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5 great language learning apps you must check out!

Yes, you can't fly to Italy and order antipasti just yet. Or, a good bottle of wine in France. But why not prepare? It would be wonderful to prepare for future travels while staying at home just now. Here's how.
BY Skendha Singh |   28-12-2020

International travel still has a big question mark over it. But, thanks to technology, there’s no reason why you should stop exploring, if not other geographies, then other cultures.

One of the easiest ways to do so is by learning a new language. As Frantz Fanon famously said, “To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture.” If you choose to learn French, won’t that conjure up delightful pronunciations of croissants, patisserie, and famous French perfumes like Diptyque and L’Artisan Parfumeur? And, in doing so, help you experience that exquisite French taste in everything from food to fashion?
Or, if you should choose to learn Japanese – not only will you get your sushi orders exactly right but imagine being able to read mangas or koans in the original. On a more practical note, Japan is the country of technological excellence, and you will be able to keep up with the latest in robotics and AI.

So, if you’re now eager to start learning a new language, here are a few apps. Using them means you can continue to stay safe and learn – butter your croissant and eat it too.

1. Pimsleur: This app by Simon and Schuster mimics how native speakers learn their language by listening, repeating and answering questions. There is a 7-day free trial after which users can choose to pay for the premium version. This includes flashcards, quizzes and skills section for travelers. It’s available for the web, iOS and Android.

2. Duolingo: There is hardly anyone who travels internationally and hasn’t heard of Duolingo. The best bit is that this app is completely free. Why Duolingo is so popular is because it has completely gamified language learning. Learners are nudged to earn streaks, gain points, and compete globally. If that doesn’t make you consistent, what will?

3. Babbel: Another popular choice, Babbel relies on the technique of ‘spaced repetition’ by making learners retain words through repeated exercise. Their methods have been approved of by studies at the City University of New York and Michigan State University. Go on, give it a try!

4. Busuu: An Editor’s Choice app on the Google Playstore, Busuu focuses on vocabulary and grammar taught through activities designed to help learners focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. You can also earn certificates from McGraw-Hill Education. Reviewers say the program feels close to being at language school.

5. Mondly: Unqiue for offering 33 languages to choose from, Mondly claims to combine neural science with cutting edge technology to teach users up to 5000 words and phrases at the end of the lessons. They even have a version for kids. Users claim this app is great for overcoming any anxiety about learning a new language.

Any apps we’ve missed? Tell us in the comments below.


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