For me, there will nothing be cooler about a person than multilingualism. Being able to express your thoughts fluently in multiple languages is quite a fascinating trait to possess. I have taken on to (and given up on) learning various languages in past, due to either lack of motivation or just not being able to keep up.
However, gone are the days when you had to go to school to try to master your French, Spanish or Russian; now you can simply use an app and have your pick from among dozens of languages. Oh, how I wish someone had introduced me to them earlier!
To save you the time and trouble of learning your lesson (and a new language!) the hard way, we have listed our five best languages learning apps for you to try out!
Babbel is all-round the best language learning app providing a proper online school-type experience. It breaks lessons into short, easily digestible chunks with interactive, quiz-like elements to keep you in check.
Moreover, there’s a decent selection of languages (13) to choose from, and you can get started for free if you don’t want to pay for a subscription (which ranges from $8 per month if you pay month-to-month to as little as $3 per month for an annual subscription).
Offering more languages (37!) than any other language learning app, duolingo easily makes it into the best (and free!) multiple language learning apps. It offers game like lessons which are personalised to your learning style, enabling you to tackle a variety of language skills.
Mondly takes into account the real-world practice since the beginning – it focuses on phrases and sentence building instead of individual words and vocabulary. Moreover, it puts extra emphasis on accurate pronunciation by letting you hear native speakers and practice having real conversations with AI chatbots which use speech recognition.
Mondly is one of the best language learning apps if you are learning a language for travel purposes, because it hands you practical tools for having conversations quickly.
Memrise takes the real-world language learning experience to the next level by immersing you in videos that feature real-life scenarios with native speakers using its “Learn with Locals” feature. This helps you fathom words, phrases and sentences spoken by people with real accents, as it emphasises on the tone of voice and casual pronunciation of a fair variety of languages (23).
If you prefer an organised study schedule and goal-oriented learning, Busuu creates the course outline for you! It helps you determine how advanced you are with a language and why you want to learn it, and to what level. With a premium plan of $6/ month, it even creates a study plan to help you reach your goal by a certain date.
Here’s a helpful tip for the best experience of any kind of learning – participate! At the end of the day, the app can only aid you. It will be just as efficient as you are. Therefore, for the best learning, actively participate in the process by taking notes, practicing speaking to yourself in that language, and when you are ready, perhaps talking to a native online!