Everyone wants to learn a new language, but who’s got the time? I surely don’t, and you probably don’t either.
Although formal classes and experience are the only way to surefire learn a language. There are also plenty of software-based resources that you can use to help.
They tend to either be expensive for what they provide, over exaggerated in effectiveness, or just a bit useless. Ultimately it will be your job to decide whether any of them are worth it, but here we’ll list some of the biggest players.
First off is Rosetta Stone language software, one of the highest ranked on online lists. Rosetta Stone very clearly falls into the ‘exaggerated effects’ category given their, super-catchy marketing campaigns. Although they may provide excellent results, the Rosetta Stone package necessarily raises some eyebrows given their extensive and hyperbolic marketing campaigns.
Next we have Pimsleur a Canadian based language software. This software is focused on conversational immersion, giving attention to coherent conversations. The difference here between the previous software is live conversation compatibility. Pimsleur offers real life employees whom to call and speak in your desired language. This is a critical difference between this software and most on the online-language market. Pimsleur however does not have the benefit of immaculate reviews online, be weary.
Finally on our list we have Fluenz. Fluenz focuses its efforts on the classroom experience and the feeling of community. Fluenz tries to simulate the classroom through its online software, creating a more homely feel to the whole thing. They try to distinguish between sitting in the classroom with a living teacher from blindly staring at a screen listening to predetermined audio files. This is an important point to make; staring at a screen like a zombie and repeating funny sounds can’t be a wholly effective method. Based on holistic reasoning, this software feels to have something going for it, and the reviews seem to support this idea.
Everybody should be learning a language, and why not do that instead of staring at your phone like a zombie? Zombies don’t seem very happy, much less bilingual. Although actually sitting in the classroom and speaking to native speakers is probably the best way to go about it; using your devices supplementally is necessarily better than swiping through Facebook.