Our smartphones and tablets can distract us from the world around us. Yes, they can even be addictive, even dangerous.
But, when used sparingly, these devices can be valuable tools.
They are telephones, messengers, televisions, Internet browsers, travel companions,
maps, foreign language teachers, dictionaries and tourist guides, all in one.
What makes them such multiple-use items?
Look no further than the apps to learn languages! There are countless applications, and new ones keep coming and going.
THE BEST APPS TO LEARN LANGUAGES
Since you are a modern language learner, you are certainly considering applications for
It’s obvious. But you may not have time to review each and every language learning application that has arrived in the app store.
Well, you’re in luck! Below in GumsUP we present the best apps to learn languages today.
FluentU is like YouTube, but is more focused on language learning, with
digital libraries of the best foreign-language videos on the planet.
take authentic clips such as interviews, movie previews and music videos and the
transform into language lessons.
With FluentU’s interactive learning technology, you get a transcript of the clips
For example, everything that is spoken in a French interview is spoken in French.
converts into written form and is displayed below the video.
Touch any written word and you’ll get all the information you need about the word:
its translation, definition and even images and examples of use. In this way, a simple
Chinese song video turns into a language lesson on steroids!
FluentU also has the Learning Mode, which takes you to a series of questions from
vocabulary, asking you to mark the correct translations or to fill in the spaces in the form.
Add to this a system of built-in flash memory cards and you will have a
an unbeatable combination for language learners.
The application can be downloaded for free and currently offers lessons in Spanish, French,
Chinese Mandarin, German, Japanese, English, Russian, Korean and Italian.
Below is one of the most popular language learning platforms of the
Its 150 million (and counting!) registered users can choose between 28 languages
including Vietnamese, Esperanto and even High Valyrio.
Let us consider Duolingo the Michael Jordan of gambling. The application gives to users
You will be assigned a series of small tasks that will improve your performance.
your language skills.
You may be asked to match a word with your translation in the target language. In
Occasionally you will use the microphone of the device to pronounce the word that appears to you.
Sometimes you will need to write and translate a simple sentence.
At the same time, you get psychological products from a progress bar and some
merits, badges and rewards when you pass certain levels.
The more you use the application, the more XP or experience points you will get.
They will win Lingots, which is the virtual currency in the world of Duolingo. You can use them to
buy cool stuff at the store, like costumes for the application mascot.
It is an excellent way to get a quick introduction to the basic lessons in the
language learning stages for beginners and intermediate learners.
It’s not about the depth with Duolingo, it’s about gammaification, repetition and a
quick description of many key issues.
To deepen and learn each lesson, you will need to pair Duolingo with another application:
FluentU and Duolingo is a particularly good language application pairing.
Every time you master a Duolingo mini-lesson, search FluentU for videos
related to practicing that lesson in the context of the real world, listen to the use of
native speakers and reinforce with many varied and dynamic exercises.
What do you get when you have a great memory teacher (Ed Cooke) and a neuroscientist
of Princeton (Greg Detre) develops an application? You get Memrise, winner of the Best application to learn languages in the 2017 Google Play Awards.
This language learning app is highly addictive with its repetition techniques.
One would think that repeating words over and over again becomes boring.
Memrise has a way of repeating things without being repetitive, which allows you to come and go between
The application also touches writing skills,
listening and reading.
Your journey through the application will consist of mini language-related tasks in
you will be asked to translate a word forward and backward, write what you want to say, and
listen or choose from a set of audio clips.
New words are incorporated regularly and old words that you have learned
the sooner they reappear from time to time.
Audio is ubiquitous throughout the application. You will always hear a clip of how to pronounce a
vocabulary word. Therefore, it is possible that you are translating or writing an answer, once you get the correct answer, you will always hear an audio of the word before moving on to the next task.
This is very important because this technique is applied in another way for students to
remember the words.
One of the best features of the application are the integrated videos of speakers
native speakers who pronounce the words you are studying. And, of course, when they show
those beautiful smiles, make you want to learn the language even more.
Memrise offers programs in 25 languages and can be downloaded for free. A Pro Subscription
will cost $5 a month.