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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.

Meet the team

Here is the awesome team behind Lingotastic

Sarah
Runs ‘Mums and Tots’ and school classes, blogs, reviews, learns as many languages as can be squeezed into everyday life.

Maik
Runs adult language classes with Language for Fun.Tutors GCSE and A level students. Has a massive list of languages he would like to learn next.

 

Josh 

Multimedia manager and tech reviewer. Always trying to pick up words of other languages.

 

Jasmin
Chief book reviewer and tester for all the songs and books used in classes.

 

Emily
Book reviewer, tech reviewer and toy tester.

Meet Sarah Barrett

This blog post first appeared at Flash Sticks March 2014

As a mum of three, I’ve brought my children up with an awareness of other languages, using point and name, playing, reading, singing, puzzles and DVDs. My husband is German, so we mostly did so in German and English, with a bit of French and Hebrew.

My youngest child started school in September and, as I thought about paid work, I wanted to combine my love of languages with my experience working with mums and toddlers that I’d gained through unpaid work.

I soon realised there were very few people starting language learning with very little ones (if you do already, please get in touch. I’d love to share ideas!)

I also realised that bilingual parents often give their children this advantage, but even mummies who are themselves language teachers can find it hard to teach their little ones. I provide a framework to work in and encourage mummies along the journey.

Sarah, Heinz and Manuel

Writing the classes originally was not difficult. I’ve gradually introduced more props and activities and tailor each class to the children who come along.

My class seems to provoke strong reactions; either mummies have been looking for something like this for ages or they think children need to speak well in English before exposing them to other languages.

I’ve approached local schools and nurseries with little interest so far. I’m happiest to be working with mums and their little ones, as they can easily carry on at home.

I currently run three classes a week, for children aged 6 months to four years. One in a private members club called Sanctum, one in a play cafe in Chorleywood and one in a hall in Chesham. I’ve interest for a class at a local RAF base, so this looks like the next step. I’ve also had interest for other groups since I started, but was unable to find a venue. Another issue has been mum’s availability, as many of them work.

We run six week blocks of German, French and Spanish. Four weeks into the French block, a 17 month old heard a song on the radio and recognised it was in French. She started saying Ding Dang Dong and saying and miming “Blast off,” which we do each week at the class.

Gingerbread

By week three Spanish, another girl was saying Hola at the start of the class and adios at the end, without prompting. The children often carry on with the songs at home too. Our favourite song is “la vaca Lola,” which everyone goes home singing.

Pretty amazing, right?

I’ve also spoken to mummies living too far away to come to my classes, but having offered them some tips and directed them to our YouTube channel, they are more confident to start introducing their little ones to languages.

My own three children are benefiting too. As we practice songs at home, my children learn the songs too, as well as most of the vocabulary words we are teaching that week.

Most of the mummies that come along have said they’ve been looking for something like this for a while and I know that, for many families, Lingotastic makes a tremendous difference, bringing language learning into their everyday lives.

As a language learning and teaching enthusiast, I’d love to connect with any like minded teachers and learners. It would be great to meet those with little ones or who work with little ones, so if you’d like to get in touch, let me know in the comments below or you can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter or via email.

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