Babbel is like a training upgrade from Duolingo. It is divided into lessons that last about 10 to 15 minutes per lesson, making it more involved than the duolingo bit size format offers. However, each lesson focuses on conversation grammar and skills, and explains the grammatical rules that it joins in a logical progression. It's not free; Prices vary between $ 6.95 – $ 12.95 per month for each language (if you pay for more than one month at a time). If you want to learn more languages, the cost will go up, so we recommend sticking with one language and then moving forward when you really feel you have mastered it.
7. Tandem (Free)
Tandem is the highlight of the language learning app, meant for the truly serious. The prerequisite for Tandem is that you are mated with native speakers in the language you want to learn and you discuss pre-ordered topics via text, audio, and video chat. You are also required to help the other person learn the language they are trying to learn (usually English). You sign up with either Facebook or Google, and moderators check to make sure you're really serious about venture. This is not for the informal user, but it is probably the best way to master a new language.
Engaging Your Brain With Games
There has been much controversy over the effectiveness of brain business applications. Although studies do not support the fact that they actually improve memory or ward off diseases such as Alzheimer's or dementia, brain play is still a fun way to challenge your cognitive skills.
One of the most famous apps in this category is Lumosity, a semi-free offer that has been around for a while. I say semi-free, because the free model only offers three games, but the paid subscription ($ 11.99 / month) gives you three more app-based games and forty online games, with tools to monitor your progress. The free games can be quite fun, but they definitely lock the more interesting games behind the subscription payer wall.
This app is similar to Lumosity in that it is partially free, but the best stuff is locked behind a paywall. The free version offers four random games that you can play only once a day, but the pro version ($ 3.99 / month) offers personal "brain workouts" consisting of six games you can play several times a day, as well as access to any other games and additional statistics that you can use to track your progress.
Like Lumosity, Elevate offers three daily games in the free part of the app, but if you subscribe to it ($ 4.99 / month), you get a total of 24 titles available to you at any time you will. Unlike Lumosity, which has a simple, minimalist and calm design, Elevate is large, tall and colorful. It's the big differences, but between the two, I think Lumosity is a little better choice.