French

Michel Thomas Method

Quick Review

1.7 

Summary:

One of the most famous language teaching courses out there, Michel Thomas is a household name. The platform advertises itself as “The method that works with your brain” and boasts a teaching method “with no books, exercises, memorizing or homework” in several of its course descriptions. It’s available in 18 languages with courses that have material suitable for absolute beginners. I tried out the French foundation course and found it to be severely lacking and as such cannot recommend it at all. You may, however, have more luck with the other language courses that they offer.

Quality

Very easy to use, and the audios are decent quality, but I found that Michel Thomas’ discouraging manner flustered students, which detracted from the content’s quality in my experience.

Thoroughness

In my opinion, Michel Thomas doesn’t go into much depth and any explanations he offers up are just at a surface level.

Value

I wouldn’t use these even if they were free due to Michel Thomas’ teaching style which ruined the material for me.

Languages: Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Modern Standard), Dutch, French, Greek, German, Hindi, Italian, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Price

There are several different courses available with prices ranging from $11.99 to $100.

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30 Awesome YouTube Channels For Learning French

Compared to some languages, written French can be easy for English speakers to learn, since it derives a lot of words from the same Latin roots – just like Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. But for new students, it can be hard to get used to French pronunciation. Words that look one way sound altogether different when spoken aloud.

That’s why YouTube videos and podcasts are among the best ways to improve your French. Not only will you get familiar with different accents and dialects, but you’ll get to see how native speakers pronounce their words and can follow along with on-screen subtitles.

Fortunately, there are dozens of great YouTube channels out there, including videos by French teachers. As you improve your grammar and vocabulary, you can move on to videos produced by native French speakers and YouTube stars to practice your listening comprehension skills.

You won’t run out of videos anytime soon. We’ve put together this list of the top YouTube channels to learn French to help you get started. Bonne chance! (more…)

News In Slow French

Quick Review

4.5 

Summary:

News in Slow French offers three different levels of content (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) with lots of different features for each. I’m a huge fan of what’s included at the intermediate level but a bit less enthusiastic about the content at the beginner and advanced levels. That’s not to say those levels are bad, they aren’t by any means, but the material available for intermediate level learners is really fantastic. Much more than simply current events narrated at a slower pace, News in Slow French is comprensive, engaging, fun, and effective.

Quality

It often doesn’t feel like you’re studying without sacrificing on quality.

Thoroughness

The depth and unique manner they teach grammar and expressions is really impressive.

Value

Although it’s not cheap, there’s more content than you may initially realize.

Price

There’s a 7-day free trial for new subscribers, then the price is $19.90/month. There’s also an option to prepay for up to 12 months at a time, which doesn’t affect the monthly price.

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The 18 Best Podcasts For Learning French (2020)

Podcasts are among the best tools available to French learners. They can be a great way to squeeze in some study time, such as during a commute or while doing some chores around the house.

But, they can be much more useful than just some extra listening practice. Some of these podcasts have hundreds, even thousands of lessons. Far beyond only helping you add in some extra listening practice, there’s not much you can’t learn from some of the podcasts on this list. However, they tend to lack the structure of some other online French courses or in some cases apps.

Whether you are a beginner using podcasts as your primary source for learning French or a more advanced learner who wishes to strengthen their listening and speaking skills, these are the very best podcasts for the job! (more…)

Language Transfer

Quick Review

4.3 

Summary:

The Language Transfer’s courses approach language learning with what has been coined as “The Thinking Method’. These audio courses serve as a great introduction to the nine languages currently available. They go into lots of depth on how each language works, teaching you all of the main grammar points and giving you the tools needed to learn independently and intuitively. For beginners looking to learn a language, these free courses are an effective and efficient way to start your journey.

Quality

Might look a bit basic but the content is very well designed.

Thoroughness

The courses don’t follow the traditional learning path but have a lot of depth.

Value

It’s completely free and better than most paid resources.

Price

Completely free, but if you find the courses to be useful, consider making a donation.

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Uncovered Courses

Quick Review

Summary:

Spanish Uncovered (and the similar German, French, Italian and Japanese courses) come from Olly Richards, the creator of the super popular blog I Will Teach You A Language. It’s quite a bit different than most courses as it revolves around a story. It can be a bit more challenging than other courses, as you begin reading somewhat long texts right off the bat. Overall, I found it to be a more fun way to approach language learning that will be great for some but not ideal for others.

Quality

The instruction is clear but can have too much information crammed into a single lesson.

Thoroughnes

You’ll practice every aspect of the language.

Value

It has a pretty high price, but if you stick with it, you’ll get good value from it.

Price

A one-time purchase costs $297 and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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Grammar Hero

Quick Review

4.2 

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.

Quality

The stories are unique and interesting, while highlighting the grammar points.

Thoroughness

Covers the most challenging grammar in each language.

Value

Fairly expensive and may not be affordable for many learners.

Price

It costs $197 to purchase Grammar Hero in each language. There’s also a 30-day money back guarantee.

Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, and Brazillian Portuguese.

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Lingoda

Quick Review

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.

Price

There are lots of different plans available.

For group classes, there are four plans costing $56, $138, $200, and $760 per month, which give you access to 4, 12, 20, or 80 classes.

For private classes, the plans cost $132, $312, $440, and $1520 per month, which give you access to 4, 12, 20, and 80 classes respectively.

There are also “marathon” plans for three, six, or twelve months that offer lower per-class rates and a chance to earn cashback if you attend 90% of your classes.

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Mimic Method

Quick Review

3.2 

Summary:

Created by Idahosa, the Mimic Method’s ‘Elemental Sounds Masters Classes’ are not your traditional type of language learning course as you won’t learn any grammar or vocabulary. The focus is instead on learning the elemental sounds of the language. This is because once you can conceptualise them, then you can train your ear to hear and understand them and afterwards train your mouth to produce and pronounce these sounds. Useful for both beginners and advanced learners, you would obviously need to use it in conjunction with a couple of other resources to progress in your target language.

The Mimic Method courses are no longer for sale and the owners have decided to focus more on live trainings, group accountability programs and coaching.
Quality

Easy to use and navigate, the production quality is fine without being amazing.

Thoroughnes

Quite technical throughout most of the course, Idahosa thoroughly explains the method and sounds in each language.

Value

Very expensive for what it is, I think it is as interesting take at learning pronunciation but you won’t get anything else from it.

Price

For lifetime access to a course, the Mimic Method website has slashed its cost from $394 to $197 although I am uncertain if it always stays that price.

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Glossika

Quick Review

3.2 

Summary:

Glossika has learning resources for over fifty languages that impressively range from Armenian and Czech to Icelandic and Tagalog.

While not suitable for absolute beginners, lower intermediates could use the resource to familiarise themselves with sentences in their language of choice using Glossika´s intuitive approach.

Listening to native speakers and repeating what they say can help learners to improve their comprehension skills and spoken fluency.

While it is amazing that so many languages are included, learners would have to use numerous other resources alongside it. The cost is unjustifiably high.

Quality

The audio recordings are well made but other aspects could be improved

Thoroughness

Glossika covers an impressive number of languages but their method requires you to intuitively learn

Value

Polyglots may find the price to be fair but for most language learners it’s overpriced

Price

You can try out Glossika´s learning method for free with their week-long trial. The monthly subscription costs $30 a month. The annual subscription costs $24.99 a month and will set you back 299.88$ in total.

Click the link below to save $5 on a subscription to Glossika.

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