Language Learning Systems / PlatformsThere are now a wide range of online language-learning systems and platforms. Our own opinion (lingolex) of how to learn a language is written here In our opinion, it is a good idea to use many different language-learning methods simultaneously so check out the things below. Don't forget that we have lots of free language-learning materials here on this site.
|Babbel is a language-learning app and e-learning platform, available in various languages and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund. Fourteen languages are currently offered with a learning system that uses multiple choice quiz-style course elements combined with exercises, picture-matching, pronunciation and grammar trainers as well as vocabulary practice tools. It is one of the cheapest courses. Click here for more info.|
|Language-learning Student Teacher Hub|
|iTalki is an online student/teacher interchange that has over a million students and more than a thousand teachers. It connects language students and tutors around the world.
Through iTalki, students can get in contact with with language exchange partners, informal tutors or professional tutors, providing them with a range of choices to fit many differnt budgets and language-learning needs.
The teachers are graded according to their qualifications. Teachers with more qualifications tend to be more expensive but any teacher can choose their own price. Click here for more info.
|Rosetta Stone software is flashcard-based, with image-word association exercises where you match images to their corresponding words and phrases. It becomes increasingly harder as the course goes on. The course covers grammar, conjugation and syntax with increasingly complex phrases and their associated images.
To use the program you need a USB headset with a microphone. There are speech recognition exercises which help you master correct pronunciation.
There is an online version, which requires no installation and can be accessed from any web browser. You can also get a software version, which can only be used on a single computer. Click here for more info.
|Lingoda is an online learning system in a virtual classroom with a native-speaking teacher and interaction with other students.
For people who want something approaching a classroom experience, including interaction with actual human beings, but can't actually get to a classroom. The classes are scheduled at different times among the day and during the weekends. If you do not find the right class for you, you can always book a private course.
You pay automatically on a monthly basis since it's a subscription, but you can quit anytime. Click here for more info.
|Duolingo is a language app. It’s really simple to use. You set up a profile, choose your target language, set your weekly goals.
New vocabulary is often taught with images, and grammar points are explained in little speech bubbles. There are also listening exercises where you need to type what you hear, and speaking exercises where you say what you hear.
The course is free but in April 2017, Duolingo began offering an optional paid subscription for US$9.99 per month which removes ads and allows lessons to be downloaded for offline use. Click here for more info.
|Clozemaster is gamified language learning in context through mass exposure for learners of all levels. It aims to answer the question, "What should I do after Duolingo?" and provide a more sentence based and contextual learning experience to complement other language learning apps like Memrise and Anki. |
A cloze test (also cloze deletion test) is an exercise, test, or assessment consisting of a portion of text with certain words removed (cloze text), where the participant is asked to replace the missing words.
It is free to use and play but Clozemaster Pro is available for $8 per month or $60 per year. Click here for more info.
|Memory Learning APP|
Memrise is a user-generated learning platform which uses flashcards as memory aids. It specialises in language learning, but also offers content on a wide range of other subjects. Memrise has more than 150 language courses across 25 languages.
It uses audio, images, and memory techniques to help you associate words with one another, there are regular tests to ensure you are remembering the concepts.
It is free to use and there is a pro version for around $5 a month. Click here for more info.