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The Best Free Language Learning Apps Free Mobile Apps for Learning a New Language or Sharpening Your Skills

These free language learning apps will guide you through learning a language from start to finish or help you sharpen language skills that you may already have.

 

Learning a new language with these free apps is particularly helpful because you’ll always have them at your fingertips. So a few minutes waiting for an appointment gives you time to complete a lesson.

 

Whether you’re learning a language to be able to order a meal on your next vacation, communicate with a friend in his native language, or simply want to add a skill set to your resume, these free language learning apps are a great way to reach your goal.

 

You can use these language learning apps to learn words and phrases in lots of different languages, including Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Irish, Dutch, Russian, Chinese, and many others. Just check each description to see which app teaches what language.

 

Many of these apps also have free language learning websites that offer even more options to help you learn a new language. You can also use a free language exchange website to get even more practice.

  1. DUOLINGO

Learning a new language with these free apps is particularly helpful because you’ll always have them at your fingertips. So a few minutes waiting for an appointment gives you time to complete a lesson.

Whether you’re learning a language to be able to order a meal on your next vacation, communicate with a friend in his native language, or simply want to add a skill set to your resume, these free language learning apps are a great way to reach your goal.

You can use these language learning apps to learn words and phrases in lots of different languages, including SpanishEnglishFrench, Italian, German, Irish, Dutch, Russian, Chinese, and many others. Just check each description to see which app teaches what language.

Many of these apps also have free language learning websites that offer even more options to help you learn a new language. You can also use a free language exchange website to get even more practice.

  1. MEMRISE

Memrise is another free language learning app. It’s not as smooth as Duolingo, but it is easy to work with, supports offline courses, and lets you learn a massive number of languages. You can start off simple or skip all the way through to more advanced lessons.

Something unique about Memrise is how it teaches you new words and phrases. Words are put into sentences with similar sounding words from your native language to help build the connection for remembering them. You’ll also sometimes see multiple images that you can scroll through that overlay the foreign text with a recognizable image for added association.

Another method Memrise uses is to teach you a different language is by mixing up the translations. This way you learn a few new words at once, and then you keep learning them over and over again in a different order to ensure you know them before moving you through to the next round.

Works With: iOS and Android

Languages you can learn: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Kanji, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Finnish, Icelandic,

  1. BUSUU

busuu provides an app that’s easy to use and is flexible in how you work with the courses. Just choose a supported language you’d like to learn, login, and then decide where in the course you’d like to start – Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, or Travel.

The best feature of busuu is that the words and phrases you’ll learn are very helpful for beginners who may already be around foreign speakers and need to learn words in context quickly.

The app teaches you vocabulary words and phrases, both isolated and in sentences, and then quizzes you as you move forward through the levels to test your knowledge.

Note: Some quizzes and other features may require a premium account, but there are many, many words and quizzes that are absolutely free.

Works With: iOS and Android

Languages you can learn: German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, English, Italian, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, and Polish

 

  1. ROSETTA STONE

Rosetta Stone is a professional-grade service for language learning, but they offer a free app meant specifically to help travelers learn basic words and phrases.

 

There are dozens of pictures tied to common phrases that are spoken to you in the language you’re wanting to learn, and you have to repeat the words back to practice your pronunciation. You can skip forward to any lesson you like or just follow through from beginning to end.

 

There’s also a phrase book with basic words and words related to restaurants, hotels, and getting around – all very useful for someone traveling. You can buy more phrase books if you like, such as words related to shopping, colors, emergencies, and currencies.

 

Works With: iOS and Android

 

Languages you can learn: Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Filipino, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese

BY STACY FISHER

 

Updated March 14, 2018

 

https://www.thebalance.com/the-7-best-free-language-learning-apps-1357060

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