What's the best way to learn a language?

We're passionate about the software we're developing to make language learning easier, more accessible and fun, but what is the best way to learn a language? Learning a language is about so much more than just the language itself. You can spend ages learning the grammatical building blocks of a language through software programs or attending a language school, or trawling through text books and still find yourself lacking the ability to actually converse with people from your target country. Learning a language is also about learning the culture of the country from which the language comes, and there's only one way to do that, and that's to pack up your bags and spend some significant time in that country.

If you were to pack up and move to Italy without knowing a word of Italian and cut yourself off from people who speak your language in 6 months you would be able to understand most of what people say to you and you'd be able to make yourself understood. You'd have an appreciation for more than just the language - the food, art, music, gesticulations, humor - and this helps greatly in communication. You're able to take topics that interest you and talk about those, and listen for those topics in the course of conversation.

We take a similar approach at Lingo Jingo. Our context-based lessons provide you with what you need to know about a given topic in order to gain confidence to communicate. Perfect grammar is useless without confidence to put it into practice. This is where vocabulary acquisition comes in. Lingo Jingo's lexicon tracking keeps a running total of the number of words you have learned in your target language, and provides a confidence rating in each word.

Do you know the word in multiple contexts and get it right all the time? Do you struggle with certain words in certain contexts but get them right most of the time? Are there words that you used to know but are have forgotten? With Lingo Jingo you'll know which phrases and words you understand passively, versus those which you know actively and can use.

This approach is designed to provide you with confidence to speak in contexts that appeal to you and you're engaged in. If you're interested in something then you are more receptive to learning.