Are you teaching or learning a language? Want to do it the 21st century way though your Android, iPhone or Blackberry? There are literally dozens of apps out there to help you learn foreign languages!
Some of them are language specific, while others offer multilingual options. Here are some examples:
24/7 Tutor – Spanish, French, Italian, Russian and German
Katahira App – Japanese (Katahira)
Greek – flash cards
American Sign Language (ASL) – tutorial and reference app
Cherokee – iPhone app for this endangered indigenous language
Korean Essentials – a free app from the Apple Store by AccelaStudy
Spanish vocabulary – by Componica
Matt Silverman, in Mashable/Mobile, wrote about free apps for the Android phone, including one called Talk To Me. He writes:
“Talk To Me is an impressive app that can translate your input text or speech between over 40 different languages, and in most cases, speak the translations back to you. The interface is really dead-simple: An input for text, a drop-down list to choose your languages, and a big green button to activate the speech recognition.” Read the full article here.
Claire Bradin Siskin offers a superb overview of instructional and learning apps for languages for iPhone, Blackberry and other smart phones, including a list of places to get them.
Angel Brady at Princeton University did a great review of over 20 different apps for language learning.
Here’s an idea: Ask your students what apps they can find for their own mobile devices. Build your own links and resources for your students by engaging them in the process of figuring out what works for them, what doesn’t and why.
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.