Whether it’s brushing up on the basics of a foreign language before a trip, or taking on a new language as a learning skill, there are loads of apps to help you through the process. We’ve sifted through the pile to find the five best apps to help you with learning a new language.
Duolingo’s lessons are based on the direct translation of words, sentences and phrases from the language you’re learning to your home language and vice versa. Duolingo currently has up to 33 languages available through their English platform. You’ll be motivated to keep going as each course level gets more challenging. A fun, immersive way of learning a new language!
Memrise is a language platform which uses audio, images, and memory techniques to help you associate words with one another to remember them easily, as well as regular tests to to make sure you’re getting the concepts. The app has courses in 16 separate languages including English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Norwegian, Danish, and Japanese.
busuu is a free language learning app that connects users with thousands of native speakers and gives access to interactive resources to help you learn a new language. The app is user friendly, and has a kids’ version, too. Choose from a list of languages like German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish and Chinese.
Babbel is a subscription based, paid for language learning app to help you learn 14 languages offered on their platform. The app is curriculum-based with pre-recorded content for you to learn from. It’s focused on helping you learn new words, improve your grammar skills and sentence structures. Compared to Duolingo and Busuu, Babbel claims to help with conversation skills, too.
HelloTalk is a great language learning app with one main focus: it connects you directly with native speakers of your chosen language and provides a platform to text and speak with them, all from your phone. This app is better for those who already know the basics of a language, but would like to brush up on their spelling, grammar and conversational skills.
Compiled by Features Writer Savanna Douglas