Did your travel plans fall through? Ours did, too. Since you can’t get on a plane right now, learning a language is the next best thing. It could be a fun way to act like you are in fact on vacation. Maybe you’ll even make a festive cocktail similar to the real deal. Hey, it sure beats rearranging your furniture for the 16th time or whatever else you’ve been repeatedly doing to pass the time. Here’s some programs to help.
For only $19.95 a month you can pick from over 50 languages to learn from. Pimsleur is known to be a bit more rigorous than popular social apps like Duolingo but with their pre-recorded clips, listening exercises and conversation practices, it’s sure to get the job done.
Deemed as one of the more widely used learning language programs, Rosetta Stone focuses on mastering character sounds. Their speech recognition tool compares your speech to native speakers so you can correct your pronunciation and accent along the way. Monthly, this is cheaper than Pimsleur ($12) but has half the amount of languages.
If you’re looking for a fun way to learn a language that doesn’t keep an intense schedule, Duolingo is the one for you. Not to mention it is completely free (you can subscribe to premium services for a fee of $7, if you choose). Depending on your goal of course, with Duolingo you’ll learn vocabulary words but not necessarily the art of conversation. But something is better than nothing and it’s the cheapest option.
Oftentimes you must immerse yourself in the culture to catapult your language skills. So what does that look like when you’re forced to quarantine? Enter language exchange apps. Programs like Hello Talk, Talk Abroad, and Dial Up, allow you to converse with native speakers to practice your new skills. Experts suggest both parties learn the same text and discuss it over a call.