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Gaming apps that help you learn another language

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Let’s face it: Not everybody has hundreds of dollars to spend on an expensive set of Rosetta Stone software levels one through five, or can pay to download the firm’s mobile apps for their Kindle Fire HD, iPad or iPhone devices in order to learn a new language when the need arises and they want to soak up fresh phrases on the go.

Nor are all the people who search for an easy and fun way to learn a new language doing so simply because they plan to pop over to France to stroll near the banks of the Seine River and check out Paris’ Louvre Museum on their next thrilling va-cay, and they don’t want to sound like an American idiot while there.

Some of those folks are heading to Google straight from an immigration website, whereby their journey to pick up the King’s English is a necessity – a feat that could greatly improve their station in life. To that end, here a several gaming apps that seek to help users do just that:

#1 – Duolingo

This “App of the Year,” as Apple designated Duolingo in 2013, helps people learn English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian – all totally free of charge.

Perhaps the most appealing part of the learning is that you can play with actual people – either friends or other folks around the globe trying to learn like you – or go solo and take on a bot, called Duobot.

With accolades from The Wall Street Journal to PC Magazine, Duolingo is probably where you’ll want to begin your game app language-learning adventure.

#2 – Learn French Vocabulary by Penyo Pal, Inc.

This popular app, designed for both the iPhone and iPad, is a flash card game that benefits both kids and adults alike. After all, experts suggest some of the best ways to learn the language of the land – outside of immersing yourself in the culture where you’re forced to learn the nuances through daily use with the natives – are to take the language and break it down to the basics, just like during those days of watching Sesame Street that helped us all learn our mother tongues.

#3 – Fun Spanish by Studycat Limited

If you don’t mind shelling out a little dough for in-app purchases, the Fun Spanish app comes pretty highly-rated in the iTunes app store. Even though it’s designed for and targeted to children from ages 3 to 10, adults can still benefit from the lessons that the language-learning experts have surmised works best for learning Spanish.

Yes, some grown-ups might feel a little silly going through the “listen and play” bubbles or the games that help you memorize lessons in Spanish via cute and colorful screens.

On the other hand, apps like these make the daunting process of attempting to learn a new language a lot less intimidating. And in this world where just about everything is found, created, or discussed online, perhaps apps like the above will become a more engaging and effective way for folks who are used to surfing the world wide web all day anyway learn something beneficial.


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