They say Japanese is one of the hardest languages to learn, especially when it comes to writing. It’s not hard to believe such a claim, because there are four different writing systems in Japanese: Hiragana, Katakana, Romaji, and Kanji.
Japanese Kanji Quizzer Chrome extension will help you learn all of the Katakana, Hiragana, and Kanji ideograms, so that you can get more language immersion and become fluent in Japanese. It will also present you with multiple choice questions shown in a random sequence.
If you are keen to expand your vocabulary in German, you may want to check out this Chrome extension. All you have to do is click on the app’s button inside your browser, after which you will be presented with an interactive flash card.
The clever part about this extension is that it keeps score of how well you have done, and focuses on testing you more on the words which give you the most trouble. You can also choose between three different ways of interaction:
If you are interested in learning Mandarin Chinese, check out Zhongwen, which is the most popular Chinese dictionary for Chrome. Every time you hover your mouse over a Chinese word, it will display a translation. It is able to translate over 100,000 words.
Rikaikun is a similar extension, but with one key difference: it is meant to help you learn Japanese. The principle is the same: you hover your mouse over the Japanese word in order to see the translation, along with info on the first Kanji.
Linguistic Spanish extension is able to help you learn around 150 Spanish words by simply replacing them in the text of the webpages you are currently browsing, which will help you memorise them. It is completely free. What better language immersion tool could there be?
Readlang replaces the foreign word with its translation after you swipe or click on it. You can also create flashcards in order to refresh your memory and check how much you have learned. It’s an effective way to learn over 40 languages.
One of the most famous grammar apps is also available as a Chrome extension. You can easily check your work for grammar and spelling, and you can rest assured you won’t repeat the same grammar mistakes again, because Grammarly will spot them, and provide the correct solution.
If you are not too fond of Grammarly, but would still like an equally powerful grammar and spell-checking app, perhaps you should check out the Ginger extension for your Chrome, which will allow you to access its features with a simple click of a button.
Who doesn't love sitting down with a good Netflix series of an evening? And if you watch a series or a movie in your target language, then it's a double win.
That said, understanding TV and foreign language movies can be tricky. That's where Language Learning with Netflix comes in. It allows you to add subtitles in 2 languages, slow down playback speed, and look up words in the pop up dictionary.
Foreign Language Immersion With Chrome
Learning a new language doesn’t have to be a boring and exhausting process if you rely on some of these apps for help!
If you use the computer all day, why not turn Chrome into a language immersion tool, so you can learn that little bit faster!
There are many more extensions besides the ones we've highlighted here. So take a bit of time to browse the Chrome Web Store, enter the language you're learning, and see what pops up!
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