New Glossika Review: is this the ultimate language platform?
Note: I originally used Glossika in 2014 to help me learn intermediate Russian and then again in 2018 to learn basic Belarusian. The platform had been significantly updated in the meantime. Take a look at their updated website here!
So how how did I find my experience with Glossika?
The method works on the premise that listening, reading and recording yourself speaking sentences in the target language will intuitively allow you to gain a solid understanding and fluency of the pronunciation, syntax, vocabulary and grammar of a language. Glossika is not supposed to be a primary learning source but a supplementary one.
The website has an interactive web based platform that you can see in both my review video from my YouTube channel (above) and here on the Glossika website.
1. Intuitive – The bilingual sentences (and stressed/IPA texts) are effective as they allow you to absorb the vocabulary and patterns of the new language (i.e. syntax/grammar) without huge effort as they are quite intuitive
4. Range of languages – Glossika is available in an interesting range of languages with over 60 currently on offer, including popular languages like English, Spanish, French, German, English, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, Portuguese, Arabic are also available, in addition to Eastern European languages such as Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Belarusian.
1. Voice recognition – not possible to compare your pronunciation to that of the native speaker and see the differences. You have to rely on your own awareness (which is limited in a new language as new sounds are difficult to distinguish).
3. Lack of culture-specific information to the target language: Glossika uses the same generic sentences for each language but this means that most of the culture-specific information is lost. Moreover, seeing non-Russian names for people is a pity as the names vary depending on the case used and I am more likely to be speaking someone called Igor or Sveta in Russian than Brigitte or Daisuke!
So would I recommend using Glossika?
It was easy to use and helped me a lot with internalizing grammar patterns and native speed pronunciation. In fact, I used it a lot while in the gym on the bicycle or treadmill so it was easy to incorporate it into my daily routine. For more on Glossika, click here or on their logo below.