Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The best way of learning a new language is through constant repetition; of words, of phrases, of pictures. And the best way to keep these things fresh in the mind is to take help of your smartphone and the plethora of apps available. But before you invest in an app, keep in mind that the app should be highly interactive and should use all features of the phone efficiently.
Here is a list of some of the best apps available to learn a new language:
1). MindSnacks - This app focuses on games and related lessons to help you build Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese and English vocabulary and conversational skills. 50 levels of content and 6 mini-games (for each language), which cover a vocabulary of over 1400 words and phrases (again, for each language), makes sure that you have a comfortable hold on the language by the time you are done with the app. This free app ensures that you learn and retain the language while having fun!
2). Babbel - This free app for iPhone comes in seven different languages: German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, and English. Aimed to boost your vocabulary, these apps give you access to around 3000 words, all of which are used in sample sentences and are pronounced by a native speaker. These apps from Babbel compliment its web-based course offerings, and allow you to synchronize your progress with the website, without needing you to be a course subscriber.
3). 24/7 Free French Tutor - Available in both, free and paid versions, this is a good introduction to French (or German, or Spanish, or Italian) and will help you learn the most basic vocabulary and a handful of useful phrases. Divided into categories which are further broken into interactive games, this app makes learning a new language a fun experience. The playback option lets you listen to words and phrases which help you pronounce them the way they are meant to.
4). My Chinese Coach - A little pricey at $4.99, this app lets you learn Chinese with the help of gorgeous graphics and pleasant mood music. Every lesson is dedicated to covering a basic segment of the language such as grammar, new words, and phrases. The app makes sure you master one level before you give it up and move on to the next one. Features like Listen, Speak and Write make sure that you learn the language in totality and the games it uses to do that make the whole experience enjoyable.
5). Learning Indonesian (Podcast) - This professionally produced series is free to download and includes material drawn from the exhaustive (and not free) series offered by the same developer. Every podcast covers a specific topic like greetings, actions verbs, common expressions, etc. and the company also offers free PDF study guides to go with the audio material. Each episode is about 5 minutes long and builds on the things discussed in the previous episode. A great app for people with a keen aural sense, this is a good way to brush up (or learn) that long forgotten (or never learnt) foreign language.
About the Author:
Abhishek Khandelwal is a content writer. He is passionate about learning different languages. He likes Italian in particular and is currently learning Italian verb conjugation. Please click here to reach him on linkedin.