Sep 09, 2021

How Speak Natively Stands Out from Competitors: A Learning Method for Success

If you ever tried learning applications for languages, you'll understand the struggle. There are dozens if not hundreds of language learning applications out there like Babble, Rosetta Stone, FleuntU, and more. If you have used language learning applications before, you probably recognize their pattern: flashcards, translations, and meanings revealed before the individual knows the foreign word.

Not all language learning applications are created equally, which is why it's so crucial for you to find exactly what's going to work for you! But, even more importantly, you need to find a language learning app that will have the correct methodology to make a difference and help you remember and learn languages at the speed you want to. 

Lexicon, designed and released by Speak Natively, seeks to disrupt the language learning community through immersion and visual learning. 

Lexicon: A New Way to Learn Languages

Compared with other language learning applications, Speak Natively created applications to make a significant difference in the language learning community. Unlike other applications that focus on repetition, rote memory, and other techniques, Speak Natively has created a fully immersive experience and even has a mascot to help you along: Luthor!

On their application Lexicon, you enter the world of the language, which helps you learn the language more naturally. You can discover the language for yourself, learn through context, and even begin to develop your own experience with the language as a new speaker of your target language. Here's how Speak Natively’s application Lexicon works and why it is superior to other language learning applications currently out there.

The Power of Language Immersion 

Complete language immersion has a significant amount of power when it comes to language learning. Many people think it's terrifying to jump into the world of a language not knowing anything, but this is precisely what we do from a very young age. When you think about it, we all learned our first language from immersion itself, but we just didn’t realize it. 

Our parents and our friends were the first people to speak to us and teach us the meaning of words. Then, as babies, we would babble back and forth and learn what specific items were or learned from watching others speak around us. This is why language immersion is so powerful because it is the most unique and natural method to learn languages.

Learning Through Context

Lexicon differs from other language learning applications because of it's complete language immersion. As a result, there is little to no native language present when you're learning the application. Instead, you will be taken through a series of exercises and introduced to a specific vocabulary. You will also be given context clues to their meaning, helping you learn more naturally rather than trying to translate from your native language to the new language you're learning.

Led by the Language Learner, Not the Application

The best part about this is that the application does not drive it, but the learner derives the meaning from the previous learnings and the images shown on the screen. The app does not seek to help explain what something might be but helps invoke the thought process needed for the learner to develop the phrases and learn a language. Learning in context helps for many reasons, and that's why Lexicon sought to do this.  

Optional Supplemental Material for a Well-Rounded Learning Experience

Lexicon also assists people who want to immerse themselves in music, movies, books, and news that can be read alongside learning this new language. This is an expansive addition that other language learning applications do not have that helps expand the language learning beyond the application. 

In addition, it truly makes an immersive experience both enjoyable and applicable to real-world situations, such as reading foreign newspapers or novels. Without immersion, none of the success that users experience would be possible.

Real-World Conversations with Native Speakers

One day, there will even be a language exchange opportunity available on the Lexicon application. This is perfect for individuals who want to immerse themselves and become fluent in a language, and practice with native speakers of the target language. 

This is a great way to exchange learning and also connect people from all across the world. You can have your language learning buddy to help you! That is the goal of Lexicon and Speak Natively: to assist in language learning and connect people worldwide.

How Other Applications Differ From Lexicon

Surprisingly, it is not usually popularized to have immersive language learning in applications. Often, there are translations, assistants, and also quizzes to help people learn flashcards of vocabulary. Unfortunately, while all of this might work, rote memory and repetition only go so far. Here is why these other learning methods don't work for language learning and fully immersive experiences for Lexicon's language learners.

Rote Learning: The Basics

For those who are not sure or have not heard of this term, rote learning is defined as the ability to memorize information based on repetition. The best examples of this used in their regular educational experience are through the alphabet and numbers. Without repetition, nobody would have remembered these. Rote learning has been used for several centuries, making it one of the most traditional forms of education, especially for language learning. However, many people do not realize that memory and intelligence are very different from one another.

Memory Is Not Intelligence

People can have a great memory when learning languages and other skills, but memory and intelligence are very different. Memory is the ability to remember specific items that have been discovered. Still, differences are also between what becomes permanently ingrained in mind and part of working memory. Working memory is a lot like a cabinet of information. 

After you take out the information and use it, it gets filed away, and something else takes its place. This is a lot like other language learning applications. Instead of trying to invoke a change in intelligence, there's such a focus on memorization that sometimes it gets lost after some time if language learning is not consistent. This is where most applications struggle and why memorization is not always the best policy.

What About Visual Learning?

While some applications use rote learning, visual learning is also a very effective method for individuals who want to learn the language. This is usually done in pictures or symbols to help people remember what a word is. 

Yet, visual learning is not always the best when used individually. The most effective learning depends on the individual. While some people are visual learners and can pick up specific tasks with relative ease, others might need more.

Visual Learning Works With Other Learning Styles

Lexicon uses visual learning and its methods, but it's not the only method that's used. This is because visual learning cannot be used on its own. After all, many people have multiple learning styles that they appear to have. 

For example, someone might be better at auditorial education and visual learning, meaning that they need to listen to a lecture and see the PowerPoint slides to learn about the material in their class. Other individuals might want to be kinesthetic, acting out real-world situations in conversations to help understand the words that they are learning on the application.

Repetition Can Be Boring

Repetition is one of the most common forms of learning done on language learning apps. There are so many applications that use flashcards and continuous or even spaced out repetition to get the point across, to help the individual learning what the word is. While this might work for some people, it's still relatively easy to understand why it would become quite tedious after some time.

If you feel comfortable using flashcards and repeating words one after another, then that's totally what your learning style is! There's no harm in using what works for you. However, some people might find repetition boring, which can become tedious, leading to less language learning and more avoidance of the study itself. That's why immersion was chosen for Lexicon, rather than other forms that have been mentioned.

The Benefits of Immersion

While you might not see the immediate benefits of immersion because of how difficult it seems at first, there are so many benefits to how Lexicon was formatted as an application. With the whole language immersion and visual aspects and outside resources, this is an all-inclusive application that helps you learn a language with multiple forms of learning after disposal. 

Instead of just flipping through flashcards or repeating sentences that have already been told the meaning, you can discover the language for yourself. Here are some of the benefits of using language immersion and why people should use this form when learning languages.

Individual Language Discovery

Half of the funnel learning language comes from the ability to discover something unknown to you. That is why Lexicon chose to do immersion. Through immersion, you get to learn the language for yourself and experience every second of new material. 

This makes it so memorable and allows you to code the memories and the new learning uniquely. Instead of being told exactly what something means or having to follow a specific formula, you get to choose what it means to you, and you get to learn at your own pace.

Develop Your Cognitive Skills

One of the best reasons to use immersion language learning is because you can improve kind of skill. There have been studies that have been performed on bilingual individuals that show that they can solve problems with more ease than those who are monolingual. 

They have greater inhibitory control because they know multiple languages, and they can use them effectively. Even if you're unable to get to bilingual capabilities in the language of your choosing, this still shows that you can improve your brainpower by learning languages through immersion.

Improved Career and Educational Opportunities

Learning a language can genuinely open up the world for you, whether you are still in school or looking to expand your career. Still, if you're able to truly become immersed in the language and get to a reasonable capability within that language, this has the potential to change your world significantly. For example, imagine if you knew Spanish and English, and you were comparable in both languages. 

This would allow you to open up your career opportunities, will enable you to go to school in a foreign country, or even converse with the native population when you visit. With immersion, you have a greater chance of succeeding in these environments because you took the time to discover the language and learn it in a more natural method. 

Enhanced Cultural Immersion and Experience

With immersion as well, you'll only learn what's essential rather than learning sentences that you'll likely never use in a real-world setting. You might be able to achieve cultural immersion if you spend some time in the country and can learn the language, which adds to a unique experience that few people have been able to embark on for themselves.

Learning languages through immersion gives you a greater appreciation for their culture, their heritage, and the meaning of the words. After all, in immersion, you don’t learn the meaning, you learn the context and the symbol that the word means to so many people around the world. 

Take the Leap of Faith and Learn with Luthor

Speak Natively’s Lexicon application was designed to help you learn the language in the most natural method and with as much fun as possible. Luthor is the applications mascot, and he's here to help you alongside your language learning journey! 

Join the Lexicon community today and take your language learning to the next level with a proven methodology that will help you become the best language speaker possible in your chosen target language. With our proven techniques, you will learn, experience, and partner with a language learning buddy to complete your language learning!

The application is currently available for Android or iPhone mobile users, and we look forward to seeing you learn your target language and immerse yourself in the beautiful languages of the world!

Marie Soukup

Written by: Marie Soukup

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