Learning a language has never been easier. With smartphones and apps having taken over our lives, finding apps that actually are good for us – develop our potential, make us more social – is more important than ever. Even more so for families with school age children.
Language learning apps fit the bill nicely. They can also be a great way to kick some of the bad habits that waste a lot of our time, e.g., social media and games. Duolingo put it nicely in a bit of marketing: “15 minutes a day can teach you a language. What can 15 minutes of Instagram do?”
Below are a couple of articles that rate the various available apps:
Personally, I’ve been using Duolingo for some months now. It’s free although it has a premium version that eliminates the advertisements. I haven’t compared it to the others but, while not perfect, it’s been very good. It’s surprisingly robust, with several different ways of teaching. And it really does make it easy to replace that addictive social media time, particularly while waiting in the grocery line or the gas station line, etc. In fact, even the social media time is better spent – more on family and friend connections, less time posting links of op-eds I agree with, then debating the same in comments and replies.
I wonder if it’s advisable to try and learn several language simultaneously? That’s what I’ve ended up trying to do: Brushing up on Spanish and German, while trying to learn French. “Bonne jahr nuevo . . . Je t’liebe mucho.”