We’re always on the go. If you want to learn a foreign language and feel you don’t have much time, we have you covered: Nemo apps are for you!
With the tools we have today, even though you may be very busy, you can still start to learn a language.
I may be wrong but in most cases people don’t have time to learn a language because they’re still not excited about it. When a person says he doesn’t have time it could be that he needs motivation.
So, if that’s you, this app could help you! This is a nice simple app, covering only the basics. You can pick it at your own pace. Don’t need any commitment. The app attracts users to practice daily without the pressure of goals or deadlines.
What are Nemo apps?
Nemo apps are language learning tools that teach simple phrases and words with a space repetition system (SRS) in place.
Nemo has launched a series of apps. At the time of writing this article they have 34 apps under their umbrella, one for each one of the 34 languages they support.
All these apps can be downloaded for iOS and Android. You can download a free version of any of them. If you do like the format and would like to stick with this company, each language has a paid version that you only have to purchase once and it costs $6 USD.
Having this app on your device makes it very easy to get exposed to the language you’re learning. Opening and beginning to use the app’s flashcards is quick. The content of the app gets downloaded onto your device so you don’t need Internet connection. This literally enables you to practice everywhere (no need of finding a spot with WiFi or consuming your own data).
Which languages are supported by Nemo apps?
Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Sinhala, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.
Here on this site (learn-Italian-language.com) we mainly focus in delivering tools for learning Italian. And these apps work in a similar fashion for all 34 languages. So what we mention on this post concerning Nemo Italian, applies to all the rest.
How do Nemo apps work?
The main feature of the app is the use of flashcards to help you learn words and basic phrases following an SRS model. Once you watch a flashcard you have the option to consider it “hot” if you would like to review it again soon or “cold” if you feel you’ve already mastered it.
You don’t have to tell the system if you got the word or phrase correct or incorrect. You just have to swipe the card up or down, depending if you want to place it in the “hot” or “cold” category.
Audio content on the flashcards
One of the things that was pleasant concerning the audio content in regard to the Italian Nemo app was the good quality of the audio and the fact that the words and phrases were perfectly pronounced (real human native voice, not a machine).
In Nemo Italian, for each flashcard you also have access to an English translation.
Nemo apps don’t require commitment
There is no program you have to follow. No minimum number of cards you have to review daily (and no max either). Whenever you have some spare time, you can open the app, do several flashcards and then continue your day until you get some more free time further on and come back to the app. Normally, with an SRS model, there is fixed quantity of flashcards you must review daily.
How far away can you get with Nemo Italian?
The app only deals with the basics. The paid version is advertised at having 1300 words/phrases. So you won’t get even to an intermediate level with this app.
Can you introduce new words or phrases into the app?
No you can’t. The existing deck of cards are all you’ll get.
A lot of people would have wanted this to be different. But these apps only have this limited amount of flashcards.
I believe this surprises many because when it comes to flashcards, most people learning languages are well acquainted with Anki.
Are Nemo apps similar to Anki?
There are similarities but also differences. Some of the main differences are:
With Anki you add your own words and phrases and you can’t with Nemo apps.
With Anki you have to say if you got the word or phrase correct or incorrect. And with Nemo apps you swipe up or down if you want it to be repeated soon or you feel you’ve already mastered it.
Both Anki and Nemo apps have a SRS model working on the back. And both Anki and Nemo apps come with audio content.
Nemo apps look and feel way nicer compared to Anki, but Anki is completely free (no matter how much content you put into it). Some users occasionally refer to Nemo apps as a well-made Anki deck that can’t be used on Anki.
Nemo app cons
1. Limited content on the app. It won’t take you to an intermediate level in the language.
2. You can’t upload your own words and phrases.
3. Once you finish and master all the content in the app it doesn’t connect you to another platform to continue progressing in the language.
Nemo app pros
1. Slick design and it works well.
2. It can be used offline.
3. Very simple to pick up and leave as you’re on the go.
It has been stated by users that not having daily requirements concerning going through a certain amount of cards is a negative point. Others say it’s positive because the app can be used whenever the person has a chance without the pressure of having to go quickly through some deck of cards at 11 PM in order to meet the daily requirements.
A certain amount of pressure is, in most cases, good for learning a language. But to this, those that defend the later point say the app is nice and appealing and users would naturally pick up their device and use the app whenever they have a chance (even if they don’t have the pressure). I would let you decide on this.
I think you should definitely give this app a try. I would suggest staying with the free version. I believe that when it comes to purchasing a tool for learning a language, it would be better to embark with a program that can take you from a beginner stage to advance (or at least into an intermediate level). Purchasing app after app and only gaining a little progress doesn’t seem the best way (in my eyes) but the decision is yours.
Are you at a beginner level in Italian and would like to purchase a tool that would be useful for a longer time? Please check out this post to read what I would recommend for the long run, click here.
I wish this post has helped you learn about Nemo apps and decide if it’s for you or not. Questions, suggestions? That comment box bellow is all yours.