12 Best Online Tools to Perfect Foreign Language Learning

12 Tools to Perfect Foreign Language Learning

Learning a new language is an adventure that tests your patience and dedication, but if you persist, it rewards you handsomely in the end.

Whether you’re the type of person who struggles with languages, having trouble concentrating while you study, or you don’t experience these issues, but you’re looking for new effective ways to practice your conversational skills and broaden your vocabulary while still homeschooling high school, you have come to the right place.

Here is my list of 12 of the best digital tools that will help you master your chosen foreign language in no time.

Try these online courses for foreign language

  • Duolingo

Duolingo is a language learning platform dedicated to teaching languages in a fun and engaging way. It consists of a vast base of available languages, including some of the fictional tongues you can hear in popular film franchises and TV shows (High Valyrian and Klingon). The platform can be used for free, although there is an option to go premium for some exclusive features.

  • Coursera

Assignment Geek authors heartily recommend this platform for all learning endeavors, especially when it comes to learning a new language. Coursera allows you to filter your ideal course by factors such as skills, level, course duration, course type, and more and offers a broad range of free and paid specializations for every preference.

To obtain a certificate after completing a course, filter your search by choosing this option.

  • Babbel

Babbel is a subscription-based app for language learning which currently allows its students to learn 14 languages, including French, German, Russian, Spanish, Italian, and many more. Courses are organized in segments and each lesson lasts about 15 minutes. Babbel focuses strongly on games to build your vocabulary, so make sure to check it out if this complements your learning style and personal goals.

  • BBC Languages

If you’re interested in learning all or some of the languages spoken in Great Britain, including Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Irish, and more, BBC Languages is the place to be. This is also a great place to learn many other languages of the world, such as French, German, Portugese, and Chinese.

Expand your vocabulary while homeschooling

  • Memrise

If you’re a learner who memorizes best when there are visual aids in play, Memrise is going to be your best friend on your language learning journey. Learn new words by choosing and repeating the content written on the flashcards under an engaging video which explains the term, and you will memorize everything a whole lot faster than ever before!

  • Thesaurus

Even an essay writer experienced in providing dissertation writing services can find themselves missing words from time to time. This is why the Thesaurus is such a great resource to use and cherish. Search for the definitions of the words you’re not sure about or look for interesting synonyms that will expand your vocabulary and let you be more precise when writing and speaking with others.

Practice speaking and pronunciation

  •  Italki

If you’ve already covered the basics and need to move on to the next phase, practice your speaking skills with the teacher on a video chat using Italki. This online language learning site allows you to speak with professionals able to deliver learning plans, or you can opt for a community tutor or talk to other students registered on the platform.

  • HelloTalk

HelloTalk is a free language learning app also created to allow speaking practice for different students around the world. It combines text, voice, and video calls and recordings and matches you with teachers and other students, while also providing space for group and collaborative learning chats where you can meet new people and advance in your language studies.

Practice listening

  • Speechyard

If you’re interested in learning in a way that requires almost no effort, make sure to try Speechyard: Watch films and read books you like the most and use this opportunity to learn a foreign language at the same time. You’ll be able to expand your vocabulary and improve your pronunciation without ever breaking a sweat.

  •  TuneIn

Do you often listen to online radios while you’re relaxing? Why not turn this activity into a learning tool with TuneIn, a live internet radio that streams sports commentaries, news, podcasts, and music? TuneIn has an entire section dedicated to language learning, which can be of great assistance to you, helping you practice your language skills even while you rest.

  • myLINGO

myLINGO is an extremely fun app that lets you control the volume and the language of the movie you’re watching in the cinema. All you need to do is download the app, pick the movie and download the track for it, and put on your headphones: myLINGO will do the rest. It will sync the language track you’ve chosen with the film, so you can watch and learn without disturbing anyone around you. Even if you need to pop out to the toilet during the screening, you’ll still be in tune with what’s going on.

Learn while you play

  •  MindSnacks

Here’s an app that’s fun for both the adults and the children alike: MindSnacks helps you learn new words and read them properly by introducing them within an engaging, colorful game you can play on your smartphone or tablet. The app offers several language games: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Portugese, Japanese, as well as programs called SAT Vocab and Kids’ Vocab. The app was awarded the Rewind 2011 award as one of the Best Education Apps of the Year.

Author Bio

Scott Matthews

 

Scott Mathews is an experienced journalist and dissertation help specialist providing custom essay papers for students worldwide. He likes to explore topics that include education, self-improvement, and outdoor activities. Scott is constantly in touch with fellow essay writers to make sure he’s always prepared to offer the finest essay paper writing services you can find.

 

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Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been a college education professor for over 17 years. Education has been an integral part of her life in both the classroom and as a principal. Six children later found her dissatisfied with traditional schooling and homeschooling became the better fit. She is also a pastor’s wife, remote project manager, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 11-17) in southern Georgia. Jamie loves to share about her homeschool experience and help other homeschoolers find success. Connect with her at [email protected]


April 15, 2020

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