If you’re like me and find it enriching and fascinating to learn different languages, then Memrise might be a good app for you.
The app is free to download on iOS and Android and features over 75 different languages, including English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin (spoken only) and more. Everything is framed around space travel and battling aliens, with language courses appropriately framed as “missions.”
Courses are very simple at first, teaching basic key words of greeting, thanks and more. I appreciated that questions come in both verbal and written form, diversifying the learning experience. There are even pre-recorded videos of actual humans saying words that you must identify, so it makes everything feel less robotic. The whole process is somewhat gamified, too, with points being rewarded for correct answers, as well as daily goals for completing a certain amount of courses.
There are also “chatbots” which engage in a faux conversation with you to teach some bits of language as well. Basic chats are available out of the gate, but more specific ones, like teaching you how to ask someone on a date, are blocked behind “Pro” subscriptions.
It’s worth noting that Memrise actually won Best App in Google’s 2017 Play Awards and named a ‘Best of 2016’ in the iOS App Store. For good reason, in my book, as the app makes learning languages even more of a fun and informative experience.
Check it out, por favor.