A world’s worth of lan­guage skills

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION - — Hay­ley Tsukayama

Learn­ing a lan­guage is an in­tense process, but there are (thank­fully) lots of apps out there to help. Mem­rise draws on a com­mu­nity of lan­guage learn­ers and na­tive speak­ers to cre­ate its cour­ses. The app es­sen­tially takes over the role of the old-fash­ioned flash card and helps users build vo­cab­u­lary. Set­tings within the app let you de­cide how much study you want to un­der­take at a time, and quizzes you ac­cord­ingly.

The app of­fers more than 200 lan­guages, but the qual­ity varies de­pend­ing on the cho­sen course. Some, for ex­am­ple, have recorded pro­nun­ci­a­tions, while oth­ers are read-only. De­pend­ing on what you want to learn, an app with a more con­sis­tent cur­ricu­lum such as Duolingo may bet­ter fit your needs. But if you’re look­ing for some­thing quick and ef­fec­tive to help you mem­o­rize words, give Mem­rise a shot. Free, for iOS and An­droid de­vices.

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