Tips for Students

How apps have changed our Spanish learning

and whether to use these apps to learn Spanish

So you've decided to learn Spanish and you don't know where to start? 

Of course you google how to learn Spanish, and are immediately bombarded with all the latest apps that will help you learn any language in the world in a matter of weeks! Well, I've got good news and bad news for you. The bad news is, unless you're the world's prodigy, you're probably not going to learn a new language in a few weeks. The good news is, language apps can certainly play part in your mission to learn Spanish. There are literally dozens of language apps our there nowadays, but for me the best are still Duolingo (of course) and Lingvist. 

Duolingo I have found the best to help absorb new vocabulary ―especially when not living in a Spanish speaking country or when you are first exposing yourself to the language. It has the advantage of introducing in a fun way all the basic Spanish words you might use in everyday life, if not necessary in a useful order. 

Our current student Aaron has this to tell us: 

My favourite joke while first learning Spanish was how Duolingo taught me to say El gato come pan (the cat eats bread). A perfectly fine sentence, if not now you would ever use.

Lingvist's teaching structure is much more fluid. The app continuously gives you sentences and new words you must translate, and then moves up in difficulty as you master each previous sentence. And will return every so often to check whether you remember what it taught you a few minutes or hours or even days ago. Sentences usually make more sense and so it's better for learning sentence structures and useful phrases. 

However, neither will replace real Spanish lessons, as a teacher's help in the learning of grammar and structure of the Spanish language just cannot be replaced by an app. However, supplementing your lessons with Duolingo or another Spanish app will help you build up your vocabulary.