Gone are the days of solely using paper flash cards to study. With so many new apps making a splash on the scene for smart phones and tablets, you have your pick of the litter when it comes to choosing the way you want to study for the most effective results. While we feel that real teachers living in country are the best way to learn Mandarin, here are a few different apps to help you better learn a language.
- Duolingo: This free app allows you to earn points for correct answers, time yourself, and level up through fun, bite-sized lessons that ensure effective language learning. You are motivated to stay on track in your lessons because the app shows you how many days you’ve been participating, encouraging you to keep going each day. The in-lesson grading feature instantly lets you know which answers you got wrong and right so you can improve on the spot.
- AnkiApp: This is the ultimate free flashcard app featuring text, sound, and images to help you along. You can even download pre-made ones. It automatically syncs to all your devices, so you can truly learn anywhere. First, download from more than 80 million pre-made flashcards, then get tested in short bursts in a minute or less. You can check progress after every session through average reviews per day to ensure you’re on track. Key features include prioritized flash cards, custom layouts, and cloud access.
- MindSnacks: Available in a variety of languages, this free app uses games to help teach people of all ages via interactive play so you can learn essential vocabulary and conversation skills. It won Best Education App of the Year in 2011 in the App Store — mainly because it’s so easy to use and fun too. You can even track your progress through thousands of words and phrases, as well as 50 real-world lessons.
- Brainscape: You can find, create and share digital flash cards with this scientifically-proven confidence-based repetition technique. These self-proclaimed “flash cards on steroids” promise two-times the increase in retention. It is basically a web and mobile study platform that helps you learn things faster through spaced repetition.
As always, you can turn to the assistance and insight of BRIC Language Systems to complement your mobile app capabilities. BRIC Language Systems connects you with native speakers to create a customized experience for your personal or professional language lessons! Engage with a real teacher online and at your convenience and then brush up on your speaking and studies with the above study apps!