Category Archives: Product Reviews

Benny, the Irish Polyglot

FLUENT IN 3 MONTHS – REALLY NOW?

Product:      Fluent in 3 Months Premium v 2.0 Overall Ranking:  95/100 Price:  $97 life membership Owners:  Benny Lewis Website:  http://fi3mplus.com INTRODUCTION Fluent in 3 Months Premium is a web-based tutorial designed to help you learn a new language in three months.  Beyond learning the language, this product will assist you in being able to … Continue reading FLUENT IN 3 MONTHS – REALLY NOW?

Rosetta Stone

ROSETTA STONE – Is it Really the Gold Standard?

Product:  Rosetta Stone Overall Ranking:  75/100 Price:  $179 list for level 1; $499 list for levels 1-5 Owners:  Rosetta Stone Ltd. Website:  RosettaStone.com INTRODUCTION Rosetta Stone seems to be the most popular and widespread language method available, and it’s available for 29 different languages.  Rosetta Stone describes itself as a natural immersion –based method, which … Continue reading ROSETTA STONE – Is it Really the Gold Standard?

Italki

ITALKI – MY NEW FAVORITE!

Product:  Italki Overall Ranking:  98/100 Price:       Free to join, some paid features Owners:  italki HK Limited (registered in Hong Kong) Website:  http://www.italki.com INTRODUCTION Italki is an online exchange which connects language learners with native speaking conversation partners and/or teachers in any of 124 languages.  The platform facilitates reading, writing, speaking, and listening in whatever language … Continue reading ITALKI – MY NEW FAVORITE!

Benny Lewis

CONVERSATION COUNTDOWN – FIRST STEPS TO FLUENCY

Product:  Conversation Countdown Overall Ranking:   95/100 Price:  $47 Owners: Benny Lewis, FI3M Website: http://fi3mplus.com INTRODUCTION I’ve spoken “restaurant Spanish” for some time. You know, order the food, ask for the check, etc., pretty safe and predictable. Well, yesterday I had my first conversation over Skype with a native Spanish speaker from Columbia. I should have … Continue reading CONVERSATION COUNTDOWN – FIRST STEPS TO FLUENCY

Screenshot of BYKI

FIVE TOOLS FOR LEARNING VOCABULARY IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE

We’d all like to know the best way to learn a foreign language, especially the best way to learn vocabulary.  With that in mind, here are some tools I have found helpful for learning vocabulary in another language.  Each is available free, although some also have premium (paid) editions.  BYKI, ANKI, and Memrise are all … Continue reading FIVE TOOLS FOR LEARNING VOCABULARY IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE

Learning Spanish Like Crazy

LEARNING LIKE CRAZY – WHY NOT?

Product:  Learning Spanish Like Crazy Overall Ranking:  80/100 Price:   $197 per Level for Levels 1 & 2 Owners:  Learning Like Crazy, Inc (Founded by Patrick Jackson) INTRODUCTION Learning Spanish Like Crazy is a popular program available on CDs.  Founder Patrick Jackson was a New York attorney who learned Spanish by another more formal method and … Continue reading LEARNING LIKE CRAZY – WHY NOT?

DUOLINGO — REVIEW

Product:  Duolingo Overall Ranking:  80/100 Price:  Free Website:  Duolingo.com INTRODUCTION Duolingo offers their language learning platform in the form of an online website and a mobile app, both of which stay synchronized with your progress.  Duolingo has received significant recognition, including iPhone App of the Year (2013) and Google’s Best of the Best (2013 and … Continue reading DUOLINGO — REVIEW