What Speak several languages It is, for a long time, one of the requirements to access a good job in most sectors is a reality of which, fortunately, many of us are aware. An aspect of our training that we can approach in different and varied ways.
Thus, to the traditional classes, conversational meetings, educational websites and even bots to learn other languages beyond the ones you already know, we must add mobile apps. Some tools that will allow you put the batteries simply and conveniently. This is our selection.
Although we have already told you about Duolingo on previous occasions, we cannot fail to include it in this selection, as it is one of the most complete apps for learning several languages - English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Guarani and Catalan- . A utility that, in addition to the web, is available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile devices. It even has your own chat bot, released a few weeks ago.
The approach is simple: acquire the knowledge Anywhere, anytime, while commuting to work and the like. An objective for which it offers us different lessons in which different aspects such as reading, writing and listening are practiced. It includes a life system and a motivational system, as well as another that evaluates you on the fly, with instant corrections.
With a similar approach We came across Busuu, a complete tool designed for you to learn languages in your spare time “while you wait for a friend, even on the subway, without internet.” Indeed, because this app compatible with Android and iOS gives us the possibility to download all the classes and continue studying without reducing your data rate.
Its structure is simple, since the content is organized by courses of short lessons and allows other native users to correct your exercises, one of its most remarkable points and that transforms it into a kind of community in which it is possible to share interests that go beyond learning itself. In addition to its mobile versions, it also has a whole online platform where we can test it. It can be done in English, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic, Polish, German, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese.
Now, the free version is somewhat limited compared to the Premium, which offers travel courses, the aforementioned offline mode in the apps, official tests and certificates, grammar and vocabulary exercises and the possibility of changing languages. It costs 5.41 euros.
Babbel is not far behind, an application that is available both online and for Apple and Android devices. The first thing you will have to do is select the language you want to learn: English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Dutch, Polish, Indonesian, Norwegian, Danish or Russian. As you see, a wide choice and a feature that is worth highlighting.
Another of its strengths is that exercises are interactive and that it is detecting our shortcomings and improvements, adapting accordingly. Likewise, it allows us to speak from the first lesson, something that is appreciated and that is possible thanks to a voice recognition tool that also helps you improve pronunciation.
As for Voxy and although it shares some characteristics with the previous ones, it should be noted that it is a program more focused on the preparation of official certifications such as TOEFL. It allows you to access private classes with native tutors, at custom tests whose difficulty increases progressively, and so on.
It comes with statistics of your progress, live classes and other resources for self-study including videos, examples in real situations (and credible), music lessons in the purest Karaoke style, current news, and so on. You will find it on both Android and iOS. You can try it for free for a week on the web, where you will also find plans for companies and academic institutions.
Wlingua, for its part, is of great help both for those who need to begin to become familiar with English and for those who need to improve. To give you an idea, count on four official difficulty levels (A1, A2, B1 and B2) and up to 600 different lessons. It includes voice-overs in British English and American English so that you can choose the one that interests you the most depending on your needs.
Exercises vocabulary and phrases, of grammar; spaced reviews, phrasal verbs, and so on, also have a place. Now, the free version has some limitations, while the Premium version gives you access to all the content and activities. You can try the paid one for a week at no cost. It works on Android and iOS.
ATi Studios is a company specialized in developing iOS and Android apps that are used to learn languages. There is a specific application for each language, although the design and system of the courses are very similar to each other.
Currently, there are more than 20 languages available and the courses are totally free, although it must be made clear that they are only designed to acquire a basic level in each language. Here you can find the applications available for Android and iOS.
Memrise could not be missing in this ranking, an app that you can get both in Google Play and in the App Store that also comes with a very useful offline mode to continue learning without spending data on your rate. In addition, it allows you to acquire knowledge of up to 200 different languages, perhaps his best virtue.
In any case, it includes additional features such as a service for teachers that allows them to create materials and manage your student groups more agile, and adapts to your performance on the go. Another possibility it offers us is to compete with our friends.
English for beginners
Also for those who want to improve their English, Model English is a simple app for Android that makes both traditional and more innovative resources available to us. To make yourself a composition of place, include a wide range of words and vocabulary, with spoken lessons, grammar exercises, etcetera; but also with games with which you will earn points.
These are the ones that will allow you to go up and access other levels and lessons, although you can also choose to buy them. It is focused on both children and adults and has a total of 50 lessons. Its last update is this Monday.
Available for both Android and iOS devices, HiNative is an app whose operation is somewhat different and curious: the idea is that you practice the language you are learning conversing with native speakers and asking them. However, it also includes quick phrases, preset questions and templates, example sentences, a built-in dictionary, and more. It works with 120 different languages.
Learn Rosetta Stone Languages
Another of our favorites is the Rosetta Stone language learning app, a popular method that has its own versions for mobile devices. The idea is that we learn the new language as if it were our mother tongue. A very complicated goal, of course. To achieve this, try to develop various skills and avoid translation and memorization.
An alternative way to learn in up to 24 different languages, including English, Japanese, German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, and more. Comes with conversation practices, lessons based in real situations, speech recognition technology and more.
Learn Languages Children
You sure remember Head and shoulders, knees and toes, a popular tune that practically all of us have sung when we learned English as children. The song came with a particular choreography that consisted of pointing out the parts of the body that were being mentioned. Well, Learn Languages Children is an app that immediately evoked it for us.
Yes, because it focuses on vocabulary learning by drawing. Some words that he organizes in different sections (parts of the body, colors, food, animals, school, letters, numbers). Something very basic but very suitable for the little ones in the house or those who are starting in the following languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian. Of course, it is only compatible with Android devices.
Like some of those on this list, Beelingo is also intended for those who want to reinforce their English or even learn it from scratch. A complete app that offers us different resources, including dictionaries, grammar lessons, exercises, vocabulary, and other less conventional ones such as games and audiobooks (2,600).
One of its great advantages is that the latter can be downloaded. In addition, the selection is varied, since we find from stories to novels, biographies, poetry to science fiction stories. As for the dictionary, it exceeds 172 thousand words and has integrated examples in which it shows us the word in a sentence. More classic but totally recommended. It is also compatible with Android and iOS.
British Council apps
Finally, the British Council also has its own applications. A total of sixteen tools, some of which we have decided to include to round off our article and which are very specific but no less useful. Before going into major vicissitudes, it is worth mentioning that they focus on learning English. But let’s go with the most relevant:
Learning Time with Timmy 3: the third version of this app has added new videos. A content that aims to motivate the little ones. It also comes with new words and vocabulary, as well as memory exercises. It is compatible with Android and iOS and Kindle.
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