Did you make any New Year's Goals about traveling?
What about learning a new language?
Studies have shown that keeping your mind learning new things can help you keep Alzheimer's at bay. How are you doing with that?
Did you answer yes or I need help with that?
I have a simple EASY solution for you:
Wlingua is an new app that can help you (or your kids/spouse) learn Spanish in your own home, when you have time, on your favorite handheld devices! AND it's available for iOS AND Android.
Traveling and want to make sure you learn the better form of Spanish? Wlingua has you covered- you can selected from Castilian (Spain) and Latin America (ie Mexico) varities, so you get the more common usages of different words for those areas. See? Wlingua wants to make learning EASY for you!
You get 420 lessons from a basic to an advanced level with easy explanations that will help you learn Spanish fast. How many apps give you THAT many lessons? Right, very few! And with Wlingua, you can work at your own pace, right from the beginning, as you can take a level assessment BEFORE you start the course, that will place you at the correct level (A1, A2 and B1 levels), so there is no time wasted going over what you already know. How cool is that?
As you can see, there are vocabulary exercises to help you learn and understand more than 9,000 words, in categories that YOU need to learn No more learning about a snake that makes you scream (why is it you remember the stupid sentences from high school Spanish class, but not the important ones?), you will learn vocabulary that is common and useful! For example, the first lesson included basic word like girl, boy, city, woman, man, dress, shoes.
, You are shown the word, it is pronounced for you, and then you see a picture. This spaced repetition system allows you to learn Spanish gradually with no frustrations, You can stop on any page, when the kids are screaming, settle their fight, and then come back and pick up where you left off (your progress is automatically saved, so the next time you enter the course you can continue right where you left off. Even if you continue on a different device (like switching from tablet to your cell phone, when you give the tablet to one of the kids to end the fight). The test also allows for YOU to speak the words, to make sure you are getting the pronunciation correctly! How cool is that?
The sample above shows you the first test on the beginning level. I went back and reloaded the app and took the assessment test and actually got placed into A2, which sort of surprised me and how much I remembered!
I love that the course doesn't JUST teach vocabulary, but also teaches phrases and sentences, to help build on the vocabulary (more repetition!), so that you learn how to use the words correctly. All of them are read to you verbally, so that you can hear the phonetic, pronunciation, and intonation of the new words and sentences, which is just as important in learning a new language!
I was really impressed with how detailed each lesson's explanations were and how many examples were used, to make sure the learner truly understands. For example, grammar can be uber tricky, as in Spanish adjectives come AFTER the noun, which is different from English. The included exercises at the end of every lesson really help to reinforce what you just learned. As you get farther into the course there are also reading exercises, with true or false questions. How cool is that? You can test your reading comprehension skills! You can determine if you could say read a bus map, a restaurant menu, or hotel amenities list!
There is also a Progress Checker, that you can open to show you how well you are doing overall, and how much you are learning! The app also included an online dictionary, with the audios in Spanish, in case you want more practice and to look up words not included in the course.
When you download the app, you DO have to create an account to work within the app. This allows the app to save your progress, and all you need is your email and a password. NO other info is needed to start the course! When you access the course for the first time, you get ONE month of Premium access for FREE to try out everything available in the app (all material, tests, etc). When the trial month finishes, your account will automatically convert to a Basic account (which is pretty decent overall, but does have restricted access to certain parts of the course). That's it, with no hidden fees.
Now if after one month you want to stay on Premium level, then it is only $12.99 for a month;s access, $48 for 6 months. But the course is SO easy to use and learn from, you might find yourself only needing a couple of months to get where you need to me. And that cost is a whole lot cheaper than courses that require one year memberships or 13 cds! With Wlingua (#SpanishCourseWlingua) you always have the course with you, available for when YOU have the 10-15 minutes to get in some learning! And you do have the option to download exercises to your home computer/laptop, to go back and revisit and entrench the lessons!
If you are looking at traveling and need to learn some basic Spanish, need to brush up your Spanish skills, or need to learn basics for work, Wlingua is the easy peasy solution for you! Plus it is so fun to use, you might find yourself making it a family app, so everyone can learn along with you!
Be sure to check out the Wlingua Facebook, Twitter (https://twitter.com/wlingua) and Google+: (https://plus.google.com/+Wlingua) pages for updates on the course and eve FREE content and giveaways Right now they are giving away a ONE YEAR Premium membership on their Facebook page!