During lock down, many of us took up new hobbies. You might have already read about how I started to knit again thanks for the quarantine. I have also started working on my education again. I haven’t really documented it well, but I gave up my university studies at the start of this year. Structured education wasn’t really my thing, and I knew that when I started. I much prefer to work at my own pace, with no deadlines and no pressure. That’s why learning online courses is really useful for me. Today I want to talk about Learn Languages 24, which is a website I’ve tried recently that is exactly what it sounds like. It’s for learning languages. Disclaimer: I was gifted access to three courses of my choice to try the service. This has in no way affected my opinion and as with all gifted items, receiving the freebie does not guarantee a review, favourable or otherwise.
So, I chose to learn Spanish, French and Arabic. These are the languages that I’ll need to speak when I am living my dream life. That dream life, by the way, involves living in Gibraltar (where I’ll need English and Spanish) and at the weekends, getting the ferry over to Tangier to have an authentic Moroccan meal (French and Arabic required there). It’s a good idea for me to start learning now so that by the time I am living this dream life, I’ll be ahead of the game.
This is website based learning and you won’t be able to do it on an app. It’s ideal for filling in coffee break time during your working day. You can study for as long as you want. I chose 5 minutes on my first attempt because I didn’t want to overwhelm myself. I started with the basic Spanish course. I’ve already been studying on a competitor’s app which I found somewhat useful because I learned a few words here and there, but for real-time conversations, when I went to Spain last year, it was useless. That’s why I’m so keen to try other sites like Learn Languages 24.
The first thing I saw was an explanation of how this method will work. You’ll be shown words. You’ll be shown them again, and again, in an attempt to fix them into your long-term memory. Because that’s what we all want when learning a language, isn’t it? I want to be in a situation where I’m in an airport, or a hospital, and I have to speak Spanish to someone who can’t speak English, and it just rolls off my tongue.
I was given a quiz to assess my language level. It guessed that I already knew around 900 words, which I would say is pretty accurate. I knew a fair few words, but not enough to be able to hold even a basic conversation. So it knew where to place me at the start of the course, so that I wasn’t going over things I already knew. This is great because I sometimes feel when I start looking at a new language course that I’m bored already. This didn’t happen with Learn Languages 24. I got straight into learning words in an airport setting – something I didn’t already know.
One thing I want to mention, that is really important to me as a European who will probably be speaking Spanish in a real world European setting, is that there are two different Spanish language courses; one for standard Castillian Spanish and one for Spanish in the Americas. This is a huge deal because the Spanish I heard in other courses was not the Spanish I heard when I was in Europe and it’s probably one of the major reasons why I couldn’t understand native speakers in Spain – which was my goal. There are also different types of Spanish course, for example, basic, advanced, express and business Spanish, so whatever your goals are, there’s a course that should fit them.
- There are 14 language learning methods to help you accelerate your progress and work smarter, not harder
- I like the fact that it gives you a quiz to assess where you already are, so you’re not wasting time on things you already know and you can maximise your learning time
- You’re hearing, seeing and speaking the new language in natural settings where you’ll actually use it
- You get lifetime access and lifetime support
- There are 79 different languages available
- Although there’s no app, you can access the website and navigate it easily on a smartphone, so there’s no limit to where you can learn
- The only real drawback for me was the old-fashioned appearance of the website. It felt very 1990s. If I hadn’t been given the free access and I’d been viewing this from a consumer’s point of view, I might have been put off by the retro fonts and layout.
Overall, I think this is a really good site and it’s one that I’ll use. I’m ditching the language learning app I used because the endless notifications annoy me and I simply didn’t learn anything of use in the real Spanish speaking world. I found Learn Languages 24 to be the better option for me for that reason and because it teaches me Spanish that I can speak and understand in Spain and also because I like the fact that it recognises some people know a little and don’t have to start at the very beginning of the course.
As I said in the cons section, I do feel the website could have a little update to make it feel more 2020s and less 1990s and admittedly, I would have been quick to dismiss it without trying it if I hadn’t been in discussions with the support team about working together on a campaign. I feel I have to mention that because it’s important to be honest with my readers and with the brand. On the other hand, does the appearance really matter if the content is top-notch and my goals are being achieved? I don’t think it does. It’s easy to navigate, the site is quick and loads well, and I haven’t had one single problem using it yet. Maybe if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it?
I give Learn Languages 24 a solid 9.5 out of 10. I really think this is going to be a site that I will use daily. I’ve been looking for something to fill the gap that social networking has left and this seems like a really productive way to do it.
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The price for the Spanish course I signed up for, that was mentioned in this article was $39.95 and the full course with express, advanced and business Spanish too is £97. That price is correct at the time of writing this article. Other course prices may vary.