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10 Best Arabic Learning Apps

Arabic is a shockingly popular language. It’s the official language of most Arab countries. That includes approximately 1.8 billion people. It’s also one of the six official languages of the United Nations. It’s no surprise that people want to learn it. There are a variety of methods to learn it. We can help you pick the right ones.

The apps in this list are those that take the most comprehensive approaches in teaching Arabic. Instead of focusing on one or two skills, they generally offer a broader education. They can make especially useful options for the beginner Arabic learner, providing a well-structured introduction to the foundations of the language.

Let’s take a look at the best Arabic learning apps for iOS and Android.

Busuu: Language Learning

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Price: Free / $69.99 per year

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

Busuu is a popular Arabic learning app with 100+ Arabic lessons that cover most Arabic grammar and Arabic morphology topics needed to help you learn Arabic quickly. Busuu immerses you in the sights and sounds of the Arabic language, rather than just the written word. That includes short, repeatable lessons for memorization and accent training as well. The app teaches you some of the most important Arabic words and phrases. You get conversational Arabic, vocabulary and grammar lessons, help from native speakers, and offline support. 


Drops Learn Arabic

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Price: Free / $7.49 per month / $48.99 per year / $109.99 once

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

Drops: Learn Arabic is one of the newer Arabic learning apps. It is the fastest way to learn Arabic with their short sessions and conversational Arabic training. Whether you’re starting from scratch with Arabic letters, learning basic Arabic words for beginners, or phrases to discuss more complicated topics, this app has got you covered. The free version limits your usage to five minutes per day. You can bypass that with the premium version. It’s quite good, and the free version is adequate for casual learners.



Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Price: Free / $9.99 per month

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

Duolingo is one of the most popular free Arabic learning apps. It uses a fairly simple and quick approach to learning. The focus is on things like vocabulary terms, audio pronunciations, and little memory games. Thus, Duolingo tries to make learning the language fun. It seems to work, though, as 34 hours in the app apparently equals a semester in college. The app also includes things like daily challenges to keep people engaged. It’s entirely free with no in-app purchases. We’re calling our shot a little bit here. If you want to take a trip to an Arabic-speaking country, you might like Duolingo travel section.



Google Translate

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Price: Free

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

Google Translate is a powerful app for travellers and language scholars alike. There are three main features in the app. The first is a text translator that works in 103 language online and 59 languages offline. You can also point your camera at stuff and the app translates things that it sees. This works great for menus and road signs. Finally, you can actually talk to Google Translate and it translates what you say to other languages. That third feature is an excellent tool for practicing. The app is free and everybody learning a new language should have it.


HelloTalk

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Price: Free / $1.99-$4.99 per month / $21.99-$29.99 per year

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

HelloTalk is an interesting and unique language learning app. It works a bit like a social media site. You create a profile, meet people, and that’s how you learn a new language. It supports over 100 languages currently and that includes Arabic. You log in, pair up with someone, teach them your language, and they teach you theirs. It’s a neat experience. However, we don’t think this will get you all the way there on its own. We recommend using this as a secondary source of study along with something a little more traditional like Memrise, Rosetta Stone, or Duolingo.


Memrise: Learn Languages Free

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Price: Free / $9 per month / $59.99 per month

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

Memrise is one of the most powerful and popular language learning apps. It supports dozens of languages, and that includes Arabic. Memrise has a broad approach to learning Arabic. That includes the usual, traditional stuff like vocabulary and grammar lessons as well as a pronunciation guide, community learning, conversational Arabic, and more. It even works offline. It’s a tad expensive for the subscription. However, this is a very serious app for serious learners.


Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $47.99 per year

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

Mondly is a lot like Memrise. It’s huge, supports tons of languages (including Arabic), and it has a lot of tools for learning. Mondly focuses heavily on conversational Arabic and building a grammar and vocabulary base from there. It also includes learning stats, a leaderboard for motivational purposes, phrase learning, and much more. It’s quite expensive, much like Memrise. However, the two have different philosophies when it comes to teaching. It might work for you or it might not. It depends on your learning style.


Learn Languages: Rosetta Stone

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Price: Free / $94.99 per year / $199.99 once

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

Rosetta Stone is a big name in language learning software. It’s almost 30 years old at this point. It takes a more traditional approach. That includes word association, conversational Arabic, and even some grammar. It starts out with some basic vocabulary and grammar and gradually grows to include conversations. It’s an effective method even if it’s more traditional than most. It’s also one of the most expensive apps on the list. However, you can pay for it once and avoid any further subscription costs and we like that.


Simply Learn Arabic

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Price: Free / Up to $4.99

Devices: Android

Simply Learn Arabic is one of the simplest Arabic learning apps. It works mostly as a phrasebook of sorts. The premium version of the app includes over 1,000 common words and phrases. The free version has around 300 or so. You also get quizzes, audio pronunciations, and support for flashcards. This works best as a secondary study aid and not as a primary source. We recommend using something like this along with something like Duolingo (when it becomes available in Arabic) for a good one-two punch.


Tandem - Language Exchange

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Price: Free / $6.99 per month / $34.99 per year

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

Tandem is a lot like HelloTalk. It’s a community app with a ton of people learning new languages. You pair with one and teach them your language. They teach you theirs in return. The app supports audio and video calls along with text, picture, and audio messages. Tandem also offers tutors and topic selection as well. Like HelloTalk, we recommend this as a secondary source of learning. It may be a bit intimidating for people new to the language learning thing. Otherwise, this and HelloTalk are both fantastic.


A lot of these arabic learning apps are quality resources and can seriously aid your progress, but note that an app alone isn’t enough to reach fluency in a language. That said, they can make stellar supplements to your study plan and are definitely worth looking at.