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Fluenz: Excellent But Expensive Language Learning

PC MAGAZINE EDITORS’ CHOICE

Fluenz

$298.00

4/5 Stars

PROS Suited for beginners. Thorough. Excellent core content. Full-screen design prevents distractions during lessons.

CONS Limited number of languages offered. Expensive. Only basic voice recording. No live web classes.

Fluenz ranks among the best language-learning software. It distinguishes itself from other notable language apps, particularly Rosetta Stone, by using English instruction and teaching grammar. Videos of real instructors shepherd you through the course, which also includes all the interactive exercises one expects to find in language-learning software. These instructors make Fluenz feel more like a private class than a series of flashcards and games.

Although Fluenz is a wonderful alternative to other apps that don’t include any instruction in the learner’s native tongue, Rosetta Stone remains PCMag Editors’ Choice among paid language-learning programs because it offers many more languages. Duolingo is the Editors’ Choice among free programs. If you’ve tried those apps and didn’t like them, take a look at Fluenz. It’s refreshingly different, accurate, and well designed.

LANGUAGES OFFERED

Fluenz has programs for seven languages: Chinese (Mandarin with Pinyin writing only), French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Latin American, and European Spanish. That’s not a huge selection, but it does include some of the most popular languages English speakers study. Note that with the Mandarin program, you won’t learn to read or write Chinese, as it

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