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New: Google’s My Maps

New: Google’s My Maps

No longer do we have to rely on those nice mashups; Google have added the My Maps feature to Google Maps. Now you can customize your very own map with your own placemarks and directions to share or keep as reference.

Simply go to maps.google.com and you will find a My Maps tab next to Search Results. Here you can create a new map and begin plotting.

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Google’s My Maps

    Adding and altering placemarks is a breeze. Plus there is a wide range of ‘pins’ to choose from. If you want to plot all your favorite eating spots, choose the knife and fork icon and not confuse these with your other placemarks.

    Google’s My Maps

      Also built into each placemark’s editing options is a rich text editor, enabling you to format the information in any way you see fit, including adding pictures.

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      What’s more is if you search for a place and find it’s already in Google’s system, there is an option to just ‘Add to My Maps’ to save you the time.

      Create lines and shapes to plan trips or give directions.

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      Google’s My Maps

        Linking to the map, exporting to Google Earth or just printing is easy. Think about the ways you could use My Maps and head on over. Create your own map of your favorite music shops or where you went on your trip interstate, plotted with photos and notes.

        “People are really excited about their hobbies and the thing is, even if we threw all of Google’s resources at this problem, we would never be able to create the same depth and breadth and quality of map data that the millions of knowledgeable users out there combined could create,” Google Maps product manager Jessica Lee told internetnews.com

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        Google My Maps is Your Maps – [InternetNews]

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        Published on January 18, 2019

        Best 5 Language Learning Apps to Easily Master a New Language

        Best 5 Language Learning Apps to Easily Master a New Language

        Learning a new language is no easy feat. While a language instructor is irreplaceable, language learning apps have come to revolutionize a lot of things and it has made language learning much easier. Compared to language learning websites, apps offer a more interactive experience to learn a new language.

        The following language learning apps are the top recommended apps for your language learning needs:

        1. Duolingo

          Duolingo is a very successful app that merged gamification and language learning. According to Expanded Ramblings, the app now counts with 300 million users.

          Duolingo offers a unique concept, an easy-to-use app and is a great app to accompany your language acquisition journey. The courses are created by native speakers, so this is not data or algorithm-based.

          The app is free and has the upgrade options with Duolingo Plus for $9.99, which are add free lessons. The mobile app offers 25 languages and is popular for English-speaking learners learning other languages.

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          Download the app

          2. HelloTalk

            HelloTalk aims to facilitate speaking practice and eliminate the stresses of a real-time and life conversation. The app allows users to connect to native speakers and has a WhatsApp like chat that imitates its interface.

            There is a perk to this app. The same native speakers available also want to make an even exchange and learn your target language, so engagement is the name of the game.

            What’s more, the app has integrated translation function that bypasses the difficulties of sending a message with a missing word and instead fills in the gap.

            Download the app

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            3. Mindsnacks

              Remember that Duolingo has integrated gamification in language learning? Well, Mindsnacks takes the concept to another level. There is an extensive list of languages available within the app comes with eight to nine games designed to learn grammar, vocabulary listening.

              You will also be able to visualize your progress since the app integrates monitoring capabilities. The layout and interface is nothing short of enjoyable, cheerful and charming.

              Download the app

              4. Busuu

                Bussu is a social language learning app. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS. It currently supports 12 languages and is free.

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                The functionality allows users to learn words, simple dialogues and questions related to the conversations. In addition, the dialogues are recorded by native speakers, which brings you close to the language learning experience.

                When you upgrade, you unlock important features including course materials. The subscription is $17 a month.

                Download the app

                5. Babbel

                  Babbel is a subscription-based service founded in 2008. According to LinguaLift, it is a paid cousing of Duolingo. The free version comes with 40 classes, and does not require you to invest any money.

                  Each of the classes starts with with a sequential teaching of vocabulary with the help of pictures. The courses are tailor made and adapted to the students’ level, allowing the learning to be adjusted accordingly.

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                  If you started learning a language and stopped, Babbel will help you pick up where you started.

                  Download the app

                  Takeaways

                  All the apps recommended are tailored for different needs, whether you’re beginning to learn a language or trying to pick back up one. All of them are designed by real-life native speakers and so provide you with a more concrete learning experience.

                  Since these apps are designed to adapt to different kinds of learning styles, do check out which one is the most suitable for you.

                  Featured photo credit: Yura Fresh via unsplash.com

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