Do you find language learning APPS like Rosetta Stone to be TOO easy? Are you not improving your Spanish language level anymore with applications like Duolingo? If you’re an intermediate to advanced language learner, it might be time to begin using those created for Spanish speakers. You’ll find a lot of applications that are available and the Apple store or Google play also come with Spanish language support.
Just check in the information listed, under languages supported, before you even download it. If you already have it on your device, then go to settings to see if Spanish is an option. Using Spanish language APPS, like games, note-taking, social media, and more, provide plenty of opportunity to use the target language throughout your day. In this blog, I will show you some fun and free applications that can help you improve your Spanish level.
Spanish APP:Does Duolingo Work?
My husband teases me about my Duolingo rants. He just smirks and listens when I go on to tell him about the latest victim who has spent years of his/her life on this app and how far they would actually be if they had done this, or that, or pretty much anything else but Duolingo, to learn a language.
I go on and on about the learning pyramid, curriculum, communicative activities, open-educational resources, the verb workbooks that I always recommend (still the best $12 you will spend in my opinion), how conversation and language is ever evolving and unpredictable… And basically that there is no magical way to learn it. Because Oprah would have already bought it and given it away on her show.
Duolingo is Not 100% Awful – It is Like Flashcards
You would think I would love this app – after all, I get so many students who start on it and end up looking for classes. But it is nearly the most ineffective thing you can do to study a language. It requires very little effort on the student´s part and has no meaningful interaction in the language. And while I agree that it is a useful tool for learning vocabulary, especially for the motivation factor (click here to read one user´s experience), it should only be one small, tiny tool in your entire shed of language exposure. And if you are short on time, I would throw it out the window altogether.
My Bilingual Daughter Uses APPs
But Duolingo is fun and free, so I completely understand the appeal. It has the game aspect and is easy enough for children or basic learnings to do on their own. But then again… so are most games… and many of the APPs that we use. I mean, even my 2-year-old has mastered YouTube, can find her way around social media, take pictures and videos on my phone, and so much more… so I started to search the APP store…
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Take a look at the following apps I have stumbled across and try them for yourself. They are all fun, free, visual, in Spanish, and were easy enough to pass the toddler test, but still interesting enough to keep our attention (as adults!).
Spanish Language Science Experiments for Kids
PBS Kids: Play and Learn Science features a variety of games and videos in Spanish. Students can learn about water, buyoncy, weather, clothing, and more, through interactive, game-like experiments.
Discovery Channel Spanish Language Shows and Games
Discovery Kids Play is another free application with Spanish language videos and games, featuring some of the most popular characters on TV. For example, Peppa Pig, My Little Pony, Thomas the Train and other favorites are featured. This is a great option to find songs in Spanish.
Trivia for Spanish Speakers
Cierto Falso is a true or false game that is just that. You get a random fact and have to guess if it is true or false. I like it because of the trivia aspect and the challenge of learning new words for myself. It´s quick, lighthearted and takes no preparation.
Monopoly and Multi-Player Spanish Language Board Games
RentoFortune is a Spanish language version of monopoly. You can play against your friends who are with you, other online players and/or the computer. Perfect for practicing numbers, money, vocabulary around town, and
Old Fashioned Charades in the Target Language
Charades is a game that I learned to play with my Spanish speaking friends on a Friday night. However, it is something that will challenge all learners, all ages and levels, no matter who they are.
In all, it has a 100% success rate of grabbing student interest and participation (in my experience). Not to mention, it is the most meaningful interaction that you can find. Just watch as students force themselves to communicate in Spanish with the words they already know. It doesn´t get any more authentic than that!
Do you have a favorite Spanish-language app? Comment with the name below!
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