Language Transfer Review: Useful Free Language Courses

  • Lara Scott
    Written byLara Scott
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A decent free collection of language courses, quite reminiscient of Michel Thomas.
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Language Transfer
Pricing: Free
Positives
  • Good amount of vocabulary and grammar
  • Perfect for beginner and intermediate students
Negatives
  • Lack of ability to monitor progress
  • Lack of dialogue/conversation practice
  • A bit of a Michel Thomas rip-off

Summary

Language Transfer's a collection of quality, free language courses that would appeal to beginners and intermediate students but needs more development and feels like a Michel Thomas clone.

Language Transfer was established in 2011 by one person whose main focus is to produce courses to help language learners progress.

Given that the platform is free, I wasn’t expecting much when I came across it, but it has good quality content.

This review will give you more details.

Language Transfer features

The Language Transfer program features nine different languages.

Some of the languages it includes are French, Spanish, Italian, Swahili and Greek. Each course has various audio tracks, which is how the courses are taught.

Although most of the courses don’t feature additional content, the Arabic course features vocabulary cards.

Listening and thinking

Language Transfer aims to help you think and understand languages via audio recordings that logically discuss the finer points of your chosen language.

In the second Spanish audio track, for example, you’ll learn what the similarities are between English and Spanish.

This is made simpler as there is a student following the lesson and learning with you who contributes to the lesson.

Grow your understanding step-by-step

Tying in different elements of language and building your knowledge is the main focus of Language Transfer.

It works by teaching you one language rule, or element, and then gradually pairing these with other elements.

In the Spanish session, for instance, you’re taught about word stresses and intonation.

You are given the example of a Spanish cognate word normal and then introduced to the verb es.

As you listen, you are taught how to construct very basic sentences using these two phrases.

Well-paced lessons for beginners

The reason I would say Language Transfer is not aimed at advanced students is that they are taught slowly.

You are taught concepts little by little and have time to digest each element — I’d say they are more aimed at beginners or intermediate students.

Therefore, advanced students might find the pace of these lessons a little slow.

But this doesn’t mean you won’t learn something new.

How Language Transfer could improve

I think one thing is missing from Language Transfer — a way to assess yourself.

This would help you gauge whether you’re grasping all of the points discussed on the audio tracks.

However, if you’re looking for an introductory set of lessons that are good for beginners and lower intermediate level students, Language Transfer is a great choice.

You won’t have to pay, but you’ll still get good quality lessons and learn new ideas.


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