There are many applications and services to learn languages from our smartphone, and thus be more productive when we have some spare time. Today we are going to talk about a new app that can be very useful if you are thinking of learning a foreign language.
Word Deposit is a free app (initially available for iOS) that invites us to create a « pocket vocabulary » for any language we want to learn.
Create your own dictionary, with your own words
Basically, it is a digital version of the classic ‘flashcards’, having to manually enter new words in the languages you are looking to learn. Its developer claims this method is « great if you are learning a less spoken language. »
The creator of this app is called Max Kalik, who claims that he has experience of living in countries with languages that he does not know. He acknowledges that he had a lot of trouble learning new languages, « especially if that language is not as popular worldwide. »
« I was learning a language with less than 1.1 million native speakers in the world and I couldn’t find any application that would help me learn the language and allow me to memorize new words. »
That is why he decided to create this app, which allows you create your own vocabulary using your native language and the one you are trying to learn. I have been able to test it, and next I am going to explain my experience using it.
To begin, it is appreciated that you offer us the option to enter anonymously, ideal for those users who want to try it and then can decide if they are interested in creating an account on the platform.
The first thing it will ask us to do is add ten words of the language we seek to learn. It will be as simple as writing the word you know at the top, and the translation below.
It may seem silly, but the fact that you have to write the word by hand (maybe looking for it) makes this process feel more solid, and it will surely help you to better internalize all these new terms.
We can easily organize the list we are creating, and In the lower left part we find one of the important parts of this app: « trainers ». This is where they will help us memorize all the words that we have been adding.
The top option (pink background) will show us the word in our language, and at the bottom several options in the foreign language. In the lower option (with a bluish background) it will be the other way around: the word will appear in the language we are learning and underneath several options in our language.
We remember that this application has just been launched, and its creator ensures that already working on a web version (in which all the words that we have added will be synchronized), and we hope that it will also reach Android. He also anticipates that he plans to add the option to add voice and image recordings to each entry.
Learn a language in your own words: this free app for iOS bets on the power of ‘flashcards’