19 Useful resources for language lovers
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19. British Council Apps. Audios, videos, grammar and pronunciation for all.
For kids and for adults, twelve different apps, from listening exercices like podcasts audios and videos to games and grammar apps to improve your skills at home, on the move, anywhere! LearnEnglish GREAT Videos A series of short videos about UK culture. Explore London’s museums and other famous sites in the UK.
18. ATi Studios. Play your way to a new language with Mondly.
The easiest & most fun way to learn & speak 33 languages. Let’s talk FREEDOM. Learning languages gives you freedom to travel unexpectedroads with confidence and nobody gets you talking new languages faster than Mondly. FLUENCY… closer than you think. Mastering a new language with Mondly is fun, fast, and easy because it starts with your native language.
17. Grammarly. Mistake-free writing has never been easier.
16. Drops. Effortless, visual language learning.
Choose from more than 28 languages (and counting) From the most popular world languages like English, Spanish, French and Chinese to more exotic ones like Korean, Arabic or Indonesian – we got you covered. Drops takes the boring out of language learning. Useful vocabulary is beamed into your memory through minimalist illustrations and fast paced micro-games.
15. Bravolol. Languages taught through phrasebooks and dictionaries.
You can learn languages trough collections of commonly used French phrases and vocabularies for travellers and beginners, with themes such as greetings, romance and weather… One interesting aspect about this game is that it allows you to hear your own voice when pronouncing, and then compare it to a native speaker. On top of the “Learn” language apps, Bravolol also provides dictionary apps and two Chinese-specific apps: Business Chinese and Financial Chinese.
14. ielanguages. Learn languages online with free lessons and audio recordings by native speakers.
From Afrikaans to Ukrainian, ielanguages.com offers several language learning lessons and authentic resources – for free! The most popular courses, such as French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Swedish, include interactive exercises and audio recordings created by native speakers. Learning more than one language at a time? Try the multilingual resources!
13. Ruzzle. inspired by the classic board games Boggle and Scrabble
The game is highly social and based on online matches, requiring the player to find an opponent who can be appointed randomly by the system from online users, chosen from a list of friends set by the player, or selected from amongst their Facebook friends. In each round, the player has two minutes to form as many words as possible with the sixteen letters available in the 4x4 grid on the screen. The free version is not really a way to learn but you can use it to improve the languages you know, challenging your friends.
12. Collins. Pioneers in dictionary publishing since 1819
Collins online is not only Ideal dictionaries for English or bilingual word reference, plus thesauruses for expanding your word power, it’s also one of the best english-thesaurus , to find the term you need, with over 500,000 words, meanings, phrases, synonyms and antonyms, ideal for everyday use at home, for study, at the office and on the go. And also grammar guides and even a kind of scrabble school.
11. Babbel. The shortest path to a real-life conversation
Speak instantly with confidence, Learn from humans, Retain for the long term. Every language learner needs a great teacher to pave the way in mastering a new language. This is why Babbel has a world-class didactic method at its core. Our experts obsessed over the strongest academic learning practices and cherry-picked empirically proven, time-tested strategies to teach languages. .
The idea is that just knowing the exact translation of one word often is not enough. You really need to “live” the language to come up with the right word. A collection of dictionaries, (44 dictionaries for 28 languages), blog articles about life abroad, language games and quizzes, verb conjugation for 12 languages, phrase books for university, business or travel, an internship platform and many other language-related products. It seems everything you need to enhance your language with joy when your curiosity wants to drive you farther. I specially love the hangman game. You can choose between 16 languages to study and between 24 to translate the page in a language you already know.
9. Busuu. Speak a language in 10 minutes a day
Busuu is a language spoken by only 8 people in the entire world. But this website can help you with the basics of 12 languages, using flashcards and games. And, with the app, you can take busuu with you and make use of any spare moments to keep learning. Queueing for a coffee? Waiting for a friend? Even on the journey to work – just download your lessons and learn with Offline Mode.
8. Lyrics Training.
Using music to learn languages is an old thing, I used to photocopy the lyrics from the lp’s when I was younger, but this is really a great alternative. Be careful when you start because it can get addictive even in your mother tongue! Choose a fave song and a level of difficulty then try to fill in the missing words in the subtitles while the track is playing. Great way to improve your listening skills and… typing speed.
7. Google Word coach. A fun way to expand your vocabulary right from your search results.
It’s a google feature, only on mobile. It’s a quick game, about sinonyms and opposites. If you don’t know any word, at the end of the five questions’ round you can see the definitions. It has increasing levels, each time you do two perfect rounds you get a card to level up. The main downside is that it doesn’t seem to remember your score. If you close your search and try it again, you go back to 0 and have to level up from the start, so each time you play you start from the beginging.
6. Language Zen. The future of language learning.
Language Zen is a website like duolingo with lessons from English to Spanish. And they are preparing a few more languages. It has “courses” and songs. If you choose Courses you can study sets of words and chosen phrases related to a subject and if you choose songs you’ll see the transalation of the lyrics, sentence by sentence. If you don’t want to go pro, you’ll be able to use it only for about half an hour and then wait for three hours. It’s very nice and easy to navigate but sometimes mixes Spanish from Spain and from Latin America.
5. Visual Dictionary Online. The dictionary with a new point of view.
From Merriam Webster, with 15 major themes you can access more than 6,000 images and see words like never before. You can explore the Visual Dictionary Online and enrich your mind. Perfect for home, school or work. Discover a visual world of information. They also created a version for Spanish students, el diccionario visual, and one for French students, le Dictionnaire Visuel, a nice way to spend some time larning basic words in a way you’ll never forget them.
4. Naboomboo. Learn a foreign language as you have always wanted to
Thesaurus.com is the world’s largest and most trusted free online thesaurus brought to you by Dictionary.com. For over 20 years, Thesaurus.com and dictionary.com, help us with English, giving sinonyms, antonyms origin of the words and examples from the we. You can also search results by relevance, word length, and complexity. They also have a word of the day service, and a few games, like crosswords, roundup, and up and down words, and some useful info about English…
2. Duolingo. Learn a language for free. Forever.
Duolingo is one of the bestknown websites and apps to learn languages, offers a big variety of modules (the circles in the screenshot below) which are grouped to form skills. It uses a learn and repeat method and teaches to translate from a language you already know to the one you’re studying. The app has won a few awards, and can be used by teachers to follow their students. Their aim is to teach languages and simultaneously translate the web.
1. Forvo. All the words in the world. Pronounced.
Forvo is a social database of pronunciations. Not quite sure how to pronounce a word or a name? Do you know the differences between English and American pronunciations, or between Spanish from Spain and from Argentina. Forvo is a free collection of pronunciation recordings for the vocabulary of every language, recorded by volunteer native speakers around the world. You can also collaborate pronunciating words, ask for the pronunciation of a word or rate the existing pronunciations.
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