We're taking on a new year and tackling a new challenge every week this month. Today's target? Master a new dialect. As part of our resolutionary 2013, we're setting our sights on all kinds of foreign languages. And not just Spanish — HTML, CSS, and other programming lingo, too.
Get going on your resolutions and take a look at our geeky guide to picking up a new lingo.
If you're planning on traveling for business or pleasure, having the mother tongue in your back pocket is sure to come in handy. Study up on Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Mandarin, and more with these education and dictionary apps for iOS.
- Duolingo (free) — Like Rosetta Stone, this app uses pictures, sounds, text, and repetitive learning to help you master Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, or English. But, unlike other programs, it's free! Forever! Plus, gather a language support group, connect with friends, and learn languages together.
- MindSnacks Mandarin (free) — Eight fun games guide you through reading, speaking, and learning Chinese. Unlock all 50 levels with a $5 in-app upgrade.
- Languages ($1) — This is the ultimate foreign language translator with 12 complete dictionaries. It's fast and it works offline, so you can use Languages without a data connection.
American Sign Language
- Marlee Signs (free) — Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin teaches the fundamentals of ASL with HD video demonstrations. Get specialized phrases (like baby signs, or just for getting around town) with $2 in-app upgrades.
Now master the bare-bones basics of HTML and CSS, and then advance to the big web dogs after the break.