In the sea of language learning apps, did you come across DW and Readle? Were you wondering which of those might suit you better? You don’t need to spend much time checking them out, just take a little of your time reading this review about Deutsche Welle vs. Readle.
Both Deutsche Welle (DW) and Readle – Learn German are story and content learning-based apps, that will make your language learning experience more pleasant and enjoyable through entertaining videos and stories. This way, your brain actually likes learning with the content on your personal level and will therefore remember words and expressions much easier.
Let’s take a closer look thou what’s each of their benefits and where they might need improvement.
Readle focuses on the best learning experience possible – both in learning new words and grammar, as well as practicing what you’ve already learned. You can see the translation of every single word by clicking on it and listen to both pronunciation and the full story with adjustable speed, recorded by a native speaker. To make sure you pay attention and have some fun, you can try out the quiz after each story.
You’ll find global, mostly unpolitical news about science, nature, technology, new inventions, foods, or everyday stories from around the world, as well as interesting events from the past or exciting travel destinations. You’ll get a minimum of one story every day, which are categorized by A1, A2, B1, B2, and C1.
You can get three of those stories for free every week and have to pay if you want to access the rest.
The best way to learn a new language and keep the knowledge is by practicing it! And that’s never been easier and more entertaining. There are many learning sources out there on the World Wide Web, but they often cover the same content, which is conversations in everyday situations. That is obviously extremely important and those apps are very helpful. Readle concentrates on all the other things, that take place in our lives, which the other apps don’t include, while at the same time, you learn interesting facts about the world.
+ 3 stories for free every week
+ adjustment of audio-speed
+ Context-based translation of each word
+ Some grammar points
+ Saving your favorite stories
+ great and fast support
– Not entirely for free
– No everyday conversations
– No option to pay by watching ads
Deutsche Welle (literally meaning German wave) originally is a German TV channel founded in 1953, that can be watched in most places all over the world. It’s mainly for native German speakers, who live abroad. I personally had never heard of this channel before leaving Germany, it’s not a channel people watch in their native German-speaking home country. It’s not to be confused with the 1980ies German Music style with the same name (including the famous song by Nena “99 Luftballons”)
Now they have an App for English-speakers to learn German. You can listen and read several conversations and stories, songs, and other common, useful learning tools. It’s completely free, but according to the users, it has some issues.
They both have free everyday experience-based content which makes it easier to learn and remember. They each focus on a different way of learning with different content. So, you can try out both, as they have free content and 7 day trial periods, and then stick to the one that suits you best.
But since the internet is full of so many sources, why not educating yourself with the best experience possible – which is: use as many as you resonate with. Therefore, if you just keep on using both apps, you can get the best learning experience and don’t need to try out other apps that focus on the same learning results!