If you can’t drive the car, you can at least speak the language!


can't drive the car speak the languagePlanning a trip to Italy to celebrate your anniversary? Collaborating with your Chinese counterparts in your company’s Beijing branch? Just want to brush up that language you studied for four years in school but somehow can’t seem to remember at all? We’ve got you covered.

Transparent Language Online is now Available for FREE with your library card.  Whether you’re starting at the very beginning with a new alphabet or you’re an intermediate learner looking to enhance your vocabulary and grammar knowledge, Transparent Language Online can help. Available for learning 95+ languages, plus English as a Second Language (ESL) materials for native speakers of 26+ languages, the program has something for everyone:

  • Alphabet Courses: Full-length alphabet courses are available for 18+ languages to familiarize you with new writing systems, empowering you to learn one (or more!) of those “intimidating” languages like Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, or Arabic.
  • Essentials Courses: These courses guide you through 30+ lessons of pure language fundamentals, including meeting and greeting, expressing wants and needs, planning for a trip, dealing with money, asking for help, and beyond.
  • Supplemental Vocabulary: Hundreds of topically-organized vocabulary lists will teach you thousands of new words and phrases through a completely redesigned suite of fun, interactive activities that build all four core language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. No more drilling paper flashcards!
  • Grammar Reference: An extensive index of grammar materials rounds out the learning experience, providing both written and multimedia explanations of grammar rules and patterns.

Worried that you won’t be able to learn on your own? A customizable Learning Path allows you to choose what you want to learn, while an integrated analytics system tracks your progress, periodically prompting you to review material that you haven’t seen in a while. It’s like having a built-in teacher there to keep you on track toward your language-learning goals.

Best of all, Transparent Language Online works on any Internet-connected device, so you can learn from your laptop, phone, or tablet.

To learn more about Transparent Language Online and preview the program, swing by the library for a demo and to set up a free account. (If you use the library Zinio Magazines, you already have an account! Use the same email and password for both!) Access the program directly at Hot Topics – Databases A-Z or view the getting started videos at Hot Topics – How to Use the Library Databases

Feel free to contact us with any questions at ask@lvccld.org

It’s Black History Month! Be sure to visit Hot Topic – African-American Heritage to learn more.


black historyThe Hot Topic – African-American Heritage provides in-depth resources on black culture, issues and events, along with profiles of famous figures and leaders. Find primary source images from the slavery movement and more.

Look what’s new with American Indian History Online!


American Indian history 2015 new lookAmerican Indian History has had a complete redesign and wealth of enhancements. Click to see an
OVERVIEW OF NEW ENHANCEMENTS! or
Download the product overview (PDF) and familiarize yourself with some of the key enhancements to the history database:

  • More intuitive interface featuring a clean new design
  • Enhanced Topic Centers as well as new content
  • New SMART Board–friendly videos and slideshows created around specific themes and lesson topics
  • Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
  • New tag “clouds” for all content, linking to other content with the same tags
  • Improved source pages
  • Correlated to all major educational standards
  • Dynamic citations in MLA and Chicago formats, with EasyBib export functionality
  • Translation and Read Aloud tools
  • New searchable Support Center with live help chat.

Need more information on Native Americans? Visit our Hot Topic – Native American Heritage to find all kinds of resources loaded with information.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage @LVCCLD


Nhhm 2014Either online or in one of 25 libraries you will find resources and events to learn about Hispanic Heritage.

Visit our Hot Topic – Hispanic Heritage  under Cultural Heritage & Daily Life or find a Hispanic Heritage event to attend.

 

Got a Nevada Project Due? Use Hot Topic – Nevada History


nv150Learn all about Nevada’s 150 years of history. We have gathered the best resources for your Nevada History project and put them all in once place.