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Speechling Review – I Didn’t Know I Was Saying That Wrong!

Quick Review

4.3 

Summary:

Speechling is a website and app that makes it easy to improve your speaking skills in several languages. The free version is an incredbily valuable resource that makes it easy to practice mimicking native speakers. The Unlimited Plan provides unlimited corrections of your recordings by a teacher.

Quality

Speachling makes it easy to improve your speaking rhythm and pronunciation.

Thoroughness

Lots of different ways to practice speaking.

Value

The free version is better than most paid resources and the paid version provides outstanding value.

Price

The Forever Free Plan is complete free. A monthly subscription to the Unlimited Plan costs $19.99 per month.

Use the promo code “ALR123”” to save 10% on Speechling’s Unlimited Plan.

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese

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Kwiziq Review: Learn Grammar From Lots Of Quizzes

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3.5 

Summary

Kwiziq is a language-learning platform offering courses in Spanish and French with a curriculum centered around quiz-like exercises. There are plenty of grammar lessons that accompany these quizzes as well as some writing and listening practice opportunities. It isn’t the most fun resource to use, and it makes the most sense for learners that are especially interested in grammar.

Quality

The interface is pretty easy to use and the material is high-quality, but the content and exercises aren’t engaging.

Thoroughness

Grammar explanations and quiz feedback are impressive, but the exercises are limited.

Value

There are less expensive resources out there, but this platform could be right for some people.

Languages

French and Spanish

Price

The basic account is free, and a premium package is available for the following monthly subscription options:

Subscription PeriodMonthly Price
Monthly$22.79
Every Three Months$18.99/month
Every Year$11.99/month
Every Two Years$9.49/month

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Rocket Languages Review: Some Courses Are Ok, Others Are Bad

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3.2 

Summary

Rocket Languages is a comprehensive resource offering courses in several commonly learned languages. There’s a range of quality between the different language options. Some aren’t very good, some are worth looking at, but none of them are truly outstanding. While the material is often well-structured and full of practice opportunities, uninteresting content and repetitive exercises often keep the experience mediocre.

Quality

The platform is well-designed and easy to use, but the content is often uninteresting.

Thoroughness

There are lots of explanations and practice opportunities, but exercises are repetitive.

Value

The price is on the high side for what competing resources offer.

Languages

Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, English, and Sign Language

Price

The price seems to change semi-regularly with frequent discounts. At the time of writing, they are:

$99.95 for Level 1 

$249.90 for Level 1 and 2

$259.95 for Level 1, 2, and 3

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Speaky Review: Better Than Other Language Exchange Apps?

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3.7 

Summary

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.

Community

There are some dedicated language learners on Speaky but not as many as similar apps.

Features

The platform is easy to use but lacks advanced features.

Value

Speaky is mostly free to use, extra features are available for a subscription.

Languages

There are over 100 languages on Speaky. These include popular languages like Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, etc.

Price

The basic features on Speaky are free to use. A premium membership is available for a subscription.

1-month Subscription$5.99/month
6-month Subscription$4.83/month
12-month Subscription$3.91/month

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Rype App Review: I Wouldn’t Recommend It To Anybody

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1.8 

Summary

Rype is a resource that provides language learners with access to one-on-one lessons with teachers. It’s aimed at providing a solution for the busy learner that needs a great deal of flexibility with their study time. Users purchase a subscription package that contains a certain number of lessons per month. The lessons are 30-minutes long and are easy to schedule.

Platform

The platform is very easy to use, but there aren’t many teacher details and lessons take place on Skype.

Teachers

There seems to be a range of experience levels on Rype and a very small number of teachers.

Value

The hourly rates are higher than similar online tutor options and you have to commit to a  subscription.

Price

The price varies per subscription package and number of lessons each month.

Number of Lessons Six-Month Subscription Monthly Subscription
8 Lessons/month$59.99/month$79.99
12 Lessons/month$84.99/month$99.99
20 Lessons/month$159.99/month$179.99

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Lengalia Review: Solid But Not Spectacular Spanish Lessons

Quick Review

4

Summary

Lengalia is an online resource for learning Spanish. It offers extensive material at all levels and across a wide variety of focuses. There are courses for those learning Spanish for business, for travel, and general Spanish. Lengalia also offers official CEFR certifications for students that complete a course.

Quality

There were some mistakes in the material and the interface isn’t very fun to use, but the audio quality and advanced material are good.

Thoroughness

While there isn’t much in the way of speaking and writing practice, the lessons are very thorough and well-structured.

Value

The price may be worth it for those interested in obtaining a CEFR certificate, but there are more efficient ways to learn.

Price

What’s IncludedSubscription LengthPrice (Price per month)
One course, no videos or podcastsOne Month$34.99
One course, no videos or podcastsThree Months$69.99 ($23.33)
All 24 courses, videos, and podcasts12 Months$139.98 ($11.67)
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Lingvist Review: Putting Their Courses To The Test

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Summary:

Lingvist is a language learning resource that uses spaced repetition and flashcards to help you build your vocabulary in a new language. There are five language courses made for English speakers, and some of these have an extra challenges section with additional reading, speaking, grammar, and listening practice. Lingvist is straightforward, easy to use, and most effective for beginners or intermediate learners.

Quality

The interface is easy to use and practice is enjoyable, but the grammar explanations aren’t great.

Thoroughness

The vocabulary practice is great, but the additional features are somewhat limited and vary by language.

Value

A subscription isn’t super expensive, but it isn’t the best resource for a comprehensive education.

Price

Lingvist is available for a recurring subscription period of one month, three months, or one year.

Subscription Length Monthly Price (Billing price)
One month$19.99
Three months$13.33 ($39.99)
One year$6.67 ($79.99)

Languages

German, French, Russian, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin America)

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Live Lingua Review: My Experience With Their Lessons

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3.8 

Summary

Live Lingua is an online language school that pairs students with certified teachers for one-on-one online classes. The platform aims to provide a more personalized service than online tutor directories by assigning a personal class coordinator and a customized curriculum for each student. Certificates are available in 11 different popular languages and for a variety of different courses.

Teacher Quality

All teachers are native speakers and receive additional training through Live Lingua.

Platform

Lots of extra free material, but with mistakes. There are specialized course options, and video lessons happen on Skype.

Value

More expensive than other online classes and less flexible, but more personalized.

Price

The hourly rate for classes on Live Lingua ranges from $11 – $39 depending on the certificate, language, and number of classes you purchase. The first lesson is free.

Languages

English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese

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Gritty Spanish Review: The Stuff Other Resources Don’t Teach

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4.2 

Summary

Gritty Spanish is a resource for learning real-world Spanish with audio lessons. The lessons employ voice actors from various Spanish-speaking countries and the dialogues are very informal and realistic. Transcripts in both English and Spanish, along with notes on certain language items, are provided to help with your study. It’s available on the web, for iOS, and for Android.

Quality

The audio recordings and transcript translations are of high quality.

Thoroughness

The explanations are great, but there isn’t any structure or evaluation.

Value

More expensive than some other resources, but high quality.

Price

Gritty Spanish CoursePrice
Censored$39.99
Beginnings$44.99
Original$49.99
Parte II$54.99
Combo Pack (Original + Parte II)$89.99
Triple Pack (Beginnings + Original + Parte II)$115.99
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Busuu Review: Some Courses Are Better Than Others

Quick Review

3.3 

Summary:

Busuu is a digital language-learning app with over 90 million registered users. The resource offers vocabulary and grammar practice through short, self-paced study exercises. It also has a social aspect that allows users to get writing and pronunciation feedback from native speakers. It is available on the web, iOS, and Android.

Quality

The layout is great, and the quality for non-Asian languages is decent, but there were significant errors in the Chinese course.

Thoroughness

It has some good explanations but doesn’t often offer much in the way of in-depth explanations.

Value

Busuu is relatively inexpensive, but there are more thorough and efficient resources out there.

Price

Subscription LengthPremiumPremium Plus
One month$9.99$13.99
Three months$8.33/month ($24.99)$9.66 ($28.98)
Six months$5.82/month ($34.92)$6.66  ($39.96)
12 months$5.41/month ($64.92)$5.74  ($68.88)

Languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Turkish, Russian, and Arabic

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