Top 6 Trends in Language Learning for 2019

We’ve seen some enormous changes in language learning over the last few years. While language learning courses, language books and language audio CDs are still popular, smartphones and high-speed internet connections have opened up a world of intuitive language learning options that have made learning a language accessible to everyone, whether you’re on your morning commute or your 15 minute coffee break at work. Apps like Google Translate have been game-changers when it comes to travel or trying to make sense of menus and information signs, and with internet connection and webcam you can now have personalised 1-1 Skype lessons with a native teacher from the comfort of your home.

We want to give you the language advantage so we’ve done our research on the top 6 trends in language learning in 2019:

  • Apps

Learning a new language has never been more fun, intuitive or convenient. Download a free language learning app to your smartphone and you can pick up and put down language learning at your leisure. As of May 2019, the top ranking language learning apps are:

Lena at Language Advantage is a long-standing user of Duolingo with its fun, game-like interface. With 300 million active users in 2018, it has become one of the most popular ways to learn language online.

Another fantastic app is Google Translate which, in May 2017, was reported to be used by over 500 million people daily. As well as translating written words and websites, it can also translate documents, images, handwriting and even speech! 

  • Skype language lessons

Want to have lessons with a language tutor but don’t have the time, money or commitment to see one in your area? Skype language lessons are booming. They offer an affordable, flexible alternative to traditional language lessons from the comfort of your own home. Skype lessons are 1-1 and are personalised to suit your individual pace and ability. Most sites offer a trial lesson so you can get a feel for whether a particular tutor is right for you, and you’re free to book another lesson at a time that suits. LanguageAdvantage.com’s favourite Skype language lesson sites are:

  • Language learning podcasts

Perfect for listening to on the go, language learning podcasts have become a popular way to improve your language vocabulary and learn new phrases. Lena at Language Advantage loves Learn French with Alexa, who offers 20-30 minute light-hearted podcasts in her native language from beginners to advanced. We also love the Coffee Break series for its simplicity, fun facts and student/teacher exchange.

  • Language audio courses

If you’re looking for something more intensive than a podcast, check out Paul Noble’s bestselling language audio courses, available in French, Spanish, German, Italian and Chinese in either CD or audiobook format. With no textbooks, note-taking, lecturing or memorising required, you can sit back, relax and immerse yourself in Paul Noble’s friendly, informal style of language teaching. 

  • Language exchanges

Language exchanges are a great way to practise your conversational skills and learn to speak like a native, as well as make new friends and learn about culture. There are a number of sites dedicated to helping people find language exchange partners, such as mylanguageexchange.com, which boasts an impressive ‘3 million members from over 175 countries, practicing 164 languages!’ Exchanges can take place online or face to face. Skype language lesson site Italki also has a language exchange partners section >> https://www.italki.com/partners

  • Language learning courses abroad

For those who have the time and the budget, booking a course abroad is the ultimate way to immerse yourself in learning a language. These courses offer a combination of classroom tuition and leisure activities with a wide range of destinations to choose from. Cactus Language offers language course holidays all over the world, including general courses, business courses and courses for over 50s. You can even book courses that include activities such as wine tasting, cooking and diving!


Whatever your learning style, learning a language has never been more accessible and we can’t wait to see what the rest of 2019 has to bring.