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JPL offers online language learning

Small business owners who need to learn a new language for enhanced customer communication can take advantage of a new program at the Jacksonville Public Library (JPL). JPL, in partnership with Transparent Language and Recorded Books, has introduced Byki Online for Libraries, a new online language-learning system designed specifically for use by public library customers.

Byki, an acronym for “Before You Know It,” takes users through a series of simple steps to memorize words and phrases in a new language, including their meanings and proper pronunciation, in the shortest possible time.

Available for learning more than 80 languages including English as a second language for 16 languages, library customers can access the Byki Online system for free through the library’s web site at jaxpubliclibrary.org, located under the e-research link for an alphabetical listing of online databases. A free account is necessary to access Byki Online.

Users will find a variety of high quality learning options that build listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. In addition, Byki includes Advanced Pronunciation Analysis to help users perfect their pronunciation skills. Individual progress tracking and assessment tests help identify areas for improvement and move users in the right direction.

In addition to Byki Online’s advanced learning tools, an array of online language and cultural resources are included such as one click access to Facebook and Twitter language communities and Byki language blogs featuring a collection of articles covering the language and the culture that surrounds it.


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