8 tips to learn 30 languages in just 5 minutes per day
Learning a new language can be fun and much easier than you might think. While it certainly takes time to fully master a new or complex language there are some creative shortcuts to speed up the process.
In this post Audrey from LanguageCourse.net will share eight effective tips to learn vocabulary easily using their free vocab trainer app. Whether you learn for specific exams, plan your next travel trip or get couch surfers visiting your city you will find many benefits of being able to communicate with people from all over the world.
One proven technique to learn new words is practicing with premium vocabulary software. However, another and increasingly getting popular way to learn a language is to use apps on smartphones or tablets. And, what would be better than a free mobile app to help you learn more than 30 languages? Anytime of the day, wherever you are, and taking up only 5 minutes of your time?
This is the challenge set by LanguageCourse.net with its Vocabulary Trainer app for Android. The tool allows you to learn more than ten thousand words, from travel phrases to business terms and even slang, you’ll find pretty much everything you need right here. So, how can it help you?
8 tricks to learn a language with this app
1. Set Your Goal and Keep It In Mind
Create your own learning plan by setting up the number of courses you want to take per day and week in order to keep your learning goal in mind and to stay motivated. You can enter your highest score in the app to keep track of your learning process and to check your progress. The program itself will help remind you why you started the course and why you should keep training!
2. Establish Your Own Working Method: Save Time!
Don’t let someone else set the pace and content of your course. Make the app work for you and take control of your learning process. This app enables you to create your own word lists. When you upload a word, the app automatically retrieves audio files with proper pronunciation and corresponding images. This means that when you create your own customized list of words, you already have all the information you need for each word and you won’t have to waste time looking them up again later.
3. Work At Your Own Pace
When you learn new vocabulary, start with basic words, words you are likely to use in your day-to-day life. Once you feel ready, move on to more specific words. Do not try to learn complex words right away. If it is a completely new language for you, you might feel overwhelmed by the scale of the task and give up.
This language app offers free courses, with lessons of around 5 minutes each, and using different learning modes. You can choose to learn either according to your current language level: beginner: A1, A2; intermediate: B1, B2; or advanced: C1, or according to themes.
Each theme is divided into several sub-topics. So, for instance, if you suddenly have to travel abroad and don’t have a firm grasp on the language, simply go to the “Travel phrases”, and you will find very useful sub-topics like “Transportation”, “Accommodation”, “Shopping (food)”, “Social Conversation”, or even “Emergencies” to learn the basic treasury of words you will need to know during your trip.
4. Work Using Both Your Aural And Visual Memory
Some people have a better aural memory than a visual memory. Others may have the opposite. But the most effective way to learn something involves using both abilities! While you are reading vocabulary, listen to the pronunciation. You will see and hear it at the same time for doubly efficient learning. Simply adjust the app’s settings in order to listen to the words while they are displayed. It is also the best way to learn to pronounce them properly! The program also has a Listen-only Mode to use while you are driving, cooking or doing housework.
5. Challenge Yourself!
Don’t get stuck in a lazy learning routine. Your brain needs constant stimulation for effective learning. By choosing the app’s Superlearning Mode, you will be able to see different lists of words or phrases successively. You can adjust the speed and set the number of words you want per list. To challenge yourself, set a higher speed and add more words per list!
6. Use Your Short and Long-Term Memory
Probably everyone, at one time or another, has studied for a test at the last minute, successfully passed the test, and then forgotten everything immediately thereafter. This is because only your short-term memory has been used. To remember your lessons in the long run, you need to access both your long- and short-term memory.
After using the app’s Superlearning Mode, a quiz will check your short-term memory ability. Then, in the following courses you will learn new words. However, the words you have acquired in previous courses will still appear now and then to optimize your long-term memory.
7. Practice, practice, practice
It’s a good thing to set as many goals as you like, but we all know it’s practicing regularly that will finally improve a skill. Take some time every day. With these tips you may only need to exercise 5 minutes a day, but make sure you will do so. Set up a routine. That can happen at the breakfast table, during morning or afternoon commute or at your favorite coffee shop. No limits here.
8. Don’t Forget To Have Fun!
The ultimate threat to learning is boredom. To avoid falling into this trap, find a entertaining and engaging way to learn. The app is conceived to be playful and interactive. You can choose the way you want to answer the quiz by setting a different response mode with multiple choice answers, multiple choice with pictures, or typing in the answer — if you feel confident enough… You can even set background music to learn in a nice atmosphere!
Benefits of learning a language using mobile apps
There are more than 6,000 spoken languages in the world today. While many of them have only few speakers, languages such as Mandarin, Spanish, English or Hindi have more than two billions. By mastering one of these and become confident in other ones too you will be able to communicate with most people in the world. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? There are more benefits as described below:
Exams – Practice for specific exams like the TOEFL, the IELTS, or the TOEIC. The app has some unique features and functions that you won’t find in other leading language learning apps like busuu or Duolingo. Just have a look at this detailed comparison.
Variety – Available in over 30 languages, it is a great tool for anyone wanting to improve in a language. Whether you are interested in discovering common languages such as English or Spanish, some less common ones like Croatian or Swedish, or if you are aiming for even greater heights, like Arabic, Thai or Persian, this app will meet your expectations.
Easiness of learning – The app is conceived to adjust to your needs in terms of learning, to match your daily schedule, and to give you the opportunity to experience language learning in an original and effective way. It adapts to any kind of learner, from complete beginner to advanced.
Exercises – It also takes great care of the teaching method by making learners use both their short- and long-term memory, through different types of exercises and quizzes. It seems that people eager to learn new languages have seen the benefits of using such a tool since the Vocabulary Trainer app, launched in February 2015, counts over 500,000 new downloads per month.
Availability – The app is available for free at the Google Playstore for Android phones and tablets (Playstore link) and will be available in an iOS version for Apple users within the next month. You can also find the web version of the app here.
LanguageCourse.net provides mobile and web services to facilitate language learning. It provides free online learning tools and a booking platform to compare prices and student reviews of thousands of language school programs worldwide. The service has been helping students choose the best language school for them since 1999.
Further reading: How to improve vocabulary | Visualization Techniques