Using Language Learning Apps to learn languages

  • January 21, 2016 / Queenie Kawabe / 0 Comment

Early this year, Bill Gates mentioned that the biggest regret in life was not knowing any foreign languages. A recent article reported that around 70 million people have signed up the language learning app Duolingo. As an online language coach, I’m not surprised that people are using language learning apps to learn languages. We are approaching to a digital world. The majority of us have an iPhone, and people are spending a lot of time on their phone.

So, this could be one of the effective way to learn a new language. Here’s my top 3 reasons why and how to use language learning apps to learn languages.

What are the benefits of using language learning apps to learn languages?

There are many free language learning apps on the App Store and you can easily search one of your targeted languages. I recommend MindSnacks and Menrise for Chinese and Japanese leanring. If you have just started your language learning adventure, I suggest that you go and download a few before you purchase them.

You can experience better learning through“fun” during the game. Take online games as an example, playing an online game is just another way of learning.

The repetitive words will be recycled if you’ve missed it or get it wrong for the first time, as well as a cool reminder to motive you to practice every day. With the apps, i reinforces the words you have learnt.

The language apps are based on gamification to keep you stay motivation with the virtual rewards. We love to be rewarded at school or at work, don’t we? With this, you will receive points, badges, and positions on leaderboards. It provides you an effective informal learning environment.

How to pick a right language learning app

  1. Go to Apple Store and search for “Chinese” or “Japanese” or “English” or “MindSnacks” or “Menrise” (Your choice)
  2. Read the reviews and the features
  3. If you like it, download it
  4. Questions to ask – Does this app benefit you? Did you learn something new every day? Is it user-friendly?
  5. If you are speaking some Chinese or Japanese after a few plays, you can purchase it and learn more with them.

A small change in a day is good enough, so be consistent in your language learning adventure!

Happy Learning Chinese and Japanese, and leave a comment below and let me know – What language learning apps do you use for Japanese and Chinese learning? 

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