- Tailored for advanced Spanish learners
- Great comprehension focus
- Assisted reader concept
- Pure native speaker dialogue
- Way overpriced
- Topics may be uninteresting for some
Lupa's an advanced Spanish literacy app for iOS and Android that teaches listening and reading comprehension using Radio Ambulante episodes. It's essentially an assisted reader with interactive text and hints.
Most products these days lack innovation and seem to target the same learner demographic (beginner) and recycle learning trajectories and methods.
Lupa is a breath of fresh air for intermediate to advanced learners.
It’s kind of reminiscent of LingQ as an assisted reader, but what it does differently is follow the text as it reads an NPR story, while hiding chunks of the text to force you to listen closely.
You can tap on words to see expanded definitions or save the word for later memorization.
The audio quality is outstanding with 100% local, natural Spanish (different flavors from all over Latin America).
The biggest downside to Lupa is its price: way too expensive for what it offers.
But it’s so nice to see an app that targets advanced learners AND the most difficult language skill (under-represented in most apps), listening comprehension.
Overall, a very handy tool that I highly recommend (but do check out my alternatives).