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Learn languages with our collection of apps that will help you to start memorizing core words, form sentences, learn phrases and take part in conversations.

Learning a new language is difficult, but apps can be a great asset for language learning. Few apps create language-learning experience by introducing new words, phrases and concepts with interactive lessons. Few apps use artificial intelligence to adapt the course to the learner's level and helps them to progress faster. Few apps uses quizzes, visual aids, learning games so they can track their learning and compete with themselves. Here is our collection of the best language learning apps for iOS (iPad/iPhone) and Android.

    The application ‘Animals For Kids! And More’ is an app to support parents who wish to teach their children a broader understanding of the world through pictures, words and sounds. This application is designed for children aged 3 upwards and is free from in-app adverts. The application is free from in-app purchases and does not require a constant Wi-Fi connection. This is a paid application and is written in American English.

    Devices: iPad

    The application Somona teaches English pronunciation. It is aimed at those whose first language is not English and wish to improve their vocabulary and pronunciation in a fun and unique way. This application is free from in-app adverts and does not require a constant Wi-Fi connection. The application requires the user to purchase lesson content. ‘Somona’ was designed by Marcus Nealy, programmed by Peter Jacobs and directed and owned by Naomi Nealy.

    Devices: iPad

    Conjugato is an independent-learning, language-learning app that comprehensively enables learners to see, practise, interact with and, subsequently, understand 1000 of the most commonly used Spanish verbs across all tenses and moods.  The verbal content can be customised to complement the extent of the user’s understanding of Spanish verbs: by refining the tenses, moods, verb forms, and indeed the verbs to be studied themselves. It is a personalised Spanish verb chart that is comprehensive in its content and, through repetition of use, will be an asset for any linguist.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    This is a fantastic language app aimed at helping young people improve their language abilities. Through focussing on the building of sentences and employing aspects of gamification, the app encourages users to challenge themselves in a game environment to match words together to form a sentence. The way the game works is to give the user a number of words and for them to then unscramble and form into a full sentence within a time limit with the added challenge of losing time when an incorrect answer is chosen. One of the most appealing aspects of the app is the fact that it can used by a number of different people with different abilities in the English language. For instance, it works really well as an app for younger children who already have a certain level of proficiency in reading and writing to improve their understanding, but older users can also access the app on a different level especially if they have English as an additional language and are wanting to improve their proficiency too. It could also be used for more top level students too who again want to continue to enrich their own abilities. With a whole section of the app dedicated to Proverbs and Sayings, it could even be used by an adult wanting to give themselves a bit of a challenge!

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Peg and Pog are two children who want your child to join them as they play.  The app provides a place where you and your child can play, experiment, talk and learn together.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Little Chatterbox for Kids is an interactive, language-learning app that enables young learners to practise and understand and selection of nouns, in a variety of different contexts, from a choice of eight foreign languages.  No prior knowledge is needed as the engaging audio and video complement the clear graphics to produce a compelling language-learning tool, which makes use of a compelling range of activities. It is an interactive and fun piece of software that promises language progression wrapped in entertainment.

    Devices: iPad

    Qlango is a language learning app that enables you to learn your chosen foreign language from scratch or as a revision tool, making use of a compelling range of activities. It makes use of an impressive variety of European language pairs, in multiple combinations.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    An engaging app offering an introduction to Chinese, specifically how to write and form Chinese characters.  Aimed at younger children encountering Chinese for the first time, this app offers video introductions followed by guided practice.

    Devices: iPad

    RBhasha is a kid friendly app that teaches children Hindi alphabets through a colourful world of letters and sounds. It also introduces Hindi vowels (Svar) and consonants (Vyanjan) to children in a fun way.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Learnji is a vocabulary app that enables you to learn over 1,200 everyday words in a foreign language through the hugely popular language of emojis. It is deliverd in the following languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

    Devices: iPad

    Study Quest is a game-centred piece of language-learning software that has at its core a user-created avatar who competes various challenges and ‘battles’ while at the same time learning selected vocabulary and/or phrases.  The app blends animation and challenges of the Pokémon / Candy Crush genre to leave you with a progressive learning game that will keep you coming back for more.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Beelinguapp is storytelling software that allows the user to consecutively read a mirrored text, but in two separate languages at the same time.  The app also serves as an audiobook and uses what it calls ‘karaoke reading’ to allow any user to follow the audio in the text on both sides.  The stories are available in 10 languages, varying between fairy tales, news, science papers and novels.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Busuu is an interactive, language-learning app gradually guides the user through the study of a new language.  The variety of languages on offer is quite impressive, ranging from Spanish, French, Italian, German, English, Chinese, to 6 other languages. The app is geared at regular interval learning, whereby little and often’ will reap the greatest rewards, as part of a daily schedule in the app’s ‘Study Plan’. According to the dedicated website, the software already boasts and impressive 90 million users.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Learn Words is an app which allows you to create word lists by scanning and using character recognition software to import it into the app itself.  These imported lists can then be edited and interacted with to produce a well-rounded learning platform across a wide variety of language.

    Devices: iPad

    Early Lingo French Language Learning for Kids blends vocabulary instruction, videos, digital worksheets and interactive games and activities together in a wonderfully-designed and aesthetically-pleasing app that welcomes your child in their early steps of French-language acquisition.

    Devices: iPad

    Blue Bird Academy teaches letters, numbers, shapes and words in a number of languages. 

    Devices: iPad

    An essential app for anyone dedicated to learning Mandarin.  Develop your language skills and learn about Chinese culture through popular news articles written in Chinese characters with supporting translations.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    An interactive and bi-lingual (choice between Spanish and English) e-storybook, which tells the story of Niní as he tries to find his friend, Pepo.  The app blends an audio-visual storybook with interactive, educational elements, where users will become more familiar with the numbers 1 - 10.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    In another travel instalment Gus, the owl, visits France and with him brings animations and games all the while introducing your son and/or daughter to some of the vocabulary basics of the French language. As you progress further in the game, you unlock a variety of new vocabulary games which help to reinforce what you have just learnt in a fun and engaging way.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    A lovely app designed to improve your German vocabulary.

    Devices: iPad

    Fun Spanish (School Edition): Language Lessons for Kids is an interactive language-learning app designed with engaging educational games to entertain children as they are introduced to their first Spanish words, sentences, speaking and spelling.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Learn Spanish: Phrases, Vocabulary and Pronunciation / Spanish with Flashcards is a practical and to-the-point mobile phrase-book.  The app is carefully divided into a variety of everyday scenarios, ranging from ‘Basic Expressions’ to ‘Medical Terms’ and ‘Proverbs’, each word or phrase is accompanied by its own audio, in a selection of accents, to assist with accurate pronunciation.

    Devices: Android

    A nice app for engaging both early-stage English learners and those who are learning English as an additional language.

    Devices: iPad

    The English-Spanish Unabridged Dictionary, from Word Magic Software, is one of the most comprehensive – if not the most comprehensive – English to Spanish online-Dictionary currently available.  A great language tool for students of the two languages – with detailed verb conjugations, an in-depth thesaurus and contextualising examples of language use – and a must-have for professionals, as it boasts an impressive technical lexicon.

    Devices: iPad

    GCSE German Prep Flashcards is a helpful revision aid that can be used anywhere. Great for quick sessions on the bus, or just before going to bed, this app will help you form quick associations between a key term and its meaning. More progress tracking options would be a great plus, but this app has received an EAS Certification of 5 Stars.

    Devices: iPad