Mosalingua: Learn French Phrases on Your Phone and Meet My Favorite French Phrasebook

The idea behind Mosalingua is that you can learn French much faster if you focus on the essential.

Instead of learning vocabulary lists and grammar rules by heart, you learn high-frequency vocabulary and learn grammar naturally by observing how sentences are constructed.

All this from your phone (Android and IOS app).

To do that, Mosalingua uses a SRS sytem. This means that the app shows you the words and sentences you studied more or less often depending on how well you know them.

If you’re a regular French Together reader, you know that I always recommend SRS apps as one of the best ways to memorise French vocabulary. In fact, I used Mosalingua a lot a few years ago to learn German.

SRS apps are awesome, because they allow you to memorise a ton of vocabulary by simply practicing a few minutes everyday,

Let’s see how it works in practice!

How to learn French with Mosalingua

Unlike most SRS apps Mosalingua already contains the flashcards you’ll study. This means that you don’t have to wonder what flashcards to create, Mosalingua has already done all the hard work for you.

All you need to do is open the app, choose your level and start learning.

Then Mosalingua shows you words and sentences to learn.

If you seem to have a hard time memorizing a particular word or sentence, the app will regularly make you review it. However, if you perfectly know a sentence or word, you will rarely (or never) see it.

To help you master each word of sentences, Mosalingua uses four steps:

  1. You listen to the word or sentence and record yourself pronouncing it. You then compare your pronunciation to the native pronunciation.
  2. Once you know how to pronounce the word, the app shows you a word or sentence and asks you to guess its translation. If you guessed right, you click “correct”, if not you click “incorrect”.
  3. The app then shows you an English word or sentence and asks you to write the French translation.
  4. Finally, you see the English translation and evaluate how well you know the associated French word or sentence.

mosalingua French

With this approach, you learn the word or sentence and its pronunciation, but also learn how to write it. This is a huge advantage compared to methods like Frenchpod101 that only teach you how to speak and neglect the writing component.

However, an important aspect is missing: feedback. That’s why I recommend you to also look for a conversation partner or hire a French tutor.

This way you’ll know if you pronounce the words correctly.

Mosalingua is also a fantastic interactive phrasebook

Learning vocabulary in a logical order is great. But there are times when you may want to prepare yourself for a specific situation.

For example, if you know you’ll go to the restaurant tonight, learning how to ask for the bill could be useful

That’s when the “explore” section of Mosalingua comes in handy.

This is basically an interactive French phrasebook.

Mosalingua French phrasebook

Each word or sentence comes with a recording and you can choose to add each sentence to your list of sentences to learn and then study it with the SRS tool.

The phrasebook is pretty comprehensive and the vocabulary has the advantage of being natural. You won’t sound like a book or a space traveler from the time of the French revolution.

You’ll also avoid embarrassing mistakes.

Bonuses keep you motivated

The Mosalingua team understands that learning a language isn’t always fun, and that motivation is an important factor of success.

That’s why they created bonuses you unlock as you learn vocabulary. Bonuses include jokes, learning tips and cultural insights.

In addition to these bonuses, you also get access to several high-quality dialogues.

The best part is that you can listen to these dialogues with French or English subtitles which is great if you struggle to understand spoken French.

Should you buy Mosalingua?

As often, it depends on your situation. If you’re an advanced French learner who already understands French, but struggles to speak, Mosalingua isn’t for you. I’d rather recommend Français Authentique in this case.

However, if you’re a beginner or intermediate learner and would like to learn a bit of French everyday using a proven and fun method, Mosalingua is awesome.

Mosalingua is also a great French phrasebook. So if you’re about to visit a French speaking country and would like to have easy access to thousands of useful sentences classified by theme, Mosalingua is my number one recommendation.

In fact, I wish I had an app like Mosalingua while I was in Russia struggling to find out how to deal with everyday situations in Russian.

Disclosure: I’m a Mosalingua affiliate. This means that I earn a commission (at no additional cost for you) if you purchase Mosalingua through my link.

Have you tried Mosalingua?

I’d love to know what you think about the Mosalingua app. Share your experience in the comment section below this article!

Benjamin Houy

Benjamin Houy is a native French speaker and tea drinker with a BA degree in Applied Foreign Languages and a passion for languages. After teaching French and English in South Korea for 7 months as part of a French government program, he created French Together™ to help English speakers learn the 20% of French that truly matters. You will also find him giving blogging advice on Grow With Less.

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