Drops is a popular language app, known for its beautiful design and quick wins. It’s similar to Duolingo in that it’s fun, easy, and addictive, but with more of a focus on expanding your vocabulary than building your grammar. Recently, Drops has also been bought out by Kahoot! to create an insanely fun resource. This Drops review will tell you more.
Read on to see whether Drops is the right language app for you.
You can use the Drops to learn a ton of languages:
- Chinese (Mandarin)
- English (American)
- English (British)
- Filipino (Tagalog)
- Portuguese (Brazilian)
- Portuguese (European)
- Sanksrit (for yoga)
- Spanish (Castilian)
- Spanish (Mexican)
Drops clearly supports a variety of languages (and a handful of accents), and they’re adding to that list all the time. When a language app supports so many languages, it’s generally safe to assume that the content won’t get too advanced; that said, Drops is best for beginners of the appropriate.
Not only that, but Drops also offers this content through source languages other than English, making it a great option for laddering languages (i.e. learning a third language through a second language). This is a more and more common feature, and can be found in other resources like Mondly, Duolingo, and Glossika.
Drops review: the Drops approach to vocab
When you first log in to Drops, you’ll be recommended to start from the very beginning of the language. This first lesson will give you some simple vocab, and get you used to the Drops style.
Some features of this strategy that you can see:
- when you’re presented with a new word, you’re asked if you want to learn it (whether you already know it, or if it’s an important term for you)
- you’ll see the image Drops assigns that term to
- this term + its imagery will be repeated a few times to get that short term memory going
I love this because you’ll never be led to translate your vocabulary (except the first time you see it)! This not only prevents the bad habit of having to translate words before you communicate but also opens up this strategy to any native language.
As you build more and more vocab, you’re led to differentiate between vocab words through the exact imagery.
And, as you prove you’re learning the terms with more and more correct answers, Drops ups the ante by making its questions just a little more difficult.
And that’s it. Drops keeps it simple. Very, very simple.
Drops review: what you’ll learn
First, you’re introduced to new words with relevant icons, and you tell Drops whether or not you want to learn this word. This is a nice way to not waste your time learning words that either you already know, or they’re so easy that you don’t have to spend the time studying them (if they’re close enough to English, for example).
You’ll get the English translation when the word first appears, but after that, tap the icons to see what vocab word you’re supposed to be translating. I like how this makes an effort to help you avoid the habit of translation and jumps right into just thinking in the new language, the thing that Rosetta Stone really rocks at!
Plus, you get the added bonus of hearing the word/phrase being said every time you review them. Very helpful for getting new vocab cemented in your brain and exercising your listening skills.
From the start, you can see where Drops really shines: vocab. While you can use Drops to take in your very first words, it also offers vocab to cover a ton of subjects:
That adds up to 11 different subjects’ worth of vocab, all of which you can access in over 30 different languages. There are no “levels” or “checkpoints” to meet before you can learn any of this vocab, so choose your own path!
Drops app review: review features
Learning new words is only part of the battle – the other part is review. Fortunately, Drops offers a few different options to review this new vocab. First off: quiz mode.
In this section, Drops helps you by tying the vocab to its meaning. This is unique, and adds some more context to your terms. Drops understands that context and meaning are incredibly important to learning foreign language vocab, and they’re helping you do just that.
Just unlock the vocab to get through 5 quiz questions, and play away!
There’s also Review Dojo, which you can access after you learn 45 new terms, through this review just seems to be regular Drops focused on previously learned terms.
Drops is a free language app, up to 5 minutes to practice a day. If you wanto study for more than 5 minutes a day, you can opt for Premium. Click here for updated pricing.
Besides unlimited study reps, a premium Drops subscription also gives you access to their other, lesser-known language apps, Scripts and Droplets
Drops’ other language learning apps
Allow this Drops review to introduce you to Scripts and Droplets. Both are similar language apps to Drops.
First, Scripts. With Scripts, you can learn to read and write the alphabets of other languages using Drops’ fun colors and sound effects. Scripts can help you with the following alphabets:
- American Sign Language
- Chinese Hanzi
- English alphabet
- Hindi Devanagari
- Japanese Kana
- Korean Hangul
- Russian Cyrillic
- Sanskrit (for yoga)
Droplets, on the other hand, is very aptly named – it’s Drops for kids. It’s pretty perfect, actually; what kid doesn’t want to learn a new language by “playing with their words”?
Drops review: who should try it
Drops is a super fun, uniquely beautiful language app that helps to keep language learning accessible by offering not only a whole bunch of languages for one price but also two whole other apps. If you’re looking for a highly entertaining way to add a bit of vocab to your language learning strategy, I’d give it a shot.
Either way, Drops is an excellent start for beginners of its supported languages. It’s gorgeous, works well, and keeps it fun.