When it comes to learning a new language, nothing beats immersion. Being surrounded by the language in a position where you have no choice but to learn.
If you can’t get yourself into that position, however, then it’s learning apps to the rescue. If you’re interested in using a learning app, here are our top picks.
First up is an app which makes use of modules which are arranged in a tree-like format. The top of the tree includes your basic words and statements. Once this is completed, further branches open up, and further lessons are taught in groups. These groups include Phrases, Food, Animals, Plurals, etc.
Duolingo has an advantage because of it’s design. The app works more as an enjoyable game, with lots of bright colors and sounds to keep you interested along the way. It also manages to incorporate learning audible lessons quite well.
This is a learning service which you’ve likely heard about. While it was previously only available as a CD, now you can pick up a copy from the Groupon Coupons page for Rosetta Stone. The approach taken with this method is to introduce the learner to sounds, then words, sentences, and then phrases.
One of the primary benefits of Rosetta stone is the app availability. Your subscription allows you access to the app on all devices, along with a browser-based learning tool. All of your progress is synced across your devices
One of the primary benefits to Rosetta Stone is that it can listen to your speech and provide feedback to help you get the right accent.
The primary benefit of this app is the content. Lessons are created by users, just like you and me. While this means there isn’t any verification, you can take confidence in the community. It also allows for very local lessons. For example, if you are visiting a rural area of a Central American country, there is likely a small vocab lesson you can learn.
Memrise works by associating pictures with words and then puts them all together to create sentences. Again, because this is a user generated tool, most of the pictures are cartoons or low-quality images taken from watermarked sites. Don’t let this deter you, however.