We’re always on the go. If you want to learn a foreign language and feel you don’t have much time, we have you covered: Nemo apps are for you!

With the tools we have today, even though you may be very busy, you can still start to learn a language.

I may be wrong but in most cases people don’t have time to learn a language because they’re still not excited about it. When a person says he doesn’t have time it could be that he needs motivation.

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So, if that’s you, this app could help you! This is a nice simple app, covering only the basics. You can pick it at your own pace. Don’t need any commitment. The app attracts users to practice daily without the pressure of goals or deadlines.

What are Nemo apps?

Nemo apps are language learning tools that teach simple phrases and words. They have a space repetition system (SRS) in place to maximize efficiency.

Nemo has launched a whole series of apps. At the time of writing this article they have 34 apps under their umbrella. One for each one of the 34 languages they support.

You can download these apps for iOS and Android. A free version of any of them is available. If you do like the format and would like to stick with their style then you could considered their paid version. Each language has a paid version that you only have to buy once and it costs $6 USD.

Having this app on your device makes it very easy to get exposed to the language you’re learning. Thus, opening and beginning to use the app’s flashcards is quick. The content of the app gets downloaded onto your device so you don’t need Internet connection. This enables you to practice everywhere (no need of finding a spot with WiFi or consuming your own data).

Which languages are in the Nemo apps family?

European languages: Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Asian languages: Cantonese, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Sinhala, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Middle East languages: Arabic, Hebrew and Turkish.

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Here on our site we focus on delivering tools for learning Italian. And these apps work in a similar fashion for all 34 languages. So what we mention on this post about Nemo Italian, roughly applies to all the rest.

How do Nemo apps work?

The main feature of the app is the use of flashcards. Their goal is to teach you words and basic phrases following an SRS model.

Once you watch a flashcard you have the option to consider it “hot” or “cold”. If you would like to review it again soon you assign it to the “hot” category. Accordingly, when you’ve already mastered it, you label it as “cold”.

You don’t have to tell the system if you got the word or phrase correct or incorrect. You just have to swipe the card up or down, depending if you want to place it in the “hot” or “cold” category.

Audio content on the flashcards

A pleasant surprise was that the audio content on the Italian Nemo app is of good quality. Therefore, words and phrases are perfectly pronounced by a real human native voice (not a machine).

In Nemo Italian, for each flashcard you also have access to an English translation.

Nemo apps don’t need commitment

You don’t have to follow a program. There is not a minimum number of cards you have to review daily (and no max either).

Whenever you have some spare time, you can open the app, and do several flashcards. At any moment you can put down the app and continue your day. Further on when you have some more free time you can go back to the app.

Most programs that use a SRS model, have a fixed quantity of flashcards you must review daily. But it’s not so with Nemo apps.

How far away can you get with Nemo Italian?

The app only deals with the basics. The paid version has 1300 words/phrases. So you won’t get even to an intermediate level with this app.

Can you introduce new words or phrases into the app?

No you can’t. The existing deck of cards is all you’ll get.

However, a lot of people would have wanted this to be different. But these apps only have this limited amount of flashcards.

This limitation is a surprise for many. When it comes to flashcards, most people are well acquainted with Anki. And Anki does allow you to introduce new words or phrases.

Are Nemo apps similar to Anki?

There are similarities but also differences. First we’ll mention some of the main differences.

Differences between Nemo apps and Anki

1. With Nemo apps you can’t add your own words and phrases. And with Anki you can.

2. Nemo apps have a free version. And they also have a paid version with more content in it. On the other hand, Anki is completely free (no matter how much content you put into it).

3. With Nemo apps you don’t have to say if you got the word or phrase correct or incorrect. You swipe up or down if you want the card to come up soon or you feel you’ve already mastered it. With Nemo apps you have to say if you got the word or phrase correct or incorrect.

4. Nemo apps look and feel way nicer compared to Anki. As an insight, we could mention that Nemo apps feel like a well-made Anki deck.

Now, there are also some strong similarities between these programs. We’ll mention two of them.

Similarities between Nemo apps and Anki

1. Both Anki and Nemo apps have a SRS model working on the back end.

2. Both Anki and Nemo apps come with audio content.

Are Nemo apps worth giving them a try?

We will let you answer that one. But if up until this point you haven’t decided, here is a list of pros and cons. Let’s start with the cons.

Nemo app cons

1. Limited content on the app. It won’t take you to an intermediate level in the language.

2. You can’t upload your own words and phrases.

3. Once you finish and master all the content in the app it doesn’t connect you to another platform. It would be nice to have a sequel that continues forwarding you in the language.

Nemo app pros

1. Slick design and it works well.

2. You can use it offline.

3. Very simple to pick up and leave as you’re on the go.

Wrapping up

Some people need pressure to complete tasks. Nemo apps don’t have daily requirements. So for those persons, this may be a negative point.

This same aspect is a positive point for others. They say they can use the app whenever they have a chance. Hence, these users disapprove apps with daily requirements. Some even share that they’ve found themselves rushing through some deck of cards at 11 PM. Therefore, their point is that the original intention of keeping a user engaged is not meet. All users want is to mechanically meet the daily requirements. Thus, it doesn’t translate into them learning.

A certain amount of pressure is, in most cases, good for learning a language. But to this, those that defend the later point say the app is nice and appealing. And that they would naturally gravitate towards the app whenever they have a chance. These users say they don’t need presure.

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And you? What do you preffer?

Here is my suggesion. You should give this app a try. The free version won’t do you any harm.

And the paid version? Once you’ve tried the free one, it’s up to you.

When it comes to purchasing a tool for learning a language, it’s good to embark on a long journey with the platform. What do I mean? A platform that can take you from a beginner stage to advance (or at least into an intermediate level).

So, purchasing app after app and only gaining a little progress doesn’t seem the best way. But the decision is yours.

Are you at a beginner level in Italian and would like to buy a tool that would be useful for a longer time? Please check out this post to read what I would recommend for the long run, click here.

I wish this post has helped you learn about Nemo apps and decide if it’s for you or not. Do you have any questions or suggestions? That comment box bellow is all yours.


12 Comments

Nikki · June 22, 2020 at 4:28 AM

I love this!!!

I was wondering how easy it would be to learn another language on the go. 

I took a couple years of Spanish and 1 year of French in high school. That was a long time ago (I wont say how long)! But I would love to refresh what I already know. And once I get into it, even learn more! Is it really this easy?

    Jonathan Henry · June 22, 2020 at 9:58 PM

    Hi Nikki,

    With a platform like Nemo you could only get your feet in the door for learning a language. It would just get you excited about learning it and no more. You would have to continue learning somewhere else to even reach a basic beginner’s level.

    This applies to anybody that wants to learn a language with zero commitment and always on the go.

    But I commend the fact that Nemo apps could get you excited about learning and then you decide to put the work in.

charsleethan · July 28, 2020 at 6:35 AM

Hey there,

I have been researching about how to learn Italian. Nemo surprised me because it seems a good way to get started. I have a lot of work and if I can daily be encouraged to study a bit of Italian, that would be a huge win. I’ll try the free version of Nemo as you suggested. Thanks!

    Jonathan Henry · July 28, 2020 at 7:29 PM

    Hey there, Nemo apps can keep you encouraged to study a language. Give the free version a try.

Rohit · July 28, 2020 at 6:39 AM

I have always has an interest in learning new languages but inspite of the interest was never able to find time to do so. Learning a new language opens up a whole new world to you. Be it the wealth of literature, music or poetry. You get to know what is the thinking pattern of people if you understand their language. Travelling requires you to know the local language as exploring on your own is the fun of travel. You might not have the convenience of Translators everywhere.

An App is the answer of the day for leaning any foreign language – be it only the basics. You carry your smartphone with you all the time. Learning a new language via an app gives you time anywhere as well as motivation to do so. It is a great idea to pick-up the basics of a foreign language via Nemo App.

Thanks for sharing this great review.

    Jonathan Henry · July 28, 2020 at 7:38 PM

    Nemo app can help you get started. It’s not the best app out there but it definitely accomplishes the purpose of setting you on track to daily study the language you want to learn. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

Courtney · July 28, 2020 at 8:33 AM

Nicely done article on the Nemo app. I bet this app can teach me more than the two years I spent in high school Spanish.

I especially like the app’s flashcard technique and it is also un-timed. Another plus in my book. I’ve used the timed flashcards before and even though I have passed every class i have ever taken with them, I feel that it wasn’t burned into my brain. This way will definitely be burned into my brain. I like the self training of Nemo. Train at your own pace whenever and wherever you are. i love that concept. I also like the download feature of the app so it can be used as a standalone teaching tool.

Thanks for the well written article.

Courtney-

    Jonathan Henry · July 28, 2020 at 7:41 PM

    Thank you for your kind comments on this post. I wrote this post about Nemo apps because I believe they have several outstanding features that are worth giving them a try.

Jason Mick Brody · March 21, 2021 at 2:04 AM

This article is so helpful for people that want to learn different languages. And best of all you can learn on the go. I will definitely be using Nemo apps if I need to learn a different language. Thank you for sharing this with everyone that needs to learn a new language.

    Jonathan Henry · March 21, 2021 at 3:35 AM

    I think the best aspect of Nemoapps is that it’s mobile friendly.

mikeawish · March 28, 2021 at 10:44 PM

Wow, great article.  I’ve been looking to learn Spanish but don’t have the hours to sit down and to go through more traditional language learning platforms.

Nemo seems like a great way to be able to get the info you need to learn a language while on the go!  What a tool!  I’m excited to try this beast out.

    Jonathan Henry · March 28, 2021 at 11:56 PM

    Hey, yeah, give it a try and share with us your impressions. Thanks for stopping by.

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