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18 Free Language Apps That Are Actually Fun to Use

18 Free Language Apps That Are Actually Fun to Use

Language learning apps can be not only useful but incredibly entertaining and fun. With our current ability to use language tools on the go, this is the golden age of language apps.

While they won’t replace real human interactions, language learning apps are an invaluable resource for learning the basics of a new language or for translating words in real-time.

There are hundreds of language learning apps being launched on a weekly basis, and it can be confusing to differentiate what’s useful from what’s not. To help you save time, we’ve curated the top 18 language learning apps that you should try and experiment with on your own.

18 Free Language Learning Apps That Are Incredibly Useful

Language Instructional Courses

1. Duolingo

Duolingo is one of the most popular language tools out there. It’s perfect for beginners looking to dip their feet into learning a new foreign language. The site’s gamified approach to learning makes it fun to learn vocabulary, grammar, and basic words.

    2. Busuu

    Busuu offers a similar language learning experience in which you mix speaking, listening, writing, and reading activities. This helps you acquire a basic understanding of your target language.

      3. Babbel

      Babbel is an inexpensive and fun tool that uses algorithms to personalize your language learning experience.

        4. Internet Polyglot

        Internet Polyglot has a mixture of different games that will activate different parts of your brain. They include typing games, picture games, word searches, guessing games, and more.

          Language Memorization Tools

          5. Ankiweb

          Anki has been around for awhile. It’s an electronic flashcard tool that makes it easy for you to remember phrases and words in a foreign language.

            6. Memrise

            Memrise is one of the leading platforms for memorizing anything. It’s mainly focused on language learning, but you can also use it to memorize vocabulary for your SAT exam, biology exam, etc.

              7. Tinycards

              Tinycards is an application launched by Duolingo. It’s a free and fun flashcard app that you can take on the go. You can choose from thousands of topics that have been created for you or create your own decks.

               

                8. Quizlet

                Quizlet offers free quizzes that help you learn just about anything. “Flashcards” is one of their most popular features, but you can also take tests, play games, or create your own quizzes to share with friends.

                  Language Speaking & Conversation

                  9. Rype

                  Rype is a monthly membership site that connects you with fully-vetted professional language teachers for 1/10th of the price of a leading language school. Lessons are as short as 30 minutes, and you can schedule them at any time of the day and any day of the week. For anyone with the desire to speak a foreign language fluently, Rype is worth checking out.

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                    10. MyLanguageExchange

                    MyLanguageExchange is a community where you can connect with like-minded language learners and potentially find conversation partners to help you practice your speaking skills. You’re able to filter by language, location, and the type of communication you prefer, including SMS text, phone calls, or in-person.

                      Language Games

                      11. Mindsnacks

                      Mindsnacks offers fun brain games that you can play to activate your mind while also learning a foreign language. Two birds with one stone!

                        12. FluentPanda

                        FluentPanda offers fun, bite-sized lessons, and it was created with the intention of helping the underprivileged learn English. Now, FluentPanda’s app offers lessons in many other popular languages.

                          13. Stumbleupon

                          Stumbleupon is a discovery platform for great content. With hundreds of topics and languages to discover, you can always find interesting and unique content for your target language.

                            Language Translation Tools

                            14. Google Translate

                            Google Translate is the go-to resource for translating basic words and phrases. It may not be perfect, but Google Translate is constantly improving its translation algorithms.

                            15. Bab.la

                            Bab.la doesn’t stop with just translation (currently available in over 28 languages). They offer a community forum, vocabulary listings, and games for language learners.

                                16. SpanishDict

                                Spanishdict offers Spanish translation and learning activities. If you’re learning Spanish, it’s worth your while to use SpanishDict as a dictionary, since it provides several thorough definitions as well as real-life examples that you can relate to.

                                17. Linguee

                                Linguee started by offering German translations, and now they offer translations in many popular languages. Their mobile app allows you to translate foreign words on the go and hassle-free.

                                  18. Gengo

                                  Gengo is a human-based translation service that offers fast turnaround. As great as algorithms can be for translation, they’re not perfect yet. That’s where a site like Gengo can fill in the gaps. It’s especially useful if you need larger-scale foreign language translations.

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                                  Last Updated on May 17, 2019

                                  This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

                                  This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

                                  The pursuit of worthwhile goals is a part of what makes life enjoyable. Being able to set a goal, then see yourself progress towards achieving that goal is an amazing feeling.

                                  But do you know the biggest obstacle for most people trying to achieve their goals, the silent dream killer that stops people before they ever even get started? That obstacle is the comfort zone, and getting stuck there is bound to derail any efforts you make towards achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself.

                                  If you want to achieve those goals, you’ll have to break free from your comfort zone. Let’s take a look at how your life will change once you build up the courage to leave your comfort zone.

                                  What Is the Comfort Zone?

                                  The comfort zone is defined as “a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.”

                                  What stands out to me the most about that definition is the last part: “using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.” How many successful people do you know who deliver a steady level of performance?

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                                  The goal in life is to continually challenge yourself, and continually improve yourself. And in order to do that, you have move out of your comfort zone. But once you do, your life will start to change in ways you could never have imagined. I know because it’s happening right now in my own life.

                                  Here’s what I’ve learned.

                                  1. You will be scared

                                  Leaving your comfort zone isn’t easy. In fact, in can be downright terrifying at times, and that’s okay. It’s perfectly normal to feel a little trepidation when you’re embarking on a journey that forces you to try new things.

                                  So don’t freak out or get overwhelmed when you feel yourself getting a little scared. It’s perfectly normal and all part of the process. What’s important is that you don’t let that fear hold you back. You must continue to take action in the face of fear.

                                  That’s what separates winners from losers.

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                                  2. You will fail

                                  Stepping out of your comfort zone means you’re moving into uncharted territory. You’re trying things that you’ve never tried before, and learning things you’ve never learned before.

                                  That steep learning curve means you’re not going to get everything right the first time, and you will eventually fail when you move out of your comfort zone. But as long as the failures aren’t catastrophic, it can actually be a good thing to fail because …

                                  3. You will learn

                                  Failure is the best teacher. I’ve learned more from each one of my failures than I have from each one of my successes. When you fail small, and fail often, you rapidly increase the rate at which you learn new insights and skills. And that new knowledge, if applied correctly, will eventually lead to your success.

                                  4. You will see yourself in a different way

                                  Once you move out of your comfort zone, you immediately prove to yourself that you’re capable of achieving more than you thought was possible. And that will change the way you see yourself.

                                  Moving forward, you’ll have more confidence in yourself whenever you step out of your comfort zone, and that increased confidence will make it more likely that you continue to step outside your comfort zone. And each time you do, you’ll prove to yourself again and again what you’re really capable of.

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                                  5. Your peers will see you in a different way

                                  Whether we want to admit or not, people judge other people. And right now, people view you in a certain way, and they have a certain idea of what you’re capable of. That’s because they’ve become accustomed to seeing you operate in your comfort zone.

                                  But once you move out of your comfort zone, you’ll prove to other people, as well, that you’re capable of much more than you’ve shown in the past.

                                  The increased confidence other people place in you will bring about more opportunities than ever before.

                                  6. Your comfort zone will expand

                                  The good thing about the comfort zone is that it’s flexible and malleable. With each action you take outside of your comfort zone, it expands. And once you master that new skill or action, it eventually becomes part of your comfort zone.

                                  This is great news for you because it means that you can constantly increase and improve upon the behaviors that you’re comfortable with. And the more tools and skills you have at your disposal, the easier it will be to achieve your goals.

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                                  7. You will increase your concentration and focus

                                  When you’re living inside of your comfort zone, the bulk of your actions are habitual: automatic, subconscious, and requiring limited focus.

                                  But once you move out of your comfort zone, you no longer rely on those habitual responses. You’re forced to concentrate and focus on the new action in a way you never do in your comfort zone.

                                  8. You will develop new skills

                                  Moving out of your comfort zone requires that you develop new skills. One of the many benefits you’ll experience is that you’ll be stepping away from the “limited set of behaviors” and start to develop your ability and expertise in new areas.

                                  Living inside of your comfort zone only requires a limited skill set, and those skills won’t contribute much to your success. Once you can confidently step outside of your comfort zone and learn a new skill, there’s no limit to how much you can achieve.

                                  9. You will achieve more than before

                                  With everything that happens once you move out of your comfort zone, you’re naturally going to achieve more than ever before.

                                  Your increased concentration and focus will help you develop new skills. Those new skills will change the way you see yourself, encouraging you to step even further out of your comfort zone.

                                  Featured photo credit: Josef Grunig via farm3.staticflickr.com

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