Last year, I made a New Year's Resolution to travel more in 2016 -- and I am happy to share that I actually achieved it. In February, I packed my rain boots for Seattle, enjoyed the sunshine and salty ocean of Mexico in March, tasted fame in L.A. in September, and explored the amazing history of Spain in October.
But you see I have a problem… if you look at my list of travels, you’ll notice that I went to two, yes, TWO Spanish-speaking countries. And, hello -- I don’t know a lick of Spanish. So, I decided to do something about that. Here are my favorite apps (and a fun podcast) for learning a new language:
Duolingo: Duolingo is a free app that uses repetition and tests to teach you a new language. There are 27 languages to choose from that includes Spanish all the way to Swahili. They even have Klingon. Set yourself a goal everyday, and the app will send nightly reminders to pick up your phone and do some learning! My favorite part about this app is that it will ask you to speak phrases into the microphone and will tell you if your accent doesn’t sound right.
Bravolol: This language learning app is nice for those who want to learn basic phrases fast. The app is separated into different topic sections, like eating, shopping, weather, etc. Once you click on a topic, it lists out many basic phrases associated with the topic. You can also click on the phrase you’d like to learn to hear the pronunciation.
PODCAST EXTRA: Coffee Break Spanish: This is 30 minute podcast is an amazing quick listen for everyone trying to learn a new language. I actually started listening to Coffee Break French when I was learning that language, but have since moved on to the fashion version and am equally impressed. (There is also a Coffee Break German.)