*Article updated on 27th November 2020
To keep your mind occupied and lessen the boredom during the CMCO period, why not make plans for your future travels by picking up a new language? Here are 5 free learning resources you need to check out!
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. 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!
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.
Click here to see what Open Culture has to offer!
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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. 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!
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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 by using memes! Learning a new language with memes? Sign us up!
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!
Download Mindsnacks from the Apple Store.
Look, there’s only so much Netflix and TikTok a person can take in at home before they’ve had enough. Even Harry Styles is reportedly learning Italian while at home - so you can do it too! Meanwhile, we hope everyone stays safe during this period of CMCO. See you again soon!