What are the best language learning apps?

So you want to learn a new language but don't want to enroll yourself in an actual school course because of the ridiculously high fees, and the time pressure that comes with it? No worries, we've got here some of the best apps that could help you learn a new language in no time!

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    #1Duolingo

    Duolingo

    With the Duolingo app, you can practice and improve your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills while playing games at the same time. Just answer questions and complete lessons to improve both your vocabulary and grammar skills.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Alexander Hicks
    Written on November 14, 2017
    "This is ABSOLUTELY the best language learning app foir Android! I wanted to learn German for a trip I was taking there, and I was able to learn some basic phrases and words with Duolingo! I was so proud of myself!!!"
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    #2EngVarta

    EngVarta

    EngVarta is an educational application that lets users connect with live English experts, who are readily available to help improve their communication skills and enrich their vocabulary. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

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    #3busuu

    busuu
    Master the basic skills and phrases of the language you want to understand fast with a fully interactive course, anytime and anywhere. You will be helped by hundreds of native speakers.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Samuel Macías
    Written on October 17, 2017
    "This app looks like a fairly solid assistant to learning a language. I don't know that it would be enough on its own, but to have as a supplement to another method, you could get a lot of practice with it. The idea of being connected with other users to learn the language is good, though I don't know how well it works. The reviews are fairly average, so it might not be perfect."

There are about 7,000 languages in the world. Your native tongue is the first ever knowledge given to you when you were born. You learn it effortlessly like it's the most natural thing in the world. And if you have no means to learning new languages, or just never had the motivation before, then you might be under the 40% of the population that are monolingual or only speaks one language, or perhaps you have the capacity to learn two languages, so now you're bilingual. But it is very rare that a person has both the means, the capacity, and the motivation to be a polyglot. In fact, did you know that less than one percent of the world are polyglots?

Polyglots are those of the population that has such a high degree of language proficiency that they can speak more than 5 vernaculars fluently. Compared to most that still needs dictionaries when traveling, these people could converse flawlessly in a different dialect that they don't have trouble ordering breakfast at a local diner. So, how can you become a polyglot so you could finally rid yourself of awkward hand signals that don't make sense to foreigners? The best advice would be to practice the language you want as often as you can. This would help you memorize and get used to the language. Second, unlike with most things, don't multitask. Only take up one language at a time. The third is that you should be sure you're doing it for the right reasons. Although having bragging rights is nice, it's still not an excuse and could make your learning experience terrible. So be sure you think it through. But if you've already decided and you're a thousand percent ready to learn, then go right ahead and enjoy the journey!

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    #4Memrise

    Memrise
    Memrise is a course site dedicated to help people learn languages and vocabulary quick and effectively. If offers an app for Android and iOS devices to allow you to follow the courses wherever you are.
    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Nathan Dunn
    Written on January 8, 2018
    "I used memrise to quickly learn Japanese for our trip to Tokyo. In four weeks, the app had me proficient enough to navigate through Japan's public transportation, and read menus. It also assisted me on how to greet people, and ask for things. I've never come across something like this, it was great to use at the time. "
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    #5MindSnacks

    MindSnacks

    Now you can learn to speak and read Spanish, all by playing games on the go. With 9 addictive games designed for essential vocabulary & conversation skills.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Marcos González
    Written on January 3, 2018
    "not sure if if is the best"
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    #6Vocabology

    Vocabology

    Vocabology is an app that will help you to build your vocabulary by learning a new word every day. You can choose from different English dictionaries and learn also new words of other languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, French and Latin.

    Apps

    iOS

    $0.99- with in-app purchases

    Mark Gonzales
    Written on January 2, 2018
    " I love this app because I love trivia. My friends from abroad use it to increase their ESL vocabulary. It's not the app I would recommend for learning English, but it certainly helps the advanced users who already have a functioning handle on English."
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    #7Babbel

    Babbel
    Babbel is a free app that lets you learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and many more languages. You will be able to have real-life conversations and to practice your speaking skills by doing the 'listen and repeat' exercises. 
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Yu Ma
    Written on November 18, 2017
    "Very good app. I wanted to find something to teach me other languages and this is it. I can learn many, many different languages with this app. I can try the first lesson free to see if i like it. The courses are interactive and i can start small and work my way up. Very good."
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    #8FluentU

    FluentU
    FluentU brings language learning to life with real-world videos, movie trailers, news, inspiring talks and more.
    Apps

    Web, iOS

    Free- month. Varies by plan

    Esteban Contreras
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "A good app for learning languages "
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    #9Russian Alphabet Now

    Russian Alphabet Now

    Russian Alphabet Now is an app that will help you to read and write the Russian Cyrillic alphabet. The app includes seven lessons with print and cursive script, pronunciation and drawing exercises and quizzes for all the letters.

    Apps

    iOS

    $1.99

    Christine Oliver
    Written on February 23, 2018
    "This teaches the alphabet. There are better language learning products out there. Would not bother with this."

Summary

Best What are the best language learning apps
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1DuolingoApps 13 Free
2EngVartaApps 5 Free
3busuuApps 4 Free
4MemriseApps 3 Free
5MindSnacksApps 2 Free
6VocabologyApps 1 Paid
7BabbelApps 0 Free
8FluentUApps 0 Free
9Russian Alphabet NowApps -1 Paid
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