The 50 Language app does exactly what it says on the tin! You can learn the basics of 50 languages from Albanian to Macedonian, Spanish or Vietnamese. With this app, the world is your oyster and it would make an excellent travel companion. It receives a 4 star EAS Certification.
The app is divided into different themes to aid your study such as Phrases, Vocabulary, Games and Translation Tools. The teachings are very basic because it does not go into learning verb conjugations or tenses and there are no grammar lessons. However, it gives you the basic vocabulary to be able to communicate a basic point or need and to understand. Moreover, the flash card style system will help to memorise basic vocabulary.
The game available is also very fun and rather addictive. ‘Choose the Missing Picture’ provides you with two images and a set 3 second time scale. Once your time is up one of the images will disappear leaving you to decipher the missing image from a list provided in the language you have chosen to learn. I didn’t do particularly well at first but this game is a great way to memorise those words that just won’t go in!
I love the way this app incorporates a study plan and provides tests making it easy to go back to words or phrases that you haven’t quite memorised and to also to track progress.
There is also a fantastic pronunciation tool that allows you to find the English approximation of the word you are learning. This is also available in other language combinations if English is not your native tongue. However, if that doesn’t suffice it’s worth noting that each lesson is also available in an audio download so you can hear for yourself and take your learning anywhere you go! This is very useful if you are strapped for time and want to practise the language away from your study time.
This app is very practical for learners of all ages from 8 years onwards for basic level language learning.
There are a few criticisms of the app in term of safety features, integration of learning concepts and testing methods. The translation feature leads you to Google Translate. When learning a language, you want to be as far away as possible from that internet feature as it defeats the purpose of learning vocabulary. Moreover, for younger learners there is the issue that they will be taken outside the app and into the unregulated internet.
Additionally, I like the general knowledge concepts about flags, cities and national anthems around the world. It had me entertained for quite a long time. What would make this feature even more interesting would be if the questions and information were in the language that I was learning. My main concern is that the connection between learning the language and the general information is slightly tenuous and I feel that the app could be more skilful in using that space to think about more ways to hone the study of the language and providing more tests with correction and feedback (which this app does not really provide).
In order to make full usage of this app and the resources available from the company that made the app, it is necessary to either buy the full version of the app or, buy the books available. I hope that very soon, the content from the books will be phased into the app in order to optimize the mobile learning offering of this app.
From the Developer
Learn 50 languages for free using your native language!
50languages.com contains 100 lessons that provide you with a basic vocabulary. This free app has 30 lessons. With no prior knowledge, you will learn to fluently speak short sentences in real-world situations in no time.
The 50languages method successfully combines audio and text for effective language learning.
50languages corresponds to the Common European Framework levels A1 and A2 and is therefore suitable for all types of schools and students. The audio files can also be effectively used as a supplement in language schools and language courses. Adults who have learned a language in school can refresh their knowledge using 50languages.
50languages is available in over 40 languages and in approximately 1600 language combinations, e.g. German to English, English to Spanish, Spanish to Chinese etc.
The 100 lessons help you to quickly learn and use a foreign language in various situations (e.g. in a hotel or restaurant, on a vacation, small talk, getting to know people, shopping, at the doctor, at the bank etc.). You can download the audio files from www.50languages.com to your mp3-player and listen to them anywhere - at a bus stop or a train station, in the car, and during a lunch break! To get the most out of 50languages, learn one lesson a day and regularly repeat what you have already learned in previous lessons.
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