Technology Matters-Foreign Language Apps

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    “HelloTalk” connects you directly with others fluent in the language you’re trying to learn.  Spanish, German, Italian.  Mandarin Chinese and about 100 more.
    You practice with native speakers via text/audio messages or a free audio and video call option.  This helps you better practice listening and speaking. Its free for iOS and Android with premium features available for purchase.
    “Busuu” aims to help you learn a new language in just 10 minutes a day.  It uses the help of native speakers, who improve skills by practicing and teaching alongside you virtually.  Those lessons touch on everything from speaking and pronunciation to writing and key phrases.  The basic version is free for iOS and Android with expanded features available for purchase.
    “Duolingo” features short lessons that take about five minutes, covering reading, writing and listening.  Speaking, of course, and you can turn off the speaking option if you’re in a quiet place.
    The point-based grading system of Duolingo ensures you move on only when you’ve learned enough to do so.  The app is free for iOS and Android with expanded features available for purchase.

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