Let’s have a look at a new resource (to me anyway) that will supplement your language studies. This is of course: Clozemaster. I have only heard of this resource in passing and so I decided to finally give it a try after hearing people rave about using it alongside Memrise and other language learning tools.
What Is Clozemaster?
According to the creator:
Clozemaster is a game to learn and practice languages in context. It’s a gamified language learning in context through massive exposure for learners of all levels.
Its purpose is to complement resources like Memrise and Anki and help you go further than Duolingo and other apps that only provide content for absolute beginnings and very low intermediate learners. It’s a cloze test that gives you two options: Multiple Choice and Text Input. Clozemaster uses spaced-repetition based on how many words and phrases you have familiarised yourself with. The less familiar you are them more frequently it will occur and more familiar you become with them the less frequently you will see them. Pro users can customise these intervals to their liking.
Clozemaster offers a wide variety of languages to learn. Even languages that aren’t as popular. Such as Breton, Catalan, Guarani, Danish, Finnish, etc. They also offer different native language settings so that you can learn one language from another without needing to rely on just English translations. For example, You can learn Finnish through Swedish. I love that they offer so many languages for just being a cloze test SRS based system. That is amazing! They could obviously add more languages but I think their selection really does cater to wide range of learners and not just the one’s learning “popular” languages.
How Much Does It Cost?
They offer a free version and Pro version that’s $8 USD (convert currency) per month or $60.00 USD per year. There is also a 30-day money back guarantee for those who are satisfied with their yearly subscription. You can also cancel at any time you want.
- You can use each of these sentences in real life situations and contexts. These sentences are not stilted and awkward like what you would find in many textbooks and even certain phrasebooks as well. This is ultimately valuable to the learner because it offers them a resource that’s going supplement what they already learned and apply context to it with ease.
- Simplistic layout and easy to use.
- A large amount of languages to choose from.
- Affordable subscription plans. This is fantastic for those of us who want to make the most out of this tool and are on a budget.
- Mobile App available. Great for learning on the go.
- Daily reminder emails. These can be useful if you are in need of motivation to keep going with your languages and want to have something give you a little push to do something daily. You can set specific times for when you want the emails to go out rather than randomly.
- Email invites to challenge your fellow language learning buddies with! Having someone to collaborate with is a fun way to keep the drive going whilst still being accountable at the same time.
- Daily goals: You can set a daily goal with how many points on the cloze test you want to go over. You can go as little as 10 points or 1000 points per day.
- Not every language as accompanying audio to go along with it.
- The audio sounds incredibly monotone.
Clozemaster is a great tool for any language learner to have at their disposal. It complements the resources you are already using and you can learn words and phrases in contexts that are going to be useful rather than the typical “Textbook” speech or the “This is a pen.”, “The elephant is green”, etc. Could Clozemaster be used as a standalone resource? No. Especially with language that is still lacking audio. Listening to how the language sounds are absolutely essential in order to speak effectively in the language. How can you expect to pronounce something if you don’t know how it sounds like, to begin with? I would definitely recommend Clozemaster to every serious language learner who is looking for an additional tool to add to their arsenal that will help them learn phrases in contexts rather than just lists.
Have you tried Clozemaster before? If so, what do you think of Clozemaster? How do you use it to effectively supplement what you already know? Please let me know in the comments!