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Clozemaster Review: Limited Focus But Fun Way To Grow Vocab

Quick Review

4.1 

Summary

Ideal for people who are already at an upper beginner/intermediate level, Clozemaster will help you build your vocabulary and learn new words and sentences in context. While you won’t learn much grammar or improve your speaking and writing much, it is great at what it does and the videogame aspect makes it fun and addictive to work though. Although the exercises are all pretty much identical, there are various ways in which you can increase the difficulty and Clozemaster’s free account is almost as good as the Pro User one.

Quality

Very easy to use with thousands upon thousands of sentences for you to work through, Clozemaster’s main exercises are well-designed though some features are a bit hit and miss.

Thoroughness

Although you aren’t given any explanations, Clozemaster’s huge database of sentences allows you to learn words in context.

Value

The free version offers a ton of value, but for those who use Clozemaster regularly, it may be worth upgrading to a Pro account.

Price

The free version is very useful, but you can upgrade to a pro account for $8/month or $60/year.

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Language101.com Course Review – The Worst I’ve Ever Tried!

Quick Review

0.6 

Summary

Language101 (not to be confused with LanguagePod101) is the worst course I’ve ever tried. The platform has ten different languages for you to choose from and claims to take you from a beginner level up to an intermediate level but ONLY in speaking and understanding. Consequently, you won’t learn how to spell, write or translate the language or even learn any of the grammar. As the courses are poorly designed, each ‘lesson’ is identical and the fast-paced learning method seems inefficient, it is doubtful whether even beginners will learn much. Making matters worse, the price is obscenely expensive.

Quality

Easy enough to use but the content is severely lacking.

Thoroughness

There are no explanations at all. You just learn to parrot and memorize words and phrases

Value 0 star

Terrible value. It honestly feels like a scam. Not worth using even if it were free.

Languages: Spanish, German, French, Russian, Japanese, Italian, Danish, Canadian-French

Price

Language101 has lots of different subscription plans for you to choose from. A one-time payment for access to all of its languages costs $472 or $63 if you opt for the monthly installments option (that would end up working out at $756 if you chose the latter!!).

For ‘1 Package’ of the language of your choice it is then $147 for lifetime access or $342 if you want all 3 packages in a given language.

Alternatives: Literally anything else on the Internet (or in a bookstore) would be better!

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Spanish With Paul Course Review – Solid Content But Not Very Exciting

Quick Review

3.8 

Summary

Spanish with Paul is a video course that has over eighty hours of content to work through. The in-depth explanations will certainly give you a great foundation and understanding of Spanish grammar, vocabulary and sentence structures. While the course is not that fun and you don’t get any speaking practice, I’d say it is definitely an effective way of learning the language if you are a serious and dedicated learner who doesn’t get bored easily.

Quality

The videos look a bit basic and aren’t all that fun to watch but the audio is perfect and the concepts are clearly explained.

Thoroughness

Very in-depth explanations on everything from grammar and vocabulary to sentence structure and pronunciation.

Value

Not the cheapest or most exciting option but there’s a lot of good content.

Price

For one year access, the ‘Course Only’ is $99.95 and ‘Course + Weekly Updates’ costs $199.95.

Alternatives: Although I think Spanish with Paul is a pretty good course, it’s not my favorite. There are several other Spanish courses that I prefer.

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Best Podcasts To Learn Portuguese In 2019 (Brazilian and European)

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In this day and age, there are a plethora of different learning resources available to us online and in recent years podcasts have proliferated with their quality and content getting better all the time.

Depending on how you like to learn a language, a Portuguese podcast could really help you to achieve your learning goals and, while there are maybe not as many podcasts in Portuguese as in other languages; there are still some fantastic resources out there which are worth checking out.

And while I highly recommend incorporating podcasts into your Portuguese study routine, it’d be wise to use them alongside an online Portuguese course.

Before we have a look at some of the best podcasts out there, why is it a good idea to give them a go and how can you best make use of them to learn Portuguese?

To give you an idea of what is out there, below you will find both Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese podcasts for you to explore.
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Review Of Red Kalinka’s Russian Course – Exceptionally Comprehensive

Quick Review

4.6

Summary:

The ‘Largest Russian School in the World’, Red Kalinka has lots of different products that will get you learning Russian. Its main course – Red Kalinka Russian Course – is very well thought-out and will certainly improve both beginners’ and intermediates’ reading, writing and comprehension skills. While it is not the most entertaining thing in the world, the videos and exercises are exceptionally thorough. Without a doubt, if you stick with this course, your Russian will become very good.

Quality

Red Kalinka’s videos and exercises might not be that innovative or entertaining but you’ll learn a ton.

Thoroughnes

Red Kalinka goes into a lot of depth when it comes to vocabulary, grammar, and cultural explanations – possibly too in-depth!

Value

It’s not the cheapest course you’ll find but worth the cost.

Price

The Red Kalinka Russian Course costs 29 euros a month. However, through the link below, you can save 20% on the subscription cost each month, making it only 23 euros per month.

They also have a bunch of different products such as audiobooks, one-to-one lessons and online exercises for you to sign up for.

Save 20% each month on a subscription to Red Kalinka by signing up through the link below.

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