One significant challenge about learning any new language is remembering vocabulary! Recently I have been studying French and Tagalog, and luckily Spanish has similar vocabulary to both languages! For example, to say “pink” in Spanish is rosa. Similarly, to say “pink” in French is rose and in Tagalog is rosas. However, there also have been multiple times when the French, Tagalog and Spanish translation of the same word have no relation to each other whatsoever! For example, to say “yellow” in Spanish is amarillo, but in French you would say jaune and in Tagalog it would be dilaw. In situations like these, it becomes extremely difficult to remember the appropriate translation for each respective language. Luckily though, Babbel a great language app that has a strong focus on vocabulary. I use Babbel often to practice my French vocabulary. To teach vocabulary, Babbel has four different approaches.
- Sound Recognition – You speak into a microphone and then the app analyzes how well you said the word. It even gives you a score out of 100 to show how well you said the word.
- Picture Recognition – The app shows you three to four different pictures, and you have to choose the picture that correctly matches the vocabulary word.
- Spelling – The app will show you the picture, and you have to correctly spell out the vocabulary word (including accents).
- Fill in the blanks – The app will give you a sentence in French and then you have to fill in the missing blank with the correct vocabulary word.
Babbel also has a “Review Manager” where you can see a list of the different vocabulary words you learned for one section just in case you forgot anything. On average, each section covers 10 words so that you are not overwhelmed by all the new vocabulary you are learning. Babbel definitely focuses on the quality of your learning rather than the quantity. If your goal is to learn new vocabulary effectively, then Babbel is the app for you!
Babbel comes in the following languages: English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Dutch, Polish, Indonesian, Norwegian, Danish If you choose to use the phone app version of Babbel, they have a Trial version where you can practice your vocabulary. However, if you want access to all the vocabulary lists, you will have to pay a monthly subscription fee.
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