Review of: Learn With Oliver
Use: Customizable Flashcard system for language learning
Spaced Repetition format is great for remembering what you learn
Tons of value with a free membership. Premium membership is $8
15+ per day
Ease of Use
Might be the easiest flashcard system out there
Primarily a learning tool. Next to no structure
I Don't Like
Learn With Oliver is an online learning tool centered around a spaced repetition flashcard system. What really sets Learn With Oliver apart is the ease with which you can create word lists and review chosen vocabulary.
Overall the site works very well as a tool for reviewing what you know or for acquiring new vocabulary. It's also useful for learning basic grammar as well.
There isn't much, if any, structure to Learn With Oliver. Don't expect a full on language course.
The site offers both a free and premium membership. There's a ton a of value in the free membership so if you're interested at all I suggest you check out the site for yourself and see if it's right for you!
Premium membership starts at $8 per month
How does it work?
Learn With Oliver is essentially a super in depth flashcard system. If you're familiar with Anki or Memrise at all, then LWO's spaced repetition format will look familiar.
It's an extremely easy to use flashcard system
The biggest difference with Learn With Oliver is that its flashcards are more easily customizable than either Anki or Memrise. On Learn With Oliver the flashcards can contain either a single word, or an entire sentence.
What I really like about the platform is that you can individually click on any word in a given flashcard and add it to your word list to review later. I don't think this is possible on Memrise. It's possible on Anki, but you would have to manually create a new flashcard for the word you want to review.
LWO takes the work out of using flashcards. You don't have to create them yourself anymore.
It's good for learning grammar
There are also various grammar lessons on LWO, where you learn the ins and outs of the language you're learning.
More importantly LWO is an endless source of example sentences. Whether your a beginner or more advanced student of a language, example phrases and sentences are a very effective way to see grammar in action and quickly build your vocabulary.
These example sentences will expose you to new words and grammar usage in context. This will help you both understand the word within the sentence, and be able to create a similar type of sentence on the fly in a real conversation.
You can practice your writing and get feedback
LWO also has an essay feature. This allows you to write a short or long entry in your target language and have it corrected by native speakers. This is a simple yet powerful way to get comfortable with any new grammar or vocabulary you've learned.
You can't add pictures
My biggest gripe about LWO is that there are no pictures on the flashcards, nor does it give you the option to add pictures. Both Memrise and Anki allow users some flexibility in adding pictures to their decks.
The added visual information makes the word or sentence that much easier to remember. It also gives you the option to use flashcards without using your native English. While this doesn't necessarily work with complex words or phrases, it's a great way to learn the basics.
LWO doesn't allow for any of this.
It's a tool and not a course
LWO can be an effective tool for reviewing and learning vocabulary, and even some grammar. However it's not nearly structured or comprehensive enough to be considered a course.
Outside of the occasional grammar lesson you don't find much help in the way of explanations. Thus LWO is best used by students who already have at least some experience in their target language.
Best way to use Learn With Oliver
Learn With Oliver is best used in two different ways. The first is as a review tool, something that will help you remember and retain the vocabulary and grammar you've already learned.
The second way is to level up your vocabulary. The sheer number of example sentences on the site will leave you with a ton of new words to chew on.
What other people are saying about Learn With Oliver
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All in all Learn With Oliver is an affordable and effective option for those language learners who are looking for a easy way to review or learn new vocabulary.
The site wasn't designed to replace a textbook or language course, but it was as designed a powerful resource for language learners. If you use it consistently you're likely to see your skills in your target language increase!