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5 free apps to learn new languages, from French to Japanese

Learning new languages can be fun and challenging. It also makes you a better communicator when you travel abroad. Here are 5 ways to pick up popular languages.

more lifestyle Updated: Apr 29, 2018 11:17 IST
These free-of-charge apps will help you pick up the basics of different languages.
These free-of-charge apps will help you pick up the basics of different languages.(Shutterstock)

There are many convincing reasons to master an alien language. Some learn it to enhance their career prospects, while some attempt to communicate with someone special in their life. However, the conventional method of learning is time consuming and cost driven. On the go learning is new way of accessing knowledge. Whether you’re trying to pick up a few commonly-used phrases to talk to the locals during a European holiday or intending to become a fluent speaker, here are five free-to-use language-learning applications.

Kings Learning

Kings Learning emphasises on conversational English practice to bridge the gap between language learning and employment. Catering primarily to students, working professionals, and corporates, Kings Learning offers three key industry-specific products - The Enguru app, Enguru Talk and the Enguru Enterprise app, for its users to learn functional vocabulary related to their jobs. It is available on both iOS and Android.

Duolingo

Duolingo helps you learn a language by answering questions with visual clues to help expand your vocabulary in it. There is also access to a private tutor experience with the help of technology. It is available on iOS and Android.

Memrise

From local accents to conversation and grammar skills, Memrise offers 20,000 native speaker videos and over 200 courses full of rich content created by expert linguists. Moreover, it enables you to access content in the offline mode too.

Busuu

With Busuu, users can learn up to 12 major languages using Busuu’s award-winning courses, with levels ranging from beginner to fluency.

Babbel

With Babbel’s interactive online courses combined with cognitive techniques, students will be able to improve their grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation skills in no time. Babbel’s bite-sized lessons designed by experts can be accessed on any device and helps one to get talking with confidence.

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