Language Links: Lingua.ly web app, easy Thai videos and how to talk nonsense

EasyThai German Greetings and talking nonsense in a foreign language

Every Sunday, I publish a list of articles about foreign language and language learning. Let’s keep it fresh!

Lingua.ly announced the launch of their web app this week. Lingua.ly is a cloud-based language learning technology that is mostly based on vocabulary building. Simply put, you install their Chrome extension, choose the language that you want to learn, and go about your business browsing the web. When you come across a word that you’d like to remember, you click on it. Lingua.ly translates it into your target language and saves it. You can then review your list of visual and audio flash cards. Their new platform also recommends content based on your level, creates personalized exercises and draws from gamification theory.

Do you think that you’re talking nonsense when you speak in a foreign language? If you don’t, but you’d like to, there’s an app for that. MuchPhrases equips you with the weird sentences to impress your quirky friends in Spanish, Norwegian and French. I always thought you should aim for foreign language phrases that make sense, but then again it might be easier to break the ice with gibberish. On that note, “I bought these shoes from a wizard.” Here is the story behind the app.

Take advantage of a slow summer and advance your language skills. Here are 15 ways to practice a foreign language this summer via the Transparent Language blog.

Want to know how to say “hi” and “bye” in German? Here are 22 ways to greet someone in German.

Learn Thai through easy YouTube videos via the WomenLearnThai blog.

 

Image: The Golden Bend in Herengracht, Amsterdam by Gerrit Berckheyde (1671 – 1672) from Rijksmuseum.

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Cats can teach you Spanish

Do you know what the internet loves?

Cats!

Do you know what cats can do?

Pretty much anything they want.

Even teach you a foreign language?

Especially that.

Cat Academy thinks humans are not as dumb as you’d think. Sure, they may have a center in their brain entirely devoted to Facebook, celebrity gossip and smartphone scrolling, but humans could be highly trainable.

Felines have the ultimate goal to educate the human race, and not just in Laser Chasing 101. Felines will first start with Spanish and see if that sticks.

The Cat Academy app uses the theory of visual association and spaced repetition combined with the humor factor and the ubiquity of memes to teach Spanish (for now). They are thinking of expanding into other popular languages, such as French, Italian, German or Korean, so cat your vote on their website. I mean cast.

The basic version of the app is now free on iTunes, but you have to pay to unlock more cats. As if cat lovers don’t pay enough for the privilege.

Learn Spanish with cats

Hey Donny, boss wants to have a word.

Learn Spanish with cats

You’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do.

Learn Spanish with cats

I dare you to say no. I double dare you!