Betty and Cat – Hennie’s Multilingual writing adventures

This week I have a real treat in store for you. An interview with the amazing Hennie, author of the Betty and Cat books.

Could you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born in Holland, immigrated to Montreal, then lived in Toronto, moved back to Holland when I had a mid-life crisis, and now spend my time between Holland and France.

How many languages do you speak?
I speak Dutch, French, and English. I studied German, but for some reason, the words won’t come out of my mouth properly! My current thing is learning Spanish.

Have you always been keen on languages?
I’ve always been keen on communicating, and sometimes it takes another language. At home, languages were always a thing – my dad was keen – he spoke four and started learning Spanish at an advanced age. He also thought Esperanto was the way forward and learned that.
Living in Montreal at a time when the English were in power, we were the only family I knew that had Francophone friends. We were different, they were different, and the people we lived among (the Anglophones) must have thought that we were different. Somehow, that ended up making us more tolerant, and I think more interesting in the long run.

Could you tell us a little about your language learning journey as a child,
Learning English (there were three of us kids; my parents already spoke school-English when we immigrated) was always fun at home. We shared stories, we showed off, we were shown off (I remember my dad having me recite Humpty Dumpty into a tape recorder for the folks back in Holland). It was never considered a chore, hard, un-fun, or extraordinary.
New year’s day we had Dutch friends for lunch and ended the day with French friends. My husband is American. So: we started the day in English, nattered in Dutch over lunch, spoke French all evening, and then went home talking English. There are millions of people all over the word who live like this, and were probably never taught to make a big deal of it. It just happens.

Could you tell us a little about your career background?
I was a copywriter all my working life. My greatest joy was writing a two-part children’s story for the newspapers around the Santa Claus Parade, sponsored by the department store I was working for. I even got a fan letter.
What inspired you to write and publish your books?
A friend here in France, an illustrator who has grandchildren growing up bilingually in Brussels, asked me if we couldn’t collaborate on a bilingual kids’ book. She ended up being too busy to illustrate it – but I caught the bug, and did it. Not for a second, though, did I consider a translated book – the Betty & Cat books just flopped out in two languages.

Anything else you’d wish to add?
There are so many people around the globe working with kids – and adults – teaching second, third and more languages it gives you hope for the future. Tout comprendre c’est tout pardonner. And one way to truly understand is to learn the language.

Find out more about Hennie’s amazing books at bettyandcat.com

Friendly Mermaids and Snotty Dinosaurs a One Third Stories book review

As proud mummy I’m so pleased to present my Emily’s bilingual book review

What is the book called?
The great Français word search

Who is your favourite character and why?
My favourite character is (la sirene) the mermaid because she is beautiful and I want to be a mermaid so it makes me want to be in the story.

What do you like about the book and why?
I liked the bit when (la fille) the girl meets (la femme) the woman because she uses a paintbrush to paint (la femme) the woman so (la femme) the woman had some colour.


What do you not like about the book and why?

I didn’t like the bit when (le dinosaure) the dinosaur was snotty because I don’t like green slimy snot.

Why is this book special?
It is special because it’s in French and English and not many books are in French and English.

It would be even better if …
It would be even better if (la sorcière) the witch, stole her words and she hid the words at (le cirque) the circus.

Reading with little ones (and bigger ones too) is a a massive part of their language and vocabulary development. I hope this blog has inspired you to share stories with your little one, however young or old they are.

This book is available in German, French, Spanish and Italian. A beautiful book and inspiring a love of language from a young age which has massive long term benefits. Buy your own copy at OneThirdStories via this link

https://goo.gl/49z9KP

Polishing your Polish whilst shopping

This month I’ve been learning Polish with uTalk. We’ve a brilliant Polish deli on our high street called Bierdronka. So my aim was to learn enough to manage a shopping trip. My hubby is German, so we were so pleased so find a local shop which sold fresh Brötchen, Aufschnitt, Kuchen, Sauerkraut and Kohlrabi. Since Poland joined the EU in 2004 there are lots of Polish people in the UK so a great chance practice Polish on your doorstep, before visiting this beautiful country for yourself.

I already had a few Polish friends so I already knew

dzień dobry – Good morning
cześć – Hi / goodbye
dziękuję – thank you

Simply though going into the shop for the last few months, I’d picked up

proszę – you’re welcome/ please
do widzenia – goodbye

So with these phrases already under my belt, in January I started learning Polish with uTalk to pick up a few more shopping phrases.

tak – yes
nie – no
Dziękuje bardzo – thank you very much
Nie rozumiem – I don’t understand
Poproszę kawę – I’d like a coffee please

Now I knew the phrase for „I’d like” phrase I could now say

Poproszę trzy plastry mortadela Three slices of mortadella please

This is my daughter’s favourite!

We had the staff in fits of giggles as we tried our Polish with them.

I now need a few more numbers!!!

jeden one
dwa two
trzy three
cztery four
pięć five
sześć six
siedem seven
osiem eight
dziewięć nine
dziesięć ten

Now I had these, I could try a few more phrases.

And finally some useful food vocab

chleb bread
mlecko milk
piwo beer
słodycze sweets
kawałek ciast piece of cake

I hope this is helpful to you. Are there any more Polish shopping phrases you would add?

So my challenge you is, find someone who speaks another language, learn a little and you’ll have some new friends!

Inspirational mum Michelle from 1st early education

Each month we interview an inspirational mum in business. This month we have Michelle from 1st Early Education. I’ll let her introduce herself.

Hi I’m Michelle and I am originally from Dublin now living in Co. Wicklow Ireland with my family. I have a daughter in her early twenties and a teenage son.

What’s your career background?
I am a creative writer and storyteller and am trained in the Montessori method of education. I have been working in the field of childcare and early education for over 25 years.

where did the idea for your business come from?
I have always liked the idea of running my own business. When I found out I was unable to renew my contract because of a government embargo I decided to combine my experience of teaching and working in early childhood education and my love of creative writing and storytelling to create an online resource for parents and teachers called 1stearlyed.com. I have had great reaction to the audio work and have now launched my first album called ‘Fun in the car’.

Who are your target audience?
Parents of young children , The parent who values listening and sharing time with their little ones, wanting them to have lots of fun and learn making the most of this most valuable time in their formative years.
It appeals to preschool teachers as well as it is fun with an educational twist. The poems and stories you hear on the album compliment what they learn in their early years.

How do you spread the word about what you do?
Word of mouth , when people hear my album they tell others which is great, Because it is online through social media channels I am able to reach people all over the world which is fantastic, I have a lot of contacts in the early education sector and go to conferences and seminars spreading the word.

What’s been the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?
Believing in myself and having the confidence to put my work out there.

And your proudest moment/biggest success so far?
Launching my first album ‘Fun in the car’

Why is work so important to you ?
I am very lucky in that I am passionate about what I do. I love my work. I absolutely love writing and creating material for children in their formative years.

Who inspires you ?
I have to say the little ones I have worked with over the years. I can see their little faces as I write and create the audio, it’s magical.

Balancing work and life.
Working on this because a lot of my work is online. I need to make sure take time out for myself and my family. Live every minute to the full.

The album consists of 9 tracks which can be downloaded. The tracks are full of original poems and stories narrated by Michelle with lovely background noises. They can find out about Teddy and all the adventures. Teddy loves playing hide and seek. The children can listen and interact learning about different places they may go and things they may see. The great thing is there are lots of little facts incorporated so along with improving their listening and observational skills ,plus enriching their vocabulary, they will be absorbing knowledge in a fun way.
On the site you will find resources to do with your children and activities to compliment what they hear about on the album. Keep checking back as it is always being updated.
You can find out more about the album and resources at www.1stearlyed.com

facebook 1stearlyeducation/

twitter @1stearlyed

If you want to buy your own copy of this great resource check out Fun in the car CD

Speak Polish! How Kids Make Absolutely Awesome Motivation

I’m learning Polish at the moment with uTalk (blog comjng very soon). This week we are lucky to have a guest blog from Nathan at how to speak Polish. I hope it inspires you to learn Polish too.

Nathan from HowToSpeakPolish.com at Wawel Castle in Kraków, Poland“I don’t know where it is!”

Aged 23, that’s exactly what I would have told you if you’d have asked me about Poland. I hadn’t even met a Pole until 2013. Little did I know that I’d end up marrying the first one that I spoke to!

My name is Nathan and given my background, it’s quite surprising that I’m an ambassador of the Polish language. I was born in 1991 and raised in Swindon, England to a family of Jamaican and Barbadian heritage. Although I am from an English-speaking family, I encountered French at a young age. At school I had Spanish classes too, but after years of lessons in both I could never hold a conversation. Despite my lack of proficiency, exposure to foreign languages as a child taught me how much fun they were and I continued to dabble in them in adulthood.

My Polish language learning journey

Nathan from HowToSpeakPolish.com making friends with a Polish accordion playerI started learning Polish in 2013 after being invited to a wedding in Western Poland. I’d heard false rumours that Polish people were racist towards black people, so I decided to learn some phrases beforehand in order to say hello and get myself out of a sticky situation should it arise.

Nothing would stick! After failing to learn anything from my local library’s audio courses, I actually quit learning Polish – twice! For me, it was third time lucky when I started using my current method to learn the meanings of whole sentences. I bought a cheap phrasebook and went from there.

Following the wedding, I continued learning and started speaking to natives on Skype. After 14 months of struggling, I had finally achieved my goal to speak Polish with natives with ease!

Of course, I never would have achieved my goal without guidance. My language learning heroes are Khatzumoto, Luca Lampariello and Olly Richards. I have been influenced by many others, but these three are a cut above the rest. They inspire me not only with their language proficiency, but also with their willingness to help others to follow in their path. On my website, HowToSpeakPolish.com, I help other Polish learners in the same way that these titans have helped me.

Although I can speak Polish, I continue to study so that I can teach my children to speak Polish from birth. I plan to exclusively speak Polish to my kids. If I don’t, I’ll be robbing them of a suitable environment to learn. I want to give them every opportunity to get to know their mother’s family, friends and history.

My top tips

If I could give you one language learning tip knowing what I know now, it’s “Focus on learning the language that you need”. There are so many languages that you’ll never speak them all. There’s so much vocabulary that you’ll never learn it all. Concentrate on acquiring the words specific to you and your interests.

As for pronunciation, here are my top tips:

If you know someone who wants to speak Polish, tell them about HowToSpeakPolish.com. We can conquer Polish together!

Has this inspired you? Let us know in the comments below.

Cooking with Languages- Lisa Sadler

I’d like to introduce my friend Lisa and her brillliant language learning resource, Cooking with Languages. She shares my passion for encouraging family language learning.I’ll let her introduce herself.

My name is Lisa Sadleir. I am the founder of Cooking with Languages and my aim is to do for languages what Jamie Oliver has done for cooking. I’m trilingual myself and passionate about giving children the gift of languages. Conscious that children often see learning as a chore, I’ve decided it was time to make languages fun.

I’m extremely lucky. I have grown up with languages. Speaking languages has enhanced my life and provided me with so many wonderful opportunities. I am British born, educated in France and I’ve been a resident of Spain for almost 25 years. I am a mother to two amazing bilingual children, Joshua and Francesca (the voices of Arthur and Nerea).

I have given my children the gift of languages and we now want to share this gift with as many children as possible.Using food and cooking as tools to learning language makes it more natural. Children are having fun and are not necessarily realising that they are learning!

At Cooking with languages, our mission is to get children motivated about learning languages. We aim to excite and inspire.


5 Reasons Why Our Activity Cookbook Makes Language Learning Fun:
All the content Is In both English and Spanish (facilitates comprehension).
We provide simple and scrummy recipes (simple steps to follow). Ii
Children love Arthur Apple and Nerea Naranja, our fun, language assistants.
There are plenty of games and activities to practise new language and words.
We are making audio available so you can listen and repeat.

Have you ever thought about using food and cooking to enhance your child’s language learning experience? We have and this is why our family project is now Crowdfunding ….Our materials are designed to motivate and excite children to learn new words and phrases in different languages, with the added bonus of making simple and scrummy recipes at the same time.

Get your discounted materials: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/cooking-with-languages

In addition to using food and cooking for learning languages, you can use them to help with:

– Improving motor skills in younger children: start with soft foods that they can add/mix/grate/cut with plastic scissors or child-friendly knives …
– Mathematical skills: from number recognition, basic sums, to learning weights and measures,
– Reading and comprehension: encourage your child to read the recipe to you, ask them questions that spark their imagination eg. How do they think the food will look? Taste? smell?
– Telling the time and measuring time
– Boosting vocabulary: ingredients, using descriptive words to describe how food looks, smells and sounds while it’s cooking,

This is a brilliant idea to bring language learning into everyday life. Go help the crowdfunder here and bag yourself a brilliant resource in the process.

Here is the link to view our LIVE CROWDFUNDER Campaign:

http://bit.ly/makingsuperheroes

Can you get great sound and great style?

This week we have a first blog from Josh. A tech review on a set of Bluetooth headphones. So over to Josh.

Hi I’m Josh, the eldest child in the Lingotastic family, I am also a student and like looking at technology and the big advances in the technological world. I am currently doing my A-levels and one of the subjects I am doing is computing. I have been into technology from an early age. When I was around 7 years old I loved going on the computer, taking photos with my dad’s digital camera. I was also fascinated by mobile phones at the time, ever since I have enjoyed looking at the advancement of mobile phones from phones with physical keypads, through the early touch screen phones to now with phones which have high quality cameras built in. I like listening to music and headphones have very useful for me in the past as I have wanted to listen to music but not out loud as the rest of my family have different music tastes to me. I specifically like Bluetooth headphones as they have no cables to get caught on something while listening to music. Also because you can have your device on the other side of the room while listening to music, so when I was offered to review the August EP636 I couldn’t say no.

These headphones are very good quality headphones for the price they are as Bluetooth headphones. This is because:
Firstly, these headphones are very compact. In other headphones, I have used in the past, being compact can sometimes mean that the manufacturer has compromised on the build quality to make the headphones more compact, but in this case August hasn’t reduced the build quality of these headphones that much so that they are more compact. To further test build quality of the EP636 I then tested the quality and strength of the headband of the headphones. I could stretch the headband quite far without it feeling like it was going to break. During my time testing the EP636 at one point, they fell onto the ground from a meter high (3.28084 feet). After this drop happened the sound and build quality was not affected in any obvious way. The build quality isn’t all completely good though because when testing the headphones after an hour of listening to music with them it started to get a little bit uncomfortable, this may be because I have a fairly big head but I don’t think these headphones are designed for people with bigger heads.

The earcups move around a little too much for my liking this might be because they are on ear headphones, people want to adjust the angle and positioning but for me, it moves around too much. I really like the positioning of the media control buttons on the EP636 as they are exactly where I would expect buttons to be on Bluetooth headphones. Whereas in previous Bluetooth headphones I have used the media control buttons weren’t that intuitive to use. The addition of NFC to these headphones made it really simple and easy to pair the headphones to my phone as I just had to tap it against the back of my phone to connect and tap it once more to disconnect.

I liked the design of these headphones as I got the matte red version. I prefer a matte finish on headphones as the finish looks cleaner and smoother. I don’t think that there is enough cushioning on the earpads as they got slightly uncomfortable after an extended period of use. The sound quality of these Bluetooth headphones is reasonable for the price they are sold at. The bass is quite powerful which for the price of these headphones was quite unexpected, the mids and highs were not as clear and sounded quite muddy. I have not fully tested how long the battery on these headphones last but I have used them for a whole day without the headphones running out of charge. Overall these headphones are very good for the price as have a very good build quality and sound quality for a low budget.

Josh blogs about tech on https://joshtechcentral.wordpress.com/ Thanks Josh, we look forward to reading

Want to get your hands on a pair of these speakers with 40% off? Click here to get your discount code.

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Disclaimer, we were offered these headphones at a reduced price in exchange for an honest review.

Fancy a change of career that is also great for your own health?

Having children often brings a natural pause to take stock and reassess our priorities…to think about what we would love to do rather than a job that just pays the bills. If health and fitness is your thing, Luke from Origym has some pointers for you. Over to you Luke.

January is the busiest time of the year for most of us, after hopefully having some time off for relaxation and celebration over the Christmas period, It is back to the norm of routine and work, which can be more daunting for some of us more than others. I find it disturbing when people say they are dreading going back to work as we spend most of our lives at there and often the importance of job satisfaction is crucial to our overall happiness and wellbeing.

According to MyVoucher.com, setting a new career goal in the top five most prominent New Years resolution and the desire to re-train to become a fitness instructor or personal trainer within the fitness sector mirrors this trend. The fitness industry is not just the time where gym novices and seasonal trainers start flooding back to the gym, with this year being the year they finally get their dream body until March hits and those same people have given up and fallen off the bandwagon. It is also the time where more people enrol onto a fitness course than any other, seeking to make their hobby their main form of income.

If fitness is an important element in your life and the idea of going back to the mundane of a 9-5 office job does not appeal to you, then taking action and becoming a personal trainer might be a career path worth considering. You may not know the benefits of becoming a personal trainer and why it has been rated in The Times’ top ten, as one of the most rewarding jobs in the UK, but take a look at this list of reasons why over ten thousand people will make this decision in January alone this year:

1. Job Satisfaction – Have a career that focuses on your interests
2. Rewarding – Play an influential role in changing someone’s life
3. Choose when you work – 79% of personal trainer roles are freelance, become your own boss
4. Personal Trainer Salary Average (UK) – £27,000 National Average, not too shabby
5. You get to wear trackies and a vest everyday….Yes please!
6. Practical based job, no more sitting at a desk for you.
7. Great social implications in that you will always meeting new people

And many, many more…..


BUT HOW DO YOU GET QUALIFIED TO BECOME A PERSONAL TRAINER?

Firstly you need to be fully qualified as a level 3 personal trainer to be able to obtain the relevant insurance to conduct one to one personal training sessions. Think of it like the same way you need a license to drive a car, even if you know how to drive, you still need a license to get insurance and not make yourself liable for any damages. Fitness certification works in the same way, you need two fitness qualifications; the level 2 gym instructing and level 3 personal training qualification, this is the minimum requirement to become a personal trainer.

You can go via a college or a specific training provider, but always, always ensure that the fitness qualification you purchase is backed by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and is through a recognised awarding body, like Active IQ or YMCA Awards. Unfortunately there are providers that have not gone through this level of accreditation and ultimately the certificate you receive is worth no more than the piece of paper it is printed on. Once you have identified the right company for you, choose the learning method that suits you best in relation to the way you learn, your financial position or what type of studying fits into your schedule, Now you will be all set to realising your dream career.


WHAT CAN YOU ACTUALLY DO WITH YOUR PERSONAL TRAINER CERTIFICATION?

The fitness sector is huge and many people think you get qualified to work in a gym and you might think that too? Although yes, the majority do take this career choice, there are more options than you perhaps think on how you can make a very good living from fitness. Simultaneously, not all personal training roles are the same either with gyms and health clubs operating under completely different business models, resulting in the way personal trainers earn the wage unique to that gym. Take a look at this list of jobs, roles and opportunities that might intrigue you:

1. Become a class instructor such as bootcamps, pilates or Yoga
2. Become a Gym Instructor
3. Become a Gym Manager
4. Become a freelance personal trainer for a gym
5. Become a freelance personal trainer for home visits or from gym to gym
6. Work as a physical trainer for the NHS or private healthcare clinic
7. Become a sports therapist, sports rehab or injury prevention for a sports team
8. Become a fitness tutor
9. Work for the MOD as a Personal Trainer
10. Start your own gym, private fitness studio or fitness club

There are many more options that you could explore and often, successful personal trainers have multiple job roles to add as many strings to their bow as possible, as this naturally increases their earning potential. The fitness industry is growing at a fast rate and in fact has grown very year for the past three decades but within the last few years it has exploded with awareness of health and fitness being amplified via social media and government focus to increase sporting and fitness participation. There has never been a better time to get involved with one of the most exciting industries it the world with the first time in recent years personal trainers are high in demand to fill this new avenues.

Whether you want to become a personal trainer or want to do any career for that matter, make sure you take action and start working towards a career you know you would enjoy, after all life is too short to spend not following your true calling.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Luke Hughes
Managing Director
Origym
Facebook: www.facebook.com/origymCOE/
Twitter: @Origym_COE

Luke is a qualified personal trainer and Director of Origym, an education company for the fitness sector as well as a gym owner. He moved from Birmingham to Liverpool to follow his passion for fitness and start his own career within the fitness sector. Luke enjoys everything fitness, but his true sporting focus is cycling and in his spare time he can often be found climbing the hills of the lake district.

Disclaimer
This is a sponsored post to encourage mums to think about their career options.

Did you change career after you became a mum and how did it go? Let us know in the comments below.

How do you teach Arabic to your Children?

This week we have a guest blog from Nadine Ismail, from Reinventing Nadine . She lives in the USA and faces the same language challenges as parents the world over.

I am born and raised in Lebanon, a tiny country in the Middle East. Moved to the USA when I got married to my American born husband (He is of Syrian heritage). My native language is Arabic, but I went to French School (so all material were taught in French) and then went to the American University of Beirut, where I did both my BA and MA in Public Sector Administration with emphasis on Human Resources. I always loved languages and while in college, I also studied German for 3 years at the Goethe Institute and finished Elementary level. I worked on projects with the World Bank, UNDP and then moved to the private sector and worked in multinational companies where English was the official business language.

When I moved to the US, I decided to leave the corporate world and focus on what I enjoy doing, being a mother and wife. My blog started as a way to document my journey from a single working young woman in the Middle East to a Mom and a wife in the USA. It started as a food blog, then as my daughter grew, I started teaching her Arabic Language. I discovered how little are the resources out there for mothers like me. I started reaching out to other companies and authors who make products/wrote books and reviewed them and come up with creative ways of using the products. I became involved in my local Arabic school and helping out with the events, the curriculum and started a new Arabic Culture and Heritage class that I teach every Sunday.

I am also a blogger at Arab America ) where I blog about being a bilingual parent, tips about teaching kids/adults Arabic language and heritage. I am involved in a unique Middle Eastern Youth Singing Ensemble that teaches youth to sing classical and folkloric Arabic Songs. I am working on a course to teach adults the language with emphasis on Spoken Levantine dialect. The Arabic language is a beautiful and rich language but it is difficult and challenging. I am currently learning Spanish and Turkish. My daughter who is 7 now, can read and write in Arabic. Here is a video of her reading a book.

My website is now more about celebrating the Arab Heritage and culture through food, arts and the language. I also do traditional Middle Eastern embroidery and share that one my Instagram. In my opinion, the language is the gate to the culture, it opens up all the other doors.

Please find below links to some of my articles and collaborations:

With Arab America:

1.Teaching Kids Arabic
2. Arabic Back to School
3. Alef Baa in Songs
4. An interview with Joudie Kalla, the author of “Palestine on a Plate”
5. 10 Games in Arabic to fight Winter Break Boredom

With Arabic Playground:
My Arabic journey alphabets.
Summer workbook, my journey alphabets.Writing Arabic

Are you learning Arabic or teaching it to your children? Have you come across any other good resources? We’d love to know in the comments below.

Mondly -a review

I’m a great fan of gamified learning. As I’m trying to keep making progress in German, French and Spanish as well as being a busy self employed mum it needs to be fun!
Mondly is a gamified app available I Phone, I Pad , Android and and online on Mondly.com. It costs $47.99 for a year giving access to 800 lessons and 33 languages.
I came across Mondly about two months ago. I was fascinated by idea of the chatbot. Cat Spanish app had a conversation section but not one with so much freedom.
I’ve been testing it out for six weeks and a really enjoying it. My hubby and children have been enjoying it too. My nine year old enjoyed it but found it challenging. The learning is split into themed chapters 8 units to build on and a conversation at the end to use the vocabulary learned. It has a fairly comprehensive range topics so lots of vocubulary you can learn.
The website has an amazing number of languages(34). It includes Finnish, Croatian, Hindi, Greek, Farsi, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Afrikaans, Czech, Romanian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean and even Chinese. Of course you can learn the popular languages like German, Spanish, French and Italian. Great for a compulsive Polyglot like me.
What is unique about this app is the chatbot. Here’s what Alexandru Iliescu, co-founder and CEO of ATi Studios said “The best way to learn a new language is to build your confidence with practice. We’ve taken chatbot technology and combined it with a speech recognition platform then added our own object recognition system. The result is that we’ve created something that is fun, useful and unique for language learners. This new feature is truly a revolutionary new way to learn a new language and we’re proud that Mondly is the first to do it.”
So what did we think? I’ve listed the pros and cons below to help you make your own mind up.

 

Pros
The site uses native speakers and the voice recordings are excellent.
lt is a mixture of hearing and speaking to learn in different ways.
As a busy mum I really appreciate the short lessons so I can fit language learning into the small pockets of time I have.
As I have four languages to keep going games which allow me practice French from Spanish, or French from German are a huge advantage to me.
I like that the progress made transfers from the device to the computer so it can be easily used on both devices, not something I’ve come across before.
I love the daily quiz to keep you coming back and a notification that comes up each day to remind you to play.
The chatbot is a lot of fun I found myself giving none standard answers to catch it out which is great for your language practice.
I like the to see daily progress on a chart. I like the way the different chapters are shown as a journey. It makes me feel I’m progressing so encourages me to keep going.
My initial thoughts were that it is good as part of a language learning plan, but not enough on its own.
I was not convinced that there was enough spaced repetition but I seem to be learning so maybe I was wrong about that.

 

Cons
It would be much better if it showed the gender of words. English speakers often forget about these. I did not see the value myself at school. Difficult to learn in addition later. (maybe colour code like flash sticks)
Was doing it on a train in London it was fine at stations but cut out inbetween Does not work without wi fi so not great to use when commuting!

Unlike some other gamified learning you have to pay if you want to have all the features. However it is not expensive when you bear in mind all the languages offered.
In my opinion there is not one way to best learn a language. It is a combination of things you can play, watch, read and sing along too which builds your language learning. I think Mondly fits well into that. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think! https://www.mondlylanguages.com/

 

Disclaimer:
I was given free access to the site in exchange for an honest review.

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