Featuring free, time-efficient lessons formatted to feel like games, Duolingo is one of the web’s most popular language learning services. Its iOS and Android apps are designed to work in conjunction with its browser-based platform, and all offer downloadable reading, speaking and listening exercises. For those who prefer digital learning over classes, Duolingo may be the perfect tool to widen your powers of expression, as it has been proven to be more effective than formal schooling. Independent studies conducted by the University of South Carolina and the City University of New York found, on average, 34 hours of Duolingo usage yields the same results as a full semester of college-level foreign language classes. To top it all off, Duolingo has a squad of PhDs that review user interaction, scores and feedback to periodically adjust and revise the platform.
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While some competitors present themselves as the most “enjoyable” way to learn a language, Lingvistbills itself as the most process-efficient platform on the market. They may be right, as the company’s true claim to fame is a patented adaptive algorithm that progressively customizes each user’s curriculum, promising a fully functional grasp of the language in 200 hours. Given who designed the algorithm, this claim doesn’t seem too bold—Mait Muntel, co-founder of Lingvist, was one of the scientists who discovered the Higgs boson using the Hadron collider at CERN. The story goes that Mait wanted to learn French, didn’t have time for classes, and found books and online courses inadequate, so he took a mathematical approach and designed his own platform. After 200 hours, he took a high school French exam, aced it, and Lingvist was born. The platform is available on both iOS and Android, and is free (for now).
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Boasting a base of more than 60 million subscribers worldwide, Busuupositions itself as a language-learning social network, rather than just another study platform—user testimonials even tell tales of lasting friendships formed and jobs acquired via Busuu. The width of Busuu’s user base allows the company to provide corrections and suggestions from real, live native speakers, rather than static, inbuilt equations. Busuu offers two levels: Free, and Premium, which one-ups DuoLingo’s platform-usage-to-college-semester efficiency ratio…by 12 hours! Courses are available for browsers, iOS and Android, and can be utilized both online and off. Special deals and programs are also offered for team-based and organizational learning. Google declares Busuu a ”Must Have App” and the BBC calls the platform “quicker, smarter and better” than its competitors. Not too shabby!
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Like Lingvist, Memrise takes a unique, peripheral approach to language instruction, using science in the same manner Lingvist uses mathematics. To build a sensory learning experience, the company designed its adaptive flashcard lessons in cooperation with scientists and memory experts. Like Busuu, Memrise boasts a huge user community that helps to shape its courses and correct lessons. Member-interactive experiences on the site include audio and video components, as well as mnemonic and etymological learning. However, what really sets Memrise apart from its competitors is its curriculum, which contains over 300,000 separate courses in a variety of subjects, including Arts & Literature, Math & Science, History & Geography, Entertainment, subject-based Trivia, and basic memory training. Memrise is completely free and available across iOS, Android and browsers.
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Babbel presents itself as an immersive learning experience, rather than a simple, sedentary learning tool. The platform’s standout feature is its conversation-based learning process, which utilizes speech recognition tech to make sure your pronunciation stays solid. This method, ideal for those looking to simply gain an operational grasp of a language, forms the foundation of Babbel’s curriculum, which also includes follow-up review sessions designed by language experts. Babbel’s interactive, customizable experience also centers your lessons around topics that relate directly to your reasons for learning the language—for instance, users can choose to learn using specific exercise, music, food, business or travel terminologies. Like its competitors, Babbel is available for browsers, iOS and Android alike, and lessons sync across all mediums. Babbel begins free, but when the real action starts, costs do kick in.
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