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Last Updated on August 8, 2019

7 Best Language Learning Apps and Websites

7 Best Language Learning Apps and Websites

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With so many languages out there to learn, it’s hard to know where to even get started!

While no one knows exactly how many languages exist, there are several thousands of them (a portion of the Bible had been translated into 2,508 different languages). Just like our own ancestry, most languages belong into different families. Indo-European is the origin of most languages that we speak today, including Spanish, English, and Russian.

If you have the urge to learn a new language this year, then you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to share the 7 best language learning apps and websites that will help you learn a language.

1. Duolingo

    Key Highlights: Gamified language learning app

    Duolingo has been leading the trend of gamified language learning, even finding a unique way to monetize their app through translations.

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    While just using Duolingo to learn a language is not recommended, it can be a good way to get the ball rolling to learn basic words and phrases of a language.

     

    2. Busuu

      Key Highlights: Visual app to learn basic phrases

      Busuu has similar features to Duolingo in that it’s a mobile app that has a gamified, visual approach to learning the basics of a language. While Duolingo is certainly in lead in terms of popularity, Busuu is an alternative you can check out.

      3. Babbel

        Key Highlights: Gamified language learning app

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        Babbel also sits in the same category as Duolingo and Busuu, but perhaps with more variety in terms of language. Instead of offering live interaction with native speakers, Busuu uses algorithms to teach you the basics of a language in a fun way.

         

        4. Memrise

          Key Highlights: Simple way to memorize language vocabulary

          Memrise is a powerful tool built to help you memorize anything faster, including language vocabulary. They have categories built specifically for popular languages like Mandarin, French, Spanish, and Italian, allowing you to jump in immediately to start memorizing words.

           

          5. Rosetta Stone

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            Key Highlights: Language learning program to help you learn the basics of a language

            Rosetta Stone is another method that has been around for a long time, which is an online program designed to help you improve reading, writing, and listening skills. Since there’s no real-life interacting with native speakers, improving speaking skills is a little more difficult, especially if you want to learn about a specific culture, like Argentina, France, Colombia, etc.

             

            6. BBC Languages

              Key Highlights: Quality language tutorial videos

              BBC Languages (from BBC) includes courses, videos, and key facts that you can explore on their website, which includes common languages like French, German, Spanish, and Italian.

              My personal favorite is exploring their “A Guide to…” which shares intriguing facts like “the number of speakers in X language” or “the origins of a language.”

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              7. Rype

                Key Highlights: 24/7 Unlimited Private Language Lessons For Busy People

                If you’ve ever told yourself that “you’re too busy” to learn a language, then you haven’t met Rype yet. Rype offers unlimited private language lessons (Spanish right now) with professional native speaking tutors available 24/7. By being able to book lessons at any time of the day, any day of the week, you can learn on your own time without interrupting your busy lifestyle.

                One last point to mention is that since you’re interacting live and one-on-one with native speakers, you’ll get the opportunity to improve your speaking skills much faster versus non-interactive methods. In fact, a study by NTL Institute shares that humans can learn up to 18x faster through immediate real-life immersion versus learning through a traditional lecture setting.

                 

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                Sean is the founder and CEO of Pulsing. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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                Last Updated on September 12, 2019

                12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

                12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

                Even the most charismatic people you know, whether in person or celebrities of some sort, experience days where they feel lost in life and isolated from everyone else.

                While it’s good to know we aren’t alone in this feeling, the question still remains:

                What should we do when we feel lost and lonely?

                Here are 12 things to remember:

                1. Recognize That It’s Okay!

                The truth is, there are times you need to be alone. If you’ve always been accustomed to being in contact with people, this may prove difficult.

                However, learning how to be alone and comfortable in your own skin will give you confidence and a sense of self reliance.

                We cheat ourselves out of the opportunity to become self reliant when we look for constant companionship.

                Learn how to embrace your me time: What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

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                2. Use Your Lost and Loneliness as a Self-Directing Guide

                You’ve most likely heard the expression: “You have to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going.”

                Loneliness also serves as a life signal to indicate you’re in search of something. It’s when we’re in the midst of solitude that answers come from true soul searching.

                Remember, there is more to life than what you’re feeling.

                3. Realize Loneliness Helps You Face the Truth

                Being in the constant company of others, although comforting sometimes, can often serve as a distraction when we need to face the reality of a situation.

                Solitude cuts straight to the chase and forces you to deal with the problem at hand. See it as a blessing that can serve as a catalyst to set things right!

                4. Be Aware That You Have More Control Than You Think

                Typically, when we see ourselves as being lost or lonely, it gives us an excuse to view everything we come in contact with in a negative light. It lends itself to putting ourselves in the victim mode, when the truth of the matter is that you choose your attitude in every situation.

                No one can force a feeling upon you! It is YOU who has the ultimate say as to how you choose to react.

                5. Embrace the Freedom That the Feeling of Being Alone Can Offer

                Instead of wallowing in self pity, which many are prone to do because of loneliness, try looking at your circumstance as a new-found freedom.

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                Most people are in constant need of approval of their viewpoints. Try enjoying the fact that  you don’t need everyone you care about to support your decisions.

                6. Acknowledge the Person You Are Now

                Perhaps you feel a sense of loneliness and confusion because your life circumstances have taken you away from the persona that others know to be you.

                Perhaps the new you differs radically from the old. Realize that life is about change and how we react to that change. It’s okay that you’re not who you used to be.

                Take a look at this article and learn to accept your imperfect self: Accept Yourself (Flaws and All): 7 Benefits of Being Vulnerable

                7. Keep Striving to Do Your Best

                Often those who are feeling isolated and unto themselves will develop a defeatist attitude. They’ll do substandard work because their self esteem is low and they don’t care.

                Never let this feeling take away your sense of worth! Do your best always and when you come through this dark time, others will admire how you stayed determined in spite of the obstacles you had to overcome.

                And to live your best life, you must do this ONE thing: step out of your comfort zone.

                8. Don’t Forget That Time Is Precious

                When we’re lost in a sea of loneliness and depression, it’s all too easy to reflect on regrets of past life events. This does nothing but feed negativity and perpetuate the situation.

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                Instead of falling prey to this common pitfall, put one foot in front of the other and acknowledge every positive step you take. By doing this, you can celebrate the struggles you overcome at the end of the day.

                9. Remember, Things Happen for a Reason

                Every circumstance we encounter in our life is designed to teach us and that lesson is in turn passed on to others.

                Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to figure out the lesson to be learned, while other times, we simply need to have faith that if the lesson wasn’t meant directly for us to learn from, how we handled it was observed by someone who needed to learn.

                Your solitude and feeling of lost, in this instance, although painful possibly, may be teaching someone else.

                10. Journal During This Time

                Record your thoughts when you’re at the height of loneliness and feeling lost. You’ll be amazed when you reflect back at how you viewed things at the time and how far you’ve come later.

                This time (if recorded) can give you a keen insight into who you are and what makes you feel the way you feel.

                11. Remember You Aren’t the First to Feel This Way

                It’s quite common to feel as if we’re alone and no one else has ever felt this way before. We think this because at the time of our distress, we’re silently observing others around us who are seemingly fine in every way.

                The truth is, we can’t possibly know the struggles of those around us unless they elect to share them. We ALL have known this pain!

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                Try confiding in someone you trust and ask them how they deal with these feelings when they experienced it. You may be surprised at what you learn.

                12. Ask for Help If the Problem Persists

                The feeling of being lost and lonely is common to everyone, but typically it will last for a relatively short period of time.

                Most people will confess to, at one time or another, being in a “funk.” But if the problem persists longer than you feel it should, don’t ignore it.

                When your ability to reason and consider things rationally becomes impaired, do not poo poo the problem away and think it isn’t worthy of attention. Seek medical help.

                Afraid to ask for help? Here’s how to change your outlook to aim high!

                Final Thoughts

                Loneliness and a sense of feeling lost can in many ways be extremely painful and difficult to deal with at best. However, these feelings can also serve as a catalyst for change in our lives if we acknowledge them and act.

                Above anything, cherish your mental well being and don’t underestimate its worth. Seek professional guidance if you’re unable to distinguish between a sense of freedom for yourself and a sense of despair.

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