I hear you, learning languages are no easy feat.
And once you find yourself floundering with the grammar, the vocabulary and pronunciation, the joys of learning a language are lost.
But it doesn't have to be that way.
Thanks to the ever-evolving app industry, learning a language is almost as easy as a flick of a switch.
OK, slight exaggeration.
But, these cheeky little apps will help you get you on your way to mastering the language of your desire. So enough of my waffling and more of the good stuff, here are some innovative language learning apps that will have chatting away to your heart's content in no time.
At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, DuoLingo is the best all-in-one language learning software out there.
And it's free.
It goes through all the different components of language: reading, writing, listening and speaking (although you have to talk to yourself!) and is a similar standard to Rosetta Stone, so you get plenty of bang for your (free) buck,
Languages offered: Spanish (Latin American), French, German, Italian, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Irish and English for non-native speakers.
An online language partner forum, as long as you practise a bit of caution, WeSpeke is a great way to put all your hard work into practise and actually speak the language itself.
You find yourself a language partner by choosing your interests and following a similar concept to that of speed dating, you have a certain amount of timing speaking in one language before swapping to the other.
When you're short of money and can't go to the actual country itself to immerse yourself in the language, WeSpeke is the next best thing.
Languages offered: The world is your oyster.
Forget Google Translate (as useful in emergencies it is) Word Reference is the daddy of online bilingual dictionaries.
Thanks to the online forums and users input, you get a better insight into how particular words and phrases are used. You can also use the Legal and Business dictionaries or look up trick verb conjugations in the conjugator tool too.
Languages offered: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Czech, Greek, Turkish, Chinese (no specification as to which dialect), Japanese, Korean and Arabic.
For those fleeting times when Word Reference sadly fail you (it happens), Linguee is your next resort.
You sometimes need to take it with a pinch of salt as certain translations are dodgy but the beauty of Linguee is that you can look up words and phrases and the search engine will find it used in context in a variety of online sources.
Languages offered: Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Czech, Romanian, Hungarian, Slovak, Bulgarian, Slovene, Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Maltese
Learning vocabulary is probably one of the most arduous tasks when it comes to grappling with languages.
And remember all that talk at school, when we were told we had to harness our learning styles (ie. visual, audio, kineasthetic ring a bell?)
Well, if flashcards were your bag, then Memrise takes all the work out and has flash cards handy for all your vocabulary predicaments.
Languages offered: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Zulu, Japanese
The key is finding your learning style when it comes to mastering a language
I am throwing out all the clichés in the book here but once you find your learning style, you will find learning a language, and everything else under the sun that you have grand plans to learn, will be a (relative) doddle.
How do you learn languages? Do you use language learning apps or do you have other methods?