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Rocket Spanish Review – Boring But Still A Decent Course

Quick Review

3.8 

Summary:

Rocket Spanish is a pretty good Spanish course, but it’s not my personal favorite. Although I find the lessons tend to be very boring, the content is well structured and fairly comprehensive. There is a good mixture of listening, speaking, grammar, and review activities.

Quality

The app and the lessons are well designed, but I experienced some minor annoyances.

Thoroughnes

There are lots of practice activities following each lesson, and course structure seems logical.

Value

Not cheap but not absurdly expensive either.

Price

Level 1 costs $99.95. Levels 1 & 2 costs $249.90. Levels 1, 2 & 3 costs $259.90

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italki Review – The Good, The Bad, & The Just Alright

Quick Review

4.5 

Summary:

italki is the most flexible and affordable place to find a tutor for the language you’re learning. They have a huge number of teachers offering classes to students of over 100 different languages. As a learner, you’ll be able to find a tutor that best fits your learning style, schedule, and personality. Teachers are able to set their own prices and make their own schedule.

Teacher Quality

You’ll find everyone from long-time professionals to brand new teachers.

Platform

The overall platform has tons of useful features but also some room for improvement.

Value

Huge number of teachers, low prices, and flexible scheduling.

Price

The prices vary by teacher and language with some being as low as $4 and others as high as $60 per hour. Most will fall somewhere near the $10 per hour range.

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Outlier Linguistics Mini-Review: Master Chinese Characters

Outlier Linguistics – 4.3 

Outlier Linguistics is the best tool for understanding the logic behind Chinese characters. Available as an add-on for the must-have Pleco dictionary, Outlier shows how the characters actually work. This makes it easier to connect the sound and meaning components of characters, as well as understand how the various meanings relate to each other. Besides the dictionary add-on, there’s also a Chinese Characters Masterclass, a Pronunciation and Accent Masterclass, and more.

You can save 20% on a purchase by using the coupon code ‘ALR20’.

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The rating is our best guess, but we haven’t yet had the opportunity to fully test and review this resource.

Pleco Mini-Review: The One Chinese App Everyone Needs

pleco – 5 

Everyone studying Chinese should download Pleco on their phone. It’s easily the best dictionary app available, but it can do so much more than just help you look up the meanings of words. The core features are free to use, but there are a number of add-ons (some paid) which makes it even more useful. Some of these are SRS flashcards, OCR which lets you look up words using your camera, audio recordings, document reader, screen reader, handwriting recognition, and more. This is the one app that pretty much everyone agrees is a must-have.

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The rating is our best guess, but we haven’t yet had the opportunity to fully test and review this resource.

Interlinear Books Mini-Review: Better Bilingual Books

Interlinear Books – 3.8

Interlinear Books takes an old idea (bilingual books) and adds a unique twist to it. Instead of having a translation off to the side, the English translations are written directly below the target language in small font. Although this sounds like a small improvement, it makes reading what otherwise might be a difficult text, much simpler and more enjoyable. They’re also translated with language learners in mind, as words aren’t always translated individually, but instead, as a semantic unit. This way, expressions will sometimes be translated as one unit, making the translation easier to understand.

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The rating is our best guess, but we haven’t yet had the opportunity to fully test and review this resource.

HSK Online Mini-Review: The Best Chinese Test Prep App

HSK Online – 4 

HSK Online is an app that focuses on helping learners prepare for the HSK exams. However, just because it’s a test prep app, doesn’t mean that only those interested in taking the HSK tests can find value in using it. It can help you improve your vocabulary, reading and listening comprehension, writing, and you can even take practice exams.

You can also save 15% on a subscription with the coupon code ‘alr15’.

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The rating is our best guess, but we haven’t yet had the opportunity to fully test and review this resource.

Beelinguapp Mini-Review: Reading & Listening Practice

Beelinguapp – 4.3 

Beelinguapp makes it easier to read and listen to interesting content in a number of languages. You’ll find short stories, news, fairy tales, music, and more. Their side-by-side reading functionality highlights the sentence in the language you’re learning, as well as in a language you’re familiar with. The karaoke feature makes it easy to follow the audio with the written text. Some of the content and features are available for free, but there are also premium plans to unlock more.

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The rating is our best guess, but we haven’t yet had the opportunity to fully test and review this resource.

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Chinese Grammar Wiki – 4.2 

Chinese Grammar Wiki is an excellent place to learn Chinese grammar, and it’s free. Grammar points are arranged according to difficulty level and include lots of example sentences. It’s a great way to learn what you need to learn at the level you’re at, without getting weighed down with too much information. It is also available as a book.

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The rating is our best guess, but we haven’t yet had the opportunity to fully test and review this resource.

30 Best Apps To Learn Portuguese (Brazilian and European)

A lot of people underestimate the usefulness of apps for learning Portuguese, and this is understandable.

Not long ago, apps were really simple. Maybe you’d find a good phrasebook or a dictionary or some kind of game that teaches you a little bit of the language – not much else.

Fortunately, that’s changed. You can now learn just about any aspect of Portuguese with an app.

The variety in apps is huge, and so is the range of price, quality, and focus. We’ve tested out an insane number of them and have found some favorites along with some popular ones we aren’t actually fond of.

The aim of this list is to help you sort through the mountain of apps available for learning Portuguese and find one or two that work for you. We’ve loosely organized the apps based on what they do best, but some apps could really fit into more than one category.

GENERAL COURSES AVAILABLE AS APPS

Best for Oral Communication Skills: Pimsleur

Best Lesson Structure: Babbel

Best Interactive Course: Lingodeer

Best Free Interactive Course: Duolingo

VOCABULARY ACQUISITION APPS

Most Enjoyable Vocabulary Practice: Memrise

Best for Customizable Vocabulary Practice: Anki

Best for Learning Words in Context: Clozemaster

APPS FOR READING AND LISTENING PRACTICE

Best for Interesting Reading Material: LingQ 

Best Free Reading Extension: Readlang

Best for Side-By-Side Reading: Beelinguapp

Best for Podcast-Style Lessons: PortuguesePod101

APPS FOR SPEAKING AND WRITING PRACTICE

Best for Getting Feedback on Writing: italki

Best for Getting Feedback on Pronunciation: Speechling

APPS FOR TUTORS AND LANGUAGE EXCHANGES

Best Online Tutor Platform: italki

Best for Finding a Language Exchange Partner: HelloTalk and Tandem

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29 Best (And Worst) Online German Courses: We’ve Tested Them

When you begin looking for an online German course, it can quickly become overwhelming. There are so many options, but which ones are worth your time and possibly money?

While the most important thing is that you commit to studying regularly, choosing the wrong course can lead to unnecessary frustrations and sometimes wasted money.

In this article, I’ll walk you through 29 of your options. I’ll help you figure out which courses do which things right and where their weaknesses are.

Not all of them are good. In fact, several are terrible, and many others are just alright.

I wanted to be sure to include lots of options, especially ones I dislike, since you may find others enthusiastically recommending them.

I loosely organized this list into tiers based on how much I’d recommend each course.

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