Cudoo is an online learning platform that offers courses in over 160 languages. The platform also offers courses teaching soft skills and other professional development courses. Certificates are available upon course completion, and courses are provided to libraries and non-profits for free. We feel that the quality of the language courses is quite low, and that the prices are relatively high.
It’s nice to have native speaker audio, but I personally found the course to offer very little learning potential.
The course didn’t cover everything listed under “Course Content” and offers no explanations.
This course is way overpriced in my opinion. I wouldn’t even use it if it were free.
Audio by a variety of native speakers.
I Don’t Like
I wanted more explanations
Practice opportunities felt severely limited
I found the material unengaging
Content doesn’t build on itself logically.
Price varies by course, from $4.99 to $24.99, with language bundles costing up to $199.
Speaky is a social language-learning app for people interested in language exchange. It’s available for iOS, Android, and the web. Users can chat with other language learners, share photos, leave voice messages or even have voice calls. The basic features on Speaky are free to use, but access to more than five translations per day requires a subscription.
There are some dedicated language learners on Speaky but not as many as similar apps.
The platform is easy to use but lacks advanced features.
Speaky is mostly free to use, extra features are available for a subscription.
It’s mostly free.
It’s easy to use.
There are a lot of users.
There are tons of languages
I Don’t Like
Many community members don’t actually seem interested in language exchange.
The web version doesn’t work well.
There are no extra social features.
The basic features on Speaky are free to use. A premium membership is available for a subscription.
Speaky is a language exchange app. It facilitates exchange by allowing users to chat with others in the language they’re learning. Its function is pretty simple and straightforward — search for a partner with a reciprocal language combination and say hello.
uTalk is a software program and mobile app offering learning material in over 140 languages. Its approach is based on learning keywords and phrases through gameplay. It covers a wide range of phrases, each spoken by a female and male native speaker, consequently offering listening and pronunciation practice.
uTalk is most useful for beginners who want to get started in a language by learning key phrases. It could also be useful for intermediates looking to fill gaps in their vocabulary and pronunciation, but it does not offer any in-depth language instruction or grammar explanations.
It’s also worth mentioning that for some languages, such as Basque, the occasional overly literal translation leads to small errors and unnatural phrasing creeping in. However, we haven’t seen instances in which this would result in you being misunderstood, and there’s no denying uTalk’s value for languages with fewer learning resources.
The app is very user-friendly, and the content is mostly useful, but little variation in practice activities can become repetitive.
The app does a good job of teaching key words and phrases, but review opportunities aren’t as transparent or comprehensive as they could be.
The price is very low, there’s a lot of content, and the right learner could get some serious practical use out of the resource.
The number of languages on offer is staggering.
Each phrase is recorded by a male and female native speaker. This was especially helpful in learning pronunciation.
You frequently get to hear recordings of yourself producing the language. I found this motivating and informative.
I Don’t Like
The Memory Game exercise felt like a waste of time. It’s difficult to get a perfect score even if you know the language well.
I kept wishing there was a way to choose which phrases I could practice in games instead of them being randomly selected.
$11.99 a month that can be cancelled anytime. 6 months costs $59.99 and for one year it is $99.99.
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This was my first encounter with uTalk, so I didn’t know what to expect before trying it out. A quick search on the internet showed third-party reviews saying everything from “It’s just ok” to “Become fluent in another language with uTalk.” My experience was something much closer to the former.
Drops is a phone app for iPhone and Android that covers 33 languages. Daily games test the user on thousands of vocabulary words, and many of these words are ideal for everyday use. Drops has an entertaining, user-friendly interface, but it also lacks grammar lessons, and it works better for some languages than others. For anyone looking to supplement their vocab lessons, this app is worth considering; however, the free version might be more worthwhile than the paid version.
Though cute and easy to use, some visuals are hard to distinguish.
Drops will teach you thousands of words and phrases, from transport and hobbies to astronomy and spices. Some languages, such as Japanese, have extra modules for culturally specific vocabulary.
The free app is a great supplementary tool to help round out your vocabulary, but the paid app doesn’t offer many useful extras.
The daily reminders keep me accountable.
If you already know a word, you have the option of swiping up and removing it from your lessons.
Though the app works better for some languages, the sheer amount of languages is a plus.
I Don’t Like
It can be difficult to tell certain images apart, which means you’ll likely identify them incorrectly during your review.
Some of the categories seem to include random, unrelated words.
In languages where a noun’s grammatical gender or case isn’t obvious from the article, you won’t learn that information.
Drops only teaches you vocabulary, not grammar.
A monthly subscription costs $9.99, a yearly subscription is $69.99, and a lifetime subscription is $159.99. You can use the app up to five minutes every ten hours for free.