Excellent resource for a wide variety of languages
The Innovative Language courses are a helpful way to start your language learning journey, or continue to improve your skills. The audio and video lessons tackle the difficulties of languages in a way that other apps don’t. The different subscription levels let you pay for the plan that is right for you. This app is best for beginners and lower-intermediate learners. Advanced learners might not find much benefit in this course.
- Access to a lot of content
- Video/audio/written lessons good for many learning styles
- Discusses how culture affects the language
- No defined course structure
- Not a lot of speaking practice
- Lots of self-motivation needed to continue
Afrikaans, Arabic, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Chinese (Mandarin), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese
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Innovative Language Overview
Innovative Language is an online platform and app that offers 34 different language courses. They teach the language with a variety of audio/video lessons that feature native speakers. The podcast-style lessons are very detailed and offer helpful insights. The goal is to become conversational, so the lessons focus on topics that you would encounter in everyday life such as travel, business, and health.
Each language has a unique course, it’s not just the same course translated into different languages. Because of this, the teachers can focus on the challenging aspects of their language. The platform also does a fantastic job bringing in cultural aspects that affect the language. For example, JapanesePod101 frequently notes the difference between informal and formal Japanese, and SpanishPod101 talks about how Spanish differs between Spain and Latin American countries.
The lessons are bite-sized and easy to follow. Each lesson mixes different learning techniques, such as audio and reading/writing. I liked the structure of the course. It follows a logical progression and shows you what lesson you should do next. But it is also good for learners that like to mix and match. There are many different activities, and all content is available so you can skip around if you prefer.
However, to learn a language with this program, you need to be an active learner. If you just listen to the lessons, you will pick up some things, but to attain a higher level, you will need to go through all the activities, like the quizzes and repeating the vocabulary words.
As with any app, some areas could be improved. One of the major cons is that there isn’t a lot of speaking practice. During the lessons, you repeat after the speaker, but this isn’t very effective, and there is no real feedback or conversation practice.
As with most language apps, the content is better for beginner or intermediate levels. Once you are trying to reach the advanced level, you will probably need to find another resource to continue improving.
In general, the Innovative Language courses are an interesting and effective way to learn a language. Although the quality varies between the courses, the more popular languages such as Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Chinese have highly-developed courses with tons of content. Even though the less-spoken languages are still a work in progress, they are still one of the best resources available.
If you’d like to learn more about some of the most popular languages, you can read these specific language reviews:
Innovative Language has many different price options available. There is a free level and three paid subscription levels. There are different pricing plans that range from 1 to 24 months. The basic subscription costs $8.00/month if you pay monthly, or can be as cheap as $4.00/month if you buy 24 months ($96.00 total). The Premium level costs $25.00/month if you pay monthly, or $10.00/month for a 24-month subscription ($240 total). The Premium Plus level costs $47.00/month if you pay monthly, or $22.88/month for a 24-month subscription ($549 total).
The Basic subscription gives you access to all the lessons and lesson notes. A Premium subscription gives you all lessons and lesson notes, as well as access to all additional practice features available. A Premium+ subscription gives you everything included at the Premium level along with access to a 1-on-1 tutor that guides you through the course and corrects your written assignments.
If you are a casual learner, the Basic subscription is sufficient. If you are working toward a goal, such as preparing for a trip or an upcoming test, the extra features of Premium or Premium+ are useful for learning faster. There is a 60-day money-back guarantee if you are not happy with your subscription.
You can take a look at our languagepod101 page to see if there are any special deals going on.
Every Innovative Language course offers a free 7-day trial. You do not have to enter any credit card information. The trial gives you access to all content that is available with a Premium subscription. You can access all the lessons and additional resources during the trial period. The only feature that isn’t available is the 1-on-1 tutoring that’s only available with a Premium+ subscription.
If you feel like Innovative Language isn’t the right option for you, here are some other alternatives to consider. Rocket Languages and Pimsleur are the most similar to Innovative Language and use audio lessons. Rosetta Stone and Mondly are good choices if you don’t like audio and lessons, and prefer quicker and more interactive lessons.
If you want an app that focuses on vocabulary, Drops, Memrise, and Glossika are good options. If you want a budget-friendly alternative, MosaLingua is inexpensive, and Duolingo offers its content for free.
Innovative Language offers a Free Lifetime Account that you can sign up for without entering credit card information. With the free account, you get access to a few lessons, new lessons weekly, vocabulary and phrase lists, and more. If you want access to all of the lessons and features available, you will need a paid subscription.
The Innovative Language courses are a great way to learn a language, especially for beginners and low-intermediate learners. The audio/video lessons explain the concepts in detail and are interesting to follow. Some languages are better than others and have more developed content, but each course is a good way to start learning.
Each language has three paid subscription levels. There are different pricing plans that range from 1 to 24 months. The Basic subscription costs $8.00/month if you pay monthly, or can be as cheap as $4.00/month if you buy 24 months ($96.00 total). Premium costs $25.00/month if you pay monthly, or $10.00/month for a 24-month subscription ($240 total). Premium+ costs $47.00/month if you pay monthly, or $22.88/month for a 24-month subscription ($549 total).
Yes, it has an app. You can find the app by searching for Innovative Language Learning. The app includes all of the lessons but does not have some of the extra features that the online platform has, such as vocabulary lists and the dictionary. You can sync your account between the online platform and app to access your lessons from whatever device you choose.
This is an independent Innovative Language review, and the company has not sponsored this article. To write this review, I tried more than 10 of the languages available to thoroughly test their content and features. I also found additional information on the Innovative Language website to verify my findings.