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    • I remember a couple of months ago a discussion on here about Duolingo, which I've used before and never really loved.

      Was wondering if anyone has tried Busuu?

      Same concept and method, has site and app, but just a little different and in my opinion a bit better.

      It has a lot less languages than Duolingo, I think there are 12, and it's a little bit more expensive as well. But the content just seems better, and I think it does a much better job in the way it gets you to review words you don't know well.

      With languages like Spanish that are spoken in a lot of different places it explains the regional variations and differences as well, which is nice

      It's definitely worth a look if you are interested in learning one of the languages it offers.

    • @slamdunk406 curious if you have it and have any thoughts?

      Another thing that I think is quite nice is that it allows you to take A1, A2, B1, B2 exams and get a certificate from McGraw-Hill. I don't know whether that certificate is actually worth anything much in proving your language skills but it gives a sense of satisfaction if nothing else!

      I have a few invitations for 30 days free 'premium' if anyone is interested.

    • I'd never heard of Busuu, so I can't say anything about it one way or the other. I've tried Duolingo for Japanese and it wasn't great, although that was when it was a brand new language on the platform and I was more advanced than anything they had to offer. But the main thing I wanted to mention is that sometimes local libraries (at least in the US) provide access to outside services like this for free. So it's worth looking into if you have a local library card. My library offers Duolingo (I'm assuming it's Duolingo Plus since the base level is free, but I haven't looked into it) and Mango Languages. I'm going to try out Mango, but I probably won't have much time to dedicate to it for the foreseeable future.

    • I haven't tried Busu or Duolingo. I do all my language study for Chinese and Japanese on YouTube and via grammar books. Mostly YouTube, though.

      The advantage of apps like Busu or Duolingo is they can give you a structure to follow and I can see how that can be comforting for some. For me peronally, I like the freedom of choosing how I'll study and what I'll study. I also like having a rolodex of teachers and channels that I can choose from.

      So, I think YouTube is a fantastic way to learn a language. It's all free and high quality in content. Plus, you also can do remote immersion much better via YouTube. I feel like a major issue with a lot of these language learning apps is they don't really do much to simulate remote immersion and just diving into the language. YouTube allows you to dive in, which I think is the most important thing you can do.