There are a some great online language-learning tools available – if you don’t mind spending the money. The least expensive of these is still nearly £100 – Quite steep! Still, it may just be worth the investment if you are dedicated to learning a new language. It is not, however, necessary to get out your wallet and spend hundreds of pounds at the outset, or pay monthly fees for maintenance of your language lessons. You can find free or inexpensive apps for your Android or iOS, and learn languages for nothing more than a finger swipe. Here are is a look at some of the top translation apps for your iphone.
The BBC has a free app called BBC Languages, a bit similar to their bitesize program. Check out their website, because it has a lot to offer people wanting to learn foreign languages at any level. Whether you want to simply learn common phrases in a language or become conversational , you can find graduated, skills-appropriate lessons in some of the most popular languages for the self-taught.
There is a section called “quick fix” that has the common phrases. But, if you wanted more in-depth training, you can take an assessment test to determine your level. It’s professional translation in your hand There are quite a few resources, too, including activities and games that go well with the provided vocabulary lists. You can also watch video lessons. All of this is structured for the person who really wants to learn to speak the language. This app is available for the major European languages as well as Chinese and Greek.
With Busuu, you can be part of a language group, experimenting with your new language with other learners. There are a lot of flashcards at first, with many small words and phrases, but it quickly begins to come together to form language skills. You will also practice writing the language. Most of the feedback will be from actual native language speakers, so that you learn the true vernacular. It is available in the European languages, Brazilian, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese. If you want to learn more than one language at a time, you have to pay about $25 per month.
This is an app that lets you practice your exercises and learn the basics of your selected languages free of charge. Once you develop some skills in the language, you start translating content from the computer. The Duolingo community rates your translations, which actually ends up being one of the best ways to learn the language. You can learn English, German, Portuguese, Spanish, French, or Italian in this way.
LingQ bills itself as a free app, but the free services are very, very minimal. To get into any meaty lessons, you have to pay $10 a month. Most people who have used this app say it is far better to have a little bit of experience with the language before you start using the app. New material is not presented very well, pedagogically.
These apps can help you learn a foreign language. After all, how handy is it to have a pocket translator and teacher all in one?