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Best Apps to Learn a New Language

Best Apps to Learn a New Language

Effective communication is an important life skill that enables us to better understand and connect with the people around us. Don't let language barriers stand in your way.

Best Apps to Learn Any Language

Have fun while you learn with these apps offering multiple languages. The most complete, educational, and enjoyable apps for learners of all levels from beginner to advanced.

Duolingo

Duolingo

Duolingo

A better way to learn

For those who want a fun method of learning a new language.

Duolingo teaches you Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and more in a fun learning environment. In a game setting, you can level up and compete with friends as you learn a new language. The app has a casual yet upbeat feel to it and is top tier choice.

Why we love it

If you are interested in learning a new language, look no further than the colorful and fun Duolingo.

Drops: Learn 31 new languages

Drops: Learn 31 new languages

PLANB LABS OU

For those who want a language teaching app with visual learning and game-like practice lessons.

Drops helps you learn a new language in just minutes a day. If you enjoy a visual experience, gamified practice lessons, and are ready to swipe your way into learning to speak a different language, check out Drops.

Why we love it

Drops gives you words and topics you will use every day as you learn that new language.

Rosetta Stone: Learn Languages

Rosetta Stone: Learn Languages

Rosetta Stone, Ltd.

For those interested in learning a new language with a trusted tool.

Learn Language with Rosetta Stone is a popular and reliable method for learning a new language. Choose from over 24 dialects from Spanish to German to Chinese. You will listen, read, and speak your way through the training with lessons based on everyday scenarios. You can sync with your devices to stay on top of lessons from anywhere and use the app offline when you are without internet.

Why we love it

When you are ready to learn a new language or brush up on one, check out Learn Language with Rosetta Stone.

busuu - Language Learning

busuu - Language Learning

Busuu Limited

For those who want a language teaching app with practice lessons and support for Apple Watch.

With over 10 languages to choose from, learn a new dialect with Busuu. The app offers lessons to practice what you learn with speaking and pronunciation, grammar and spelling, and listening and memory. You can learn offline, test yourself with quizzes and games, and use the app on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Why we love it

Learn a new language at your own pace and then test your knowledge with practice lessons and quizzes with Busuu.

Learn Languages with Memrise

Save the Alliance and learn a new language

Learn Languages with Memrise

A unique spin on learning languages

Learn a new language and play a game at the same time

With the Memrise: Learn Languages app, you can choose from a wide range of languages including French, Spanish, German, Chinese, and Italian. In the introduction, you learn about a tyrant force that wants to overthrow the Alliance and enforce uniformity throughout the galaxy. You can stop them, but only by learning a new language. That's where the fun behind language learning comes in, as the app turns a task that many find onerous and boring into a fun game. As you embark on your language-learning adventure, you'll take on education in bite-sized chunks. Each day, you'll have a goal to complete. Memrise is more like a game than an educational app for adults. It turns your learning into an adventure. Uncover missions, reach goals, and earn rewards. As you progress, you'll find the words of your new language sticking in your head better than you ever thought they would.

Why we love it

Memrise has a great selection of languages to choose from. In total, here are 77 languages you can choose from, ranging from Afrikaans to Zulu (and plenty in between). I decided to take on Japanese and Polish. You begin with simple phrases like hello, yes, no, please, and thank you. From there, you'll move on to other essential phrases. The topics include general greetings and responses, emotions, food, places and things, and handy phrases. While the Memrise app is free, it does have its limitations. You can only complete so many topics before the recruits get tired and go to sleep. Then you have to wait a few hours to continue your language-learning journey. If you want a more personalized learning experience, you can purchase Memrise Pro to get native speakers helping you learn, the ability to target difficult words so you'll always remember them, and a speed review game mode to hone your reflexes. The only real problem with this app is that it asks you to spell words without focusing at all on the alphabet. Understanding why a word is spelled the way it is can make a huge difference in learning that spelling, especially for languages that use diacritics (accent marks and so forth) in their alphabet.

Translator Apps

If you need something translated, these apps do the work for you, so they are handy to have while traveling.

Dictionary and Reference Apps

Use these apps as a handy reference tool and translator or as a fun way to learn new words.

SpanishDict Translator

SpanishDict Translator

Curiosity Media

For those looking for a Spanish to English dictionary and translation app.

Spanish Translator and Dictionary is a handy tool with great features for auto-suggestions, audio pronunciations, and offline word lookups. You can easily keep track of favorite words, learn a new one each day, and enjoy the text translation option as well.

Why we love it

Spanish Translator and Dictionary is a terrific Spanish to English dictionary and translation app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Oxford Spanish Dictionary 2018

When you need a comprehensive guide to Spanish

Oxford Spanish Dictionary 2018

Smart search

For anyone who needs a comprehensive guide on Spanish.

Oxford Spanish Dictionary is a great, free resource to help you translate Spanish when you need to. It's a comprehensive guide that is useful for when you visit Spanish speaking countries or have to converse with a Spanish speaker at the job.

Why we love it

Oxford is a trusted source and these dictionaries are handy references to have.

Russian Dictionary +

When you need to translate Russian

Russian Dictionary +

Translate easily

For anyone who needs Russian translations

When you travel to Russia, or deal with Russian-speakers, then having Russian Dictionary + is handy. It translates Russian-to-English and vice versa and has a rather extensive database.

Why we love it

Russian can be a hard language, but this app makes it easy to translate what you need.

Oxford French Dictionary 2018

Speak French like a pro

Oxford French Dictionary 2018

Search easily

When you need to learn and speak some French

French is a beautiful and stunning language, but mastering it can be hard. With this app, it's easy to look up a word you want to know how to say in French and translate it to English, and vice versa.

Why we love it

French is a nice language to learn and can be very useful. This app makes it easy to translate what you need to French and vice versa to English.

English Spanish Dictionary C.

When you need a fast English Spanish dictionary

English Spanish Dictionary C.

English Spanish Dictionary C.

For anyone who needs English to Spanish and vice versa.

This compact offline English-Spanish dictionary includes more than 396,000 entries, 579,000 translations, 505,000 synonyms, 98,000 definitions, and 40,000 examples. It also includes search, search history, the option to shake for a random word, favorites, synchronization via Dropbox, three background themes, and more than 45,000 images. You’re also able to expand the dictionary via in-app purchases.

Why we love it

Anyone requiring a quick definition or translation of a few words will probably consider this a priceless, pocket-sized companion.