We’ve tried plenty of different language learning apps over the years to help make our travels easier, and they vary from great to good to mediocre.
In this review, we check out Promova, a new to us language app.
Is it the ultimate ticket to fluency or just another layover on the journey to language mastery? Let’s find out.
Our Promova Review: Is it Worth it?
Before we jump into the pros and cons, let’s take a quick look at how Promova works.
With over a million downloads, the app rates a 4.6/5 on Google Play, which is a really good start.
Pro tip: You can also learn on the Promova website, if you prefer, but I really preferred the ease of using the app on my smartphone.
Promova’s interface is clean and intuitive, a fresh departure from cluttered designs we often see.
Navigating between sections is smooth, making it easy for beginners and tech-savvy folks alike.
Here are the languages you can learn with Promova:
You can learn a language with guidance in several language options. For learning Spanish, I was offered the choice for my core language to be English, Arabic, French, or German.
How does the Promova app work?
When you first start up, Promova offers an initial assessment to gauge where you’re at in terms of language proficiency and interests, which is a nice touch. It takes less than a minute to run through.
The app also asks how much time you want to put towards using the app each day.
From there, Promova then curates a learning plan for you, mixing vocabulary, grammar, and real-world examples. The lessons are bite-sized and progress in difficulty. The audio feature is helpful for getting the pronunciation right, although it’s not always spot-on in recognizing errors.
You can continue to use the app without signing in, which is nice, or you can create an account with Google or an email address. To save and track your progress properly, you need to create an account.
What makes Promova unique is its course structure.
Unlike a typical language learning app that jumps right into common phrases, Promova builds from the ground up. You start with individual words, then sentences, and eventually conversations. The natural progression feels less like a chore and more like leveling up in a video game.
I chose to learn Spanish on the app. Promova’s first lesson was nice and simple – basic vocabulary, and then a…