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Tandem Review: Language Exchange Made Easy
Tandem matches global language learners so everyone can practise their language skills. You and your partner both work on the languages you're learning, and you may just come out of the experience with a new friend! So, should you start an account? Go premium, perhaps? Find out in this in-depth Tandem review.
uTalk Review: Delivers exactly what it promises
In this uTalk review, we'll take a look at the software's interface and the content it offers to give you a better feel for how the programme works. We’ll also introduce you to uTalk’s in-app currency and other payment options to see if this app is right for you.
Glossika Review: Solid fundamentals, questionable execution.
In this Glossika review, we take a look at the AI-based adaptive language training programme that aims to do away with traditional grammar- and vocabulary-focused lessons. We’ll dive into what the programme does well, where it falls short, and whether or not it’s right for you.
LingQ Review: My New Favourite Resource! (5.0 Update)
Recently updated to version 5.0, LingQ has quickly become one of my favourite language learning resources. In this updated review I'll go over what's different from previous versions, and why you should almost definitely give it a try.
- 60 Lesson Mini-Courses are excellent, especially for beginners
- Easy-to-use platform with lots of flexibility in learning
- Affordable membership (about $10 USD per month)
- UI/UX has come a long way from earlier versions, but there is still room for improvement.
- Text-to-speech when marking a word or a sentence, even if the lesson has "real" audio
- Can be an acquired taste to learn from text
LingQ is a market-leading platform that integrates transcripts with a robust spaced-repetition system, where you're able to keep track of your known and new words as they come in the content.
On top of this, they've recently gone all out and produced 60-lesson beginner courses in a variety of languages, that feature bespoke audio recordings to use with the software's tools. This content alone is worth the price of admission, but with the interactive repetition and flashcard features you really get an excellent product.
Plus, LingQ is priced extremely reasonably at around 10 USD per month, depending on how long you commit for.
Transparent Language Review: Not recommended
Transparent Language is a web and application-based language learning platform that is most commonly used in government, for schools and libraries. But, is its higher price point worth it for the average learner? We find out in this Transparent Language review.