Learning languages with apps – that’s what many people do nowadays. But are there good applications to help you with that? To find the answer, we looked at three popular applications.
Learning a second or third language is priceless. Whether at work or at home – to be able to communicate with people from all over the world brings enormous benefits and helps employees increase their market value and appreciate other cultures.
Without knowing a language like English at the very least is like being crippled professionally.
Spanish, Russian or Chinese are very popular too.
But even when people don’t require a foreign language to do their jobs or get one, the feeling of accomplishment when you start understanding other people speaking a language that is not your native is priceless. Whether you are ordering at a restaurant, asking for directions, or just having a chat with the locals, an entire new world opens up to you.
Learning languages enriches life – both professionally and privately
In principle, the majority of people around the world learn their first or second foreign language in school. Frequently students complete important semesters abroad and get the chance to learn a second language through their studies. There are also “work-and-travel” opportunities for students that can be used to learn a second language and get to understand a totally different culture from your own.
“The most important thing when learning languages is to practice speech. It is the only way to get the best results.”
But before you can make your first attempts at a sensible conversation with a foreign speaker, you have to learn the basics.
Thanks to the Internet and your smartphone, it’s now possible to learn English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi or any other language from anywhere. Whether it is on the way to work or at home on the couch, there are dozens of online resources that you can use to improve your grammar and vocabulary throughout the day.
Learning Languages – Fast and Anywhere
The three apps that dominate the charts with the best user ratings in the App Store or Google Play are Babbel, Duolingo and Busuu.
But, what can language apps like Babbel, Duolingo and Busuu offer?
Needless to say that ratings should not be your one and only criterion for choosing an app. An app that suits thousands of other people doesn’t mean will suit you. It depends on your learning style, whether it’s visually with pictures and videos or audio. Not every app can provide everything to your needs.
But, I would recommend getting to a safe start with one of these three, and afterwards you can explore other options.
For example, Babbel supports learning of the correct pronunciation by means of a speech recognition software. Users can work in various lessons from beginner to advanced mode. The lessons have been developed by Babbel’s didactic experts.
New vocabularies are added repeatedly which you can use regularly.
The Duolingo app, on the other hand, is particularly suitable for learning with images. Food, animals, colors, people or professions are display with colorful illustrations while incorporating speech, writing and multiple-choice exercises. Users can even enter language clubs.
Busuu’s concept is based on communication. The app concentrates on learning in communities, which makes it a bit different than the competition. A global network of native speakers help learners learn a different language from the ones available.
In addition to the classic lessons, learners can practice the language through mutual conversations, while getting direct and individual feedback. There are also quizzes.
|App:||Operating system:||Languages:||Special Features:|
|Babbel||iOS, Android||14 languages||Vocabulary trainer, pictures, pronunciation|
|Duolingo||iOS, Android, Windows Phone||3 languages||Language Clubs, Pictures, Chatbot Conversation|
|Busuu||iOS, Android||15 languages||Native speaker community, language quiz|
Because the qualities and methods of each native speaker are different, the prices vary too. While Duolingo is initially free of charge with in-app purchases, Babbel and Busuu only come with free trial offers. To get the full scope of lessons, you have to become a paid subscriber.
Depending on the length of the lessons, the prices will vary between 4,95 Euro to 14,99 Euro.
Learning languages with apps: Fun has boundaries
Learning languages using smartphone apps and other computer programs is a popular alternative to using books or visiting language courses.
Nevertheless, it remains to be concluded that such apps are suitable only up to a certain level. Once you’ve become an advanced speaker, they can offer you very little except to refresh your memory of the basics.
Apart from Busuu, where you get to make contact with native speakers, the other apps are lacking in practical learning methods. Talking to a program can not replace that with a human being.
If you want to learn a language fluently, you have to apply it in everyday life. In order to lay the foundation, however, applications like these are always good.