Spanish is one of the easiest and most useful languages to know. In the US and Europe it is the most popular foreign language to learn for English speakers. Spanish is spoken in many countries in the world apart from just Spain; Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Venezuela, Peru, El Salvador, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and with over 480 million native speakers in the world you will find it easy to find someone to practise speaking with.
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In today’s blog post we will help you discover some of the best Spanish learning apps available today:
The idea behind Earworms is to get you learning a language through the power of music. It works in a similar way to when you get a song stuck in your head that you have listened to over and over again.
You simply listen to the musical language a few times until you subconsciously pick up the nouns, verbs, adjectives and connecting words.
Note: it is based on Latin American Spanish.
You have lifetime access and you can download to your phone, tablet or computer.
Fluentu is a based on real life videos with subtitles that have also been translated into English. You can choose videos to suit your particular level.
Videos are authentic and interesting including news, movie clips, music videos amongst others. The good thing is that you learn grammar and vocabulary in context which makes it easier to remember.
You can also do quizzes and get personalised vocabulary grammar tips.
You can get the first 14 days free or sign up for a subscription for $30 a month or $240 for a year.
Duolingo is the most popular language learning app. This is because its game based learning is fun and addictive once you get into it. You can decide how many minutes you want to spend on it every day. If you fall behind your chosen limit, it sends you daily reminders which helps you keep learning and making progress because it makes you feel guilty if you don’t.
It includes listening, reading, speaking, conversation and writing practice.
You can use a free version or if you want to buy extra features you can pay the $6.99/month.
With QLango you learn a language through fast, simple and fun games. The games last about five minutes so even if you only have a few minutes to spare you can easily pick up conversational phrases as you acquire the knowledge by translating into the language you are learning not from that language into English which speeds up learning.
The Rosetta Stone app uses real life conversations for you to get a feel for how the language is really used.
It also has speech recognition technology so is really useful for practising pronunciation and improving your spoken Spanish as you receive immediate feedback.
The app also has games to keep learning interesting and challenging.
You can use the app on any device; your phone, tablet or computer and the resources are available offline so you can take them with you everywhere.
Price: You can try it for free for several days or buy a 3-month subscription for $11.99/month or a 12-month subscription for $6.99/month.
Babbel is based on learning through conversations. The lessons take 10-15 minutes so are easy to fit into a busy schedule.
The aim is to get you speaking in real life situations as soon as possible. There are many review activities and grammar tips. There is speech recognition technology to help you improve your pronunciation.
Price: You can get access to the first lesson for free or you can pay for a subscription.
With Mondly you learn Spanish from listening to native speakers in a natural context. You learn from complete phrases not isolated words which makes everything easier to remember.
You can practise what you have learnt by having real conversations with a native speaker.
It uses a smart repetition system so that it magically knows what you most need to learn so shows you these things more often than the things you do know well.
This smart app includes activities such as matching the words to the correct image, sentence building and at the end of a lesson you have the opportunity to speak.
Mondly’s core idea is that you do not need to know every word in Spanish to be able to communicate effectively with natives. You just need to focus on the 2500 most used words to be able to speak the language well.
There is some free content or to access more features you can subscribe for $9.99 a month or $47.99 a year.
The Pimsleur Method focuses on your ability to listen to the language to absorb it naturally.
They teach both Castilian Spanish (spoken in Spain) as well as Latin American Spanish for South America.
The app consists of core lessons, reading activities, role-plays, flashcards, games as well as learning about the culture and history of the country.
It claims that with its scientifically proven methods you can learn a language with just 30 minutes of study a day involving interactive exercises and listening to real life dialogues spoken by native speakers rather than boring grammar lessons.
Price: Try for free for 7 days or subscribe for $18.95 a month.
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