Broaden Your Horizons and Learn a New Language with these 5 Learning Resources

 

Bored of staring at the same four walls in your home? Same here! With Malaysia’s Restricted Movement Order extended for another 2 weeks, we know that some of you might be suffering from a mild case of cabin fever! It’s okay to dream of travelling for the time being, to keep your mind occupied and lessen the boredom. 

 

So while we are on quarantine and movement is restricted - why not make plans for your future travels by picking up a new language? Learning a language will definitely help broaden your mind and open up a range of opportunities, as well as help you develop a deeper connection of the place you want to visit! 

 

Sold on the idea of learning a new language? Here are 5 free learning resources you need to check out! 

 

1. Duolingo 

 

 

 

Duolingo is one of the most popular language-learning apps out there and extremely beginner-friendly! It offers a variety of games and other creative ways to learn the basics of a language. The best part? It’s completely free! It comes with a range of languages - even fictional ones like High Valyrian (from the Game of Thrones series) and Klingon (from Star Trek). Just download the app on your smartphone and you’ll be good to go! 


 

Just make sure you don’t forget to keep up with a daily practice - or you’ll get a notification with the Duolingo owl crying! Some users even report the Duolingo owl getting mad, so make sure you don’t let him down! 

 

Download Duolingo from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. 

 

2. Open Culture

 

Another great place is Open Culture - which has 48 language options available. The website has a curated list of all the FREE language resources available for the language you want to learn. The best part? You even have the option to download mp3 files, thus enabling you to learn the language by listening to the phrases throughout the day without having to go through the same lessons. By the time you’re through with Open Culture’s lesson plans, you’ll be able to master the language by hearing, speaking, reading and writing in a new language - all for free. Impressive right? 

 

Click here to see what Open Culture has to offer! 

 

3. Bilingua 


 

Photo by Bilingua 

 

Need someone to converse with in the language that you are learning? Try out Bilingua - which hosts a community of native speakers from 190 different countries. You can practice your speaking and listening skills with new friends all around the world! Similar to Duolingo, they also offer language learning games to help you learn new phrases and vocabulary easily! Don’t worry about having a language barrier when speaking to a native speaker - as the platform will match you with native speakers based on your expertise. You’ll even be asked to take a personality quiz to ensure that you and your new friend will get along, so you definitely don’t have to worry about compatibility! 

 

Download Bilingua from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. 

 

4. MemRise

 

 

Photo by Memrise 

 

With over 200 languages available, there’s a good chance MemRise has the next language you want to learn. The free version of the app gives you access to the same number of languages as the Pro version, just with fewer functionalities. Where MemRise truly excels is in its ability to make vocabulary practise fun and engaging. How? Rather than flashcards, MemRise uses memes! The memes often use unique and entertaining associations with the vocabulary being learned. Learning a new language with memes? Sign us up!

 

Download MemRise from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store. 

 

5. MindSnacks

 

 

If you want an ultra-gamified experience while learning a new language, MindSnacks takes it to a whole new level! While they only have 7 languages on the platform currently, each of the languages comes with at least 8 or 9 tiny games designed to help you learn vocabulary, grammar and practice your listening. MindSnacks even assigns you with quests so you can really feel like a language explorer! The platform also monitors your progress so you can clearly see how much more learning you need to achieve proficiency in every skill. 

 

Download Mindsnacks from the Apple Store

 

Look, there’s only so much Netflix and TikTok a person can take in quarantine before they’ve had enough. Even Harry Styles is reportedly learning Italian while at home - so you can do it too! 

 

In light of the current circumstances, Mayflower Holidays recognise that our customers may have difficulty in reaching us through our customer support helpline. We strongly urge customers with non-immediate concerns to contact us via email at cs@mayflower-group.com or through our contact form if you have any concerns or issues. Meanwhile, we would like to remind everyone to stay safe during this period of restricted movement. See you again soon!