Lengalia Review: Reasonably Good But Better Options Exist

  • Lara Scott
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Spanish courses with an impressive amount of content depth, but there are better options out there.
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Lengalia
Pricing: €29.99 for one month (limited features), or €3.74 per month/€89.99 (one-off payment)
Positives
  • Useful for beginners and advanced students
  • Great range of tools to assist learners, including a voice recorder
  • Access to a virtual teacher
  • Thousands of hours of content to work through
Negatives
  • Lack of conversation practice

Summary

An in-depth platform that's great for all levels of Spanish, but is limited in terms of speaking practice. Overally, a decent Spanish course option but nothing remarkable.

Depth
Depth: This is 'content' richness. How comprehensive is Lengalia and does it take you far in terms of levels, or is it more suited to low level/tourist learners?
Uniqueness
Uniqueness: Is Lengalia innovative or is it just an imitation? Does it have a unique selling proposition (USP) that makes it stand out among competitors?
Quality
Quality: Overall product quality indicator that covers everything from video/dialogue clarity, authenticity, explanations, and effectiveness.
Cost
Cost: Is Lengalia acceptably priced and how does its pricing compare to market competition?

The foundations of Lengalia were created in 1990 by José Delgado.

The platform has gone from strength to strength since then. I took a look at Lengalia from the perspective of a lower advanced student to see whether the Lengalia app would take my learning in the right direction.

This is what I found.

Features of Lengalia

As well as a placement test, which was incredibly thorough, Lengalia also includes different styles of courses.

Some of these courses include Spanish for complete beginners, Spanish for those at intermediate level and Business Spanish (includes Computer Spanish, Medical Spanish and so on).

Within those courses, there are different levels as well.

B2 Spanish course

You’ll get to enter your course once you’ve completed the level assessment (CEFR).

If you have no prior knowledge, just select that option. I chose the B2 level assessment first, which features content related to expressing yourself in the future tense.

There are different headers that you can navigate to within the B2 Spanish course, which include a dialogue section, a section on grammar, exercises, vocabulary and communication, reading and audio.

I found the B2 Spanish course offered by Lingalia useful.

The content is appropriate for the B2 language level and is well thought out.

C1 Spanish course

Again, with the C1 Spanish course provided by Lingalia, I found the content spot on.

You’ll be introduced to the past imperfect subjunctive, which is taught through different activities.

I thought the listening activity would be perfectly placed in an exam and is good practice for this.

There are a few different words and phrases in the vocabulary section that will help you build towards fluency and understanding.

Everything is neatly put together in the C1 course, (and the B1 for that matter).

In the topic related to the past imperfect subjunctive, there’s a grammar section that carefully explains this with several examples.

Limitations of Lengalia

As an online course, Lengalia could go a step further by having some of the grammatical explanations in Spanish as well as in English.

This would help with the immersive element, which is slightly lacking (especially for C1 Spanish).

There’s also the limitation that, if addressed, would take this platform to the next level — the opportunity to have dialogues with native speakers.

This would be ideal at intermediate levels to ensure students master the pronunciation of the letters before starting the course in full.

That said, I enjoyed the Lengalia course a lot. It will prepare you for an exam well.

But you might need to practice speaking independently with a friend to master this element of the Spanish language.

For better alternatives to Lengalia, see our Spanish resources page.


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