Product Reviews

HelloTalk Review

HelloTalk Review

HelloTalk is a language partner app that I recently tried out for Russian, Romanian and Ukrainian (there are more than 100 languages to select from). The app comes as freeware and also as a premium version priced at €0.99/month or €8.99/year. The premium version offers, amongst other features, unlimited translation, transliteration, transcription, chat history and …

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Busuu Review

Busuu Review

Busuu has an intriguing name being the name of a near-extinct language in Cameroon. Busuu, the company, on the other hand is world’s largest social network for language learning – the polar opposite in terms of daily users to its namesake. Busuu offers its courses as a smartphone app and as a web based desktop …

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Memrise Review

Memrise Review

Memrise’s website carries the slogan “We make learning languages and vocab so full of joy and life, you’ll laugh out loud.”. Certainly a different claim to other learning software. Memrise does not just focus on helping learners with languages but has over 300,000 courses. Memrise offers its courses as a smartphone app and as a …

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Duolingo App Review

Duolingo’s website carries the claim that, according to an independent study, an average of 34 hours of Duolingo are equivalent to a full university semester of language education. Since a one semester university course usually takes more than 34 hours of work, this suggests that Duolingo is more effective than an average university language course. …

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Rosetta Stone Review

Rosetta Stone Review

In the late 1980s, founder Allen Stoltzfus envisioned a new kind of language program. One that emulates natural immersion by using a sophisticated new computer technology that simulates the way you learn your native language – using images and sounds in context, with zero translation.  What followed was one of the most ground-breaking (and controversial) …

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