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For those of you who are still loyal to #stayathome, maybe it’s time to try a new hobby that might actually bring more meaning to a future trip, learning a new language. Even if all course places are still closed, you can switch to these three apps to help you get started, reported from Forbes.
Duolingo uses a series of word matching and fill-in-the-blank translation games to teach you all the grammar rules, words and phrases you’ll need to put sentences together on your own. Earn gems for each lesson you do and use them to unlock fun perks.
Languages: Indonesian, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Irish, Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese, Arabic, Czech, Welsh, Danish, Greek, Esperanto, Finnish, Scottish Gaelic, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Hawaiian, Korean, Latin, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Swahili, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Navajo, High Valerian (Game of Thrones language), Klingon from Star Wars, and Mandarin.
Price: Basic lessons are free. For an ad-free learning experience, do the seven-day free trial and sign up for Duolingo Plus for $6.99 a month to score unlimited hearts, progress quizzes and offline access to lessons.
Busuu invites you to “learn a language in 10 minutes a day” by using audio flashcards to help you learn what to say in real-life settings. A Premium account lets you practice with native speakers so you can really get a sense of what the language is supposed to sound like, while a Premium Plus account also throws in personalized lesson plans and the chance to master up to 12 languages. Busuu comes with a desktop version as well as the app.
Price: The first lesson in each course is free, so it’s fine if you’re trying to refresh your memory or just practice some basic vocabulary from one language. For anything more, you’ll need to sign up for a Premium account ($9.99 for each month, $5.83 per month for one year or $5.41 per month for two years) or a Premium Plus account ($13.99 for each month, $6.66 per month for one year or $5.74 per month for two years).
Languages: Spanish, English, French, Japanese, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin, Polish, Turkish and Arabic.
3. Rosetta Stone
Available in app form, Rosetta Stone offers a choice of plans, whether you’re planning to use your new language for work, travel, build a foundation with basics or speak to family members.
Price: While some lessons are available for free, there are three options if you’d like to go deeper: $44.99 for three months of lessons in one language, $109.99 for a year of lessons in an unlimited number of languages or a one-time payment of $199.99 for lifetime access to all languages.
Languages: Spanish (with options for Latin America or Spain), French, Italian, German, Dutch, English, British English, Tagalog, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Turkish and Vietnamese.