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Language-Learning Apps

One of the biggest perks today, aided by readily available technology, is the sheer amount of knowledge at our very fingertips.


If we seek to know something, we find it in the blink of an eye. We Google it, search it on YouTube. Etc..





One could argue you no longer need a formal education to become a true savant on a subject or trade. It’s all right there.


In the same vein, the capability of learning foreign languages has become easier thanks to applications devoted to teaching us the process. Today, we will examine some of the top applications on the market to conquer a new language. Slacked off in high school Spanish or French? Here is your chance at redemption.


Babel


Out of all these sleek apps, Babel is arguably the most mundane. Experts liken the language-learning application to learning a language in school… but only online.


Hey, at least you can do it at your own pace without getting flak from your teacher like in school.





Each lesson is comprised of translations through pictures and phrases – with some of the letters included to help you out. Much like you may see on your typical school homework while studying a language.


The language lessons average 15 minutes – making it quite feasible to fit into your assuredly busy day.


Cost: A three-month subscription is $27, six months costs $46, and one year is $75.


Mondly


Mondly is designed by combining principles of neuroscience along with cutting edge technologies. The main allure of the app is the diverse ways one can learn – course materials, augmented reality and chat bots.

Another plus: 41 languages can be learned in any combination. That means that you don’t have to learn Spanish through English. You can learn Spanish through French or whatever best suits you.




There is also MondlyKIDS – which is like the main platform but more kid-friendly through the usage of illustrations.


Now, Mondly isn’t perfect. This is evident through the lack of grammar rules on the site pertaining to the language you are studying. But, overall, Mondly offers a variety of learning experiences and is definitely technologically-advanced.


Busuu


Busuu preaches that the key to learning a language is to speak it out loud. The site uses its speech recognition tool to aid its students in their learning process.


While there is a free version, it is very limited. The paid premium option is the way to go. Don’t like Busuu after 14 days? They will give you your money back. Smart customer service.




When you join Busuu, you first choose a level (Beginner A1, Elementary A2, Intermediate B1, Upper Intermediate B2). These are based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), which establishes exactly how fluent an individual is in a specific language.


Another cool feature of Busuu is that you can get feedback on your learning and progress from their community. The community is filled with knowledgeable speakers of all its languages. By speaking or writing in your new language, you can get feedback on how to improve from native speakers. A great asset.


Duolingo


A free app. That’s right. Duolingo was the first free language-learning app to rival expensive paid programs.


According to experts, Duolingo is up there even with the best paid language-learning programs.


Duolingo offers plenty of options – podcasts, and live video chats with other learners – for marquee languages like Spanish. The downside is that if you are not attempting to learn a common language, there aren’t as many options for you.




Duolingo also offers a placement test when you sign up. This makes sense. Perhaps you are like me – someone who has limited Spanish experience and dabbled a bit in grade school and college. When you first get st