Learning other languages is of vital importance in the current work context. In addition to being able to apply for better jobs, it broadens your horizons and makes things much easier for you when traveling. And if you had not noticed, it is already taking time to get your batteries!
But don't worry, you don't have to pack your bags to go abroad, or enroll in a boring language school. The Internet offers us a multitude of options to achieve our goal , and without having to leave home.
Therefore, today we bring you a selection of the best applications to learn languages for iPhone and Android . These tools will help you practice with languages and improve your level in a fast and enjoyable way. Ready, steady… GO!
WORD OF THE DAY
Word of the day is a super easy to use and very useful application, if your goal is to learn English. as its name suggests, its teaching system is based on teaching us a new word with each passing day . In addition to the word itself, we can see the meaning and hear its pronunciation.
The idea here is that, with little or no effort, we are able to expand our vocabulary every day, and thus be able to assimilate the language in a constant and natural way .
Babbel is one of the most effective apps for learning languages . Not for nothing, it is a pioneering tool and one of the most used for online language learning, with more than a million subscribers. As described in the application itself, their courses are designed, in theory, to acquire some ease from the beginning and we can have short conversations with just a few hours of dedication.
The truth is that with this application learning any language we set out to become a fun game that challenges us in unexpected ways. The best thing is the interactivity of its exercises , through which the app detects your strengths and weaknesses to personalize each lesson.
Duolingo is somewhat newer than Babbel, but it already has millions of active users. It is a very useful app whose interface reminds us of a game , with 25 levels that make it more fun to learn, both for young people and adults.
Another advantage that Duolingo offers is that if you are not using it for a long time, it will notify you via email and it will deduct points from your progress. In a way, Duolingo forces you to use it constantly so as not to forget the content you have learned . Another point in its favor is that it is completely free and, without a doubt, its methodology through exercises with up to 9 languages to choose from, in the Spanish version.
More than a block of content to study or exercise a language, what Busuu offers us is an online community to learn and deepen in a language. In it, the user registers, sends friend requests, and creates groups to exchange text corrections, translations or simply to practice a language with native speakers. That is, users help each other to improve their language skills .
LEARN CHINESE - HELLO CHINESE
It is estimated that there are about 1.325 million people who speak Chinese, of which 885 million are native speakers of the language. In the future, those who speak Chinese will have a great advantage over people who speak only English. For this, HelloChinese is an application to learn Mandarin Chinese from scratch .
The concept of teaching with HelloChinese is also similar to a game. You can learn to use tones, as well as know how to write and read Chinese characters. The tool makes use of the latest technology in voice recognition and tactile character writing .
We could not say if it is the best application on this list, but what we do know is that it takes the first prize for the best name. Beelinguapp allows you to learn more than 13 languages by reading and listening to literary works that are translated simultaneously while they are played.
The application has no initial cost. However, it requires integrated purchases whose cost can reach 30 euros.
Winner of the Best App of 2017 award from GooglePlay I / O, Memrise offers us another way to learn up to 9 languages, between Chinese, German, French, Japanese, Korean and, of course, English.
Its methodology is based on three fundamental aspects: memories, conversation and repetitions . Memrise proposes you to introduce memories in your brain that you can easily associate with concrete actions (going to the movies, relaxing, etc). To do this, she lets out common phrases and expressions that at first do not make sense, and later she ends up bringing each and every one of them together in a fluid conversation that establishes the memory in our brain.
Memrise is a free application, although it also offers a paid option for those users who want to enjoy a more rounded experience.
Rosetta Stone is one of the greats in language learning with over 25 years of experience behind him. It currently offers up to 24 different languages, with the characteristic methodology of this famous software that seeks to offer you the most real experience possible in the linguistic immersion process.
To access Rosetta Stone courses, you will first need to create your own account. Once you choose the language you want, you will be able to access the different courses, which are structured around different themes : “greeting and introducing yourself”, “going out with friends”, “shopping”, etc. Each of these thematic units is divided into 'pronunciation', 'vocabulary' and 'grammar' and has four different levels.
Of course, if you want to get to enjoy the full experience you will have to pay a premium subscription thanks to which you can benefit from personalized lessons designed for each user.