It is worth knowing foreign languages. This fact is more than true. However, achieving full proficiency in a foreign language requires daily skill polishing. At the same time, you do not have to sign up for an intensive language course, especially when you want to focus on communication skills. What you need today is just a smartphone and one or more dedicated language learning applications to communicate with everyone in the world.
What are some apps for foreign language learning?
With a smartphone, you can have the world at your fingertips. Or at least its digital version. You can also have access to many interesting educational tools that will allow you to acquire the necessary knowledge in a quick and pleasant way. Such solutions are also available for improving language competences. The most interesting applications designed for foreign language learning are currently:
Duolingo – a language learning application
Duolingo is a very interesting language learning app that can be used by anyone. Both adults and children will achieve visible effects in a short period. The app mechanism is based on the so-called “Gamification” which consists of collecting points (called lingots) through daily activity and completing particular course stages. Lingots are needed to buy e.g. a language proficiency test or the next level of a selected language course. Interestingly, you cannot take shortcuts and buy lingots for real money. At Duolingo, you can only get them by your hard work, which by the way also has an educational dimension for younger users.
How do the Duolingo courses work?
Where do the Duolingo courses come from? They are created entirely by volunteers. However, before they can be used by language-enthusiasts, they must be positively assessed by other users at the incubation stage. They are available as official courses only after positive verification of people who have confirmed their language skills by completing other courses in a given language. Another interesting option offered to teachers is the possibility of creating their own classes.
While Duolingo is dedicated primarily to less advanced foreign language users, HelloTalk enables acquisition of communication skills at a very high level. Primarily because the idea behind this language learning app is to connect learners with native speakers. All learning is based on a conversation that users have in a chat. The great advantage, however, is that the native speaker who is a teacher has a lot of options thanks to which he/she can correct mistakes in speech. All this makes HelloTalk one of the best, if not the best, educational solution for everyone who cares about learning a language at a very high level.
It also has an additional feature. Since learning a foreign language with HelloTalk is based on contacting a native speaker, it is social in nature. As a user, you get to know people from all over the world, which additionally allows you to understand not only the language itself, but also all cultural nuances. Remember that they are as important as the communication skills themselves.
Learning a foreign language based on conversations is also possible thanks to the Babbel app. The difference, however, is that you are not talking to a real human, but a very intelligent bot. Communication is very natural and imitates a real conversation well. However, these are not all Babbel features. The application also features the option of speech recognition, thanks to which you can learn accents and the correct pronunciation of words.
Learning is additionally based on language courses of varying difficulty, which have been designed by teaching experts. In principle, Babbel is supposed to enable you to develop all four language competences, i.e. speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension. Judging by the opinions of previous users, this assumption can be successfully achieved.
Busuu – a foreign language learning app
Another proposal is not only an application for learning a foreign language, but a fully-fledged social networking site. The very name of Busuu refers to the language that originated in Cameroon and which could only be spoken by 8 people in 1980. Where did the idea to name this project come from? It’s hard to ponder, but you can guess that it was partly about the will to preserve and nurture languages that are endangered with extinction.
Busuu is based on a simple premise as an educational tool. The authors stated that learning a foreign language for 10 minutes a day will effectively allow you to acquire new skills. It offers both full language courses and tools for educational conversation with native speakers (in this respect it is a bit like HelloTalk). The creators of the application declare that 22 hours of learning with Busuu is the equivalent of knowledge you will acquire during one semester of study at a language school. Maybe it’s a good idea to find out?
MemRise smartphone app
Perhaps the most creative approach to learning a foreign language was that of the creators of MemRise. It uses the learning through play mechanism. During the language course you will encounter virtual agents whose mission is to prevent you from acquiring new language skills. Your task is to try to outsmart them by solving various puzzles and language challenges. The huge popularity of MemRise shows that this solution appealed to both children and adults. Are you ready for a mission?
Applications for learning a foreign language
As you can see, the developers of smartphone software create very unique and attractive applications for learning a foreign language. Each of the apps described above has something that distinguishes it from the competition. Which one did you like the most? Maybe all of them? Feel free to try out several of them to improve your knowledge of foreign languages. Learn, have fun and give yourself the opportunity to communicate with everyone in the world. Good luck and enjoy!