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Last Updated on August 8, 2019

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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                                  Sean Kim

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

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                                  Last Updated on September 17, 2019

                                  10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

                                  10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

                                  Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

                                  But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

                                  Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

                                  1. Spend Time with Positive People

                                  If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

                                  Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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                                  2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

                                  When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

                                  Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

                                  3. Contribute to the Community

                                  One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

                                  Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

                                  4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

                                  Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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                                  5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

                                  You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

                                  If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

                                  There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

                                  6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

                                  It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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                                  Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

                                  7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

                                  Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

                                  For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

                                  Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

                                  8. Offer Compliments to Others

                                  Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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                                  9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

                                  If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

                                  Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

                                  10. Practice Self-Care

                                  Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

                                  Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

                                  Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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