Summary: GermanPod101 offers a large number of audio and video lessons for German learners that has been added over many years. There isn’t a clear structure where lessons build upon each other, instead they’re grouped by difficulty level and into pathways. Unfortunately, I came away quite disappointed from my experience trying GermanPod101 and wouldn’t recommend paying for a subscription.
Quality Useful information presented in a lifeless manner.
Thoroughness Not much material for non-beginners.
Value Not worth paying for.
I Like The lessons contain useful information about the German language.
The lesson notes have helpful information about the grammar encountered in that lesson.
The flashcards are nice as they contain audio, pictures, and example sentences.
I Don’t Like The lessons are among the most boring I’ve ever listened to.
Video lessons are very short and aren’t anything special.
The vast majority of the content is only for the absolute beginner and beginner levels.
Not a structured course or very good as a supplemental resource.
Price: There are many plans available from one month to two years, with prices lowering the longer you subscribe. One month plans cost $8 for Basic, $25 for Premium, and $47 for Premium Plus.
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Summary: Spanish Uncovered (and the similar German, French and Italian 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.
Thoroughness 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.
I Like Centering the lessons around a story makes learning more fun.
Good clear instruction with lots of opportunities to practive what you’ve learned.
Gets students to actively participate and take control of their own learning.
I Don’t Like Too many unrelated grammar points are included in the grammar lessons.
The review quiz is too short.
The exercises found in the PDF, while helpful, aren’t terribly exciting.
Price: A one-time purchase costs $297 and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
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.
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: Rocket German is a decent enough course but it falls short of the high praise it often receives. The audio lessons aren’t bad, but they aren’t exceptional either. The Rocket Reinforcement activities that are part of every lesson are too repetitive and boring. I’d expect it could be challenging to stick with them for the long-term. Nevertheless, it’s a fairly good course, with a nice structure, and increasing amounts of English used, with lots of clear grammar explanations and opportunities for you to practice what you’ve learned.
Quality Nicely designed interface with pretty good lessons.
Thoroughness Lots of exercises but they’re all very similar and repetitive.
Value Pretty expensive for what you get.
I Like Lessons use less English and you move up levels.
A nice balance between explaining grammar and pushing you to speak aloud.
Nice design to the website and app.
I Don’t Like The exercises are too repetitive and rely on rote memorization.
The audio lessons don’t feel very natural and have lots of corny jokes.