Lingua.ly announces the launch of its new iOS app, aims to re-imagine the way we learn new languages and expand our vocabulary through our iOS mobile devices.
Already featured as a leading language platform by numerous international news organizations — including The New York Times, Venture Beat, and Tech Crunch — Lingua.ly expands its “digital immersion”-style of learning to the iOS sphere.
The new app, which also includes an iOS8 widget and adds support for 4 new languages (Italian, German, Dutch and Portuguese), compliments Lingua.ly’s free online learning platform that uses real news articles to immerse its users in a unique language learning experience.
Now with the added mobility of the iOS app, a user can read a news article in a foreign language anytime anywhere, highlight a word they do not understand, and simply add it to the “words” tab with their Smart Dictionary.
Users can then view their new words in a Facebook-style newsfeed — the first of its kind on free language platforms — creating an adaptive learning tool that they can access and study at their own pace no matter where they are.
“The new Lingua.ly iOS app makes learning real and personal so language from your daily life becomes the centerpiece of the experience, driving your exposure to authentic content,” says Lingua.ly CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Jan Ihmels. “By moving away from menial exercises and textbooks and immersing people in real news stories, users of the app can expand their vocabulary and gain unparalleled insight into the language and culture,” he adds.
Now with Lingua.ly’s “digital immersion” available on all iOS devices, Ihmels explains, users can catch up on their daily news and revise their words through text, audio and images from the comfort of their iPhones.
“We know that immersion is the best way to actively learn a new language,” he says. “The Lingua.ly app, just like the web platform, makes use of all of the free resources we have on the web. Smartphones and tablets add unprecedented mobility to this already engaging activity,” he notes.
As smart mobile devices continue to become an integral part of our everyday lives, more and more people are looking towards applications, such as Lingua.ly, to easily expand their language knowledge. According to Forbes, the current market penetration of Smartphones in the US alone has climbed to 58% — a figure complimented by the explosion in language apps promoting their own style of learning.
“We don’t offer sets of lessons. Instead we allow users to choose the words that they want to learn, making the experience highly engaging, personal and adaptive,” explains Ihmels. “Because Lingua.ly’s intelligent algorithm identifies the user’s language level to compliment the vocabulary they already know, our users can start learning at any level they choose without restrictions,” he adds.
Available now for free through the Apple App Store, Lingua.ly can be used to learn French, Spanish, English, Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, Italian, German, Dutch and Portuguese.