It’s that time of year again where people set a New Year’s Resolution to learn a new language, and promptly forget about it before February even creeps over the horizon. Well this year – it’s going to be different, because we’ve bought together some of the best language learning apps right here to help you along the way.
We’re not talking full language translation services here, but you’d be surprised what you can achieve in business with a few words of a new language.
Duolingo tops pretty much every list of helpful language apps on the internet. And there’s a pretty good reason for that – it’s because it’s the best and it’s free.
The completely crowdsourced application allows you to learn a whole range of languages at your own pace, by completing mini translation exercises on its interactive game-like interface.
Memrise is often considered the slightly less famous younger sibling of Duolingo in the market of language translation apps – but in fact they actually complement each other fantastically.
Memrise is designed to act like an interactive digital flashcard game to help you learn your vocabulary. The best part is, for most languages, you can find flashcard courses with all the vocabulary you learned during your Duolingo translation exercises. Learn the vocab on Memrise – practice it on Duolingo.
Hellotalk is something of a cross between Whatsapp and Duolingo. The idea is it links you up with native speakers from around the world – many of whom may be just as interested in learning your language as you are in theirs. You can have conversations with real people in your new language and get constructive advice as you go along.
Our translators here at Bubbles will always advocate getting a professional, native translator in to help you conduct international business and overseas marketing. But the ability to make a great impression when you first meet a new business contact and greet them in their own language is something that money simply can’t buy.
Whether you can just say hello or hold a full conversation in someone else’s language, it’s impossible to quantify the amount of respect you gain for having taken the time to learn something about someone else’s language and culture.
And once you’ve struck off a fine accord with your new French, Arabic or Indian business partner, you can take advantage of Bubbles language translation services to ensure the overseas marketing strategy runs just as smoothly.