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Glossika Review: The Epitome Of Smart Language Learning

Glossika is an online language training program that uses a unique blend of audio-based lessons and typing to teach you the languages you want to learn in less time. The company was founded in 2014 by John Zhou, who has worked for many years in China as a successful sales manager at Dell Computers. The problem he found with these methods was that they took too much time and weren’t compelling enough. This led him to create Glossika, a scientifically-based language training program that helps you learn faster through repetition.

 

Products And Features

What sets Glossika apart from other programs is the fact that not only are you given audio lessons, but you also try to mimic what you hear by typing words on your computer keyboard. This ensures that you're focusing on pronunciation as well as understanding and writing the language.

The lessons come in levels, with more than 600 stages covering travel, business, socializing and culture. You can use any computer or device with speakers or headphones to play the audios, all recorded by native speakers, so they sound natural.

The Dashboard

When you log into your account for the first time, click “Dashboard” at the top of your screen to see all program features laid out clearly. The Dashboard shows you where you are in terms of lessons and stages, your average typing speed, how many hours you have spent up to this point, and so on.

How It Works

The program starts with a placement test that determines which course level is appropriate for you. For example, if you already know Cantonese or Mandarin, it will direct you to Level 1 or 2. If not, the system will take the results from your assessment to find out which levels are best suited for your needs.

  • Once you’re placed in a specific stage (i.e., “Level 1: Introduction“), the audio lesson corresponding with that stage will appear on the Dashboard as well as your progress bar. You can visit any previous step at any time if you want to review a particular lesson or refresh your memory.
  • Each audio lesson is broken down into several parts, creating natural breaks in which you can type words on the keyboard. The program will show you Chinese characters as well as their corresponding pronunciation and meaning. Your task is to mimic what you hear as closely as possible without looking at the screen, so it’s best not to type anything unless necessary (for example, when there’s a pause).
  • You progress through each stage by taking the placement test that corresponds with your current level and adding new levels as they become available for your language of choice. For example, Level 1: Introduction may be followed by Level 2: Review, then Level 3: Transfer and so on. Once you reach the end of a level, your typing speed will be evaluated, and you’ll be assigned to the next level based on that result.

Full Practice Mode

The Full Practice Mode is where you can test your typing speed without actually using Glossika’s audio lessons. You can use this feature as often as you want to improve your typing speed. Typing words correctly gives you points while pressing certain key combinations (i.e., “Ctrl+Shift”) or making mistakes detract from them.

If you get at least 90% correct for each stage, that means you’re ready to move on to another language in the program. The more points you accumulate, the higher the chance of being placed into a lower stage for new lessons.

Typing

In your first lesson, you'll be introduced to typing mode and the keyboard. Each study will include a few examples of words and sentences that you can type out and other tips for reaching higher speeds. The system will use these documents to determine if words are classified correctly and at an appropriate rate, which is how it works out where you should be placed after each stage.

Dictation

You can record yourself speaking as many times as you like before hitting the play button on the Dashboard. Glossika's voice recognition software will then check whether your pronunciation matches what it heard by running through all of its lessons and stages with ghostwriters. This feature exists for your language of choice.

Listening

In the Listening mode, you can listen to lessons from previous stages with or without reading Chinese characters. This comes in handy if you want to focus on listening and pronunciation before moving on to new phrases. If you don't feel confident about learning through typing or dictation yet, this is an excellent way to practice what you have already learned so far.

Recording

The Recording option reflects your current speaking skills by giving a result ranging from a few minutes ago up to the present day. It measures how well your accent, intonation and pitch match with that of a native speaker.

Listening to the Only Mode

In Listening to the Only Mode, you can turn off the display of Chinese characters and typing interface. Your goal here is to recognize the phrases spoken by the speaker as accurately as possible. You will be able to determine how well you did after listening through Glossika's audio files over and over again. This helps your pronunciation skills tremendously!

Settings

All settings are accessed from the Dashboard, where you can choose your language or practice mode. There are separate buttons for Full Practice Mode, Dictation, Typing, Listening and Recording. The “Preload Sample” option allows you to select which lesson should play first when using Full Practice Mode so that it corresponds with what you need help on at any given time. Make sure this is set to match up with the lesson you’re currently working on for the quickest results.

Is it free?

Cost Plan
You can give Glossika Feedback directly from the Dashboard page. The other button here takes you to a list of courses available and their prices. The lowest cost plan is $19/month, which gives access to one language and practice mode at a time. Fees are billed monthly and include updates as new lessons become available for your language of choice.
$19/month

User Experience

Glossika’s website design is clean and well-organized, making it straightforward to use the program without outside help. Many screenshots from each section show what options are available, as do tooltips that pop up when you hover your mouse over certain buttons. This helps fill in the blanks if you don’t understand something or need a little more information.


Customer Support

If you have any questions, Glossika has several resources available to help. The “Contact Us” page displays an email form next to social media and Skype contact information. The FAQs and Glossika Blog make it easy to reach out in case of problems or just for some guidance through the learning process.

Pros And Cons

PROS:

  • The Dashboard’s practice modes allow for many different ways of practicing your target language without being too repetitive.
  • Like other adaptive programs, some stages slowly progress as you complete newer lessons correctly to build on what you have learned before without overwhelming you with too much information at once.
  • The Dashboard’s layout is well-organized, making it easy to toggle between the different practice modes and settings without being confused about where to go or what each option means.

CONS:

  • There are technical errors every so often when logging in, which can be annoying if you want to get started right away.
  • Some of the prices for plans are a little steep considering that there isn’t enough content for many languages yet, especially ones that have just been added recently.
  • I would have liked to see more sections of Glossika available, such as one dedicated to learning Chinese numbers or punctuation marks. What this product does do, though, is give you all of the pieces you need to learn a language, allowing you to fill in the blanks yourself and create your natural-sounding sentences through speaking.

Areas Of Improvement

The program is designed to be intuitive and natural to use; however, sometimes technical difficulties prevent you from getting started.

1I would like to see more free content offered in addition to the paid plans that include even more languages or practice tools.

2Not everyone likes the idea of subscription plans, which this product does offer. Glossika should look at its customers’ preferences and try out different pricing models before settling on one they think will generate the most revenue for them.

Conclusion

While there are a few things that Glossika could improve, I would recommend this product to anyone interested in learning a new language through spaced repetition. It’s helpful having the Dashboard break down your lessons into different options so you can work on what you have trouble with, and the Typing mode is a perfect way to get more familiarized with typing characters on your keyboard without feeling frustrated.

FAQs

1. Do I need to speak another language to use this product?
Ans: No, it can be used independently without knowing any other languages for anyone who would like to learn one. It’s also possible to follow along with a Glossika lesson and record yourself while practicing your pronunciation.
2. Has this product been available long enough to know whether or not it works?
Ans: Glossika has been around since 2012 and claims to use techniques such as spaced repetition (a memory recall method) to help users learn their target languages more efficiently than other means like traditional classes or textbooks.
3. What kind of feedback is there from users?
Ans: There are over 100 reviews on Glossika’s website, both positive and negative. While many people had some issues with the software itself, customer support was often quick to respond and fix any problems presented.

There were also a handful of complaints from customers who were unhappy about not cancelling their subscription through the automatic payment system setup, which leaves them at risk of getting charged more than once if they don’t keep an eye on their account until cancellation goes through

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