Have you always wanted to learn another language, but couldn’t stomach forking out the cash for an expensive course you didn’t know if you could stick with?
Learn a Language is a website that offers free online language courses in 7 languages:
Since my Spanish has started getting pretty rusty since moving back from Uruguay (it has been about 2.5 years), I decided to give the Spanish lessons a whirl.
I like that you can sign in with Facebook to use the website. I don’t need another password to remember on top of the 100s I already have!
It was really easy to get started. A little Einstein-looking guy walks you through how the system works, which was helpful. Since every learning website seems to work a little differently, it’s nice to be walked through the site.
I decided to start with the Spanish vocabulary course. I really liked how most of the modules worked. I need to be able to see and hear things to remember them when I’m learning a language.
Most of the modules (Learning Lounge, Memory Machine, Flash Cards and Capital Defense) did both of those things, and that was really helpful for me. Some these activities were pretty fun too.
However, there were a couple of the modules that I wasn’t a fan of – the Soccer Game and Burrito Builder modules were specifically frustrating for me. The soccer game was similar to hangman. I think it would have been more helpful to hear the English phrase we were trying to complete in Spanish rather than just be left to guess what the blanks might be. I didn’t get a single one right.
With the burrito game, it was very difficult to figure out where to type the phrase. The system didn’t seem very responsive. I think it would be better if there were a box where you typed the phrase than trying to type it under the flying item.
Luckily it was only 2 of the 6 modules I didn’t like. The other 4 were great.
I also like that there is a rewards system in place, so you get excited when you get things right. You can redeem the coins you earn for MP3s.
Overall, I think it’s a pretty good system to learn basic language skills online for free. It’s still in Beta, so I’m curious to see what types of improvements are made to the website. It looks like there will be an option to Upgrade, so maybe they’ll have advanced courses too.
If you want to learn the basics of another language, check out Learn a Language.