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Apps Edit

App Pros Cons Notes
  • Very easy to use: at its heart it's essentially a matching game
  • A good place to start and learn your first few 100-1000 words and get a feel for the language
  • Gamification helps mitigate against boredom
  • Wide range of language courses
  • Can get boring and repetitive quickly
  • Too many ads on mobile version
  • Inconsistent quality of courses across different languages
  • The mobile app is agreed to be largely inferior to the browser version; if using on mobile, it's recommended to instead use your mobile browser rather than the app itself.
  • THIS IS NOT TO BE USED ON ITS OWN! Duolingo is best utilized as a supplement to drill vocabulary, and in terms of learning a language, it is ineffective as anything more than an easy-to-use tool for dipping your toes into a language.
  • A few courses are infamous for being low-quality and largely abandoned by its (community) developers, such as the Navajo, Hungarian, Hindi, and Hawaiian courses; keep that in mind when using Duolingo for these languages.
  • Has a very good import feature both on the website, and as a browser extension. You can import webpages, pdfs, epubs, and upload audio as well.
  • Useful tool to get you reading and listening to engaging content
  • $10 USD per month
  • User generated content is difficult to navigate. It is difficult to navigate your own content as well.
  • Free alternatives like LWT available
  • Not really a pro or a con, but it is so easy to translate text using LingQ that you can fall into a trap of over-translating and not trying to decipher a word or phrase based on context which can hinder your progress.
  • You can achieve a similar experience without having to import or upload anything by using a translation extension in your browser. See: Simple Translate , Google Translate
Michel Thomas
  • Fairly easy to use: just play the audio files
  • Generally quite effective for teaching grammar without focusing on the boring side of grammar too much
  • Covers the majority of popular languages
  • Expensive -- full courses can run in the hundreds of dollars
  • Free alternatives like Language Transfer available
  • Michel Thomas is primarily focused on establishing a solid grasp on practical grammar.
  • Michel Thomas is dead (RIP), so he'll likely have a hard time being offended if you pirate any of his courses
  • The languages taught by Michel Thomas himself (German, Spanish, French, Italian) generally have more courses and are higher-quality (though that isn't to say that the rest are low-quality)


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