- Access to all language courses
- Wide variety of features
- Variety of flashcards
- Dynamic program structure
- Helpful customer service
- Non-intuitive platform
- Confusing pricing
- Mobile apps are not included
With over 7 million users worldwide, MosaLingua is the place to be when learning a new language. Its method is based on spaced repetition and active recall, which optimize the learning process by providing review exercises only when they're really needed. Though MosaLingua focuses on flashcards, its students have a wide array of features to explore, such as e-books, dialogues, and videos, just to name a few. There are courses for seven different languages, all provided through the yearly MosaWeb subscription costing $4.99 per month. It’s possible to test the service through the 15-day free trial and users who decide to continue with MosaLingua can still enjoy a 30-day money-back safety net.
MosaLingua offers courses for seven different languages: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, Russian, German, and English. Additionally, there are specific courses for Business (Spanish and English only) and Medical English. Non-native English speakers can also study appropriate vocabulary to take their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC).
MosaLingua uses flashcards to teach its students. Each lesson has pieces of vocabulary or expressions for users to memorize. It starts with a listening and repetition exercise where users can record themselves and compare their pronunciation to a native speaker’s. Then it's time to memorize. MosaLingua displays images of the vocabulary in question, and users try to recall the word before turning the flashcard to see the answer. Lastly, to consolidate everything, there's a writing exercise. At the end of the lesson, users perform a self-assessment where they tell MosaLingua how well they think they know the words just learned.
Learning Through Extra Content
While flashcards are nothing new, MosaLingua goes a step further by providing a few extra features to make the learning process more engaging. For avid readers, MosaLingua offers a wide array of e-books written in the languages being taught. All books come with an audio file where a native speaker reads the text aloud – perfect for following along to ensure you're saying the words correctly.
For non-readers, MosaLingua offers various videos to watch, such as music videos, short stories, films, series, and TV shows. All the videos come with a scrolling transcription at the bottom, which is a great help for students looking to improve their listening skills.
Extra Resources Outside MosaLingua
MosaLingua helps its users find the best resources on the internet to augment their language learning. Some of the examples are the most popular news outlets, magazines, blogs, and websites. For users seeking a live tutor, there’s a link to italki – a website where it's possible to book lessons with teachers for an hourly fee.
Although MosaLingua doesn't prompt users to do a placement test when they create an account, it's possible to take one later. However, it's not that great. The test revolves around ten flashcards, and strangely enough, users can claim their answer was correct even if it wasn't. For example, we know Portuguese and Spanish, but even though we don't know Italian we were able to get most of the answers correct. In the end, the measured result was a level B2 when we don't know a thing about Italian.
When starting a new course, MosaLingua askes its students for their main objective in learning a new language. Depending on their answer, MosaLingua will adjust the course structure to answer its users' wishes the best. That said, users have complete control over their course. Students can jump levels as they see fit and add new flashcards with words they can't find on the platform. Furthermore, after advancing throughout the program, bonus content – such as native jokes, quotes, and proverbs – is unlocked.
MosaLingua’s web platform is not the best. Since there isn't a tutorial at the beginning of the course and the interface is not very intuitive, it takes a while before users are able to find everything and go over the platform smoothly. Moreover, due to the website's coding, the ad blocker must be disabled and audio auto-play enabled. Without these changes the platform won’t work properly, making it impossible to go through the lessons.
There are applications for both iOS and Android. However, not only are they paid for separately, they also don't offer the full array of MosaLingua's features. However, MosaWeb users can reach the mobile-optimized website. This is far from optimal since a mobile application would work faster, but at least MosaLingua users have the option to learn on the go.
Like the platform itself, MosaLingua's pricing is quite confusing. There are various products to choose from, each one with its own pricing.
MosaLingua Apps is a one-time purchase for mobile that only provides the flashcards already built into the software. In this case, each app only gives access to one of the language courses and costs $4.99. There are optional packs available, but they need to be purchased separately.
MosaSeries is a 24-episode story that helps develop listening comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar. It's available in Spanish, Italian, German, French, and English, and costs $9.80 per month with annual installments. Interested users can get a feel for how MosaSeries works through the 15-day trial.
MosaSpeak is only available in English, and it's a 10-module training program that focuses on improving pronunciation step by step, helping students speak fluently with confidence. Students can get the MasterClass Plus package for $139, or go a step further and purchase the MasterClass Coaching program for $199.
MosaLearning is another full package that offers a more personalized program. It provides action plans and three months of training from the most basic tier, costing $130. Users can still add a one-year subscription to MosaWeb for an extra $50, or get the full program by choosing the Deluxe+MosaWeb package for $330. The latter also offers a personalized learning kit and interviews with polyglots, among other extra content.
Last but not least, MosaWeb is the subscription-based product we've been focusing on throughout this review. Unfortunately, a yearly plan is the only option, costing $4.99 per month with a 15-day free trial and a 30-day money-back guarantee. It does give access to all MosaLingua’s language courses and a wide array of features, though.
MosaLingua's website is a bit of a mess. It has overlaid pieces of text, parts written in French when the rest of the page is in English, and images displaying oddly. However, we can't say the same about its customer support. There’s a live chat with friendly customer agents ready to help you 24/7 and a thorough FAQ page. Furthermore, visitors can also scroll through various resources on how to learn a specific language effectively, and MosaLingua's blog also full of useful tips. If you love social media, you'll be happy to know that MosaLingua is fairly active on both Facebook and Twitter, where it shares interesting blog articles, YouTube videos with learning tips, and more. Of course, it's also the perfect place to get in touch with the team by tweeting at them or sending a message through Facebook.
It's true that MosaLingua offers a vast array of features to explore. However, it's a shame that it’s unable to share that content more intuitively. The website, platform, and pricing are all confusing, and users will need some time and patience to understand everything MosaLingua has to offer. Even a small tutorial shown after creating an account would improve the user experience immensely. Nevertheless, if you're into flashcards, MosaLingua offers one of the most comprehensive language-learning apps of this type. And since it's possible to add your own words, the number of flashcards you can study is basically infinite. It would be nice to have more pricing options, though. Asking for a yearly commitment from the get-go is a little too much for some people, even if the price is just $4.99 per month. Nevertheless, MosaLingua offers 15 days to test the product with the free trial, and 30 more with its money-back guarantee.