Using language apps

“The short answer is that you can definitely learn some things from an app, but if you want to become fluent in a language — or even conversational — they won’t be enough.”

Free language learning apps often promise the world — but don’t expect fluency from one. Here’s what to expect before you sign up.

Instead of these apps of marginal utility, I recommend checking out Live Lingua, which has the Foreign Service Institute, Peace Corps, and U.S. Defense Language Institute material, both books and tapes, available for free. A wonderful resource that covers just about every language of any significance on the planet.

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