Top language learning apps!
Language learning has become a much-needed skill in the world today. Besides classes, there has also been an increase in smartphone apps that teach users language. In this blog, I wanted to discuss some of the best language apps available in the market.
Perhaps the most well-known free language learning app available, DuoLingo currently has over 100 million users. The success of DuoLingo is due to its seamless gamification of language learning in a simple, mobile platform. Most of the courses offered by DuoLingo are created by native speakers, which helps to ensure accuracy regarding how the language is spoken today.
Additionally, unlike many language apps, DuoLingo does not assume the user is a native English speaker. For each of DuoLingo’s nearly 100 language courses, there is the option to select a course designed for those with a first language other than English. As a result, DuoLingo has a global reach unmatched by the other free language apps.
With over 200 languages available, there’s a good chance MemRise has the next language you want to learn. The free version of the app gives you access to the same number of languages as the Pro version, just with fewer functionalities. Where MemRise truly excels is in its ability to make vocabulary practice fun and engaging.
Rather than flashcards, that rely on recognition of vocabulary without context, MemRise uses memes. This playful approach to increasing vocabulary proficiency serves two purposes. First, it keeps learners engaged and entertained despite the repetition needed for language acquisition. Second, it helps users learn better. The memes often use unique and entertaining associations with the vocabulary being learned. This helps to increase recall accuracy and speed.
Where most language learning apps focus on creating self-guided lessons, HelloTalk takes an entirely different approach. Instead of choosing from predetermined lessons, learners are connected with native speakers of their target language. Users then communicate conversationally using text and/or voice messages. Thanks to an in-app correction tool, users can make corrections to each other’s messages in real-time. There is also a translation tool to assist when you simply don’t know the right word to convey what you want to say.
In addition to chatting one-on-one with other users, HelloTalk includes a functionality that allows you to make a public post and engage with the entire community of native speakers for your target language at once. It’s a great way to get quick answers to your language questions or post updates on your progress.