Language Learning Tips from Drops

13 Unexpected ways to learn languages

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March 26, 2020

Despite popular belief, learning languages should be fun and exciting. Here are 13 unexpected ways to learn a new language.

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Using Droplets for Distance Learning

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March 17, 2020

Due to school closures resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, many have reached out and asked us if Droplets can be used for remote or distance. In short, yes.

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The Connection Between Language and Memory

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March 5, 2020

As types of memory differ, the same differences appear in the ways we get and process information. Our brain detects the most comfortable way to understand...

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Top 10 Most Spoken Languages in the World

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February 24, 2020

What are the most spoken languages in the world? Here's a list of the top ten languages in the world in terms of native speakers.

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Learn with Drops Online: Announcing our Web App and Visual Dictionary

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February 20, 2020

In addition to the new languages we have added to Drops over the last few months, Drops has recently launched a web app and visual dictionary.

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Droplets is My Kids’ Favorite Game (Just Don’t Tell Them They’re Learning from It)

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February 6, 2020

Droplets would be a great supplementary tool for when my kids choose their language classes in middle school, and it could grow with them into high school.

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Learn Hebrew with Scripts

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January 16, 2020

If you’re interested in learning Hebrew, learning to read and write in the language is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the language.

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Italian Hand Gestures: Communicating Beyond Language

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January 9, 2020

Face-to-face interaction, a key part of what’s being communicated is conveyed with the use of hand gestures, postures, facial expressions and grimaces.

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A Language Challenge Like No Other: #90DayswithDrops

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January 1, 2020

A language challenge is a great way of diving headfirst into learning a new language, just ask memory champion, Nelson Dellis.

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Should I Learn Brazilian or European Portuguese? How to Choose Which Dialect to Learn

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December 19, 2019

Learning Portuguese? Should you learn Brazilian Portuguese or European Portuguese? Here are reasons to learn each to help you decide which dialect is right.

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Goodbye in German: 13 Ways to Say Bye in German

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November 27, 2019

Learning German? Knowing how to say farewell in German is a good way to smoothly end your conversations in the language. Learn how to say “goodbye” in German.

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Hello in German: 9 Ways to Say Hi in German

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November 25, 2019

Learning German? Starting with a greeting like “hello” in German will help you make a good impression and get the conversation rolling with native speakers. 

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Learn Ainu with Drops

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November 19, 2019

Drops is elated to introduce our latest language course--Ainu in partnership with UN-proclaimed 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019). 

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The Ainu Language—A Story of Indigenous Japanese History and Culture

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November 14, 2019

We should be proactive, preserving endangered and indigenous languages. Which is why we partnered with 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages to launch Ainu.

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9 Tips for Having Fun While Learning a Language

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October 9, 2019

Nine tips to help you add more fun into your language learning process and develop your speaking, writing, reading and listening skills.

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8 Languages Students Want to Learn Abroad

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October 3, 2019

Studying abroad is appealing for a number of ways. And students are increasingly making this important decision based on the language spoken in each country. 

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Learn ASL with Scripts

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September 23, 2019

Scripts by Drops is thrilled to introduce ASL as the latest addition to the alphabets and writing systems you can learn with the app. Learn the ASL alphabet.

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Learn Finnish with Drops

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September 17, 2019

Hyvää päivää! That’s “good day” in Finnish and one of the thousands of words and phrases you can learn with the latest addition to the languages in Drops. 

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Learn Greek with Drops

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September 10, 2019

Drops would like to say Γεια (pronounced: ya) to Greek language learners and invite you to learn the Greek language, the latest addition to the app.

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Top English Phrases You'll Use Again and Again

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August 6, 2019

Are you learning English? If so, you might be looking for phrases to help you gain confidence in conversation. Here are the English phrases you should know.

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136 Terms of Endearment in Different Languages

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August 5, 2019

When we have a special someone in our lives, we often call them by pet names or nicknames. Here are terms of endearment used around the world.

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How to Say Hello in 30 Different Languages

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July 31, 2019

Want to learn to say hello in different languages? “Hi” is one of the first things you’ll want to know in a new language. Here's how to do it.

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12 Samoan Words and Samoan Expressions You Should Know

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July 25, 2019

Learn these 12 Samoan words that capture the spirit of the language and offer insight into Samoan culture.

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An Interview with a Translator: How Spanish Translator Anna Suades Vall Works

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July 18, 2019

A peek behind the scenes at how the Spanish translator at Drops works--her favorite tools, how she spends her day, and what it takes to be a translator.

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Announcing Drops’ Latest Feature: Travel Talk

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June 20, 2019

With Drops’ latest release, Travel Talk, you can learn the words and phrases you’ll need to know to navigate your way around places that speak a new language.

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An Interview with a Translator: How German Translator Christiane Hesse Works

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June 14, 2019

A peek behind the scenes at how the German translator at Drops works--her favorite tools, how she spend their day, and what it takes to be a translator.

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Learn a Language Before You Travel: Is Studying on the Plane Too Late?

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June 7, 2019

In this post, our resident polyglot Shannon Kennedy tests if waiting until you're on a plane to learn a language is too late. Learning Icelandic with Drops.

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The Italian Language: Its History & Defining Characteristics

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May 16, 2019

The history of the Italian language -- how it came to be. Learn about Italian's defining characteristics and how it descended from Latin.

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An Interview with a Translator: How Spanish Translator Berenice Font Works

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May 2, 2019

A peek behind the scenes at how the Spanish translator at Drops works--her favorite tools, how she spends her day, and what it takes to be a translator.

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: The Final Mission

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April 28, 2019

Resident Polyglot, Shannon Kennedy, reveals her secret Hungarian language project to the rest of the Drops team by surprising the founders.

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: Milestone 7

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April 18, 2019

Resident Polyglot, Shannon Kennedy, talks about how she used practicing Hungarian around Budapest to build her confidence in the language.

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: Milestone 6

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April 4, 2019

Resident Polyglot, Shannon Kennedy, shares how she kept up her motivation for learning Hungarian after missing one of her milestones.

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Learn Samoan with Drops

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March 31, 2019

As a part of UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages, we’re happy to announce our 33rd language, and 3rd Polynesian language — Gagana faʻa Sāmoa.

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An Interview with a Translator: How Drops' Italian Translator Viola Librenti Works

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March 28, 2019

A peek behind the scenes at how the Italian translator at Drops works--her favorite tools, how she spend their day, and what it takes to be a translator.

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: Milestone 5

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March 21, 2019

Resident Polyglot, Shannon Kennedy, shares clips from her first lesson in Hungarian and shares how she creates scripts to build confidence in a language.

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Tú Versus Usted: The Different Ways to Say “You” in Spanish

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March 14, 2019

In Spanish, we have two levels of formality when addressing others. We use tú and usted, both mean ing you, to convey the formality of a relationship.

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International Year of Indigenous Languages

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March 7, 2019

Find out how you can support UNESCO's International Year of Indigenous Languages, an effort to maintain our world's incredible diversity.

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Using Mnemonics and Other Techniques to Memorize New Words

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February 28, 2019

Memory Champion Nelson Dellis shares his favorite words in Dutch and the techniques he uses to memorize vocabulary in a new language.

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10 Maori Words and Expressions You Should Know

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February 21, 2019

These 10 words capture the spirit of the Maori language. Learn these Maori words and others with Drops in jist 5 minutes a day.

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Learn Maori with Drops

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February 11, 2019

Te reo Māori is one of New Zealand’s official languages and you can now learn Maori with Drops in just 5 minutes a day.

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: Milestone 4

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February 7, 2019

There are a few different ways to get feedback on your language skills, but the one that I find most effective is studying with a tutor. Why?

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: Milestone 3

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January 24, 2019

Resident Polyglot, Shannon Kennedy, shares her first ever video chat in Hungarian and the script she used to prepare for the conversation.

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: Milestone 2

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January 17, 2019

Resident Polyglot, Shannon Kennedy, shares the steps she took to reach her second Hungarian language learning milestone - scheduling a chat in the language.

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Join the 2019 #90DayswithDrops Challenge: Learn a New Language this Year

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December 28, 2018

Learn a new language this year by joining the #90DayswithDrops Challenge, a free language learning challenge on Instagram.

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The Drops 2K Challenge with 4x USA Memory Champion, Nelson Dellis

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December 28, 2018

Join Nelson Dellis on his 2k challenge as he learns Dutch with Drops during #90dayswithdrops, a fun and free language challenge on Instagram.

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: Milestone 1

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December 27, 2018

Resident Polyglot, Shannon Kennedy, shares the steps she took to reach her first Hungarian language learning milestone - getting into the Drops Dojo.

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Get in the Holiday Spirit with these 25 Words

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December 20, 2018

We’re in the midst of the holiday season and it’s filled with celebration. Around the world, this time of year has a rich collection of words to go with it.

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8 Best Language Learning Apps to Download This Holiday Season

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December 14, 2018

Looking to learn a new language this holiday season? Here are 8 of the best language learning apps you can download to get started.

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: Language Project Introduction

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December 6, 2018

Resident Polyglot, Shannon Kennedy, introduces her two month language mission, learning Hungarian to surprise the Drops founders in Budapest, Hungary.

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Drops Named Google Play’s Best App of 2018

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December 6, 2018

Drops quickly become a popular choice amongst language learners and it hasn't gone unnoticed. Google recognized Drops as the “Best App” of the year.

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Announcing Scripts: Learning to Read and Write in Your New Language

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November 2, 2018

Drops is excited to announce Scripts, an app focused on helping you learn to read and write in a new language. Available for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

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Why You Should Learn Languages to Use at Home

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November 2, 2018

We often learn a language to connect with people abroad or to have better travel experiences, but here's why you should learn a language to use at home.

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Spanish Halloween Vocabulary: Keep it Spooky in Spanish with these 20 Words

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October 30, 2018

Learn these 20 Spanish words to keep things spooky this fall. Learn Spanish vocabulary for Halloween and Día de los Muertos.

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The Ultimate Language Learning Guide Part III: Commitment

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October 29, 2018

You know why you want to learn a language, but you're still having trouble sticking with it. Here's what you can do to build a language learning habit.

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11 Hawaiian Words that Capture the Spirit of the Language

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October 4, 2018

Learn these 11 Hawaiian words that capture the spirit of the language and offer insight into Hawaiian culture. Includes audio and where to learn more.

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Keeping it Fresh: A New Layout for Drops

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September 27, 2018

Drops has a new layout to make navigating through the different word lists easier. We've also added a continue learning feature.

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The Ultimate Language Learning Guide Part II: Foundations

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September 18, 2018

You know why you want to learn a language, but you're still having trouble getting started. Here's what you can do to kickstart your language studies.

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Announcing Drops’ Educators Program for Language Teachers + Polyglots

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September 13, 2018

Drops is on the hunt for fantastic language bloggers and educators to be part of our first global program and highlight the work you do.

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An Island Adventure with Words: Learn Hawaiian with Drops

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September 5, 2018

Learn Hawaiian with Drops, a fun, interactive and free language learning app that will help you master 2,000+ words in the Hawaiian language.

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Learn to Read and Write in Thai with Drops

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August 30, 2018

Learn Thai with Drops, a fun, interactive and free language learning app that will help you master 2,000+ words in the Thai language plus the Thai alphabet.

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How to Keep Up Your Summer Language Learning Efforts in the New School Year

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August 21, 2018

Summer is the perfect time to build a new language skill, but keeping it up during the school year can be tough. Here are tips to keep your language fresh.

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Hooray! Brawo! Drops Now Offers Polish

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August 6, 2018

Learn Polish with Drops, a fun, interactive and free language learning app that will help you master 2,000+ words in the Polish language.

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How to Learn a Language Like a Memory Champion

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July 13, 2018

Have you ever wondered how memory champions do what they do? In this article, we share their tricks and show how you too can use them to learn a language.

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The Ultimate Language Learning Guide Part I: Your Blueprint

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June 29, 2018

In this article, we take a look at a few of the myths we tell ourselves about language learning and share tips for how to overcome them.

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Learning to Read and Write in a New Language

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At first glance, learning a different writing system can seem like a big barrier to picking up a new language. Here's how to do it.

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