Learning a language is more than just a skill. It gives you freedom. It connects you with new people and to different cultures you wouldn't otherwise be able to understand. And according to the Eton Institute, it can even help rewire your brain in way that improves your memory, amplifies your ability to multitask and strengthens your overall decision-making skills.
Lucky for us, learning a language has become more accessible than ever. There are a multitude of language apps that can help you achieve proficiency and even fluency. But how do you separate the gems from the duds? How do you know which ones will actually help you achieve your linguistic goals?
Mondly ($69.99; stacksocial.com) is a language learning program that utilizes state-of-the-art speech recognition to ensure you'll be on the fast track to speaking another language in no time. The curriculum is conversation focused, so the software is specifically designed to go above and beyond flashcards and brute memorization.
Mondly listens to your words and phrases, analyzes the accuracy of your pronunciation and only gives positive feedback if you speak clearly and correctly. It's like having a private tutor to hold you accountable. The app also comes with a roster of professional voice actors, so you can actually hear the language as it would be spoken in real time. This feature is helpful when it comes to replicating proper speech patterns and intonation — two elements of language that can't be learned through books.
Like with any class, you'll memorize core words, form sentences and take part in conversation through the speech recognition capabilities within the app. Then you'll enhance your basic knowledge through dictionary usage, verb conjugators and by listening to conversations between native speakers. So when it comes time to use your language skills, you'll know exactly what to expect. Mondly also ramps up the experiential factor through AR technology. You're able to immerse yourself in whatever language you choose through interaction with animals, objects and more.
Feeling a little overwhelmed? Mondly breaks down the learning process into short, digestible lessons. Whether you're learning on the go or allocating time every day, it's a simple way to make sure you're making progress with every lesson. It's meant to be easy, and most importantly, fun.
Right now, there are 33 languages to choose from on Mondly. You have the option of a lifetime subscription to one, three or five different languages. We recommend the Mondly 5 Languages Lifetime Subscription ($69.99; stacksocial.com) since it offers the most bang for your buck. Still not sold? Mondly received the App Store's Best of 2016 award and has been a Google Play Editor's Choice app. Once you download the app, you can access it whenever and wherever on your iOS or Android device.
So start learning a new language today in the most cutting-edge, efficient and fun way possible.