Glossika Review: Is It Worth Trying?
Have you ever heard of Glossika and have you been wondering what exactly it is? Or are you looking for a new resource or are you wondering if Glossika may be something for you?
I love trying new resources. It helps me stay focused. As I’m someone who is learning several languages, sometimes it gets boring to use the same resource for each language. Glossika offered me a 30-day trial so that I could write this review and test how much I progress I can make during the trial period.
Let’s dive into my review of Glossika.
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What is Glossika?
Glossika is a platform that helps you learn a language in a natural way, much like how children acquire a language from an early age. The method doesn’t include textbook grammar but delivers fluency by using sound patterns in a structured way that’s easy to follow, understand, and memorize. As you keep practicing, you gradually build up your understanding of a language’s grammar without actively studying the rules.
But what can you exactly do on Glossika?
Find over 50(!) languages
There are 57 different languages that you can learn on Glossika from 30 source languages. Along with the popular languages like Japanese, Mexican Spanish, and Portuguese, you can even learn lesser-known languages, such as Manx and Wenzhounese (I had to look them up to see where they are spoken).
Work on several aspects of language learning
Glossika’s main focus is fluency but you’ll also improve and reinforce other aspects of language learning, such as listening, pronunciation, and speaking. This happens through four sections, which will be explained below.
Listen & repeat
This section helps you improve your speaking. You see and hear a sentence in your target language and have to repeat it out loud in the same way. The translation of the sentence is shown above.
The typing section helps improve your writing in your target language. You get to see a sentence in your target language that you have to rewrite. Some languages have letters that are confusing or letters with accent marks. By rewriting the sentences a couple of times, you can correct this and also learn how to use the punctuation marks properly.
Do you remember when in primary school, teachers were reading a text and you had to write along and put the punctuation marks on the correct places in a sentence? That’s also possible in your target language in the dictation section. You hit play and write down the sentences that you hear. This helps you improve your listening and writing.
The translation section shows you a sentence in your native language, and you have to write its translation below. This can help you recap and expand your vocabulary.
Learn with spaced repetition
Glossika uses spaced repetition. This is when you see sentences repeatedly with gradually increasing intervals so that you can memorize them for longer.
Glossika has a freemium business model
Glossika has a freemium business model, which means that the sessions are partly free. For instance, the “Listen & repeat” section is free for every language but you need to upgrade to a premium account to access the typing, dictation, and translation section. However, all the sections of some of the lesser-known languages are free.
Let’s take a look at one of the sessions
Now you have an idea of what Glossika is, we can take a look at one session so that you can learn what to expect when you start with Glossika for the first time.
Choose topics that match your interests
As soon as you sign up on Glossika, you’ll have to select a language that you want to learn. After that, you’ll see the screen below.
For the best training and learning experience, Glossika lets you choose topics that you find relevant and interesting. You can select at least one of the three mandatory topics including social, travel, and business and one of the optional topics that are shown below. In total, there are 26 topics that you can choose from!
Test your level
Then, when you start with your first session, you’ll have to measure your level.
Play the sentence and choose if it’s easy or hard to understand and repeat it fluently. Then, you can continue to a session with phrases for learners from your level.
Save sentences to your ‘Favorite list’ or mark them as easy
There are sometimes sentences that you want to keep apart to review later. That’s also possible with Glossika. By clicking on the heart icon, you can save them to your favorites.
Do you find the phrase too easy? Then, you can click on the smiley face to mark the sentence as easy. In that case, the sentence won’t show up anymore.
Review each session
At the end of each session, you can leave feedback and choose if the lesson was too easy, just right, or too hard. What you choose will affect the type of sentences you’ll see in the next session. For instance, if you choose “too easy”, in the next session, similar sentences will be eliminated and you’ll practice with longer and more complex sentences.
Other settings on Glossika
Glossika gives you the opportunity to adjust the sessions to your needs whenever you want. Let’s take a look at the most relevant settings to see what’s possible.
Change your level and speed
Do you find it hard to follow the audio samples in your target language or do you think they’re too slow? You can adjust them manually and practice in a way that fits you. It’s also possible to manually adjust your level and take a new test to measure your level again.
Choose for a transcription in IPA
Do you prefer to practice your target language by using the phonetic alphabet? Glossika has the option to switch between text and IPA.
Add a daily reminder
You can set a daily reminder for when you want to practice. It will send you email notifications so that you won’t forget.
Now, it’s time to be critical. Let’s start with the pros.
You can learn almost any language on this platform
There are 57 languages you can learn and 30 source languages you can choose from. People who are learning a language that doesn’t have a lot of resources available can probably find their target language on Glossika.
You can work on each language skill separately
Since each section treats one particular language skill as separate, you can focus entirely on your weakest skill or the one that you want to improve first. For example, if you’re learning your target language for a holiday, then you don’t need to have a huge vocabulary or good writing skills. You’ll mainly focus on your speaking. The Listen & Repeat section can help you work on this language skill without distracting you with exercises that you don’t need to do.
You can construct your own language “program”
Glossika gives you the opportunity to adjust the settings, assess your level, choose the topics, and review the sessions. This helps you construct a language program that fits your level and needs and allows you to practice at your own speed.
Excellent audio quality
The audio clips are spoken by native speakers and of a high quality. You can adjust the speed in the settings and with each speed, the audio is understandable.
Great sentences with context
Glossika uses sentences with context and examples that you would use in a conversation. It’s easy to remember how to use grammar properly in phrases without studying the rules out of a textbook.
It’s possible to continue where you stopped
Glossika “remembers” where you stopped the last time. The sessions on Glossika can be very long sometimes because of the repetitions. So, if you want to take a break, then it’s possible to continue at a later time.
User-friendly and an easy-to-understand layout
Even though there are many settings on Glossika, you won’t get lost on the platform. Even if it’s your first time on the platform, you’ll soon figure out what to tap on to start a session and where to find a certain setting.
This is one of the very few platforms that I’ve been on and understood how it worked in just a couple of minutes.
Lack of visual material
During the sessions, you won’t see any images or graphics. If you’re a visual learner, it may be difficult to remember what you are studying.
There’s no mobile app
Glossika is only accessible through the website. Currently, there is no mobile app that you can download to your phone.
If you’re someone who likes to practice your target language on a computer, then there is no problem. However, I’m someone who enjoys practicing on the go and therefore, I always use my phone. So for me, it was hard to use Glossika every day.
There’s no opportunity to mix the sections
Sometimes only practicing with one particular section can be monotonous. Having a section that mixes the Listen & Repeat, Writing, Dictation, and Translation sections could be a great opportunity to keep language learners engaged.
Do you want to try out Glossika? Sign up for free and take a look at the website.
BONUS: Does Glossika really work? This happened to my Portuguese after one month
I’m a huge fan of comparing the way I speak a language with the way I spoke it a while ago. That’s also what I did when I was learning with Glossika during the trial of 30 days. But this time, I focused on understanding what exactly I improved and I’ll show this with a short video that I recorded at the beginning and end of my “experiment”.
Here’s a list of things I did and avoided during the month of my experiment:
- I practiced at least four times a week using Glossika. Of course, I tried to use it every day but sometimes it wasn’t possible because I couldn’t use it on my phone.
- When I was using Glossika, I practiced 20 minutes to one hour.
- I mainly used the Listen & Repeat and Typing sections
- I didn’t use any other resources. I didn’t practice with native speakers either and didn’t take any classes, but sometimes (1-2 times a week) I used Duolingo for about ten minutes.
To compare my level, I recorded myself twice saying something about the Portuguese language. The first one was at the beginning of my experiment and the second one was at the end. Both were recorded without any preparation.
At the beginning of the experiment, I was at level A2 and I still believe that I haven’t improved my vocabulary that much, but I now know the basic things. However, practicing with Glossika helped me improve my speaking. I learned how I can link words in a sentence and pronounce diphthongs and other sounds like al in cultural and em in bem. This is usually something I don’t start with early in my language learning journey, but it gives the listener a better impression of my Portuguese.
Watch the comparison below.
On my Instagram profile @kamilatekin, you can find more videos in Portuguese and notice how I improved my speaking each time.
I also believe that I’ve improved my writing. Portuguese is a language that has marks on letters like è, é, and ê. I usually struggle with writing them properly but Glossika is very strict with the accent and punctuation marks.
After having practiced with my writing on Glossika, I notice that I make fewer mistakes in Portuguese and I’m able to understand the differences in the pronunciation.
My honest and personal opinion about Glossika
I tried to keep the first section of this blog post as objective as possible but I also want to include my opinion based on my learning experience.
My first impression is positive, but I don’t think that it’s effective for learners from each learning style. Everybody is unique and learns in a different way.
For example, I’m a visual/kinesthetic learner and I need a mix of different exercises. During my experiment, I often found it hard to stay focused because I need visuals, interaction and various types of exercises in one session.
Also, I want to use what I’ve learned immediately. I want to use them in a conversation or record myself speaking on Instagram. I find it really helpful that Glossika repeats sentences frequently. This helps me remember the words that I learned but I found the repetitions a bit much and by marking the sentence as “too easy”, I suddenly got to see complicated sentences of the level B2 and they were difficult for me.
I usually need 2-3 repetitions, and then, I want to use the phrases with someone or write a story about it to remember it. But again, that’s me and my crazy learning style.
To answer the question I asked in the title, “Is Glossika worth trying?”, I’d say yes. Even though it doesn’t match my learning style, I’ve seen great benefits of using it for my speaking and writing. I may even go back once in a while to practice my speaking.
Glossika is a platform that you should definitely try. Especially if you don’t struggle with all those things I described above. Some people learn better by writing and rewriting their sentences. The writing and dictation section will be beneficial to them. Other people learn better by repeating phrases out loud and they don’t necessarily need to use visuals. If you’re someone like this, take a look at Glossika’s website!