Learning a new language is really a beneficial decision, Not only from a professional or monitory point of view but also from the learning point of view.
There are many reasons why people decide to learn a new language. Some do it for becoming a translator in future, some because of passion and some for reasons such as keeping their mind fresh.
Whatever be the reason, learning a new language is always a good decision.
But the point is, how can one get started?
We spend a lot of time with our I-phones and hence we should make use of it in learning as well. If you’ve made up your mind to learn a foreign language, below are some best language learning apps you can use to get the whole thing started.
6 Superb Apps for Learning Languages
I first came to know about this app when I started learning Spanish. I tried dozens of apps, out of which Duolingo stood as the sole app that turns learning into a game. The whole concept is based on answering questions and getting more XPs. XP is basically an in-game currency. Users can also duel against their friends to make learning friendlier.
The prime method by which Duolingo aims to teach new language is by conversation, audible speaking and repetition. You also have “Skill level” which increases when you complete new things and it will fall if you don’t complete new lessons for several days. This app offers courses for the following languages :- English, Italian, Portuguese, French, German, Spanish.
This app is beautifully designed, and its layout makes it very easy to draw and write symbols. The most irritating issue you will face while learning a new language is that it requires drawing symbols efficiently on the screen.
This is what BraincScape took in its focus and completely stood firm on its promises. There are tons of stroke order lessons which are quite helpful in learning and drawing symbols.
The app has around 5,500 flashcards, along with basic word and writing lessons. Users can also test drive the app for 3 days and then decide to unlock everything with a one-time purchase.
Unlike BrainScape, this app doesn’t limit the language learning to one language. It helps you learn Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, French and German free of cost.
The majority of us are basically visual learners, who learn more from images than from mere text. That is why Memrise provides a lot of visual clues along with puns to help learners learn words and phrases.
Every word is paired with easy to memorize sentences, phrases, and cartoons which should help you in remembering what does a particular phrase means.
Usually, there are multiple options so that you can choose the one that suits you best. The app even makes sure that you don’t forget by giving quizzes after you learn some words.
#4. World Nomads
Isn’t it a cool name ?
This is another awesome app that covers around 22 different languages and also provides options to a user to learn a lot of different phrases and words.
The app also lets you listen a native pronounce them so that you don’t get mistaken. Even if you are running out of time, learning a new language doesn’t essentially need to be overwhelming.
With this app, you open unlimited possibilities of learning a new language. During the day or before sleeping at the night, you can learn mini-language sessions.
This would help you learn a language in small bursts of learning.
Last but not the least, Babble offers different app series that helps in learning languages such as Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian and French.
The way in which Babble tackles the learning process is quite similar to that of Duolingo. The app uses a clever combination of repeating back phrases, completing phrases and repeating over and over.
Learners can also set custom goals in order to stay on the track. Your progress would then be synced between your iPad, iPhone and the web as well. This takes care of the fact that you can continue learning from where you left. The only major difference between Duolingo and this app is that it comes with monthly fees. Although the fees aren’t much compared to what it serves for. You can unlock the app and learn to full potential with a $11 subscription fees.
This app comes from the house of Random house and offers a lot of apps that cover several languages ranging from Italian and English up to Korean and Hindi. All of the language courses have the same main interface and they focus on completing sentences and then learning new words. You also get to test your skills periodically.
The main thing I liked about this app was that you have the ability to purchase courses on individual basis, like not buying whole package but single languages courses instead. You can buy the ones that you need and save some bucks for drinking coffee while learning.
They are also the only app that support Arabic too. As per my opinion, if you are just starting up, or need some grip over what you are going to pay for, this app is great choice to begin with.
Conclusion – A lot of times people ask me, whether they should learn from premium apps or for free ones.
My answer always varies. Sometimes the best things are free ( I am not talking about air and sunlight ). But sometimes premium services offers a lot of things which aren’t present in the free ones.
To put it simply, if you are learning for professional purposes such as being a translator, don’t hesitate in spending small subscription fees. But if you are like me, go with free alternatives present in the App store.
A lot of people also prefer learning from online translation tools such as Google translation. In my opinion, you won’t be efficient in sentence forming if you learned from a tool such as Google translation.
Also, I would also recommend buying one book to assist you in learning. Share this post with your friends to help them learn as well.
So, which apps do you prefer for learning new languages?