier than others.

If you’re looking to learn a language, chances are Transparent Language Online teaches it. This online language-learning app has programs for more than 100 languages, from the ones most people are looking to learn to those with comparatively few speakers worldwide. The amount of content varies by language, but on the whole, the programs are thorough. The app also comes with the best speech-analysis tool I’ve seen. Transparent Language Online is among the best apps for learning a language.

While it’s excellent, Transparent doesn’t edge out our top two picks for language-learning programs, Duolingo and Rosetta Stone. They’re both, in a word, stickier. They compel you to pick them up again day after day because they’re more fun than the average language-learning app and more visually interesting, too. Still, Transparent is a wonderful program, complete with a mobile app, and it covers dozens more languages than Rosetta Stone and Duolingo

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