Learn languages ​​with free software and GNU / Linux ...

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For Android there are many interesting applications available to learn languages. Among them, I would highlight two above all the others, one of them is Duolingo (free) and the other ABA English (paid), on the other hand you also have quite good ones like Memrise (free) and others. But what this article is about is talking about all the options available to learn another language or foreign language from our GNU / Linux distribution with some cool programs.

You can use many resources, for example creating your own smartcards and putting pictures or images and the corresponding word, something that has been used in the teaching of the little ones but is quite effective also for the older ones, since it is easier for our brain to relate images than just reading words and their translations… It even occurs to me to use your distro's voice recorder to listen to yourself speaking the other language and even use Audacity. On the web, you already know that you have a multitude of help websites, and even Google Translator, which includes a function to read words in any language. But we don't want this, what we are looking for here are specific programs and local to learn some other language:

  • OpenTeacher: is a vocabulary app to learn other languages. It is a free and open source program in which you can store lists of words in a language and their translation to review.
  • Parrot: is another application with which you can train your oral skills in other languages.
  • FLTR: it can read text in another language so you can make your ear and see how it is pronounced. Although be careful with some programs of this type that use speech synthesizers to read text and the pronunciation may not be correct ... I recommend those banks of voices recorded by native speakers that you can find on the net.
  • Parliamentary: is a KDE app to practice vocabulary in another language, similar to what you can do with OpenTeacher.
  • You saw: It only works for conjugations of French and Italian, but if you are looking to learn these languages ​​it may be a good option for you.
  • Tagaini jisho: like the previous one, it focuses on Japanese vocabulary and kanji dictionary, so it is not for other languages ​​...
  • Anki: it is an interesting extensible program to learn through flashcards, which, as I said before, is a good way to relate concepts.
  • Learning with texts: a program to learn by reading and listening with texts in another language.
  • Step into Chinese: focuses on Chinese, a trainer that will help those who want to learn the Asian language, although it is aimed at English speakers, therefore you need to know this language.
  • Don't forget that many of the Android apps like Duolingo, ABA, etc., have a web-based interface too, so you can use them from your browser.

And don't forget, the best of all is use instant messaging or video conferencing programs to talk to foreigners. The best way to learn languages.


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