Fiction

LingoBites App: Learn Languages by Reading Stories

 

 

The LingoBites app, created by Alsina Publishing, is a wonderful tool to learn languages by reading entertaining stories. These vary in length and style, from short tales to longer ones with more complex vocabulary. The idea is to progressively read more challenging stories as your knowledge of the language improves.

The app is incredibly intuitive, with a clear layout and a split screen. You can read the stories in the language you want to learn, which appears at the top, while checking it against the English version at the bottom. The book covers are beautiful and colourful so it’s quite addictive to read lots of pieces.

A wide array of very different writers from all over the world have created stories for LingoBites so it makes for an interesting selection.

 

Designed by Selina Fenech Fairies and Fantasy

Mine is a first and simple attempt at the thriller genre set in Stockwell. There’s an audio version in Spanish, read by actor Javier Fernandez-Peña.

Works I particularly liked were The Light Pool, a very genuine flash fiction piece by Canadian writer Mitchell Toews, and Sara’s Siren Song, a series about a male mermaid (a ‘merman’!) by American poet Beatriz F. Fernandez. There are also a couple of charming tales about animals and the sun and moon by Richard Bayley and Tere Rodriguez Nora.

Anyone can download the app and read three free stories a month. I also have a limited number of coupons entitling readers to two free months so do get in touch if interested. After that, the monthly cost of the app is very cheap anyway and it is easy to cancel the subscription. LingoBites is a lovely way of discovering new writers and learning or improving language skills. It has also created a paying market where writers can submit their short fiction, which is rare nowadays.

 

 

 

6 Comments

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    Mitchell Toews

    July 22, 2017

    Patricia! Thanks for the positive review for “The Light Pool”.

    You have provided an excellent description of the site. I am optimistic about the LingoBites platform. I’ll add that my experiences with the LingoBites editors have been uniformly outstanding and this constitutes a true value to writers. The royalty structure also helps writers and attracts strong work.

    Strong work like yours. I enjoyed “For a Bottle of Wine”, your contribution, and was struck by the dialogue, which I felt was particularly strong and well performed by the LingoBites voice actor.

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      PatriciaD

      July 22, 2017

      Thanks, Mitchell! The app is fantastic and as you say, the editors are really professional, so I look forward to sending them more & better work.

      I loved your story – it’s very natural and felt ‘real’. I’ve been on both sides of similar situations. Your ending was nuanced and the image of the insects in the pool of light was great.

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    Maria

    July 22, 2017

    Interesting app. I’ll try to download it.

    • Reply

      PatriciaD

      July 22, 2017

      Thanks, Maria

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    Beatriz F Fernandez

    July 23, 2017

    Hi Patricia and thanks for reading my series beginning with Sara’s Siren Song! I can’t access the app yet; my phone chose the wrong time to break down! I look forward to reading your story and I echo your and Mitchell’s comments about the LingoBites editors! They helped me improve my stories considerably and I’m very happy to be included in their roster of authors!

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      PatriciaD

      July 23, 2017

      You’re welcome. It was a very enjoyable read and looks lovely on the app – I hope you get to see it soon!

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