Today Steve has a blog entry entitled “The #iPod touch and the #iPhone will change language learning”. In the comments section, Mark (the same Mark as we have here?) mentioned several apps which are well worth mentioning here. So I have copied Mark’s comment below.
I think the iPhone and iPod Touch are the single most useful language-learning aids one can carry. As well as the inevitable podcasts and content from various CDs I’ve bought, my most used language apps are:
- Japanese: a fantastic Japanese-English dictionary, and I believe easily the best dictionary in any language available. The features are second-to-none.
- Collins Pro dictionaries for Italian, Spanish and French. The example sentences that they give are great to see how the words are used.
- SlovoEd Deluxe: Russian-English dictionary including accent markers, and even sound samples for many Russian words - really useful for pronunciation!
Having all of these with me at all times is so very useful, and so light compared to the alternatives (books/electronic dictionaries).
For any Japanese learners out there I’d recommend checking out an application called Human Japanese. This attempts to be a complete language learning tool for beginners, and it seems very nice. I downloaded the free ‘lite’ version just to see why it was so well reviewed.
There is also a very nice kanji-learning application in iKanji Touch which attempts to be more than just a simple kanji flash card application, and certainly seems attractive as well as functional. A friend has this and swears buy it, but I don’t have it myself as I’m not a fan of flash cards.
Posted by: Mark | November 28, 2009 at 05:03 PM