What Does The Flash Academy Offer You? Let’s have a look, shall we? If you remember my post on FlashSticks back in the beginning of January of this year, you will know about the accompanying app that one could download to use alongside FlashSticks. What has changed? Apart from being able to translate objects from scanning a wide range of images, you can now also play games, learn new vocabulary with colour images with audio and video representation of the words featuring native speakers,
Italian, French and Spanish are currently the only languages the app has a full course to use at the moment. Other languages they offer still need more content to be added to them. Meaning that there won’t be as many options as there is with Italian, Spanish and French. One can also learn Arabic, Azerbaijani, BSL (British Language Language), Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English for non-native speakers, Esperanto, Filipino, Finnish, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Japanese, Javanese, Kazakh, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Mandarin Chinese, Maori, Mongolian, Norwegian, Persian/Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sesotho, Slovak, Somali, Sudanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian,Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish, Yoruba, and Zulu. That’s great to see all the new languages you have the potential to learn. I love that they included languages less commonly learned among the mainstream such as Danish, Serbian, Maori, and Sesotho.
German and English will be the next languages to have a full complete course. If you’re learning a language that doesn’t yet have a complete course, I would recommend checking back at a later date.
What Features Does Flash Academy App Have?
Language lessons, object translator, word games, review flashcards, scan your FlashSticks and the ability to track your progress and compete against friends in the profile section. The language lessons are divided into different themes to choose from. Each lesson includes vital grammatical and cultural information in addition to word games to encourage retention of what you’ve just learnt. There are opportunities for you to build sentences, improve your spelling, pronunciation and listening skills. When you learn a new word there’s an option to see exactly how the native speaker is pronouncing a particular word by their mouth movement. The object translator and the scanning FlashSticks features are the same as in the previous version. But, it does appear that their translator has gotten slightly better than last time.
Each lesson takes 5 minutes to complete. It’s great for those of us who don’t have much time on our hands and need a quick review of what we’ve learnt. The games go at a rapid-fire speed to not only challenge you but see how quickly you retain vocabulary. The grammar can assist you with how the language works. Cultural facts are ALWAYS useful for not only getting to know the culture(or cultures) that speak your language but also what to be aware of when travelling to their country. Such as cultural norms, local customs, taboos, and unique characteristics specific to the people. The Flashcards section gives you access to native speaker videos, useful sentences, grammar tips, notes, and pronunciation practice to enhance your knowledge of the language. This also works similarly when using FlashSticks.
How Much Does It Cost?
This is a freemium app meaning that they offer a certain amount of content for free and the rest requires a paid subscription. Depending on how much you want to spend on a monthly or yearly basis. 1 month will cost $8.49 USD (convert currency) per month, 3 months costs $6.00 per month (That’s $17.99 charged every 3 months), 6 months cost $4.67 per month (That’s 27.99 charged every 6 months) and a full year costs $3.58 per month (That’s $42.99 charged every 12 months) plus you get a FREE pack of Flashsticks when you choose this option.
How much of this is actually free?
- 6 Lessons (5 lessons from A Few Basics and 1 lesson from Food & Drink )
- 5 Free translations using the Object Translator
- Unlimited FlashSticks scans.
- Games for 2 sections (A Few Basics and Food & Drink)
- Thematic lessons
- Beginner friendly
- Caters to all levels of language learners.
- Uncommon languages such as Sesotho, Haitian Creole, and Norwegian offered.
- A way to track what you’ve completed in the language.
- The option to compete with friends to keep each other motivated to learn their new language(s).
- Learn fun facts about languages whilst waiting for lessons to download.
- Native speaker audio and video for each vocabulary word.
- Colour pictures of each vocabulary word.
- Useful grammar and cultural tips!
- Examples sentences using the newly learned vocabulary.
- Record your voice and compare it to a native speaker.
- Learn how to create sentences with new words.
- Reinforces how to spell your new vocabulary words to improve your literacy in your new language!
- Tests your comprehension to see if you understand new words in the context of a sentence or dialogue.
- The object translator doesn’t always recognise what you take a photo of. Make sure you take clear photos or it’s going to translate it into something else. This is to be expected but this feature has definitely has improved since its previous version.
- Download delays can be irritating at times.
- The location of where you take photos of objects or FlashSticks is unclear.
- You can’t create your own sentences.
Overall, I would highly recommend using this app to help you not only get started learning a new language but to also supplement one you’re already learning. This newly updated app is more powerful than ever before. The games work in an SRS (Spaced Repetition System) way to help you increase and retain the vocabulary you’ve already learnt. I love that each lesson is divided into a specific theme with relevant vocabulary to accompany it. The grammar and culture tips really give the learner insight into the culture(s) of the language(s) they’re learning. The fact that you can compete with your friends has the potential of continuously motivating others to learn languages. Even those who doubt their abilities to learn a new language. Another plus that it’s incredibly affordable for a language learning tool. This app and Flashsticks have so much potential that if they are available in your target language. You should go for it.
This app is available for download in the App Store and Google Play.
What do you think? Do you use the Flash Academy App by FlashSticks? If so, how do you use it to learn French, Italian or Spanish or how do you use it to supplement your Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Irish, Sesotho, Arabic, Russian, and so on and so forth? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!