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6 advantages of learning a new language with an app instead of a course

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If what you want is to learn a language and start speaking it immediately, modernize! Leave behind obsolete language courses and modernize your way of learning from NOW. It costs little and it’s worth a lot.

Nowadays, rare is the thing you can not do from your mobile phone.

From listening to the radio of another country, make the weekly purchase or refine your musical instrument to review the vocabulary of that language that you have proposed to learn with just one click.

In this article I want to highlight the main advantages of learning with an app, at your own pace, from the telephone and on your own.

  1. Go to your level automatically

You sign up for a language course. You arrive the first day, there are people from all sides with different levels of the language in question. The teacher asks some questions or sometimes passes a small test to assess the level of each … Does it sound familiar? The reality is that, regardless of the level at which they put you, you will always have to wait for the students to go a little slower or you will be with your tongue out trying to reach those who know a little more than you. It is so difficult to match the rhythms … Better on your own!

  1. Being offline is the new luxury, take advantage!

The best use of learning from your mobile is to choose the time and place, but the great advantage of an app like Babbel is the possibility of downloading the courses and completing them without an internet connection. In one way or another, your progress is always recorded in the cloud, so you do not have to worry about updating anything on your mobile or computer. It seems that it does not matter too much, but it is much more useful than we think!

For example, in the endless queue of the supermarket with little coverage, that metro line where you do not have time to concentrate on a book but to do a couple of lessons of 10 minutes, that flight in which you have time to fall asleep, to read a while and take advantage of the tranquility of being offline to get to learn a little vocabulary. Take advantage of those dead moments!

  1. The review tool helps to set new knowledge

The review is almost more important than the learning itself!

The ability to review when you learn “without a teacher” is the best. Our memory is programmed to forget the things we do not use daily, therefore, the review tool is a LUXURY.

In the review you will be able to revise all the words that you have failed in the lessons, so that forgetting them will be much more difficult. In an app that has more than 8500 hours of learning, this function is VERY useful.

  1. Only when you feel the motivation

Picasso said “inspiration exists, but it has to find you working”.

Well, the same thing happens more or less with any form of learning. He has to catch you motivated. We know very well that it is useless to do something when we are tired after a long day of work. That is why YOU DECIDE when it is the right time to dedicate 10 – 20 minutes to that new language.

  1. Start talking from the beginning

Did you know that 73% of Babbel users feel capable of holding a small conversation in the new language after having used the app for only 5 hours?

That means that if you start learning intensively, you can introduce yourself and ask for a beer or ask where the bathroom is in that new language after a very short time. Start with the preparations for that trip you have in a couple of months, or with the exam that awaits you at the end of the course!

Remember that speaking and using the language is the key to not forgetting it.

  1. Alternative and cheap option to language courses

Quoting my Mexican friend Hector, “Going to a course is so fucking obsolete!” And well … you’re right! The traditional language courses are far behind, not renewed or adapted to the needs of today’s society: they remain anchored in the past, with their rigid schedules, outdated classes and their work material that includes books that were written 20 years ago. Not to mention the price of a private language course, which only a few can access. Learning through a didactic app like Babbel costs little, and it’s worth a lot!

In addition, Babbel was named the most innovative company in the education sector by Fast Company magazine in 2016. We are constantly working to improve our courses and motivate users to achieve their goal. What’s yours?