It’s impossible to always have a fluent native speaker, a language speaking partner or tutor with you at all times. However, there is something you can have, and although it’s nothing like having a live person with you, it comes pretty close to it.
Language learning apps exist to lend a helping hand. Not everyone is fortunate enough to get a tutor or partner, for some, they don’t have the time for it, while others might just need one or two sentences of say, Spanish right there and then, this is where these apps come in handy. Not only are they free and easily accessible, they also make learning on-the-go possible, fun, and never-ending.
Below are 5 of the best language learning Apps you can choose from, and while some of them may already be familiar to you, there may be one or two new interesting ones.
You must have heard about the Duolingo app. It is the most popularly used language learning app in the world with over 100 million users, and with good reason too. Duolingo offers 68 different language courses in 23 languages, with 22 additional courses in development. It is free, well designed and easily accessible. It is great for comprehensive study and allows you type, speak and choose from multiple choice answers.
This app is good if you want to build up your vocabulary. It has a game-like setting which allows you listen to audio recordings of phrases and words, and videos of locals pronouncing these words. What makes Memrise unique is the method it uses to teach new words and phrases – a weird and strangely fun way of memorising words that get stuck to your memory. The app is free but with a subscription of $9/month, you get access to more features.
This app focuses on building your vocabulary by using nouns. It doesn’t involve reading or typing, just learning new words from various categories in 5 minutes. It is a fun way of learning in between activities that is it is perfect if you don’t have a lot of time to spare and not for a more extensive tutoring. Drops offers 19 different languages including Korean, Arabic, and Esperanto.
This app offers something close to a classroom feel. With Mondly you feel like you’re back in the classroom. From basic lessons where you get familiar with conversational language, the difficulty and involvement increases as well as time spent on various topics like animals, shopping, etc. There are study charts as well as daily lessons to make your experience more exciting. To get the best of Mondly, you might have to subscribe for the more affordable $3.99/month plan or higher if you so wish. It’s definitely worth it!
The HelloTalk app was made specifically to help users with practice conversations. It is set up in the form of a chat room where both learners and native speakers converse with each other using text and voice messages. It is fun and more than just studying, you actually get a real life person you can speak to and who will also gladly correct and help you when necessary.