Database Spotlight

Language Online

Transparent Language Online

formerly: byki (Before You Know It)

This is part of a series, highlighting databases available through the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library website.

The library subscribes to the databases and the public can use their library card to access the information 24/7 -- that means even when the library is closed! However there are a few databases that can only be accessed in the library.

Transparent Language Online: is a powerful new online language-learning system designed specifically for use by the patrons of public libraries. The program teaches patrons to speak, hear and write almost any language using flashcards to teach words and phrases. This rapid learning system 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 over 75 languages, library patrons are able to access this system from inside the library or at home via the Library’s website. Users will have a variety of learning options that build listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. There is even a way to help users perfect their pronunciation. There are also English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for speakers of many other languages. This is a free program that schools and non-profit organizations working with immigrants and refugees can easily use.

There are fun extras like a word of the day in a specific language. Transparent Language Online also includes access to the Byki Mobile apps for iPhone and Android devices, allowing for great language learning on the go. Social Communities such as Facebook & Twitter allow you to see language used in real time and in real context to get the feel of real communications about real life. The ‘Overview’ tab will give a history of each language, plus an explanation about the alphabet, vocabulary and grammar.

In order to use Transparent Language Online, each patron needs to set up a username and password so that they can track personal progress; assessment tests move users in the right direction. So what are you waiting for? Before you know it, you can learn a new language!

So when you think of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, think bigger than "books and information" -- think electronic resources and use your library card to access all of this information 24/7. If you need help using the databases, please contact the Reference Desk at the Central Library (979-7151 ext 4) or

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