Review is excellent at taking someone from knowing nothing to being conversational quickly. immediately launches you into learning useful material and doesn’t stop.

If you are someone who is going to Russia, Germany or Mexico soon and think that it’s not worth the bothering learning the language because there’s not enough time, then may prove you wrong.

Who Should use

Anyone Who Wants To Become Conversational
People who are Beginners or Intermediates and want to Improve
Anyone Who Want a Good Accent
Someone Who Needs a Crash Course
Someone Re-Learning a Language
Anyone with a Smart Phone and or Uses the Internet Frequently

Who Shouldn’t Use

Those who have no Internet Connection or Intermittent Internet (slow is okay)
Grammar Oriented People
Anyone Who has Advanced past Being Fully Conversational
Young Children Who Cannot Read English
Aspiring Foreign Languages Writers is webware, software that runs through your browser over the internet. So if you don’t have internet you can’t use it. does not teach grammar or grammar structure. Personally I find this a plus, but some linguists may disagree.

If you are already advanced past conversational you would find to be basic. Although you may useful it to review your accent. is very conversation oriented. It will not teach you to write, but you will pick up reading from studying.

How To Use has created hundreds of lessons. The lessons may be: song lessons, movies lessons, beginner lessons. Take a look here to see a short selection of the featured Spanish lessons.

You get to pick which lessons you want to learn. So I might pick a lesson about colors, a lesson about the airport, and a lesson about the Mexico City Metro. Getting to choose from the lessons which one I want to learn, is a major plus for me.

Once you pick what you want to learn, you study it by using the study interface. The study interface is the remarkable part of the program. It takes the content from the lessons you’ve chosen and presents it to you in a way that will allow you to “speed learn.”

Do you know how to say this?

1. Do you know how to say this in Russian?

The study interface teaches the sentences and phrases from the lessons you have chosen. For example, see in the picture to the left the words “How can I help you?” This is phrase #1 from this Russian lesson.

If you know how to say the “How can I help you?” in Russian you say it out loud and click the “I have said this out loud show me the answer” button. (if you don’t know then click “I don’t know.”) The hint line shows you how many words there are in answer (because sometimes there could be more than one way to say a phrase).

2. How well did you do?

2. How well did you do?

After you click a button the answer is given. An audio clip is played with the answer and the text for the phrase is shown where the hint used to be.

After hearing the answer, you can now grade yourself. How well did you say the phrase before you saw and heard the answer? Click on the button that best describes how well you did.

If you didn't catch the answer you can listen to it again here. You can listen to the slow speed for the tricky ones or normal speed to check your pronounciation.

3. Slow Speed and Normal Speed Practice

After you grade yourself, you have the ability to hear the audio at both normal and slow speed to practice. I really like that there are two speeds of audio. I find that many other programs I have tried have audio that is to fast for beginners and too slow for what is really spoken.

After you have studied the phrase, and said the phrase out loud you can click the next button and a new “study item” will appear.

Here’s happens behind the scenes. takes into account how you graded yourself and how many times you’ve seen the study item. It then decides when you need to review to study item again. The idea — to learn the most in the least amount of time without forgetting.

Don’t take my word for this. has a free demo. Go to select your favorite language and click the red “Try It” button to try it yourself.

The Idea is a website designed around a central concept– Learning without forgetting. Now this sounds good, but how does it work?

It works by modeling how your brain works. Your brain is always forgetting. So you have to review what you learn. The question has tried to answer is: how much should I review the old material in order to remember it, but not study it so much that I lose valuable time to learn new material?

The answer according to is spaced repetition. What is spaced repetition?

Repetition is the idea that the more we review something the better is it is remembered. But reviewing something over and over again isn’t very efficient because at the end of the day you can only remember one thing.

However, If we correctly space out the times at which we review, we can learn more things in the time until we need to review again. Spaced repetition attempts to allow you to learn the most things in the least amount of time without forgetting any of them.

According to a general rule is, if you know the 2,000 most common phrases in a language, you can speak the basic language. If you know the 500 most common phrases you can get around. So imagine that each phrase of a language is an item that can be studied and reviewed. attempts to teach you a language, one phrase at a time.

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5 Responses to Review

  1. Bob Block says:

    Chris – nice review.

    Questions I have is have you used it? For what language and what was your bottom-line result?

    If you can drop a short email, that would be excellent!


    • chris says:

      Hi Bob,

      I took up Russian for a few months before I met some good friends who were Russian. My experince was that it was indeed a pretty good way to interact. I could lead the conversation pretty well, but I was not as good at understanding it. My feidns said that I spoke with a perfect accent and that I could pass for being Russian. I haven’t messed with it in a while, but I should come back to it.

  2. Hiro says:

    After you complete this course, does Language 101 have the materials to learn how to read + write?

    • chris says:

      No, they do not. You can sorta pick it up as you study especially the reading, but the writing is something you’ll have to learn elsewhere.

  3. Jon says:

    My question is: what other language learning programs could you rate it next to? have you tried others like Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone, Berlitz, etc? I tried language101’s “demo” and found it quite empty, especially so when I learned their astronomical prices. Is your review based on having paid for it or did you demo it for free, and would you yourself pay the $500-$700 dollars to use it? Personally, I have studied a dozen languages over the years using many sources and I have found Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur to be quite effective, IMHO, so I would be very hesitant to pay even more money for one unless it exceeded my past experience. Thoughts?

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