On top of the variety of courses that we already offer to help you learn a foreign language, we have searched for the top sites and apps that can give you the support you need on the road to fluency.
Whatever your reasons for learning, and whether you have started learning English, French or Spanish with us there are complementing methods for learning foreign languages. Technology is a great support to learn and practice languages when human interaction is not possible. Some of these you might be familiar with, some others might be a new discovery for you:
1. Duolingo. *Free (for apple and android)
Lessons are grouped into categories or modules (basic greetings, animals, food, etc.) and learners can set weekly goals. It automatically tracks the learner’s progress, remembers users’ “weak skills” and recommends reviewing these words before moving on to a different module. For each language there are specific courses that aim at those with different first languages, which to date produces 81 courses.
2. HelloTalk. (for apple and android)
Learners can find native speakers and converse with them using a whatsapp-like chat with voice and text messages. Users can correct each other’s messages with an in-built correction tool, which transforms the language exchanges into tiny tutoring sessions. The app also has an integrated translation system to help you avoid those moments when you really want to communicate something but just lack the one word that gives the sentence it’s proper meaning.
3. Babbel (for apple and android)
The free version comes with 40 classes, so even without investing money the app allows you to learn a fair amount of phrases in one of the 13 languages it teaches (e.g. English, Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Japanese, etc).
4. Memrise (for apple and android)
A powerful tool, Memrise is a flashcard-style program that focuses on finding the right clue to help you learn and memorize new vocabulary. Through memorization and repetition, this free resource also rewards points and lets learners compete with other users. You can also create your own decks of flashcards if you have come up with your own mnemonics for foreign words.
5. FluentU *15 days free trial (for apple, android and windows)
Genuine video content from the real world (drawn from YouTube), available in: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Japanese.
The content is classified up by level (beginner, intermediate, advanced etc), classified by genre (movies, songs, TV). There are bilingual subtitles for everything. It also included a hover-over dictionary for any words you don’t know. Short sections of video that you can loop automatically. And a “learning centre” where you can study all the vocabulary from each video in a built-in flashcard system.
Have you come across any cool language learning apps to add to the list? Let us know :)