Learning a new language doesn't have to mean hours upon hours of studying. It could mean fitting in short but effective lessons when you can.
Babbel, a free app, can help you learn a new language 10 to 15 minutes at a time. It's designed so that you can learn on the go.
You can use Babbel to learn Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. Each course has several lessons and all of the courses are divided into categories, such as grammar, writing or culture.
One of the app's goals is to help you speak your new language with confidence. There's speech recognition technology built into the app to help you with pronunciation.
It also focuses on practical conversations. They say you should be able to order food, ask for directions, and socialize in your new language after one month of using the app. This is particularly helpful if your reason for learning a new language is to visit a country where it's spoken.
The lessons are designed so that you understand and remember what you're learning. It provides hints in your native language to help you figure out different meanings. The review sessions target areas that you struggle with and concepts you've already learned are presented in a new context to make sure you are retaining the information.
Getting started is simple. Download the app, select the language you'd like to learn and choose a difficulty level. Then, your lesson immediately begins with a basic conversational vocabulary.
Once the first lesson is over, the app will ask you to register an account to keep track of your progress so that you can have access to more courses. You can access this account on the Babbel website and from any device.
The app itself is free to download and the first lesson in every course is also free. But to go through the entire course, you'll need to buy a subscription. Prices range from a one-month package to a 12-month package. There's a money back guarantee if you do cancel within 20 days.
If nothing else, the app can serve as an introduction to several languages. Go through all the free lessons to learn the basics of each one. Click the blue buttons below to try it out.