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Last Updated: Sep 16, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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About This Database

Powerspeak Languages is an online language learning system. It uses audio and video in a variety of interactive lessons, including listening and speaking exercises. It offers courses in eight languages plus ESL instruction for Spanish and Mandarin speakers.

You can access it through the library's database pages or through the links in the box to the right.

How to Access Powerspeak Languages

To give Powerspeak Languages a try, we recommend you first set up a free account. That way you'll be able to save your progress as you work through the lessons.
To do that, visit the main Powerspeak page, though if you're off campus you'll be asked for your FHU credentials first. Once you get to Powerspeak, click the Login button at the top right and then look for the Sign Up Now button. Enter an email and password of your choosing and you're all set
For the future, use that same Powerspeak link when accessing to your account. You can also find that link on the library's website

Common Questions About Powerspeak Languages

Should Powerspeak be slower from off campus?
It might be. If you are having issues you might try this link instead: That link will likely only work within the state of Tennessee however. If you're home for a weekend or a break you'll have to use the other link.
What system requirements do I need for Powerspeak?
On either a Mac or Windows, you need Adobe Flash Player plug-in 10.1+, a 128MB Graphics Memory & Sound card, Chrome 6.0+ / Firefox 4.0+ / IE 8.0+ / Safari 5.0+, cookies and Javascript enabled, plus a headset or microphone.
Does Powerspeak work on an iPad?
Since it requires Flash to work, it would not work in a traditional browser. But you might be able to get it to work on a browser that supports Flash, like Photon or Skyfire, for example.
Is Powerspeak as good as Rosetta Stone or Mango?
Powerspeak is not as comprehensive as Rosetta Stone, but it's fairly comparable to Mango. Both will give you a very good foundation in a language.

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