October 23, 2021

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3 best apps to help you learn a language

Learn Spanish, French, German, or even Klingon, right on your smartphone and at your own pace.

Whether you want to learn a new language to educate yourself, or if you’re traveling, there’s no need to dust off a language book or Google non-stop to achieve fluency.

There are great apps for your smartphone that can help you access a whole range of languages with curriculums that are backed by research. These apps allow you to work at your own pace and you can take the short lessons wherever and whenever.

Mastering a new language has obvious benefits. It could be helpful for expanding your career and securing an incredible job, as many employers look for bilingual candidates. A new language allows you to see the world in a whole new light, and can be useful when traveling.

Here are three of the best language apps worth downloading.


The Ling App

The Ling language app is one of the best language learning websites out there since it offers a game style on language learning. It has been proven time and time again by researchers that the GALL (or Gamification Assisted Language Learning) method not only boosts interest and engagement, but also fosters the fast acquisition of vocabulary and concepts. 

The whole application sports a unique design that is easy to navigate and will not overwhelm beginners. Each lesson takes you through categories of vocabulary words, grammar points, and speaking gateways to ensure that you can process each easily. It also comes with recorded audio that you can use in mimicking how the words, phrases, and sentences are said. Just by giving 10 minutes a day, you can easily work your way up into achieving near-native fluency!


Memrise

If you are interested in memes and pop culture associations, then studying words and phrases with Memrise is the solution. Created and randomly updated by the community of users, anyone can simply create their memes and earn virtual gold points as you advance as a learner. The app makes use of mnemonics and spaced repetition to check on the time and instances when you should review a specific item.  

The application is straightforward and easy to navigate. You can simply choose what you want to learn as well as easily see how many items are included on the set that you have chosen. It also comes with recorded audio and a short explanation (depending on the word) that you can use to understand how to use the word in context. 


Duolingo

With over 100 million users around the world, Duolingo has masterfully empowered language enthusiasts with its combination of pictures, words, audio files within its interface.  Most of the content has been developed by native professionals to ensure that each of the terms, phrases, and sentences is as authentic as possible. More importantly, it also introduces a whole new range of language courses that you might not expect like Klingon (Star Trek language!). 


We are lucky to be living in a time where language learning apps are constantly improving and are consistently being made available to us for free.

Start your language learning journey today by simply using your phone in just a few minutes to practice. Who knows, you can master these languages and become an official Polyglot after some time!


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