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10 Free Apps Every Language Student Should Have In Their Phones (Android)

10 Free Apps Every Language Student Should Have In Their Phones (Android)

You are committed to learning a new language? You have a big challenge in front of you! The life-time journey of mastering a foreign language requires great commitment, diligence and practice. Thanks to Android smartphone apps, the process will become much faster and more convenient.

You can learn new words and grammar rules on the bus, while waiting in line, and in any other free moment you get. Below are 10 apps that you should definitely install in your phone.

1. Memrise: Free, Fun, Learning

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    This app is the Wikipedia of learning; it contains over 300,000 community-created courses, including lessons on over 180 languages. The “mems” (user-generated definitions, images, explanations and sentences) will help you remember new words and phrases easily through cognitive learning.

    2. NinjaEssays

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      This is a web-based app that offers various features for free. The blog section provides great tips for language students, and the free citation generator will save you from a lot of work when you write content in the new language and want to reference the sources properly. In addition, the WordCount tool will not only count the exact number of words and characters in your text, but will also enable you to see which words you’ve used too often.

      3. iTranslate

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        The most popular translator app combines voice recognition, machine translation and voice output into an effective system that helps you translate words, phrases and sentences into 50+ different languages. You can send the translated text via email, save it to a list of favorites, or post it on Twitter.

        4. Duolingo: Learn Languages Free

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          This app offers fun, structured, and 100% free lessons in English, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Irish, and Swedish. Duolingo pushes you to progress by completing bite-sized lessons and getting motivated by cool achievements.

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          5. Learn Languages: Rosetta Stone

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            Rosetta Stone is the epitome of online language learning. There are available lessons in Italian, French, Spanish, German, Turkish, Hindi, Arabic, Chinese, English, Dutch, Greek, Hebrew, and several other languages. The app will help you discover new vocabulary and grammar, and learn how to implement the knowledge in casual conversation.

            6. Dictionary – Merriam-Webster

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              This is the most respected and useful English language dictionary app, which offers voice search, example sentences, audio pronunciations, thesaurus, word of the day, quick definitions, and other features. If you are trying to learn English and improve your vocabulary, then this is a mandatory addition to your list of apps.

              7. Play & Learn Languages

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                This is a flash card app that helps you learn new words through different games. The 8 packs of cards include vegetables, food, animals, fruit, shapes, colors, numbers, and things. The words are presented with images and spoken audio. This is a great app to use if you are a beginner in learning English, French, Russian, Spanish, Danish, Greek, Thai, or another language that’s currently available.

                8. DigiCal Calendar & Widgets

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                  If you want to learn a language effectively, then you need a calendar app in your phone. DigiCal offers an intuitive user interface, built-in location search, and integration with Google. The best part is that it’s translated in 27 languages, so you can start planning your time in the language you are trying to master.

                  9. WordReference.com dictionaries

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                    This is one of the most powerful dictionary translation apps you could possibly find. You can translate English and Spanish to different languages, and have access to English, Spanish and Italian definitions. In addition, you’ll get a Spanish, French and Italian conjugator. The most valuable feature of WordReference.com dictionaries has to be the forum, where you’ll find the answers to your questions before even asking them.

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                    10. AnkiDroid Flashcards

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                      The good old flashcards are as useful as they always were. AnkiDroid is a great app that helps you memorize anything. You can create your own flashcard decks or download free collections for many languages and topics.

                      Now that you know which free apps to use, you’ll be much more motivated to learn new language lessons on a daily basis!

                      Featured photo credit: Shane Global via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

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                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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