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Re: What is your experience with Glossika?

Postby Cavesa » Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:00 pm

PeterMollenburg wrote:If you go to their website (I did this both with my phone and with my laptop), select a language and scroll down past a lot of the wordy sales pitch stuff you'll find a section stating A1 to C1 for example and next to it the number of sentences and words Glossika offers.

Thanks, I had thought I had searched everywhere on the website, but I missed that. Sometimes the most "obvious" place is the hardest one to find :-D

Oh, and the way I understand it, the content is available only in these base languages: English, French, Mandarin, Russian, as these are the languages listed at the top right of the language drop-down menu to run the website. Seems odd why you wouldn't have some more such as German, Spanish or Japanese, but I guess four base languages is better than one. As for Turkish and Czech or other such smaller languages, I don't believe such languages are offered as base languages, again due to their drop down menu being only in four languages, so by all means point me in the direction which indicates otherwise if you've discovered more base languages.


You're wrong, they are offered as base languages, just with worse quality. I know, because I tried. I just picked Czech in the settings.

The marketing presentation suggests all the combinations are available, and yes, I got content even with a Czech base. It exists. It is just most probably of worse quality, because the support recommended me to use the English version for the "full experience", or "full value" or with similar words.

Yes, agreed. While I found the old Glossika to be somewhat unique and not a carbon copy of other audio programmes out there (for example, Michel Thomas French and Paul Noble French are almost identical to each other in format and content), it's not that different to be something to rave about. I actually found a lot of the audio phrases to be similar in nature to audio found in Fluenz French in terms of sentence length and complexity (not the actual phrases). However, Fluenz has the audio recording with some kind of voice recognition technology that will mark you incorrect if your recording of your own voice repeating certain phrases doesn't match that of the pre-recorded Fluenz one sufficiently close (including intonation). Fluenz is well put together but doesn't advance in difficulty as much as it could from the first level to the last.


Yes, I'd agree. Too bad Fluenz isn't offering more languages (and progressing as you say). I'd say Glossika could shine in all the less popular languages (if only they found that to be a worthwhile market), but it is nothing too unique, when it comes to the FIGS.

The audio recognition software, which would point the learner into the right direction and add something to the usual self-evaluation, that would definitely give more value to Glossika. That's why I was so surprised to see the M. support person dismissing the usefulness.
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Re: What is your experience with Glossika?

Postby siouxchief » Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:11 pm

Hi Cavesa,

I've just started using Glossika for French for the first time too so I wonder how you are getting on now?

I think I'm gonna try with 10 sentences a day in listening mode to see how I get on. I really like audio learning and just finished Paul Noble which I found very enjoyable so I was hoping Glossika will help me further.

I treat it like Pimsleur when I am revising it so I listen to the English and see if I can produce the French. The main annoying thing I find is the fact I can't hide the L2 text because I have to look away from my phone whilst listening to the English to avoid hints from the L2 text. A show/hide button on L2 text would be nice.

Would be also good if the play button was lower too to make it easier to reach on a phone but that's a smaller issue.

Anyway even only after a few days I am finding some sentences pop into my head without thinking about it much more than I've experienced before so hopefully that's progress.

Regards
Siouxchief
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Re: What is your experience with Glossika?

Postby Cavesa » Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:30 pm

siouxchief wrote:Hi Cavesa,

I've just started using Glossika for French for the first time too so I wonder how you are getting on now?

I think I'm gonna try with 10 sentences a day in listening mode to see how I get on. I really like audio learning and just finished Paul Noble which I found very enjoyable so I was hoping Glossika will help me further.

I treat it like Pimsleur when I am revising it so I listen to the English and see if I can produce the French. The main annoying thing I find is the fact I can't hide the L2 text because I have to look away from my phone whilst listening to the English to avoid hints from the L2 text. A show/hide button on L2 text would be nice.

Would be also good if the play button was lower too to make it easier to reach on a phone but that's a smaller issue.

Anyway even only after a few days I am finding some sentences pop into my head without thinking about it much more than I've experienced before so hopefully that's progress.

Regards
Siouxchief


Hi, I didn't try the French version at all. Now: I am not using Glossika. As I wrote, I don't think it is worth the money right now. When I either take up a less common language, or when they add some of the promised stuff (the pronunciation check, and much more content B1-C1), I'll consider it again.

But right now, I find it a bit too passive and not offering more than the competitors. And the subscription price is not good enough even with the 20% off that I was offered, but that is up to everyone's consideration of how much they want to pay for what.

It's great to hear about your experience, I am interested in what results you're gonna have! Please, share them later too. 10 sentences a day are not bad for consistent progress. As you are more after just the listening mode, it looks like you're using it more similarly to people using the old Glossika version. I am in general not too fond of audio only resources, I learn the best from both components at once, which surely affects my opinion on Glossika.
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