Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hello, everybody! I know it's been a while since I blogged. I thought I'd run out of language courses. But today I came across one that is definitely worth talking about. It's called Mondly and it uses the "gamification" method of learning.

I like to pick a language I don't know well to review the course in. So for Mondly, I picked Chinese.

You start here with what looks like a travel map.

And once you pick your destination you will have a set of lessons. See the stars? They reflect how well you did the lesson.

Mondly feels a lot like a crossover between Duolingo and the old LiveMocha. You start off seeing pictures and hearing names. Basically, this is a total immersion course.

For each wrong answer you lose a heart.

Mondly's method is even more "sink or swim" than Duolingo as you don't get translations of the words and they will throw you expressions you haven't heard yet. I highly recommend combining it with a vocabulary course such as Memrise.

So why bother with Mondly when there's Duolingo? Well, here's one good reason. They have quite a few languages that Duolingo hasn't even begun to hatch yet such as Mandarin and Afrikaans.

Overall, I really like Mondly and I think you should give it a try.

Languages Available: English, German, French, Spanish, Romanian, Hungarian, Czech, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Korean, Swedish, Finnish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Greek, Indonesian, Turkish, Vietnamese, Afrikaans