In this post I’m going to give an in depth MosaLingua review, what MosaLingua is and my own experiences learning my target language (German) with it.
- Pre-made flashcards tailored to you
- Review your flashcards anywhere on your smartphone
- Learn everyday words & phrases
What is MosaLingua?
MosaLingua is language learning resource that produces a number of courses and apps suitable for a wide range of levels from complete beginner to advanced learners. Over 11 million users currently learn languages using MosaLingua.
MosaLingua currently produces language courses and apps for the following languages:
- Mandarin Chinese
MosaLingua Premium (Web & Mobile) Review
MosaLingua Premium is a language learning app and website which uses a spaced-repetition flashcard system (SRS) to help you acquire languages. As well as the above languages, it is also available for Business English, Business Spanish and Medical English.
You can try MosaLingua Premium for free for 15 days and cancel at any time.
What is Spaced Repetition?
The spaced-repetition system uses flashcards to introduce you to a new word or phrase. You are then shown the flashcard again at appropriately spaced intervals (varying from a few hours to a few months) depending on how well you recalled it.
The idea of the the spaced-repetition system is that you are reminded of a word or phrase, just before you forget it. This method increases the chances of it making it into your long-term memory.
There are flashcard apps out there that allow you to create your own flashcards. But the advantage with MosaLingua is that you can commit up to 6000 words and expression to your long-term memory thanks to their premade flashcards.
Each flashcard has a native speaker say the word or phrase so you can hear it as well as read it. The app encourages you to repeat the word out loud and record it.
How to Get Started
Sign up for the free 15 day trial, then download the app for your target language onto your smartphone.
The app will ask you a few questions to determine your current level and learning goals. It will use this information to select flashcards for you, and so far I found this to work really well for me.
If there is a particular topic that you’re interested in and want to learn vocabulary for, you can browse the ‘categories’ to find a topic you want to learn about.
There are too many topics to list here but for example under the ‘conversation’ category you can choose from introductions, conversation starters, trouble understanding, fluidity, connectors, mistakes, changing the subject and ending a conversation. Within each of the these sub-categories there are up to 30 words and phrases to learn.
- The Basics
- Time & Weather
Learning New Flashcards
Once you have selected your new flashcards to learn you go through a few steps to introduce them.
- Listen & Repeat
- Memorise: Try to recall the phrase shown, in your target language
- Write: Type the phrase out in your target language
- Self Evaluation: Recall the flashcard and choose how well you knew the answer: Again, Difficult, Good, Perfect
Reviewing Old Flashcards
Once the flashcard had been introduced to you, you will be prompted by MosaLingua to review it at intervals depending on how well you remember the word or phrase. It’s important to be honest about how well you recalled it.
You will see a flashcard less and less as the intervals get longer as you repeatedly recall the word or phrase correctly.
Using this spaced repetition system will help the words and phrases stick in your long-term memory.
How Much Does MosaLingua Premium Cost?
You can try MosaLingua Premium for free for 15 days. If you love it then you can continue your subscription for:
- Monthly: $9.99 / month
- Annually: $59.99 / year (that’s $4.99 / month)
I have great news for aspiring polyglots. When you subscribe to MosaLingua Premium you get access to all languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, English, and Mandarin Chinese.
What Are The Other Benefits?
Not only do you get the awesome flashcard app on mobile, there are many other benefits you can access through MosaWeb. This can be accessed through both the app and the website.
MosaDiscovery is a plugin for Chrome which works with Google Translate to quickly translate any word, phrase or sentence you find online, from your target language into English. Think about how and where you read stuff online in your target language. Maybe you read the news or blogs in your target language. While I personally prefer to avoid translating every word I don’t understand, rather I try to understand from the context, this is an undeniably useful tool.
This a super useful tool in itself, but it also has another awesome feature. If you encounter a word you don’t know, but would like to learn, you can very easily add it to your flashcard stack. You just highlight the word, and MosaDiscovery will instantly offer a translation and the option to add it to your flashcard stack.
MosaDiscovery will offer an example phrase so you can learn the word in context. If you want change this example sentence you can do so really easily. Just click the Tatoeba button and you’ll get a list of example sentences you can copy to use in the flashcard.
Once the new word has been added, MosaLingua syncs with the app so you can learn the new flashcard at your leisure on your smartphone. I absolutely love this tool and use it all the time!
The MosaLibrary is a collection of foreign language books, short stories and articles aimed at beginner to intermediate levels (A1-B2). All these reading materials have accompanying audio track, so you can choose to read the book, listen and read along, or just listen to the audiobook.
One of the things I love is that if you come across a word that you want to learn, you can use the MosaDiscovery Chrome plugin to select it and add it to your MosaLingua ‘to review’ flashcard stack. You can then learn it as you would any other flashcard.
MosaVideos is, you’ve guessed it, a collection of videos in your target language. Each video has a transcript in the target language which scrolls below the video so you can follow along.
Again with the MosaDiscovery plugin, you can pause and select any word or phrase you want to learn and translate and add it to your flashcard deck.
I’ve used other flashcard apps before, where I had to create my own flashcards. This can take quite a bit of time to research translations and come up with example sentences.
Personally I love MosaLingua Premium because I can spend time learning more pre-made flashcards when I would otherwise have to create my own. The pre-made flashcards already have example sentences and audio, and are genuinely usable phrases that you’ll need in everyday life.
For just $59.99 per year this is fantastic value as you also get access to the bonuses mentioned above, videos, books and audiobooks to add extra immersion in all the MosaLingua languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, English, and Mandarin Chinese!
Want to try MosaLingua Premium? Sign up for a 15 day FREE trial, join 11 million MosaLingua users and supercharge your language learning!