Are you tired of trying to learn a language without any luck? Well, you’re not the only one. Every year, thousands of people aim to learn a new language, yet after a few weeks or months they give up.
There are various reasons why people tend to stop their learning. From feeling lost in the language as they get the feeling that nothing is sticking, to the lack of momentum in the learning process becoming demotivating. Each of us have a different learning style and sometimes a change in the way we process information needs to happen.
It’s tempting to try to pin down one perfect way of learning, but it can also be dangerous. Everyone’s approach to learning is based on individual strengths and preferences. Also, some prefer to use social media to develop their skills whilst others prefer a more hands on method. In this article, we uncover a mix of learning tools you can use to aid your learning journey this Spring!
- Rosetta Stone
- Earworms MBT
- Learn&Co Tutor
Ever heard of virtual flashcards? With Quizlet, you’ll find more than just information on a piece of paper. This company produces ever-effective flashcards, an AI Learning Assistant and new expert explanations. You‘ll get a suite of science-backed study tools at your fingertips! Quizlet started in 2015 when its founder created a way to help students study for their various exams. Also, not only can you create your own flashcards for your language learning but their library contains millions of already made flashcards to use at your disposal. The great thing about Quizlet is that using the flashcard feature is absolutely free! Making it easily accessible to those of you just starting your language learning journey and even more seasoned learners needed a refresh.
I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t this the way people used to connect to the internet back in the day? Also, although dial-up was revolutionary in the way we use the internet in the early 90s, Dialup is completely different.
It is essentially a voice-chat app that connects you with people all around the world. Using their vast servers and technology, Dialup has made it possible to speak to people with different cultures, similar interests and interesting stories all on one platform. Not to worry, your data is completely protected. They use custom caller IDs as opposed to your phone number when you sign up.
Oh and did I mention that it’s completely free! You can also enjoy speaking with people who are actually living, breathing and working in the country of the language you are learning. This will allow you to practise your skills with someone who is actually looking to speak with you. Take a look at their twitter feed to read how much Dialup has boosted people’s confidence and opened their minds to different cultures from all walks of life.
For those of you who’d like more of a structured approach and support with your learning, Rosetta Stone may be for you. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone uses cloud-based solutions to help all types of learners. From reading, writing, and speaking you can learn more than 30 languages, including several endangered languages. Known as one of the pioneers in language learning, this company creates an immersive way for you to get to grips with your new language. Also, as a result of its large offerings of content and support in its packages, Rosetta Stone can be seen on the pricey side.
They offer three types of packages, all of which include a self-study or a self-study with coaching option. You can opt for the 3 month, 12 month or lifetime access and prices start from £11.99 a month! Although they do give you the opportunity to try it out for free for a limited time. Also, keep a look out during the Spring Sales to see if you can grab a nice discount on these packages!
Looking for some excitement when it comes to learning a language? Therefore UTalk is certainly for you! This app combines fun games with language learning in order to increase your skill set. That’s not all. Its founders realised there was a problem within the language industry when they were sent to France on a job and couldn’t speak or understand a word of French! Since then, they have worked with scientists, researchers and linguists to create a company that excels language learners.
From imagery, voice recognition, repetition and games, there‘s an abundance of ways for you to become fluent in any language. Also, compared to Rosetta Stone, UTalk is a lot more affordable. You can download the app and join from as little as £1.67 a month! Ranging from monthly, 6 monthly or yearly packages, it’s certainly a great investment to buy this Spring.
Do you wish you could sit back and watch TV all day whilst learning a language? Well LingoPie has made those dreams a reality!
With access to thousands of different TV shows and movies, this platform is also perfect for beginners through to more advanced learners. They are currently having a Spring Sale where you can save 52% on a package deal! So make sure you jump onto this amazing deal to start your learning today.
Perhaps TV isn’t your thing and you’d rather listen to music? Earworms MBT is the perfect solution for your musical needs! The company is based on the well-known ‘ear-worm‘ effect, which is when you can’t get catchy music and lyrics out of your mind. Earworms MBT plants the words of a foreign language into the auditory cortex of your brain – ready for instant recall! Therefore, you’ll still be able to enjoy your favourite songs but now with words from the language you are learning embedded into the music.
With each language offering different volumes based on difficulty levels, prices start from a modest £8.32. This is certainly value for your money as you’ll have access to over 70 minutes of audio per track. I’m sure you’ll be singing along to a Mamma Mia inspired song in Italian in no time!
Sometimes what you need to learn a language is a trustworthy partner. Also, our online language tutors here at Learn&Co can certainly fulfil that role. Learn&Co was founded by Maria Toubbe in 2014, after realising the transparency gap between language learners and tutors. Over the past 10 years, the company has sought out to become the number one public language provider! We believe learning is a collaborative experience. By being home to a number of tutors who are native speakers, it only enhances your experience when learning a new language.
There seems to be much more to look forward to this Spring than just the sunshine! Also, when looking for new ways to keep your language learning up to speed, it’s important to be flexible with the methods you choose. Getting new tools to aid your learning will often respark your motivation to increase your skills.
Talking through your options with someone can often help you decide which route is best for you, so why not request a consultation today. Our tutors here at Learn’Co can help you navigate your way through the world of new languages!