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Top 10 of the Best Free Apps to Learn a New Language

Nowadays over billions of people have turned to technology to help themselves learning few words in other languages. If you are keen on languages and you want just to know some tricks or basic things there is a huge range of apps that provide you with the best and easy way to learn them. Now, learning a language has never been so easy! Languages apps are created with the purpose of reducing grammar or spelling mistakes or to offer a full course stepped in different levels from the basic things up to a proficient level for people who want to learn in a interesting way. Which ones help you learn more efficiently? Why some tools are good and others are not? And the most common answer:

Why is it so convenient?

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Why apps are so convienient

Almost everyone has their smartphones with them all day long and the best thing is that it doesn’t cost you an arm or a leg because most of the time they are free of charge. It is quick and funny! Learn a language, even if you have a very busy life and no free time, you can learn step by step in every place and situation. This does not mean that app-users can become translators or experts in languages but it could be useful just for people who are interested in learning basic things and practice a bit the language with native speakers.

Here is a list of the 10 best and more popular apps for Android to learn languages (all free of charge).

Top 10 best apps to learn language


As the name suggests, it is a language tool to memorise. It was first used to learn Spanish and Mandarin, but now it offers more languages such as German, French, Russian, and, of course, Chinese. You can even learn to use common expressions, images and now using this app you can even improve your geography history, science, and pop culture.

Memrise is one of my favourite apps on other devices. For some reasons, it doesn’t work very well on Kindle devices. During speed review there is a flashing light effect on the edges.  Almost like a strobe light.


It is one of the best well-designed app for languages. It  is very common due to the fact that it is free and will be forever. There are levels of learning that allow your friends to see all your progress and vice versa. The languages available are English, French, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish Italian and Spanish. You can even study more languages at the same time without paying any amount.

Duolingo does a great job of easing you into new vocabulary and topics so that you don’t get overwhelmed. And there’s no penalty for getting things wrong, since you can just retry at the end of the lesson.

Babel fish

It is known all over the world, now as an app is constantly improved and updated, the progress is measured and it will be easier , fun and simple learning little by little from the Basic to a more difficult level.

Really well done. I have tried a few apps, but Babel is more beginner-friendly. It is not boring, it teaches you in a way that you actually remember what you have learned.It is a very good app.


If you are looking to start learning Spanish or English, SpeakTribe will be the right solution for you! This app for beginners gives you the opportunity to speak the language and it also gives you the tips to improve your new language.

At the beginning, lessons were free and I consumed them, going over and over them all day. I haven’t bought any of the intermediate or advanced ones yet but I probably will. Just want to master all the basic lessons first.

Learn 50 languages

If you are keen on languages you can’t miss to download this app. It starts from the beginning and it combines audio and text. You will then be able to fluently speak short sentences in few hour practice per day.

Very organized! All in one and easy to learn step by step. Very impressive too


With Busuu you will speak and practice with native speaker and improve your skills. The community has over 35 million native speakers.

Busuu is amazing! You can improve by talking to native speakers

Rosetta stone

This app allows you to have a conversation with a native speaker in live session. The lessons are complete, with dozens of hours of coursework available. Moreover, it offers more than 30 languages, you can sign up for free and take a handful of lessons without paying anything. You have even the opportunity to connect with other learners.

Rosetta stone: a fast and effective application to learn languages!

JW Language

It is an app to help language learners to improve their vocabulary and communication skills. 22 languages are available now as source or target language

This is the best tool to practice reading in a foreign language.

Learn Japanese

This one contains more 800 commonly used Japanese phrases and vocabularies. There is a parrot that helps you on practising your speaking and listening skills.

I love this app! its layout and display are very clear. Easy to understand and fun.

Fluent U

Fluent U Allows you to learn fluent languages in any place, as much or as little as you want you can download Fluent U. The short clips and quiz format lend themselves either to fitting in a few time, or to addictively watching and attempting to master clip after clip. You can learn by watching subtitled movies in a real world context and the naturally of the movie helps you to remember and learn more everyday.

I really like the fact that the videos are real authentic videos. It makes it much more interesting. Learning Chinese almost becomes an afterthought to the fact that you are watching cool videos.

Now make your choice and start learning as many languages as you can in a fast and  funny way!

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Make your choice, choose your app!

Federica Cappellone

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