Two years ago I wrote a blog post about a new smartphone app that helps you learn German vocabulary. Read here how to learn 6000 German words with this app. Now they have added another app, this time with 5000 German phrases. I downloaded it and tried it out, and I like it. This app, like the first one, is also free, although you have the option to pay to have the ads removed.
At the time of writing it hasn’t got all 5000 phrases yet, nor the 4 levels. I was only able to explore the 500 words at beginners level. So, anybody advanced might find it boring until it has all the levels.
Ultimately there will be four levels, beginners, intermediate, advanced and expert. Once they are all there, you also have the option to pay to unlock all levels, if you don’t want to start at the beginners’ level.
The app claims to have native speakers and 11 unique games. So far the speakers all sound good. All games revise the same phrases so that at the end you would know them. I particularly like the ‘Find the mistake’ where you have a sentence with a word that doesn’t fit. Once you’ve found it and clicked on it, you get several words to chose the correct one.
You can also search phrases and review them again. Also, if your native language isn’t German, you can change the native language to one of the following: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, English, European Portuguese, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese and possibly more. That should help with your German learning.
This looks like a great way to practice some phrases rather than just words, so even as an advanced learner you might still like to have a go at the phrases aimed at beginners, especially the mistake finding or translation exercises.
I can’t see this app teaching you German, but it looks like a good app for anybody who is looking for additional resources for practising some extra German.
Best of all is … you don’t need internet access, which makes this a great resource for spending a little time learning German wherever you are: waiting for the bus, on the train, or in any of those remote places where internet signals haven’t found their way yet.