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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 January 18, 2019

                                  7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

                                  7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

                                  Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

                                  But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

                                  If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

                                  1. Limit the time you spend with them.

                                  First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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                                  In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

                                  Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

                                  2. Speak up for yourself.

                                  Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

                                  3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

                                  This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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                                  But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

                                  4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

                                  Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

                                  This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

                                  Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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                                  5. Change the subject.

                                  When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

                                  Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

                                  6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

                                  Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

                                  I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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                                  You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

                                  Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

                                  7. Leave them behind.

                                  Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

                                  If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

                                  That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

                                  You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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