Language learning apps can be not only useful but incredibly entertaining and fun. With our current ability to use language tools on the go, this is the golden age of language apps.
While they won’t replace real human interactions, language learning apps are an invaluable resource for learning the basics of a new language or for translating words in real-time.
There are hundreds of language learning apps being launched on a weekly basis, and it can be confusing to differentiate what’s useful from what’s not. To help you save time, I’ve curated 9 free language learning apps that you should try and experiment with on your own.
Duolingo is one of the most popular language tools out there. It’s perfect for beginners looking to dip their feet into learning a new foreign language. The site’s gamified approach to learning makes it fun to learn vocabulary, grammar, and basic words.
Busuu offers a similar language learning experience in which you mix speaking, listening, writing, and reading activities. This helps you acquire a basic understanding of your target language.
Babbel is an inexpensive and fun tool that uses algorithms to personalize your language learning experience.
Anki has been around for awhile. It’s an electronic flashcard tool that makes it easy for you to remember phrases and words in a foreign language.
Memrise is one of the leading platforms for memorizing anything. It’s mainly focused on language learning, but you can also use it to memorize vocabulary for your SAT exam, biology exam, etc.
Tinycards is an application launched by Duolingo. It’s a free and fun flashcard app that you can take on the go. You can choose from thousands of topics that have been created for you or create your own decks.
Quizlet offers free quizzes that help you learn just about anything. “Flashcards” is one of their most popular features, but you can also take tests, play games, or create your own quizzes to share with friends.
Rype is a monthly membership site that connects you with fully-vetted professional language teachers for 1/10th of the price of a leading language school. Lessons are as short as 30 minutes, and you can schedule them at any time of the day and any day of the week. For anyone with the desire to speak a foreign language fluently, Rype is worth checking out.
Mindsnacks offers fun brain games that you can play to activate your mind while also learning a foreign language. Two birds with one stone!
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