3 apps for mobile language learning (roundup)

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3 apps for mobile language learning (roundup)

3 apps for mobile language learning (roundup)

Posted: 21 Jun 2013 04:53 PM PDT

There's a lot of language Web sites out there. Some are definitely more well-known than others, but what if you want something that works really well on your device? That's when it's time to use an Android app instead of just a Web site. Here are three of the top language-learning apps on Android.

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Babbel mobile for Android

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Most of Babbel's language packs feature 3,000 vocabulary words (though you'll need to download more data to complete the language pack). The vocabulary is divided into categories, so if you need to learn words related to the body (especially for medical personnel) or just common communication phrases, you can get right to them. They also offer speech recognition (so you don't embarrass yourself) and an offline mode. Babbel mobile is available for smartphones and tablets. The only drawback? Each language pack is considered a separate app, which can crowd the application menu on your device a bit, but does offer quick access if you're learning more than one at a time.


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Four summer blockbuster games that don't suck

Posted: 21 Jun 2013 04:45 PM PDT

These days, big-budget blockbuster movies are usually accompanied by story-driven mobile games. They usually tie in with the movie plot in many ways, and sometimes they put you in the shoes of the main character. The idea behind these types of games is great, but more often than not, they are completely disappointing.

With that in mind, I found four that are actually not so bad. Sure they're not perfect or even great, for that matter. But they do have specific qualities that make them enjoyable, especially for big fans of the movies.

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Monsters University: Android (99 cents) | iOS (99 cents) Primarily a game for kids, Monsters University is the official mobile game for the Disney Pixar film of the same name. In it, you play as Mike, Sulley, or Squishy, as you hone your child-scaring skills in two different game modes: Catch Archie and Toxicity Challenge.

While both game modes offer different story lines and objectives, they don't offer any significantly different gameplay. In both, your job is to run through a stage, pick up coins, and dodge hazardous objects along the way. The problem, of course, is that this can get repetitive. Unlockable power-ups do help to change things up a bit, but for t... [Read more]



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