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Good language App

Hi, I have tried a few apps for my iphone but am finding them too easy. I am upper B2. I don't mind paying if it's a good one. I have only downloaded the basic ones and not upgraded.
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Re: Good language App

Duolingo is good.
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Duolingo is good.
I like Duolingo too, but I think the OP may find it too easy if they are upper B2.
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I like Duolingo too, but I think the OP may find it too easy if they are upper B2.
I'm still on A1 so assumed they went all the way to C2. Thanks to your post I went to check and their levels go only to B1, which is good to know. Thank you :-)
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Re: Good language App

Thanks both am a bit bored on Duolingo and am considering babbel or buusu but think I need to
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Re: Good language App

Duolingo is good
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Re: Good language App

Hi,
Well, I don't come with an answer, I'm also trying to find a good platform to learn or improve foreign languages... An eternal quest, it seems...
I've been trying Duolingo and other similar like LingQ, and honestly they are too unnatural for me. Learning by reading and repeating words is not my thing.
Also my experience in skype-type exchange platforms is not very good (people usually don't attend to appointments), maybe bacause I've just tried free platforms. I'm researching about Lingostan right now, if I find they'rereliable I'll come back to tell you.
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Re: Good language App

If you're in upper B2 then you are reaching the limits of what applications can offer.

You're at the stage where you should be living and breathing the language. Watching TV, conversing, reading the news, socialising etc all in your second language.
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Thanks both am a bit bored on Duolingo and am considering babbel or buusu but think I need to
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Premium for the grammar bits 😘😘
I used babbel a while ago (not for german but i guess its pretty much the same for all languages) and was actully quite happy it but yes, without paying the premiumfee its pretty useless.
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Re: Good language App

I have used duoling for a shor time and I have completed it.
I think that it is a good program but it is not enough to learn english speaking...
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Re: Good language App

Mondly is a great app - one can learn Italian, French, and German with it.
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Re: Good language App

I am intermediate too and find that most of language apps is not really helping me progress with the language, the only one I find a bit different is Memrise. It is a very interesting concept of learning vocabulary by "planting" it in your long term memory by smart repetition pattern. Im hooked ! Nice thing to do on your commute - i learned so many new words and phrases this way. Give it a try.
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Re: Good language App

Following as I have used Babbel and Memrise.
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Re: Good language App

It's not an app but DW is a great website for learning. It mainly features news as well as podcasts and articles aimed at the specific learning levels. It also has the news spoken at a slightly slower tempo to make it easier to understand when you are beginning to learn.

http://www.dw.com/de/themen/s-9077

As someone said at B2 there are so many other sources to use than an app and I think a lot of apps are only good for learning the basics. To become better and more fluent, you need to use and practice the language as much as possible.

I have found that reading has helped me a lot. It doesn't have to be a 400 page novel. It can also be 20 Minuten, Coop Zeitung etc etc. You soon spot words that are often used and you can focus on learning these as you go. It's a much more effective way of learning words that reading it from a list. But also watching the TV and listening to radio are good ways to improve.
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Re: Good language App

DeutschAkademie is pretty good up to C1 level.

http://www.deutschakademie.de/online...an-for-android.

Free from Google Play or a small cost from the Apple store.
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Re: Good language App

News in slow German is also ok: https://www.newsinslowgerman.com/

They have an app where you can listen to the first 10 min of each episode for free, but you have to pay to upgrade and get the full episodes. I've only tried the free ones so far
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Re: Good language App

I can recommend Babbel. If you sign up for a month you will usually get some deal (buy 3 months get 3 free) for a premium account
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Re: Good language App

I know the OP is at a more advanced level but others looking at this thread might like to find other language learning resources.....

I am learning French and use the Klubschule Migros Podclub. It's free, is interesting and covers French, Italian, Swiss German and German. Its audience is A2/B1

http://www.podclub.ch/fr/emissions

If you like but get bored with Duolingo, do the reverse tree. So I did the English from French tree after completing French as an English speaker. The content is a bit different and gives you more practice in sentence formation and translation, you just have to turn off listening and speaking because it's obviously speaking your own language!

Coffee break Languages is good (no Swiss German though). Quite a lot of free content and well structured.

http://radiolingua.com

Anyone at intermediate French level try the podcasts at this site, interesting content.

https://www.innerfrench.com/podcasts
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Re: Good language App

The rosetta stone app isn't bad - but quite expensive (200ish a year).

I still find iTalki (or similar) the best value for monty. 10-20CHF for a one hour lesson...
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Re: Good language App

Thanks all; will reco Duolingo to my husband who needs to freshen up on his German. Eva
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