Assistance for learning a foreign language has never been easier than it is in today’s world of smartphones and portable tablets. Couple this with 3G, 4G and wi-fi everywhere it is almost difficult to resist the temptation of learning a foreign language via an app even if you are not exactly studying it. From the hundreds that exist, here are 6 amazing apps for learning some lingo.
This app covers all bases when it comes to improving your knowledge of Spanish, with both off and online capabilities you can be sure to be learning whether you have connection to the web or not. The app itself functions as a dictionary but also offers word games, word of the day, an ability to save your favourite words and when connected to the net you can search for complete phrases as well as individual words, a truly excellent app and once you have it you’ll never want to let it go.
The worlds highest rated language app helps you learn through repetition and in an almost game-like manner where you amass points to unlock the next, more difficult level. In doing this the app ensures that you have firmly recorded what you have already learned. DuoLingo has an audible ability which allows users to talk into the app to improve oral skills and helping you to remember words in the process. DuoLingo gives you the opportunity to learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, and English with more on the way and is a fantastic starting point for learning that new language.
The Busuu app gives users a whole new way of learning languages by using it’s ever growing community and encouraging learners to interact with native speakers via the app. The app takes you through a lesson and then puts you into a ‘demo’ conversation, helping students to improve their understanding skills. The app also offers a video chat function whereby students can speak to native speakers over p2p software meaning you’ll be on your way to fluency before you know it.
Memrise is a great app for helping you learn, and more importantly, remember new words of a foreign language. Currently available in Mandarin, French, English, Spanish and German, Memrise uses a variety of tools such as flashcards and mnemonics to aid the student in learning. The app also uses the ‘spacing effect’ which a process of repetition over periods of time to ensure you remember what you are learning. Memories is a very good app to assist your learning as opposed to beginning your learning of a new language but a vital tool nonetheless.
HelloTalk is less an app to teach language and more of a community inspired language exchange. With thousands of users the world over this app helps students engage with native speakers and improve their language by conversation. Through conversation HelloTalk gives users the opportunity to learn about cultures as much as about language and helps people make friends the world over. The app offers a voice to text tool as well as grammar correction and transliteration software for learners of languages with different alphabets. One of the best features of this app is that you can call people you have conversed with for free over the internet via HelloTalk, a great tool for anyone learning a language.