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5 excellent apps for learning a language on the cheap

Posted by Jessica Famularo on October 5th, 2016

If you're interested in picking up a new language, whether it's for a trip abroad or simply for the sake of learning something new, mobile has become an excellent platform for language learners. There are bunches of apps on the market promising to teach you foreign languages. We've picked out five of the best to help you on your path to fluency.

MindSnacks Turns Their Edutainment Sights on U.S. Geography With Their Newest App

Posted by Rob Rich on October 10th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

MindSnacks has been filling the App Store with knowledge for a while now, and U.S. Geography by MindSnacks is the developer's first non language-based offering. Their new app helps beginning to intermediate geography students to learn about the 50 States through eight different mini-games on a virtual road trip through the US. The difficulty can be adjusted to match the user's level, and the app itself uses a special algorithm to further tweak the experience as it's used.

Flags, nicknames, mottos, shapes, capitols, landmarks, cities, cultures, and a whole lot more are covered for each state, too. So if you don't know what the State Bird of Illinois is, U.S. Geography by MindSnacks is a good place to start looking.

8 addictive and unique games, including 2 games entirely new to MindSnacks
Custom state maps detailing cities, landforms, landmarks and more.
600+ hand-drawn images to help associate facts with states
1000+ trivia questions to constantly challenge your brain
Personalized learning algorithms to maximize memorization, retention, and contextual usage
Vast library of facts to help you lay the metaphorical smack down on any trivia night
COPPA compliant
Aligned with National Geographic’s Geography Standards

Learn A Language The Fun Way With MindSnacks

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 17th, 2011

Learning a new language isn't much fun when it feels like you're working. A shame really considering just how useful knowing other languages actually is. Besides being of great use to you when on holiday, it can also be fantastically useful in the workplace too. Fortunately, MindSnacks ensures that learning doesn't feel like work, instead it feels like a game because that's exactly what it is. Right down to offering GameCenter support.

The free version of MindSnacks comes with a few levels to ease users in gently teaching skills such as the ability to count to 20 as well as spell each relevant word. Users can then pay $4.99 to unlock the full app which provides six different mini games, 50 levels, over 1400 words and phrases as well as audio clips to help users master the pronunciation too. Crucially, none of it feels like work. It's fun to do and it's amazing how quickly users will notice results. I didn't know a word of Italian and I played the numbers game and found myself quickly memorising everything.

To further encourage users, MindSnacks comes with a levelling up system that keeps track of how well the user is progressing. There's experience to be gained upon doing well in each activity and the app informs the user of their current accuracy rate on a weekly basis. It all makes for a fantastic sense of satisfaction as users progress and feel as if they're learning quickly.

All these features also ensure that learning a language with help from MindSnacks never feels like a chore.

The MindSnacks app is available now in Spanish, French and Italian varieties. Hopefully other languages will be available in the future.

The French and Italian app is free to try with a $4.99 in app purchase available to acquire all the levels/lessons and wordlists. While the Spanish app is $4.99 with immediate access to all levels and wordlists.

MindSnacks Spanish Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Hall on January 10th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GREAT STUFF
Learning a language is brutal, but if I can put as much time into MindSnacks as I will on Inotia 3, it could be a piece of cake.
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