Following on from our blog post last week about finding online language exchange partners, we’ve been looking into other ways to support your language development during this pandemic. We know that using your language in real-life situations such as intercambios is one of the best ways to improve your language skills, but how can you supplement this learning? We’ve had a look at some of the best language learning games and apps you can use alongside face-to-face language practise.
Apps and Games to Support Your Language Practise
Conjuguemos – conjuguemos.com
Conjuguemos is, as you might expect, a verb conjugation game. There are plenty of options to choose from, depending on what you want to study. You can choose a specific tense or mood, between regular and irregular verbs, or focus on reflexive or stem-changing verbs. You can follow a textbook to practice your vocabulary (or study vocab theme-by-theme), focus on other aspects of grammar or even complete listening activities. Once you’ve practised using the variety of games on offer, you can take a graded practise test to check and track your progress.
Best for: Verbs & tenses, or learners who are looking for variety
Memrise – www.memrise.com
Memrise follows a three-step process to language learning. You start at the beginning, learning real-life phrases and words using their algorithm for adapting lessons to your individual needs. Step 2 focuses on ‘immersing yourself’, using thousands of real-life audio and video recordings of people speaking your target language. Step 3 is about gaining the confidence to speak. They say: “it’s more important to have the confidence to speak and be understood than worrying about accuracy”, and that’s their motto for Step 3. Grammar rules are ‘on the back bench’!
Best for: Learning a language conversationally
Quizlet – www.quizlet.com
Quizlet isn’t just an app for learning languages – it’s an app for learning anything. The topics available loosely revolve around the most common GCSE and A Level subjects, which makes this app perfect for honing in on more complex vocabulary. You can also sign up for free to create your own study sets, which is great for learners that are looking to study something really specific or like their flashcards phrased in a certain way.
Best for: Learning specific or advanced vocabulary
Mondly – app.mondly.com
Mondly has a range of categories of words and phrases in 33 target languages for you to choose from. They have daily lessons, recordings of native listeners and a smart repetition system all built into a neat and easy-to-use interface that takes you through learning a language step-by-step. There’s a group leaderboard – competition is great to keep you motivated! – and personalised statistics to keep track of your progress. There are certain limitations under the free version of Mondly, but the premium version starts from just €4 per month!
Best for: An all-rounder
AnkiApp – www.ankiapp.com
AnkiApp is a cross-platform app for mobile and desktop use specifically for learning flashcards. You can download packs of flashcards at your convenience from a repository of over 80 million words, or even create your own!
Best for: Learning flashcards with high functionality