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10 Time-Saving Language Learning Websites (For Busy People)

10 Time-Saving Language Learning Websites (For Busy People)

If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re a busy person.

Either you’ve got a job you work hard at, a business you run yourself, or perhaps you’re out traveling the world (congrats!).
But your goal is to learn a new language this year, and you have no idea how you’ll fit it into your schedule.

No problem. There are great time-saving language learning websites today that allow you to effectively learn a language on your own time without comprising your busy schedule. This way, you can keep working hard (or traveling hard), while expanding your cultural and language knowledge.

Here are 10 time-saving language learning websites to learn a new language if you’re a busy person.

The 10 Best Language Learning Websites For Busy People

When it comes to finding the best language learning websites, I’ve found there are a handful of areas worth investigating and experimenting with.

First is the method of learning, of which there are 4 main categories:

1. Algorithm learning

2. Textbook learning

3. Course learning

4. Human learning

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    Next, we need to dig deeper and measure the 4 important factors for each method:

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    a. Time commitment

    b. Engagement

    c. Personalization

    d. Effectiveness

    Let’s take a look at how these factors apply to each of the follow sites.

    1. Michel Thomas

    Time commitment: Low
    Engagement: Medium
    Personalization: Low
    Effectiveness: Medium
    Cost: $15 – $130

    Michel Thomas provides an audiotape course from a great teacher. It provides everything from beginner to advanced lessons.

    Although it’s a one-sided conversation, it’s not only Michel speaking on the audiotape. Michel provides a real-life conversation scenario by bringing on students to speak with each other and correcting them along the way.

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      2. Duolingo

      Time commitment: Low
      Engagement: Medium
      Personalization: Low
      Effectiveness: Low
      Cost: Free

      With over 50 million downloads and increasing quickly, Duolingo is the most popular language learning mobile app.

      The gamification of the app is great for keeping you entertained and engaged while learning. The app is recommended for anyone who has zero knowledge and wants to focus on learning basic vocabulary and grammar.

      From personal experience, you will get what you pay, and if you want to see real, lasting results, Duolingo will only get you so far.

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        3. Rype

        Time commitment: Low
        Engagement: High
        Personalization: High
        Effectiveness: High
        Cost: $79/mo

        If you’ve ever experienced how quickly you can pick up a language while living in a foreign country, then you’ve seen how powerful real-life immersion can be. Rype brings real-life immersive learning to your screen, so you can learn on-the-go, anytime, anywhere. In fact, studies have shown it can be up to 18 times more effective than traditional lectures.

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          What Rype offers is unlimited one-on-one Spanish lessons with a professional, dedicated coach online. This means that you can book as many lessons as you want (no strings attached). With your membership, you’ll also gain access to premium video classes on-demand, language guides/resources, personalized feedback documents, and more. Think of it as having unlimited access to a personal trainer for getting in shape, but for language learning.

          Since all of the learning is done online, on any device, it takes the time you would have wasted commuting out of the equation. In addition, because coaches are located all around the world, you’re able to schedule your lessons at any time of the day, whether it’s 7 AM in the morning or 2 AM at night. Learn more about how Rype works here.

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            4. Busuu

            Time commitment: Low
            Engagement: Medium
            Personalization: Low
            Effectiveness: Low
            Cost: Free

            Busuu is quite similar to Duolingo, but they do provide more of a community aspect to connect with fellow language learners, if that’s what you’re looking for.

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              5. Lonely Planet

              Time commitment: Medium
              Engagement: Low
              Personalization: Medium
              Effectiveness: Medium
              Cost: $9

              Lonely Planet is one of the largest travel websites online. They also provide books on language learning, targeted at travellers who want to learn the basic conversation phrases before and during their trip.

              Because of the targeted focus, if you’re a traveler wanting to learn basic phrases in a language, it can be a simple and easy way to accomplish your goal.

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                6. Conversation Exchange

                Time commitment: High
                Engagement: Medium
                Personalization: Medium
                Effectiveness: Low
                Cost: Free

                Conversation Exchange is a place where language lovers meet online to help each other learn their native language.

                For example, a fluent person in German looking to learn English can pair up with a native English speaker looking to speak German. Conversations can take place in-person, over Skype, or through text over Whatsapp or other chat software.

                Although the concept is great, finding the right partner is a challenge due to the lack of personalization, a matchmaking system, and schedule coordination. Most students will not be as dedicated because of the lack of commitment involved, and it can take some time before you discover a partner you like.

                If you’re lacking a budget and have the patience and time to go on the journey, this is a great, free way to learn conversation skills!

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                  7. Babbel

                  Time commitment: Low
                  Engagement: Medium
                  Personalization: Low
                  Effectiveness: Low
                  Cost: $13/mo

                  Babbel is very similar to Busuu and Duolingo, offering a free way to learn languages using algorithms.

                  This is another alternative if you are looking to experiment before choosing your platform.

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                    8. Memrise

                    Time commitment: Low
                    Engagement: Low
                    Personalization: Low
                    Effectiveness: Medium
                    Cost: Free

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                    Memrise is great for one purpose: memorization. If you read our blog post on How to Learn Any Language in 90 Days, you know that you can memorize 30 words/day for 90 days and be able to recognize 70-80% of a language.

                    You’ll have to face a lot of memorization obstacles when learning a language, and when that time comes, Memrise is a great tool to help you overcome them.

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                      9. Fluentin3months

                      Time commitment: Low
                      Engagement: Medium
                      Personalization: Low
                      Effectiveness: Medium
                      Cost: Free

                      Fluentin3months.com is a language learning website started by Benny Lewis. As stated, he’s well known for learning languages in 3 months, and has courses available to teach you his methodology. Fluentin3months also has an avid community of fellow language learners that you can meet, which makes the website stand out above others.

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                        10. Rosetta Stone

                        Time commitment: Medium
                        Engagement: Low
                        Personalization: Medium
                        Effectiveness: Medium
                        Cost: $499

                        Rosetta Stone has been around for many years now. They provide language learning courses for almost every popular language you can think of. While it’s great for getting started, due to the lack of engagement levels, it’s not ideal for people who want to improve their speaking skills.

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                          Your Turn

                          Which of these time-saving language websites will you try out? If there are any tips or suggestions that we have missed, please let us know in the comments!

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                          Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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                          11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                          11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                          Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                          Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                          Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                          In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                          1. ScheduleOnce

                            ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                            ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                            ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                            Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                            Available on Web

                            2. Calendly

                              Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                              You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                              Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                              3. Assistant.to

                                For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                                From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                                While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                                Available on Web

                                4. Acuityscheduling

                                  Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                                  It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                  5. Pick

                                    Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                    At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                    Available on Web

                                    6. X.ai

                                      For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                      This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                      Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

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                                      7. YouCanBook.me

                                        is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                        They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                        Available on Web

                                        8. Doodle

                                          Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                          It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                          You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                          While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                          Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                          9. WhenAvailable

                                            WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                            Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                            Available on Web

                                            10. Rally

                                              Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                              Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                              Available on Web

                                              11. NeedtoMeet

                                                Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                                NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                                While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                                Available on Web

                                                Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                                In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                                To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                                Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                                A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                                Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                                If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                                Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                                With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                                The Bottom Line

                                                Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                                Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                                Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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