Language Learning: Are Apps and Virtual Reality Effective?

Language Learning: Apps and Virtual Reality

Learning a language has never been so easy since the emergence of Language Learning Apps and Virtual Reality.

When tecnologia digital (the Portuguese word for ‘digital technology’) started to develop, no one could predict the impact that these technologies could have on education. Particularly, in the language learning process.

Today, there is no excuse to not learn a language you might have an interest in. The only thing you need to get started is some sort of electronic device. Whether it is a laptop, a desktop computer, a mobile phone or a tablet, you are good to go and immerse yourself in this new adventure.

Infographic about language learning apps

Learning a language with Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) uses electronic devices to simulate a real environment.  Basically, with VR you can learn a language in realistic scenarios. It immerses you in real life situations without actually being physically there. Three popular VR-based platforms are Mondly VR, ImmerseMe and Virtual Speech.

The Mondly VR app allows you to have conversations with virtual characters in real life situations. ImmerseMe transports you to a country of your choice allowing you to improve your language skills. Lastly, the Virtual Speech focusses in a business environment. Hence, you will be able to learn a language in a business context.

These plataformas (the Portuguese word for ‘platforms’) provide an enjoyable and interactive experience but do not expect to learn a language proficiently. In an interview to Forbes, Antoine Sakho, head of product at Busuu said:

VR won’t make you fluent, but it can add a nice immersive, story-driven touch to language learning to make it more fun and give you some basic knowledge.

Digital technology has created more oportunidades (the Portuguese word for ‘opportunities’) for individuals to learn a language.  Today, knowing more than one language is essential for creating global relationships and for the job market. There is a wide range of apps to choose from based on your preferences.

However, it is difficult to state that a person will be able to master a language only by using online tools. Every person is different and so are their learning methods. For some, apps may be enough. Others may feel the need to add traditional means such as textbooks, classes or language exchanges to their learning methods.

In conclusion, digital technology is effective to learn a language to a certain extent. It cannot completely replace the traditional means of learning but it can help you gain a basic knowledge of a language.

Stay tuned for the upcoming blog post on The Digital Linguist next Monday at 6pm!

Don’t forget to follow my Twitter account for content!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *