191: Do you use apps for language learning?

<p>Saud asks: "Do you use apps for language learning?"</p> <h2>Episode Summary:</h2> <ul> <li>Because technology is always being promoted as making our lives more efficient, many people are tempted to look to apps to speed up the language learning process</li> <li>All my opinions about apps are formed in the light of the fact that I remember what language learning was like before the internet</li> <li>Nothing will ever be as effective as you, a good book, a pen and a paper</li> <li>The critical mistakes that apps make is to try to offer a new learning methodology</li> <li>The role of technology in language learning should be to help you consume learning material more efficiently</li> <li>The criteria for judging an app should be: "Does it help me do more efficiently something I was <em>already doing?"</em></li> <li><strong>Before the internet:</strong> Hard to access texts, audio on tapes was inefficient to listen to, everything has to be stored manually on paper, native speakers inaccessible</li> <li><strong>After the internet:</strong> Texts are freely available, you can manipulate audio easily, you have data entry on your phone, native speakers readily available</li> <li>There's a big risk you have to mitigate against when you use apps: <strong>Attention and focus</strong></li> <li>I use two apps: Flashcards Deluxe and Speater</li> <li>I also use dictionary apps and Skype</li> <li>Part of the reason I haven't used more apps is because I've been learning less common languages. However, if I want to pick up German, for example, I would go straight to a book, not an app</li> </ul> <h2>Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:</h2> <ul> <li><a href="http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/lingq" target= "_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">LingQ</a></li> <li><a href="http://readlang.com/">Readlang</a></li> <li><a href="http://flashcardsdeluxe.com/flashcards/">Flashcards Deluxe</a></li> <li><a href= "https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/speater-smart-repeater-music-movie-playe... Speater App</a></li> </ul> <p><a href= "http://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/can-technology-help-you-learn-a-la... IWTYAL 051: Can technology help you learn a language?</a> https://youtu.be/rM-N29vnYME</p> <h2>Start Speaking Today:</h2> <p>I’d like to thank <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">iTalki</a> for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes</a></p> <h2>Do you have a question?</h2> <p>Ask me your language learning questions by <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">clicking here</a>, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/itunes" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferrer">please subscribe to the show on iTunes</a> to get automatic updates.</p> <hr /> <p>Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…</p> <ul> <li><strong>Share the episode</strong> using the social media buttons around you</li> <li><strong>Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes</strong> (<a href="http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/review" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">click here to do that</a>)</li> </ul> <p>iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!</p>


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