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: Grammar Hero is a product from Olly Richards, the creator of I Will Teach You A Language. It follows the story-based method of teaching languages, but this time with a focus on the most difficult grammar points. You start out by reading a story and the grammar point is underlined, later you learn the rules, then you re-read the story with explanations, and finally you’ll practice using the grammar point to express your thoughts and opinions. It’s a comprehensive method that’s meant to help you internalize the grammar.
The stories are unique and interesting, while highlighting the grammar points.
Covers the most challenging grammar in each language.
Fairly expensive and may not be affordable for many learners.
I Like The stories are different for every language.
Enjoyable to read, clear audio recordings, and more interesting than other ways to study grammar.
Focuses on only the most challenging grammar points.
I Don’t Like It’s pretty expensive.
The final “Activate” section is just a worksheet. It’s useful but hardly exciting.
Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, and Brazillian Portuguese.
Price: It costs $197 to purchase Grammar Hero in each language. There’s also a 30-day money back guarantee.
Summary: Lingoda is an online language learning platform where you can take private or group classes at any time of the day. They offer lessons in Spanish, German, French, and English. There are a large number of lessons available for everyone from absolute beginners to more advanced levels. It’s a good option to get the structure of a course with the guidance of a teacher, at an affordable price.
Quality Both the platform and the content itself are easy to use and presented well.
Thoroughness Although there are hundreds of lessons, they could use a bit more variety and you’ll need to study them with a teacher to get much benefit.
Value It’s an affordable option that gives you access to good teachers and a comprehensive course.
The flexible hours mean that you can pretty much take a class whenever suits you – whether that’s 3am or 3pm!
Right from the start, the teachers speak almost entirely in the language that you’re learning.
There are hundreds of different classes covering different subjects for all levels.
I Don’t Like
You will sometimes have to wait a while for your chosen class to appear at a time slot that is convenient to you which limits the flexibility.
The quality of your class and how much content you cover relies to a large extent on the other students. This also impacts how much time you actually get to speak.
The lesson materials all look quite similar and there is not much variation between lessons.
Price: There are lots of different plans available. A 7-day trial package that gives you access to 3 group classes costs $23.99. For group classes, there are three plans costing $109, $199, and $259 per month which gives you access to 10, 20, and 30 classes. For private classes, the plans cost $139, $259, and $379 per month which gives you access to 5, 10, and 15 classes respectively.
Summary: Lingodeer may not be as well known as other language learning apps, but it’s actually better than most of them, and free. You’ll practice the language by completing lots of different types of exercises. They also include plenty of grammar explanations and opportunities to review what you’ve studied. All in all, for a free resource, it’s excellent.
It has a great design and everything works well with only a few minor issues.
As thorough as you could hope for from a free resource
Free and still better than many paid resources.
Lots of different exercise types in the lessons.
Detailed grammar explanations.
Clear audio recordings.
I Don’t Like…
The content isn’t always ordered well with some unusual words thrown in too early.
Not sufficient for developing oral communication skills.
Not yet available in lots of languages.
Price: $4.99/mo, $3.99/mo if paid quarterly, or $2.99/mo if paid yearly. There’s also a lifetime option for $49.99.
Languages: Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Vietnamese are all taught in English. There are also some courses not taught in other languages.
Summary: Mondly is a below average online language learning resource. It does some things right and other things poorly. It’s pretty cheap, and a decent enough crash course that could help you before a trip abroad. Still, it wouldn’t be my first choice.
Both the interface and the course itself could be designed better.
It’s decent for learning vocabulary but a lot of material isn’t explained very well.
It’s fairly inexpensive.
Daily lessons, weekly quizzes, and monthly challenges – these functionalities encourage you to practice every day.
The vocabulary included is useful and drilled in an effective way.
It’s fairly inexpensive.
I Don’t Like…
The content and exercises are the same for all levels and languages.
The exercises are mostly passive and won’t help you use the language.
The order of lessons and topics isn’t very well thought out.
The interface is not user friendly and the platform is visually unappealing.
Price: There are three plans…
$9.99 per month for one language
$47.99 per year ($4/mo) for one language
$47.99 per year ($4/mo) for all languages
Strangely, I was able to access multiple languages even though I only signed up for one month at $9.99.