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websites and applications to learn languagesOpinions Access/Use Montlhy price
(for a 6 month-subscription)
Application available
(smartphone/tablet)
Target
1
Babbel
1
Babbel
2
Partially free5.55 €Adult
2
Memrise
2
Memrise
1
Partially free4.92 $Adult
3
Duolingo
3
Duolingo
3
Totally free0 €Adult, Kid
4
Imagier Parlant
4
Imagier Parlant
N/A
Totally free0 €Adult, Kid
5
Learnenglish kids
5
Learnenglish kids
N/A
Totally free0 €Kid
6
Mosalingua
6
Mosalingua
N/A
Paying4.99 $Adult
7
busuu
7
busuu
N/A
Partially free9.49 €Adult, Kid
8
Sight words mots anglais
8
Sight words mots anglais
N/A
Paying3.59 €Kid
9
SpeakyPlanet
9
SpeakyPlanet
N/A
Paying5.95 €Kid
10
hi utandem
10
hi utandem
N/A
Totally free0 €Adult


Created in 2007 in Germany, Babbel is the pionneer in foreign languages learning on line. It is possible to download training so you can study "off line". Only 15 min are required a day to progress.Named "the most innovative firm in the world, in Education sector". Babbel, in numbers: 500 ...
  • 20 days of free-trial,
  • Commercial free
  • Beware: automatically renewed
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Partially free
Montlhy price
(for a 6 month-subscription)
5.55 €
Application available
(smartphone/tablet)
Target
Adult
Created in 2010 in London, Memrise's team is composed of 25 people from 14 different nationalities. Basic courses are free. However, if you need advanced courses, several options are available (PRO subscriptions): $9 for 1 month $6.33/month for a 3 month-subscription $4.92/month for a 12 mont...
  • Beware: automatically renewed
Access/Use
Partially free
Montlhy price
(for a 6 month-subscription)
4.92 $
Application available
(smartphone/tablet)
Target
Adult
Created in 2012, Duolingo is an American website that enable to learn foreign languages in a playful and intuitive manner, whether you are a beginner or not. It is a participative site on which users can translate pages/texts and develop lessons/training.Duolingo, in numbers: More than 20 lang...
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Totally free
Montlhy price
(for a 6 month-subscription)
0 €
Application available
(smartphone/tablet)
Target
Adult, Kid
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Tchandney
3 months
I like it, it's easy to use and covers my need
4
logo Imagier Parlant
Not rated
4
Imagier Parlant
Access/Use
Totally free
Montlhy price
(for a 6 month-subscription)
0 €
Application available
(smartphone/tablet)
Target
Adult, Kid
5
logo Learnenglish kids
Not rated
5
Learnenglish kids
Access/Use
Totally free
Montlhy price
(for a 6 month-subscription)
0 €
Application available
(smartphone/tablet)
Target
Kid
6
logo Mosalingua
Not rated
6
Mosalingua
Mosalingua is an app created in 2010 by French people (in Lyon to be specific) to learn foreign languages on smartphone, tablet and computers. This app uses SRS : Spaced Repetition System.Mosalingua, in numbers: 2 million users over 100 categories that enable you to target your needs over 3000...
Access/Use
Paying
Montlhy price
(for a 6 month-subscription)
4.99 $
Application available
(smartphone/tablet)
Target
Adult
7
logo busuu
Not rated
7
busuu
Busuu is an English website created in 2008 allowing to learn 12 foreign languages. It offers an "off line" mode that enable to download lessons with an unlimited access. Busuu collaborates with MGraw-Hill Education that enable to obtain official certificates. MGraw-Hill Education is a famous...
Access/Use
Partially free
Montlhy price
(for a 6 month-subscription)
9.49 €
Application available
(smartphone/tablet)
Target
Adult, Kid
8
logo Sight words mots anglais
Access/Use
Paying
Montlhy price
(for a 6 month-subscription)
3.59 €
Application available
(smartphone/tablet)
Target
Kid
9
logo SpeakyPlanet
Not rated
9
SpeakyPlanet
SpeakyPlanet is a website created in France, in 2011, and that enable kids to learn English in a funny and interactive way. English programs from 4 to 13 are available.SpeakyPlanet, in numbers: 174 games available 3 new games every month over 69 000 subscribers over 5 million visitors on that...
Access/Use
Paying
Montlhy price
(for a 6 month-subscription)
5.95 €
Application available
(smartphone/tablet)
Target
Kid
10
logo hi utandem
Not rated
10
hi utandem
Hi Utandem is an application created in 2016 by Spanish people and which is based on language exchange. It's a free app. Thanks to this app, you combine business with pleasure: you can meet people who speak the language you want to learn (native speakers) to share a coffee, a meal or go to a c...
Access/Use
Totally free
Montlhy price
(for a 6 month-subscription)
0 €
Application available
(smartphone/tablet)
Target
Adult
Know more about websites and applications to learn languages

According to a study carried out in 2017 by Eurostat (the Statistic Office of the European Union), the most spoken and the most studied language in the EU remains English.

How long does it take to learn a foreign language on the Internet?

It is hard to evaluate...Your age, your motivation, your current level and the one you want to reach, the e-learning methods should also be taken into account.

To give you ideas, here are some numbers from a study carried out by an American institut showing the average time of study (in a two-month period) needed for a beginner to cover the requirements for one college semester:

  • Duolingo : around 34h on average
  • Babbel : around 15h on average
  • Busuu : around 22h on average

 

The younger you are, the easier it will be!

Kids' brain is like a "sponge": they are much more receptive to new things, new sounds etc than adults. They can start learning from 3 years old, without any problem/difficulty.

Don't worry, all is not lost if you decide to start as adult. You will just need more patience and persistence, so your brain can refreshes and recovers its capacities.

 

Speed...Attendance...Effectiveness...

Most sites and apps have fully understood this: caught between work, family and others activities and daily obligations, you have just a short time to learn a new language. That's why most sites offer a 10 or 15 minutes-lesson a day. Their goal: that you are not discouraged and that you are consistent.

short lessons + attendance = effectiveness

 

Practice, practice, practice!!

- watch movies and series in subtitled original version, it will enable you to get used to new sounds and accents, while reading translation in case you can't understand some words.

- Talk to a maximum number of natives (on the Internet or close to where you live, as suggested by Hi Utandem application), thus you could use the vocabulary while drinking a glass of wine for example ;)

 

All means are good to refresh your memory and put into practice what you have learned.

- Relax ! You dare not talk because you are afraid to make mistake, to be misunderstood or because you are ashamed of your accent?

Most people would act like this...

Relax !! Reverse the situation: how would you react if a stranger come and talk to you in your language, making some mistakes and stamming? You would help him, correct? Would you think he's ridiculous? Of course not! So go ahead with no complexes! 

 

Is there a better learning method than an other?

Some sites, as Mosalingua for example, use SRS (Spaced Repetition System)

This method, developped by scientists, is efficient on long term memory.

Indeed, as our brain forgets new information very quickly, this method enables to refresh the memory very regularly and to review this information right before forgetting it.

The "in tandem" learning method is showing good results as well.

This method, as you can understand, is based on assistance and collaboration between 2 persons. Both are alternately in an "expert situation" while teaching his mother tongue, and in a "learning situation" while using the foreing language.

Most sites ans apps offer as well an e-learning thanks to games so it can be fun, attractive and motivating.

That said, it is still very hard to highlight a method rather than another one, as we are all different and as the goals to be reached are not the same for all of us.

However, some American research have shown that, the more difficult an exercice is (demanding a big effort to focus on), the more efficient the assimilation is (the information is better memorized).

So be careful of too easy exercices: you woudln't memorize and learn optimally.

Now it's up to you to find the best site or application thanks to our comparative, according to your level, your motivation and the time limit you have to achieve your goal!

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