Launched in 2015, Drops is an app that offers more than 41 languages, ranging from English, Spanish and German to Hawaiian, Maori and Icelandic. The teaching method uses a combination of sound and images.
Drops is available on mobile and tablet via the Android or iOS stores.
The Drops method:
The Drops teaching method is based on daily games that take about five minutes. Each lesson begins with a review, followed by visual and audio content.
The app’s home screen has various bubbles offering different categories: food, animals, nature, etc. As users learn, they unlock new bubbles that allow them to enrich their vocabulary. Cartoons, building blocks, and other fun games help unlock new vocabulary and optimize retention. As soon as the learner has shown they understand a word, a drop ‘falls’ (hence the name ‘Drops’).
The Drops method is based on four principles:
- Entertaining, visual learning: each vocabulary word is illustrated to stimulate understanding and memorization.
- Immediate corrections: users can find out the answers instantly.
- Microlearning: learning time is limited to five minutes per day.
- “Spaced repetition”: users can revise previously presented concepts.
The Gymglish method:
Since 2004, Gymglish has been offering fun, adaptive online lessons for languages and more, based on regular sessions to optimize long-term gains and memorization because there’s no use developing wonderful educational tools if they aren’t used. Gymglish motivates and encourages its users to continue their progress by making e-learning as fun as possible.
A daily email or push notification: Gymglish users receive a lesson every morning (by email or push notification on mobiles and tablets) making lessons easily accessible. There’s no need to remember passwords and logins, meaning learners are more likely to stay on track.
Microlearning: 10 to 15 minutes a day is enough to complete a lesson. We recommend short but regular effort over the long term.
Adaptive learning: Our AI software adapts each lesson to the needs and level of the learner. He or she receives personalized content, explanations and corrections to make sure every minute is well spent.
Fun, practical content: our lessons include diverse characters and personalities, various accents, professional and personal situations, all with a touch of humour. Using humour in our storytelling not only motivates the learner and stimulates memorization, but also addresses the great number of different ways we communicate, work and live together.
Spaced repetition learning: depending on each individual’s learning speed and capacity to remember, the engine will define different time intervals for reviewing specific points. This optimizes long-term memorization and makes sure revision is as effective as possible.
Click here to find out more about Gymglish’s approach.
- Language skills tested: listening and reading
- Spaced learning, which allows users to revise or review vocabulary over time
- Gamification: new vocabulary words can be unlocked as the lessons progress
- User space: access to level statistics, past lessons, etc.
- Language skills tested: reading, listening and writing
- Innovative learning technologies: adaptive learning, spaced learning, and microlearning to ensure retention of knowledge over time
- End-of-training certificate with statistics on each learner’s level, progress and participation
- Access to a User space which includes the latest lessons and corrections, areas of interest, statistics on each learner’s level, progress and participation rate, etc.
- Fun and engaging content to keep users motivated
- Cultural references at the end of each lesson (films, series, songs, quotes, etc.)
- Personalization of lessons according to each learner’s level, strengths and weaknesses
Find out more about Gymglish’s features.
Drops: for which level?
The platform is aimed at two levels:
- ‘Novice’ level (A1): To learn the basics and communicate
- ‘Tourist’ level (B1): To be able to participate in conversations
Gymglish: for which level?
Gymglish is suitable for all levels except true beginners. We offer a free trial after which each learner receives a complete level assessment (containing an outline of their current strengths and weaknesses).
How much does Drops cost?
The Drops app is free, but users can purchase a subscription to unlock access to more lessons and new themes free of advertising:
- €76/year (€6/month)
- €149.99 ‘for life’ (one-off payment)
How much does Gymglish cost?
All Gymglish’s language course prices are available here.
Gymglish vs. Drops at a glance
|Free trial||No||Yes (7 days)|
|Number of language courses||41||5 language courses|
|Platform||IOS and Android mobile app||IOS and Android mobile app / Desktop|
Fun and humorous content
Personalized learning plan
|Prices||Free or from €8.49/month to €149.99 for a lifetime subscription||From €14 /month|
|Subscription period||Monthly, annual or lifetime subscription||6 to 36 months.|
|Levels||Novice level (A1) Tourist level (B1)||All levels, except true beginners (A2 to C2)|
|Language skills tested||Listening and reading||Reading, listening, writing (business and professional English)|
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