Summary: Rocket Languages offers courses in a number of languages, some of which are awful, and others are pretty solid. Rocket French is neither amazing or terrible, it’s pretty good. The content is structured well and gives you lots of opportunities to practice what you’ve learned. But, their lessons can be rather bland, with a large emphasis on rote memorization drills.
The lessons aren’t very exciting but you’ll learn from them
Solid content structure with lots of explanations
The price tag for the lessons is relatively high but justifiable
The emphasis on speaking skills
The good mix of speaking and grammar found in the audio lessons
Leaderboard and Streak system
I Don’t Like…
It fairly expensive.
The voice recognition isn’t reliable enough to depend on.
The lessons can be repetitive and monotonous
Price: Level 1 costs $99.95, Levels 1 and 2 cost $249.90, all three levels together costs $259.90.
Summary: Lingvist is a great language learning tool which relies primarily on flashcards. It is an intelligent resource which judges your fluency level in the language and accordingly sets the difficulty of the questions for you. It also has a separate challenges section that trains your reading, listening, grammar and speaking skills. While the resource is a simple one, it is quite addictive and fun to use. It’s only suitable for beginner or intermediate level learners.
The app is designed exceptionally well with content that was clearly well thought through.
Easy to learn lots of new words and improve your grammar, but it won’t take you past the intermediate level.
A monthly subscription is rather expensive, but prices become more reasonable with longer subscription lengths.
The flashcard system which ensures revision
The speed of the whole learning process
Use of external motivators
I Don’t Like
Lack of variety of exercises
Speaking skills aren’t prioritized
Limited number of challenges
Price: The free version allows access to most features but is limited in some ways. Paid subscriptions vary by length; the monthly plan costs $22.95, quarterly is $15.98 per month, and yearly is $7.50 per month.
Languages: French, German, Spanish, Russian, Estonian
Summary: French Today offers audiobooks, skype lessons, and on-site lessons in France. This article will focus on the audiobooks which range from beginner to the upper-intermediate level. There are different types of audiobooks, all of which are quite extensive. Many of them have nearly 10 hours of content and a PDF file with 200 or so pages.
Good content that can also be accessed from their app
There are hours and hours of content covering most of the important aspects of the language
Frequent discounts and bundles can significantly lower the cost
The audiobooks are recorded at different speeds with both a slower version and a normal speed
The depth of content found in the audiobooks and accompanying PDFs
It’s a one-time purchase and can be used offline
I Don’t Like…
The quality of the testing system
The Skype lessons are very expensive
Price: The audiobooks range from $20 to $70. There are also bundles that make things a bit cheaper.
Summary: Earworms is a unique language resource that relies on audio lessons mixed into music. The theory is that you will find the music catchy and thus remember your lessons easily. The whole idea behind Earworms is the psychological theory of memory association. You would associate some information with the music and thus remember it easily. However, the music used in these lessons will not appeal to everyone, at least it didn’t for me. Moreover, the lack of visual aid and no exercises to assess your skills make it harder. I would only recommend this for people who have failed to learn through other online resources or perhaps someone looking to learn a few phrases before a trip.
With a lack of exercises and visual aids, I can’t really say that it will prove to be a useful resource.
All the lessons are comprised of various phrases that they think will be useful for anyone willing to learn French. Unfortunately, they’re too shallow and poorly structured.
With such low utility, it is important to have a low-price tag. Fortunately, they have followed this idea and thus you won’t be losing out too much if you opt for this.
The repetition of the phrases
Some of the tracks aren’t half bad
I Don’t Like…
Tracks aren’t as catchy as I expected
Lack of visual aids
Complete absence of a testing system
Price: Each volume can be purchased as an mp3 download for £8.32 or as a CD for £14.99. You can save a little money by purchasing bundles as well. You can also purchase via the app for £9.99 per volume.
Summary: Duolingo is a great mobile learning application that teaches you the basics of several languages. While it is far from comprehensive and doesn’t go too deep, it excels at getting people to study a little bit every day. Duolingo makes learning French fun, easy, and free.
It takes a while to get used to the teaching methods, but otherwise the quality and design are great.
Duolingo is made for people who just want to learn the basics of the language without going in too deep. It touches the surface of almost all the topics.
This resource is completely free and accessible to everyone. You could, however, learn French faster with other resources.
The option to learn French from languages other than English
It is completely free
The incentive system keeps you motivated and coming back day after day.
I Don’t Like…
The low content depth
The ads in the mobile app get irritating after a while
Price: All the content available in Duolingo is free. If you want, you can pay to remove the advertisements and get a chance to download offline lessons. You can do this at $9.99 a month for one month, $7.99 a month for 6 months or $6.99 a month for 12 months. Other than that, there are only some in-app purchases that might make your learning more fun, but nothing pertaining to the actual educational content, save 2 or 3 bonus lessons.