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September 2018

Language Learning Apps You May Not Have Heard Of

More language learning programs to check out

By now, most language students are more than familiar with popular learning software like Duolingo and Rosetta Stone, as well as learning methods such as Pimsleur. While there are many reasons why these are so popular, sometimes these learning methods don’t work for everyone. For example, while the aforementioned systems offer a wide variety of languages, sometimes a specific language isn’t offered, or the pricing may be out of a student’s budget. Today we’ll take a look at some alternative language apps that some users might find preferable.

uTalk is a language learning software that supports 140 languages. Using compelling visuals and verbal exercises, the program stimulates both sides of the brain to increase information recall. The language games are designed to be fun and enjoyable, motivating students to keep studying over time.

Translations are independently verified and native speech is implemented, so learners can learn practical vocabulary quickly. In fact, uTalk is featured onboard some EasyJet and Emirates flights, allowing travelers to brush up on a number of foreign languages through their in-flight entertainment systems.

uTalk is available for MacOS, iOS, Windows, Android, and Kindle devices. If installed across multiple platforms, your progress will be synced for all of them. Prices range depending on how many languages you wish to learn.

Another game-based language learning app is Drops. This language app of 30 languages recently made news for offering Native Hawaiian to its list of languages available for study. Adding an endangered language for others to learn can help the language survive. There are under 300 Native Hawaiian speakers in the world, and so it is more than just a preservation of a language; it's the preservation of a part of a culture.

Drops is available for iOS and Android devices. The app priorities visual, word-by-word learning with sleek and simple design. A program for teachers, the Drops Educators Program, is a global community that offers additional resources. Even better: Drops is free (with in-app purchases).

For those looking for an offline offering, AccelaStudy provides a highly rated app that supports 18 languages.

Like many flashcard apps, AccelaStudy makes use of spaced repetition, as well as text and audio quizzes. Spaced repetition is useful for memorisation, as it recalls words the learner most often forgets. For drivers or those busy with household chores, a hands-free mode makes learning sans sight easy. An additional benefit is how users can create their own sets of study material, especially useful for advanced language students looking to study more niche material.

These are just a few of many language learning apps available at the moment. They all aspire to do the same thing—to make learners as fluent as possible in their target languages—only in different ways. The most important thing is to find the right learning app for you, one that inspires you to study every day.

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