Summary: French Today offers audiobooks, skype lessons, and on-site lessons in France. This article will focus on the audiobooks which range from beginner to the upper-intermediate level. There are different types of audiobooks, all of which are quite extensive. Many of them have nearly 10 hours of content and a PDF file with 200 or so pages.
It has a very “old–school” feel
There are hours and hours of content covering most of the important aspects of the language
Frequent discounts and bundles can significantly lower the cost
The audiobooks are recorded at different speeds with both a slower version and a normal speed
The depth of content found in the audiobooks and accompanying PDFs
It’s a one-time purchase and can be used offline
I Don’t Like…
The lack of interactivity, external motivators and graphics
The quality of the testing system
The Skype lessons are extremely overpriced
Price: The audiobooks range from $20 to $70. There are also bundles that make things a bit cheaper.
Summary: Coffee Break Chinese offers a free audio podcast and a premium course. You’ll learn Chinese alongside one of the hosts, Mark, who’s learning himself with the guidance of Crystal, the Chinese host. Together they create a fairly relaxing atmosphere in which to learn Chinese. As Coffee Break Chinese is still producing their first season, only beginners would benefit from this course.
The lessons are well structured – building up from words to sentences to dialogues.
As they’re still producing the first season, there’s a lot of material left to cover.
It’s great that you can listen to the audio lessons for free but the paid course is a bit expensive.
The lessons are scaffolded very well. In a single lesson you’ll go from learning new words to being able to put those words together into a full dialogue.
It’s less intimidating than other Chinese learning resources which will better suit a certain type of learner.
The audio version of the lessons are completely free.
I Don’t Like…
I think serious learners could progress faster with other resources.
You’ll need to supplement your learning with other materials.
Price: You can access all of the audio lessons for free as a podcast. The premium course costs $92.
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, the spaced repetition method, in theory, helps 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 and, for the price quoted; it´s just not worth it.
Amazing range of languages available though the content leaves much to be desired. Past the audios, there’s really not much there.
Glossika´s method requires you intuitively learn, nothing is explained
It’s useful for polyglots but you would really need to use it alongside other learning resources. The cost is too high.
There are lots of languages available, including many that are rarely covered by other resources.
The subscription gives you access to all of the languages.
It will force you to speak the language which could improve your confidence and prosody.
I Don’t Like…
As all of the languages cover the exact same material, the diversity of the languages and cultures are reduced to a simple formula with no cultural context involved in their teaching.
Past the audio lessons there is barely anything of use amongst Glossika´s other features.
Despite the high cost, you’ll need to use other resources to supplement your studies.
You simply repeat lots of sentences. There are no explanations of anything.
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.
Alternatives: Speechling does much of what Glossika can do for free. In addition, for a lower monthly fee, you can get unlimited corrections on your pronunciation. Unfortunately, they offer far fewer languages compared to Glossika.
Summary: LingQ is a language learning platform that makes it easy to read and listen to interesting content at varying difficulty levels. As you read, words will be marked as known and LingQ tracks the total number of words you “know”. The content comes from lots of different places with very little of it being original. They also make it very easy to upload your own content which has been my favorite feature.
Quality Reading on LingQ is really easy though there are some features I’d like to see improved or removed
Thoroughness Although there isn’t much original content, there’s still a lot of material to read regardless of your level
Value The price is fitting for the value provided
I Like… It’s easy to add your own content which makes reading more fun.
The content is quite diverse and comes from lots of different places.
Looking up words is quick and easy.
I Don’t Like… Reviewing words is chaotic. Every word you look up gets added to a huge queue that quickly becomes unmanageable.
The extra features are overpriced and can be found other places for cheaper.
Very little of the content is original. Much of it was uploaded by users from other places.
The free version is extremely limited.
Price: A Premium subscription to LingQ costs $10/month.
Languages: Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, English, Korean, French, Russian, German, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Dutch, Greek, Polish, Esperanto, Latin, Ukranian. There are also 11 additional languages in Beta.
Alternatives: If you’re studying Chinese, I’d recommend Du Chinese or The Chairman’s Bao. For most other languages, LingQ seems to be the best option for practicing reading.
Summary: Earworms is a unique language resource that relies on audio lessons mixed into music. The theory is that you will find the music catchy and thus remember your lessons easily. The whole idea behind Earworms is the psychological theory of memory association. You would associate some information with the music and thus remember it easily. However, the music used in these lessons will not appeal to everyone, at least it didn’t for me. Moreover, the lack of visual aid and no exercises to assess your skills make it harder. I would only recommend this for people who have failed to learn through other online resources or perhaps someone looking to learn a few phrases before a trip.
With a lack of exercises and visual aids, I can’t really say that it will prove to be a useful resource.
All the lessons are comprised of various phrases that they think will be useful for anyone willing to learn French. Unfortunately, they’re too shallow and poorly structured.
With such low utility, it is important to have a low-price tag. Fortunately, they have followed this idea and thus you won’t be losing out too much if you opt for this.
The repetition of the phrases
Some of the tracks aren’t half bad
I Don’t Like…
Tracks aren’t as catchy as I expected
Lack of visual aids
Complete absence of a testing system
Price: Each volume can be purchased as an mp3 download for £8.32 or as a CD for £14.99. You can save a little money by purchasing bundles as well. You can also purchase via the app for £9.99 per volume.