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How to Choose the Best Language Learning Apps for You

Why choose additional resources (like apps, e-courses, workbooks, etc) to supplement language learning?

If you have a hunger for picking up a new language, language-learning apps and e-courses are a great way to supplement your learning. In recent years, the quantity of applications accessible for learning another language has skyrocketed. Truth be told, the options are infinite, with applications promising to train you with cheat sheets, sound recordings, voice recordings, punctuation exercises, and more.

Some applications offer many different languages—sometimes as much as 20 or 30—and some applications focus on one language independently. So, whatever your target language, there's a resource out there for you.

Do Language Learning Apps Work?

Regardless of all the publicity around language learning applications, you may wind up wondering how effective these applications are. While research in this field is restricted since the link between language learning and technology is relatively new, there's some proof suggesting that language learning applications get the job done.

However apps may have their shortcomings; lacking real-life situational practice, a “one size fits all” learning approach, and a lack of feedback, to give some examples.

While apps are not the ‘be all, end all’ of language learning, they can be a terrific supplemental tool.

Not only language learning applications, but there are many language e-courses available which you can use to improve, and go a step beyond the apps (like Rola’s Spanish For Beginners, Level 1!) with a more comprehensive combination of exercises, readings, videos, quizzes, and more, all in one place.

How to choose the best language learning supplemental resources:

To benefit from any language learning application, you should consider how you learn best. Once you comprehend yourself as a student, you can locate the ideal application or ideal group of applications for you.

A learning style is an inclination for how data is introduced, absorbed, and learned. For example, a few people are sound-based students, implying that they learn best through listening and talking. Others are visual students, which implies that they learn best through pictures and video. Still, others learn best by doing, regularly through hands-on practice.

Some people like exercises with linear progression where you generally understand what abilities you're gaining and what skills you'll master and build. Others prefer to have free reign over their path. These kinds of students like to have command over their learning content so that they can focus on their development in specific areas corresponding to their objectives.

Finally, some focus on learning sentence structure and repetition of its elements in a variety of scenarios.

Overall, apps form a part of your entire language learning system. To stay on track, focus the most on your main structured resources and then use these supplemental resources to complement them so you don’t get overwhelmed. As long as you’re setting a solid foundation for yourself with a structured resource, apps can keep you motivated for the rest of your time. Find out after a couple of weeks that you hate using a certain app? Don’t sweat it - ditch it and experiment until you find your ‘forever’ app.