It’s a very good thing to have at least some basic knowledge of Spanish when it comes to moving to Madrid. And I know that it is no joke. But sometimes Have you tried using these 3 apps?
Duolingo can be used both in Desktop version and on Mobile devices such as Tablet or Smartphone.
Registration is completely free and there is no monthly fee to pay.
When you start learning a language you will be able to take a short placement test to see if you are starting from scratch or if you already have a sufficient level of knowledge to start with the more advanced stages of learning.
You can also set your daily learning goal. Very useful to keep you motivated and be able to study consistently.
The main menu is divided into four sections: lessons, words, activities and discussions.
Tandem is a language exchange app with millions of users and is updated all the time. Many have called it the Tinder of language tandem apps, but don’t be fooled: most people are here to learn. After you fill out your profile quickly, many people will start writing to you. It is mostly used to meet people to chat with.
With so many users, it can be difficult to focus on one conversation at a time or to go beyond the usual superficial topics, but the app is very intuitive and easy to use. You can leave feedback for other users, and this makes the relationship between students more professional and less prone to the meeting app. You can send voice messages or make video calls, but there is not much culture since most interactions are done in the moment. There is a useful “fix this message” feature to help the other person without blocking the conversation.
If you want a language exchange in a clear and constantly updated app, Tandem is a great option.
The Drops app is interesting because it has a very lively layout, as seen from its colorful and minimalist look. Since Drops focuses mainly on teaching vocabulary, its overall design looks simple, and each card contains one icon-based design, an audio file, the vocab word, and the English translation. Due to this, it looks less intimidating, which means this is an ideal resource for total beginners who are mainly looking to enhance the number of words they know in their target language.
With the free version of the drops language app, you can get the trial version, where you can use it for 5 minutes every 10 hours a day.
(And here you’ll find more useful apps for your life in Madrid!)
By: Alessia Cuofano, University of Naples L’Orientale ’22