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Amikumu Mini-Review: A Polyglot Chat Network

Amikumu – 4 

Unlike Tandem, which sometimes feels more like a dating app than a language exchange site, Amikumu’s users seem to be serious language learners looking to connect with other serious language learners. There are community chats and private messages, and users can arrange to meet in person (or online) to practice their skills. This is an awesome app for people who are travelling (or at home) and want to find fellow language learners.

The Amikumu community is mostly composed of polyglots, with an average of 5 languages per person. If you have been looking for a platform to practice minority languages, this is the place for you! The site was originally created for Esperanto learners, but has over 650 languages within the community, including several dialects of sign language.

Amikumu will display 100 people who are geographically closest to you that speak at least one of the languages you are learning; even if no one is physically nearby, you will always have someone to chat with through the app. Moreover, with a Gold membership you can ‘teleport’ your location and chat with people anywhere in the world.

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The rating is our best guess, but we haven’t yet had the opportunity to fully test and review this resource.

Fluent in 3 Months Premium Mini-Review: For Beginners

Fluent in 3 Months Premium – 3.6 

Fluent in 3 Months Premium focuses on how to learn any language, rather than teaching you a language. Although it will probably not make you objectively fluent in 3 months, it may help you develop the confidence needed to reach fluency. Benny Lewis’s course is most suitable for beginners or false beginners who are struggling to find the confidence to speak their target language.

Access to Fluent in 3 Months Premium includes Benny’s 8 module Speak From Day One course, Masterclass video interviews with successful polyglots, and the language hacking guide that inspired his book. Some content, like the immersion resource kits and conversational connectors packages, are available only in specific languages, so it’s probably best to check his website before diving in if you are learning a less common language.

The program is quite expensive, and there are definitely other ways to gain confidence in speaking without enrolling in this course. However, if you want a step-by-step language learning plan set out for you, this may be a good starting point. If you’re unsure if this program is right for you, there is a 30 day money-back guarantee.

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The rating is our best guess, but we haven’t yet had the opportunity to fully test and review this resource.

(Resource Name) Mini-Review: This is just an example

Chinese Grammar Wiki – 4.2 

Chinese Grammar Wiki is an excellent place to learn Chinese grammar, and it’s free. Grammar points are arranged according to difficulty level and include lots of example sentences. It’s a great way to learn what you need to learn at the level you’re at, without getting weighed down with too much information. It is also available as a book.

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The rating is our best guess, but we haven’t yet had the opportunity to fully test and review this resource.

Coronavirus Discounts On Language Learning Resources

 

I think we can all agree on one thing.

Screw COVID-19.

Anyway, several language learning companies are putting their courses on sale right now, so I figured it’d be helpful if I compiled a list of them here.

 

Italy Made Easy

Languages: Italian

Manu of Italy Made Easy has made some exceptionally good Italian courses (review). He never does sales or discounts, not even for Black Friday, but decided to do so now to make the courses more accessible.

Free Italian Pronunciation Course – Get 100% off with the coupon code ‘INSIEME-1’

Any From Zero to Italian Course (Beginner 1, Beginner 2, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2) – Get $50 off with the coupon code ‘INSIEME-2’

Payment Plans (only available for VIP versions of courses) – They cover the ~$10 they’re charged for each payment they process. Coupon to pay over 3 months is ‘INSIEME-3’ and over 6 months is ‘INSIEME-4’.

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Hacking Chinese and Unlocking Chinese

Language: Mandarin Chinese

These two courses were created by Olle Linge of the incredibly helpful blog, Hacking Chinese. He has a ton of knowledge and experience teaching Chinese which comes through in these courses.

Hacking Chinese: A Practical Guide to Learning Mandarin focuses on general strategies for learning, including how to improve your pronunciation, review characters and plan your studies. It’s for all learners, but beginners should start with Unlocking Chinese.

Unlocking Chinese: The Ultimate Guide for Beginners gives you a solid foundation in all areas of learning Mandarin, including how to learn, which tools to use and how to plan your studies. This course is created for beginners.

Both courses are 50% off.

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Visit Unlocking Chinese Course

 

Babbel

Languages: Dutch, Danish, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish and Turkish.

Babbel (review) is an insanely popular language learning app available in several languages. It’s not the most unique or exciting app, but the courses are structured well with a variety of practice exercises. It teaches relevant vocabulary, conversations, and does a good job with grammar.

They’re offering 60% off a 24-month subscription.

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Do you have a child at home?

We tend to not write a lot about language learning resources for kids because nobody on our team has children. Nevertheless, I came across a couple of really interesting offers for anyone who has some restless young ones running around.

Babbel is available free for three months for students (US only). Their courses are pretty solid (review) and this is super cool of them.

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Rosetta Stone is also offering three months of free access to their courses for students. Although I’m not a huge of their courses (review), this is a pretty awesome to do.

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The Best Language Learning Apps – We’ve Tested 40+ Options

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What a time to be alive! The number of language learning apps out there is mind-boggling. New resources are constantly being released, and the classics are continually being improved upon.

This is great news for language learners. It’s never been easier to find quality resources that cater to your learning style, level, language, and interests.

While the variety of language apps is impressive, so is the range of quality. The truth is that some work really well and some really don’t. We’ve tried a gazillion of them (okay, half a gazillion), and have found total gems alongside scams and flops.

This isn’t one of those reviews that only lists the Top Five Language Apps of All Time. We’ve pulled from the neverending list of apps we’ve tried and grouped them into categories to provide a more comprehensive list.

While this list is long, it isn’t exhaustive. We haven’t included any language-specific apps that are only available in one language.

Within each category, you’ll see our Top Picks, the ones we like the most, and Other Options — apps that are commonly recommended but aren’t necessarily our favorites. You’ll see why we like certain apps more than others and hopefully get a feel for some that are right for you.

General Courses

Top Picks: Pimsleur, Babbel, Duolingo, LingoDeer

Other Options: Rocket Languages, Busuu, Coursera, edX, Mango Languages, Udemy, Chatterbug, Mondly, Rosetta Stone, Word Dive

Vocabulary Acquisition

Top Picks: Memrise, Anki, Lingvist, Clozemaster

Other Options: Speakly, Quizlet, Mosalingua, Drops

Reading and Listening

Top Picks: Innovative Languages, News in Slow, LingQ, Beelinguapp

Other Options: FluentU, Yabla, Audible, Langliter, Flowlingo

Speaking and Writing

Top Picks: Speechling, italki

Other Options: Glossika, HiNative

Tutors and Language Exchange

Top Picks: italki, Tandem, HelloTalk

Other Options: Verbling, Preply, Rype App, Speaky (more…)

Hiring – YouTube

All Language Resources is looking for someone to take over our YouTube Channel. Mateo, who was previously creating the videos, has had some things come up in life and isn’t available to continue. The videos would primarily be reviews of language learning resources. Our aim is to provide detailed and unbiased information to make it easier for language learners to figure out which resources are worth using.

Job Responsibilities

  • Test out language learning resources
  • Collaborate with blog writer (who also tested the resource), including filling out notes ahead of time and a Skype call to discuss the resource in question
  • Recording and editing videos so that they are not only informative but also entertaining
  • Uploading videos and other misc. tasks
  • Be available ~10 hours per week.

The ideal candidate would be…

  • Passionate about language learning. Ideally, you’d have reached a high-level in multiple languages, with self-study playing an important role.
  • Knowledgable about the landscape of language learning resources and have tried multiple apps, courses, podcasts, etc.
  • Amazing at creating videos and preferably have some sample videos to show.

If you’re interested, please email nick@alllanguageresources.com with the subject ‘YouTube Channel’. Please also include some info about yourself, links to any videos you’ve created elsewhere, and mentions some language-learning resources you like/dislike and why. Also, please include your salary expectation based on ten hours per week.