For those who’ve been trained in using the Mindbranding© technique and have seen how effective it is, there is only one downside. That is getting flipbooks made or being able to find them in a shop already made to specifications that work.

With the cost of paper rising dramatically in the last 12 months, it’s been an ever growing challenge to obtain cost effective versions of this tool to facilitate your self guided language learning.

This led us at FlashStart to go on a hunt for alternatives. We’ve been thinking about developing an app that would do the trick. Most people today use a smart phone especially in our volunteer education work. What better place to store your ‘linking modules’ and 40 – 50 new words per week. Most people never leave home without their phone. An app with all your sentences right there would be handy whenever you have 5 minutes to add more or a bit longer to run through your morning or evening dose of linguistic stimulation.

Don’t get too exited though because as yet we haven’t developed such an app. However, we did find one on the market already. It’s called Notepad+. To meet our rigorous test criteria it needed to be:

  • Available in Android and iOS
  • Either free or very low cost
  • Easy to use and learn

This app is all those things. It  features different colours to write with. This means you can also opt for the drawing of your words which helps with not having to translate in your head.

You can get it free. However the free version has ads. See screen shots below to see the difference. Sometimes the ads pop up in fullscreen mode and totally interupt what you’re doing. I found this iritating so opted to pay the outlandish and highly inflated price of $0.99c to get the paid version (less than the cost of making one flipbook). It’s well worth it. For me this app has bannished the need to have flipbooks made.

I hope you’ll find it useful too. By the way, we make no commercial gain by recommending this app. We aren’t connected to this company in any way. It just works so we wanted to let you know about it.

If anyone knows of other apps that are as good please leave a comment so others can benefit.

We hope that this information will assist in your language learning efforts.

Notepad+ app.

Notepad+ app.

Paid version screenshot - no ads.

Paid version screenshot – no ads.

Free version with ads.

Free version with ads.

One ad that popped up!

One ad that popped up!

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