Language software can help learners practice speaking, listening, vocabulary, grammar, or learn a language from scratch. Some softwares focus on one skill, such as vocabulary practice, while others teach a new language from the basics up. The priciest software isn’t always the preferable choice for learners. Also it’s important to note that all learners are different and begin learning a new language with different goals in mind. Here are several of the most popular and effective language learning systems on the market currently:
- Rosetta Stone
- Learn to Speak
- Tell Me More
- Instant Immersion
- Rocket Languages
- Living Languages
These are some of the most popular language learning softwares that are delivered either online or by way of CD. There are several language learning systems that approach language through video learning, social interaction, user generated practice, and other methods that have helped thousands of learners internationally. These include:
- Mango Languages
Each of these platforms has become popular for various reasons. Remember as you evaluate language learning programs that every learner is different! For this reason, some people will prefer the self-guided, visual, immersive language learning approach by Rosetta Stone. However, learners who need to know grammar rules and nuances to feel comfortable will tend to dislike that approach! Some learners memorize more quickly from audio lessons; others learn more effectively from video. Still others need social interaction every step of the way (and we all do at some point in our language learning–though each person becomes ready to attempt live listening and responding at a different stage of language learning).
All in all, the language learning tools listed above all have pro’s and con’s, but not all tools work for all learners. As you review these language learning tools, remember to factor your personal learning style into your evaluation. Then choose one to buy and jump right in!