MosaLingua Review: Handy Little Flashcard App (Vocab Trainer)

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A decent flashcard app for 8 major languages but not without good alternatives.
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MosaLingua
Pricing: Free or VIP for $4.99 per month, $59.90 per year
Positives
  • Extensive library of vocab to learn
  • Vocabulary conveniently arranged by topic
  • Quality audio
Negatives
  • App at times feels slow and clunky
  • Limited to 8 popular languages

Summary

MosaLingua is essentially a flashcard vocabulary trainer for 8 major languages. While there's nothing overly remarkable about the app, it works well, categorizes vocab by topic and includes high quality audio for words and phrases.

Depth
Depth: This is 'content' richness. How comprehensive is MosaLingua and does it take you far in terms of levels, or is it more suited to low level/tourist learners?
Uniqueness
Uniqueness: Is MosaLingua 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 MosaLingua acceptably priced and how does its pricing compare to market competition?

MosaLingua’s a decent (but mostly unremarkable) flashcard app for learning new vocabulary and phrases.

MosaLingua has six languages (and apps) available: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Russian and English.

Of particular interest is the inclusion of vocabulary for very specific topics like business or medical terminology. The vocab is neatly arranged by topic like this, making it easy to search for relevant terms that you need.

I would have liked a larger offering of languages however, especially considering the fact MosaLingua has been around for a long time now.

When I downloaded the app, I was asked a series of questions. The questions were to identify my skill level and my desired use for the language. For me, I chose beginner for my skill level and travel as my desired use of the language.

The app is essentially just a flash card apps that begins with the spoken word. I then recorded myself repeating the words and then flipped the card to see the words.

As I said, mostly unremarkable (just an alternative to Anki).

Without seeing the spelling first, I was not really comfortable with repeating the words I had just heard out loud. I knew immediately that I was off with my pronunciation, but this may have actually been beneficial in helping me to learn more effectively.

The app starts off with five flash cards but it also has the ability to add more flash cards if you like. It begins with the most commonly used words or phrases for your desired use.

The key to Mosalingua is your frequency of repetition.

One feature that I really liked was the control over the words and phrases I was learning. The paid version naturally offers more classes and video content, but I did find the apps’ user interface not that intuitive and a little difficult to use at first.

There’s a free version of the app with limited functionality.

You can also pay for a monthly subscription fee of $13.99 / month and a yearly subscription for $83.99 (there’s a 30 day refund policy in place if you’re not satisfied).

Overall, MosaLingua’s a decent flashcard app for the 8 major languages it covers, but you could probably get the same mileage out of Anki or Memrise.


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Donovan Nagel
Donovan Nagel - B. Th, MA AppLing
I'm an Applied Linguistics graduate, teacher and translator with a passion for language learning (especially Arabic).
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