Are you looking for an engaging and effective way to learn a new language?
Learning with music can be a fun and effective method, and there are several mobile apps to help you with the process. There are 2 apps built with this idea in mind: LyricFluent and Lirica. Both apps are great options for learning languages with music, especially for Spanish, but which one is better?
Spoiler alert, LyricFluent is an amazing alternative to Lirica!
Lirica has more grammar lessons, and it has won some impressive awards. LyricFluent has more types of learning modes, full translations individual words in additional to the full lyric translations, and more help with pronunciations, with pronunciations of every word as spoken in normal speech.
In this article, we'll write a full comparison of the 2 apps for learning languages with music.
LyricFluent offers two learning modes and eight different exercises for each song, including lyrics in slow mode, filling in the gaps slowly or quickly, typing words, translating certain words or full sentences, and ordering the lyric words. This variety of learning modes aims to take advantage of the ability to listen to a song repeatedly, and the user can choose their favorite mode for all their favorite songs.
Lirica, on the other hand, offers four learning modes, mixed exercises, and a challenge. While Lirica has a section on grammar, which LyricFluent lacks, LyricFluent offers more learning modes for each song.
Additionally, LyricFluent offers a web-based product in addition to its mobile apps, while Lirica only offers mobile apps.
LyricFluent wins on Learning modes.
Both apps provide translations of all the lyrics, as well as interesting facts about the song and specific expressions in the lyrics.
LyricFluent has more direct translations, while Lirica has more poetic translations. While poetic translations may be more enjoyable to understand the meaning of the song, direct translations are better for actually understanding the target language and the meaning of individual words within the full sentence.
LyricFluent also offers a small benefit in that users can click on any individual word to see its translation, while Lirica only offers this feature for selected words and expressions.
LyricFluent wins on Translations.
LyricFluent currently offers 281 songs, with 233 of them in Spanish and the rest split between French, German, Italian, Romanian, Russian, and Portuguese. Users can easily browse by artist or genre, or search directly for their favorite songs.
Lirica has approximately 70 Spanish songs, 40 German songs, 30 French songs, and 30 English songs, for a total of about 170 songs. However, it's difficult to determine the exact number of songs as this information is not readily available. Lirica also lacks easy browsing options, as it lack a search functionality, and offers only a navigationn by custom-made collections.
LyricFluent wins on Song Selection
Lirica is an older app, first released in August 2018. It has received several accolades, including being named App of the Day by Apple in 2020, named one of the Best Hidden Gems of 2018 by Google Play, and winning the Creation & Education Award at MIDEM 2018.
LyricFluent is a newer app, first released in June 2022, and has not yet won any major awards.
Lirica wins on Awards.
Pronunciation is a crucial aspect of language learning, and you can learn pronunciations by singing along to the music video of the songs.
LyricFluent offers an additional benefit in that users can click on any individual word to hear its pronunciation.
LyricFluent wins Pronunciations.
Lirica has more animations and a more complete design, and uses dark mode.
LyricFluent has a more simplistic design comparatively, and uses light mode.
Lirica wins Design.
Both apps aim to use gamification tactics such as progress bars to keep you motivated to keep learning.
LyricFluent has some additional features such as leaderboards.
LyricFluent wins on Gamification.
In conclusion, LyricFluent wins this contest 5-2.
If you're looking for a mobile app to help you learn a new language with music, both Lirica and LyricFluent offer unique features to enhance your language learning experience.
Lirica has more grammar lessons and has won several awards.
LyricFluent offers more learning modes for each song, better translations, a wider selection of songs with easier browsing options, and better pronunciation features.
So if you're looking for a language learning app that uses music to teach, LyricFluent is an excellent alternative to Lirica.