Have you ever heard this question about learning app: “is it like Duolingo?” Many Duolingo courses are established by native speakers themselves enabling communities and language lovers to get involved and gave rise to perhaps less expected courses such as Guarani or Klingon. Another feature that makes Duolingo special is that it is not focused only at an English native speaker. For each language there are specific courses targeting at those with different first languages, totally produces 81 courses.
It is designed to make speaking practice easy and remove the possible stress of real time conversation. Learners can find native speakers and have conversation with them using a whatsapp-like chat with voice and text messages. Users can correct each other’s messages with an in-built correction tool, which makes the language exchanges to small teaching sessions.
Mindsnacks takes gamification to a whole different level. Each one of seven languages taught are posed with eight or nine small games which are designed to help you learn vocabulary, grammar, and practice your listening. There are short simple lessons full of concepts that are practiced or tested in the games before they achieve the level of being mastered. Mindsnacks monitors your progress so you can clearly see how much more learning you need to achieve proficiency in every skill. The basic download is free, but it comes only with a limited number of games. If you pay a little bit you can access more lessons and extend your game options.
Busuu offers full courses in 12 different languages. The app is basically free but to unlock most of the features and course materials you should pay $17 a month. The app teaches you individual words and takes you to simple conversations and questions about the dialogues all of which include audio where you can listen to native pronunciation. The lessons are shaped in topical themes where we learn skills and expressions connected to tasks. The special aspect of Busuu is that you can engage native speakers in your personal learning process.
The free version comes with 40 classes, so even without paying money the app permits you to learn a considerable number of phrases in one of the 13 languages it provides. Each class starts from step-by-step teaching of vocabulary powered by pictures. Then the words are being used in related phrases and short dialogues set to the student’s level to help use conversation skills. Handy pop-ups with the app describe most important grammatical points related to the learned material and the desktop version includes short cultural notes. Aside from the general beginner’s courses, Babbel has also unique packages allocated to improving specific skills such as grammar or vocabulary.
Memrise is a place for fun vocabulary practice. There is no lack of courses on almost every language you can imagine. You can find standardized courses based on popular textbooks or vocabulary lists as well as less expected vocabulary collections such as words from the Japanese translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The advantage of Memrise also lies in two things: spaced repetition and mnemonics. The spaced repetition algorithm calculates when and how often you should review each word and the app will send you reminders when it’s time to review. The addition of memes is really helpful in memorizing the vocabulary.
Leaf will improve your English to make you fluent in all new conditions you face. Whether you are an international student who doesn't know how to order a book, a foreigner who has to apply for a driver's license,— Leaf will explain the necessary keywords in simple English. The lessons are short and written in simple English. Each teaches you a special practical skill and can be read in a couple of minutes.
This app is designed to expose you to read content written by native speakers from basic levels. The study materials are based on texts pulled out of the internet, therefore it is so various. It will estimate your level by asking some specific words and the range of your vocabulary. As you learn you will be shown a text. Clicking on a word you don’t know you will see its translation, hear it pronounced aloud and have it added to your database of words. Based on this feedback the app will be able to match future texts to your level more accurately. The idea of Lingua.ly is to help you study in context and algorithm aims to serve you texts in which you’d be familiar with 90% of vocabulary.
As the name suggests the app is designed for travelers who need to reinforce their language skills before that dream holiday. The app is aimed to force you to speak and be understood so you don’t feel lost in a foreign environment and also feel more relax. In addition, you at least attempt to sound like a local and use the common expressions rather than the textbook phrases. A feature called the slang slider displays different levels of formal or casualty of each phrase.
MosaLingua is a fully rounded resource for a number of languages including French, Spanish and Italian. You can choose to go through the standard lesson program starting from simple phrases and numerals, or you can opt to go for one of the specific topical packs, for example people, time or tourism.