More and more of us are turning to our phones to learn a new language, or brush up on an old one.

And with so many apps available, there have never been so many ways to learn. But what do they offer, and which one is right for you?

Linguist Daniel Midgley offers some advice on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Promo with Em Burrows


Show notes

Learn a language while you text: Graduate student’s “WaitChatter” app teaches vocabulary during moments in between text and instant-message replies.
http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/learn-language-while-you-text-0514

Learn language while you sleep? Maybe not, but it helps.
https://theconversation.com/learning-a-language-sleep-on-it-and-youll-get-the-grammar-40605

Language is dying – and I’m not chillaxed about it
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/barry-saunders/article22749480.html

Most of English vocabulary has been replaced in the last 1,000 years.
The stat about Greek comes from this chart

which can be found here:

Wajarri app: Learning an ancient language in the digital age
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/05/25/4242071.htm

Aboriginal language Wikipedia faces cultural hurdles, say researchers
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/may/26/aboriginal-language-wikipedia-faces-cultural-hurdles-say-researchers

6 Apps For Learning Languages, Ranked By How You Like To Study
http://www.bustle.com/articles/74329-6-apps-for-learning-languages-ranked-by-how-you-like-to-study

Learning Indonesian
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/learning-indonesian-fun-easy/id271088564?mt=2

Readlang Helps You Learn A Foreign Language As You Surf The Web
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/04/readlang-helps-you-learn-a-foreign-language-as-you-surf-the-web/

Best Apps To Learn Foreign Language: Duolingo, Babbel, Memrise, AnkiApp, Busuu, And More
http://www.techtimes.com/articles/52934/20150514/best-apps-to-learn-foreign-language-duolingo-babbel-memrise-anki-busuu-and-more.htm

Americans On Tumblr Are Trying To Find Out What A “Cheeky Nando’s” Is And Are Struggling
http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/going-to-westfield-with-the-archbishop-of-banterbury#.xkKAJ6gRb

Ben Yagoda: ‘Cheeky Nando’s’
http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2015/05/27/cheeky-nandos/


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