Summary: Ouino is a software program and mobile app with more than 500 lessons and 1,000 exercises in Spanish, French, Italian, and German. It’s curriculum-based with an academic approach (as opposed to relying on gameplay like some other language apps). It covers the basics such as vocab and pronunciation, but can also help you improve your conversation skills and master verb tenses.
Ouino would be great for you if you want to pick a language back up after not using it for a while, if you love structure, or if you want lots of practice. It could also be a good resource for language students who want to keep their skills sharp in between semesters.
Quality The usability and content quality are great, but the layout and structure of the exercises take a minute to get used to.
Thoroughness The lessons explain the topics in depth and give several examples.
Value A lot of solid content and useful exercises are included for a relatively low cost.
I Like Ouino accommodates both auditory and visual learning styles. Each lesson is read aloud as well as shown on screen. Exercises incorporate sound and pictures. Important words are color coded, read aloud quickly, and then repeated slowly.
You can access all the lessons at any time. You don’t have to work through a topic you already know if you don’t want to.
It’s very affordable, especially if you’re willing to commit to a six-month plan. A subscription gives you access to all courses.
I Don’t Like The time limit on exercises is too short (5 seconds). I found myself clicking on answers just to beat the timer, not because I knew the material.
The pronunciation section doesn’t grade you. You have to compare your recording with a native speaker and decide for yourself if you’re close enough.
The structure of the exercises is the same for every lesson in the section. It can get repetitive and boring.
The 3-month plan is a one-time payment of $38.58. The 6-month plan a one-time payment of $59.94. The 12-month plan is a one-time payment of $83.88. The Lifetime plan is a one-time payment of $95.76
Summary: Living Language provides numerous learning materials for multiple languages, including complete and essential courses that come with textbooks and CDs. They also have specialty courses covering business, travel, and several jobs. However, their standard online version isn’t very practical, and it’s difficult to tell if you’re actually learning or simply going through the motions. While the resource might be useful for those who want access to a large vocab list with grammar reading materials, there are better, cheaper options.
Quality Though the information itself is useful, Living Language’s presentation reads more like a database than an educational/interactive tool.
Thoroughness Again, a lot of the information is there, but it’s scattered. Additionally, some of that information appears incorrect.
Value Cheaper options offer the same amount of content with more interactive features.
I Like You can hop around between levels and topics, including Beginner and Advanced materials.
The subscription comes with a grammar guide, glossary, and forum access.
There’s a decent variety of games, including some games I hadn’t played before.
I Don’t Like Although the games are fun, they get stale pretty quickly. It’s easy to guess at answers, thereby completing levels without really having learned.
The system doesn’t keep track of your mistakes, so it’s hard to know what areas you need to improve in.
I found several translation and presentation errors that made me question the rest of the material.
Price: An annual plan costs $150, and half a year costs $75. Three months is $50 and 1 month is $39.
Summary: 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.
Quality Though cute and easy to use, several visuals are hard to distinguish, and some games aren’t too useful for retention.
Thoroughness This app won’t help with grammar or verb conjugation. However, it does offer hundreds of unique vocab words.
Value The free app is a great supplementary tool to help round out your vocabulary, but the paid app doesn’t offer many useful extras.
I Like 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.
Great audio examples.
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.
This app isn’t ideal for beginners, as it skips over basic lessons.
Drops only teaches you a single verb form, meaning you’ll need different apps to learn how to conjugate.
Price: 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.
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.
Summary: Lingodeer may not be as well known as other language learning apps, but it’s actually better and cheaper than most of them. 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, it’s one of the better options for getting started learning a language.
It has a great design and everything works well with only a few minor issues.
Not as thorough as some other courses but it’s good for what it is.
Quite a bit of content is free and the premium plan is very affordable.
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: $8.99/mo, $19.99 for 3 months, $41.99 for a year. There’s also a lifetime option for $69.99.
Languages: Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Vietnamese are all taught in English. There are also some courses not taught in other languages.
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