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LingQ - Learning 25 Languages

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Solid immersion language-learning experience needs tutorial.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Free to try Education
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The immersion approach to language acquisition adds interest to the study process, but this app is a bit confusing to use and navigate. LingQ - Learning 25 Languages gets a lot of things right. Studying a new language by reading your favorite novel or browsing news that interests you is more likely to hold your attention than a formal textbook. Unfortunately, the experience is overwhelming enough to start with that many people will be turned off before they get to the fun part. There are icons without descriptions, questions that you aren't sure how to answer (English? other language?) and some vocabulary that's never explained (What is a LingQ?). The website is a bit clearer and has more features, so some people may want to start there and then augment that experience with the app. This seems like a better tool for users with at least a small foundation in their new language, especially in courses with different alphabets, like Japanese. Otherwise, it's a lot to take in all at once.

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