You’ve been telling yourself for years that you’ll learn a new language or at least dust off those high school Spanish skills. How about starting when you’re in line at the grocery store or waiting for the bus? Having language lessons on your iPhone means you can learn at your own pace, wherever and whenever you have the time.
Below you’ll find 80 apps for learning a number of different languages: everything from Chinese to sign language! A few of the apps come in multiple language variations so if you find one you like in a given language, keep scrolling to see if there are other versions.
Spanish! – Spanish! is a learning tool similar to flashcards, but with AUDIO and an intelligent progress tracking system that helps you learn faster. After you “flip” to the answer, you pick if you were Right or Wrong.
iStart Spanish! – This App will take you from scratch all the way to basic conversational level in Spanish. The App contains 50 enjoyable lessons packed with many hours of high quality audio instruction by three language professionals (two native Spanish speakers, one from Spain, the other from Colombia, and an English native tutor for grammar explanations).
FREE Spanish Tutor – 24/7 Tutor Spanish goes beyond the simple talking phrasebook or flashcard programs, providing a set of engaging, interactive study tools that help you really learn the language. FREE Spanish Tutor Lite Edition (LE) is a fully functional version containing a useful subset of vocabulary and phrases drawn from several of the learning modules in the 24/7 Spanish series.
AccelaStudy Spanish | English – AccelaStudy is the award-winning language education software that helps you understand and pronounce words in the shortest possible time. Learn new Spanish words quickly, easily, and permanently with AccelaStudy.
Basic Spanish For Dummies – Whether you want to take up Spanish from scratch or brush up on your existing skills for work or travel, this practical app is for you! Fun flashcards highlight common words and phrases written in English and their translation in Spanish with audio playback. A Spanish-English and English-Spanish mini-dictionary gives you flexible and easy word lookup. Video tutorials offer pronunciation of the alphabet, vowels and consonants; and the rules for using formal and informal greetings and introductions. Special interactive features let you mark your favorite phrases and share with friends on e-mail or Facebook. This app is your one-way ticket to speaking Mexican Spanish with confidence.
Spanish-English Dictionary from Accio – The Spanish-English dictionary by Accio is an excellent Spanish to English/English to Spanish translation reference. Browse its impressive library of more than 65,000 headwords and 165,000 definitions with a search as you type view! Simply begin typing an English or Spanish word and watch the results window filter as you type.
Spanish Anywhere – Learn and communicate in Spanish and English, anytime, anywhere! Spanish Anywhere is perfect for travelers, students, business people, and anyone who wants to speak, read, study, pronounce, or translate Spanish & English.
Memorize Words for Spanish – Each day you’ll review words and learn new words selected automatically based on word use frequency. In addition, you can select individual words or categories of words to your daily lessons. Students of Spanish can quickly and easily adjust the level of the words, making Memorize Words an ideal app for a Spanish student of almost any level!
uTalk Spanish – Developed by a company with 20 years of experience in language learning and over ten million customers, uTalk gives you the key words you need and a fast, scientific way of remembering them. Unlike a phrasebook or translator, this beginners app hardwires basic spoken Spanish into your brain so that it feels like your first language.
Toddler Time! – Spanish – Toddler Time! – Spanish is a bright and cheerful, educational game, focused at the 2-4 year age group when the native language is Spanish. This app is great for introducing a new language to children of all ages.
French in Space – Improving your French vocabulary just got fun. Rather than slaving away with flash cards, you can now enjoy a fun, retro-style, arcade game to increase your French knowledge.
iSpeak French – iSpeak has been redesigned from the ground up to work natively with the iPad, as well as a new interface for the iPhone. iSpeak is a universal app, which means we don’t charge you for twice for your other devices like other software developers. You buy it once and it works everywhere.
French-English Dictionary from Accio – This translation dictionary allows you to easily swap from English to French and back again. No internet connection is required.
AccelaStudy French | English – Learn over 2,400 basic and advanced VOCABULARY words in 60+ subject areas, including Colors, Days, Months, Seasons, Numbers and Counting, Time, Weather, Directions, Food and Drink, Cooking, Meals, Clothing, Moods and Attitudes, Shapes, Anatomy, Medical, Nature and the Outdoors, Animals, Banking and Business, Family and Relationships, Music.
Basic French For Dummies – Whether you want to take up French from scratch or brush up on your existing skills for work or travel, this practical app is for you! Fun flashcards highlight common words and phrases written in English and their translation in French with audio playback. A French-English and English-French mini-dictionary gives you flexible and easy word lookup. Special interactive features let you mark your favorite phrases and share with friends on e-mail or Facebook. This app will have you speaking French quickly and confidently.
Talking French Phrasebook – Whether you’re exploring the French Riviera or braving the heights of the Eiffel tower, Paris, be sure to download your Talking French Phrasebook! Providing over 500 professionally translated words and phrases, this Talking French Phrasebook is the fun and easy way to get chatting with the locals. Say anything from I have lost my passport to frogs legs and snails please!
World Nomads French Language Guide – Have you ever been stuck in a country wanting to be polite but having no idea how to even say ‘please’ or ‘thank you’? Or needed to get somewhere quickly but been frustrated because you couldn’t even ask for basic directions in the local language? At WorldNomads.com, we have, and so we produced a series of free language guides for adventure travelers that contain a conversational language lesson with a local, plus 50 basic spoken phrases, and about 100 other useful travel phrases to help keep you traveling safely.
English / French dictionary – New French / English dictionary application for the iPhone now available from Larousse, leading dictionary and reference book publisher.
French Word of the Day – Start improving your French today with this easy to use application. Learn daily with this app to improve your French vocabulary (verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs).
iStudy: French Vocabulary – iStudy: French Vocabulary is a French study tool designed to help you learn more than 400 common French words.
French for Kids – We researched the most effective language programs in the market – Rosetta Stone, Berlitz, Pimsleur – and modeled the best features of each. From Pimsleur we took spaced repetition. From Rosetta Stone, positive feedback and engagement. From Berlitz, understanding in context.
Lingolook FRANCE – Master pronunciation of essential French travel phrases with Lingolook, an invaluable foreign language phrasebook application for the iPad, iPhone and iTouch, featuring illustrated digital flashcards, easy phonetics and “talking translations!”
German Travel Pro – We offer more native voice translations than any other translator. Tested by travelers and teachers around the world to bring you powerful results.
Gengo Flashcards – German – Gengo Flashcards provides a revolutionary way for you to quickly grow your vocabulary. The application combines visual cues with the voices of native speakers to provide you with the most effective method of learning and retaining hundreds of vocabulary words. With these special flashcards, we’re adding another sensory receptor to your learning experience so you’ll learn German that much faster! You’re now learning just like a native speaker.
Hello Word Deluxe German | English – Hello Word is software for learning foreign languages, which allows the user to remember vocabulary in an easy and pleasant way. You can also compete with other users and compare your results in a ranking both within the software and on our web page. The software is dedicated for beginners, intermediate and advanced users. As far as the age is concerned, thanks to a simple and intuitive navigation both younger and older persons can use our program.
Book&Dic – Classics(German) – Are you having trouble reading English novels because you’re tired of finding words in the dictionary? With Book&Dic, it’s really easy to read English classic novels, even if you are not good at English. Just simply touch the words if you want to find meaning in the dictionary.
500 German Flashcards – PFG Software’s German to English Flashcards app contains the German translation of the 500 most commonly used English words. Also, an easy-to-use glossary allows you to quickly look up the definitions of all 500 words.
AccelaStudy German | English – Learn over 2,400 basic and advanced vocabulary words in 60+ subject areas, including Colors, Days, Months, Seasons, Numbers and Counting, Time, Weather, Directions, Food and Drink, Cooking, Meals, Clothing, Moods and Attitudes, Shapes, Anatomy, Medical, Nature and the Outdoors, Animals, Banking and Business, Family and Relationships, Music.
Intense German – Can’t say much in German? Need to expand your German vocabulary? This app will help you memorize TONS of German words fast! Thanks to its unique methodology, you will be able to learn up to 100 WORDS / DAY!
German Audio FlashCards – German Audio FlashCards is a foreign language vocabulary learning tool by Declan Software. The German version includes around 3000 words and phrases each with a native speaker audio recording. Words are organized into approximately 100 WordFiles with each WordFile containing up to 100 words.
Byki German – Byki is the fun and addictive way to learn a language. Byki locks German words and phrases into your memory so you can recall them perfectly and remember them forever. Over 3 million people have used Byki to learn a language on their computer, and now the same proven learning method is available in an iPhone app!
German-English Dictionary from Accio – This translation dictionary allows you to easily swap from English to German and back again. No internet connection is required.
Conversation English – Conversation English is an excellent app for anyone learning English as a second or foreign language. Practice and improve your English conversation skills with 20 complete Conversation English Lessons. You will learn over 200 common English Idioms and Expressions, improve your Listening Skills, and develop your Speaking Skills.
English Grammar in Use Activities – Millions of learners around the world owe their success in English to the best-selling grammar book, English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy. With English Grammar in Use Activities you can work on your grammar skills wherever you are and whenever you want. So what are you waiting for? Practice makes perfect!
English At Work – English at Work is a fun English course to help second language English students practice and improve their use of workplace English and Business English. You will learn over 150 useful English words, phrases, idioms and expressions for use in your office or workplace. You’ll also develop your listening skills, improve your telephone skills, email skills, and conversation skills, and much more. This course includes 14 complete English-at-Work lessons.
EnglishPod – Learn English – EnglishPod is a mobile learning network that helps you learn English on-the-go. Each lesson has an audio file, dialogue, vocabulary section and expansion sentences. Sample three lessons for free then signup on EnglishPod.com for a trial account to continue to receive new lessons as they are published.
15500 Useful English Phrases – Do you wish for better communication skills? Vocabulary building will surely help, but what if we could somehow get the needed ready-made templates – the phrases as and when required. Use the App to find the right template for the perfect communication, always. So, the right phrase will be at your disposal from now on.
WordBook English Dictionary & Thesaurus – WordBook is a comprehensive, quick and intuitive dictionary and thesaurus of the English language. It’s a great combination of comprehensive contents and fast intuitive interface.
Advanced English Dictionary & Thesaurus – Advanced English Dictionary is distinguished from the other (paper, electronic) dictionaries in many ways. Not because it contains far more words than a conventional paper dictionary, but because it uses a radically new approach and technology. Instead of just listing the words and their definitions, Advanced English Dictionary shows how every word is linked to another. Type in the word “tree” and you will get not only the definition, synonyms and opposites, but the hypernyms (a tree is a kind of what?), meronyms (what are the parts of a tree?) and more.
Collins Pro Italian-English Translation Dictionary – Carry a dependable Italian and English language reference in your pocket with the Collins Pro Italian-English Translation Dictionary. You’ll have definitions, translation, examples of use, verb conjugations, and more at your fingertips – take a look at the reviews to see why users love this app!
Basic Italian For Dummies – Whether you want to take up Italian from scratch or brush up on your existing skills for work or travel, this practical app is for you! Fun flashcards highlight common words and phrases written in English and their translation in Italian with audio playback. An Italian-English and English-Italian mini-dictionary gives you flexible and easy word lookup.
Italian 101 – Learn or refresh your Italian, anytime and anywhere with your own personal language lab.
Italian Verbs – More than 3000 verbs and their conjugation in the palm of your hand!
WordPair English – Italian Translation – WordPair English – Italian Translation is your handiest and quickest English – Italian pair reference in your pocket with more advance features. It provides direct and precise word to word translations (pair) between English and Italian.
uTalk HD Italian – Learning fewer words which trip off the tongue like your own language is far better than learning heaps that aren’t there when you want them, so uTalk HD focusses on the basics – 275 of the words and phrases you’re most likely to need including how to order a drink, find a chemist and ask for an aspirin! Plus food, phrases, colours, numbers, shopping and more.
Italian Study Buddy! – Italian Study Buddy is a fun and effective Italian study tool designed to help you learn basic Italian vocabulary.
Italian Gestures – Thanks to the body language of Italians, communicating with locals is quite feasible, as their extravagant hand gestures say it all. A word of warning, however, be cautious because not understanding certain gestures may cause great confusion, not to mention embarrassment.
L’impiccato (Italian Hangman) – L’impiccato is a very popular word guessing game, a hangman game for italian speakers and students. It is also an educational application where you can improve your vocabulary.
Play alone or with a friend via bluetooth.
You Have Words Italian – Quickly build your Italian vocabulary with a minimum of effort. By optimizing when you need to review words you waste less time with words you already know and more time improving your vocabulary.
FREE Chinese Essentials by AccelaStudy – Join over 1,000,000 people worldwide who have used AccelaStudy to master a language. Perfect for students, travelers, executives, and anyone who wants to quickly increase their fluency.
eStroke Animated Chinese Characters – Recommended by the Hong Kong Education Department for Stroke Order. Traditional/Simplified Chinese all in one package. Learn them both to have a complete understanding of Chinese.
KTdict+ C-E (Chinese-English dictionary with flashcard trainer) – KTdict+ C-E for iPhone and iPod touch provides you a comprehensive, easy to use and fast Chinese-English dictionary combined with a powerful flash-card trainer. It includes the data of the renowned CC-CEDICT dictionary with over 70.000 entries – no Internet connection required.
iCED Chinese Dictionary – iCED Chinese Dictionary presents a unique way to use a Chinese dictionary. After you’ve found the entry you were searching for, iCED will continue to search for compound or component entries to complement your search. Component entry dissection allows you to quickly understand the meaning of components in longer words or phrases.
U Learn Chinese-Audio Video App for Learning Mandarin Chinese – This app is a Mandarin Chinese Course that will help you to speak Chinese in no time! Thousands of people around the globe have found our method extremely helpful. They are able to speak beautiful Mandarin, with correct tones and clear pronunciation. It’s very easy to join and follow along. The lessons start from the basic ‘hello’ and continue towards proficiency in spoken Mandarin Chinese.
Transwhiz English/Chinese (simplified) Translator/Dictionary – In addition to convenient two-way dictionary lookup, Transhwiz for iPhone provides you fast and high quality translation between English and Chinese with unique translation engine. A handy translation tool for business, travel and school use.
Chinese For Munchkins – Chinese for Munchkins takes children on a journey, teaching them how to say animals and numbers in Mandarin and Cantonese – the two most common Chinese dialects in the world (there is an English option too). Whether they want to roar with the “lau fu” (tiger), munch on bamboo with a “hung mao” (panda) or count “yak, yee, saam” (1-2-3), kids will be drawn to the flashcard pictures, sounds and animations. The interactive Memory Match and Counting Pig games will also help children reinforce what they’ve just learned while keeping them engaged and entertained.
HippoDICT Plus ~ Chinese English Dictionary – HippoDICT Plus is a Chinese-English dictionary that seamlessly integrates online and offline resources in a clean, elegant, and ultra-fast interface.
WCC Chinese Flashcards with Audio (Character) – The frequency in which different Chinese characters appear in common everyday text varies substantially. Some characters are rarely ever encountered while some characters appear in practically every other sentence. For this reason, we have developed our Chinese Character Flashcards to help you learn in a systematic sequence starting from the statistically most commonly occurring characters.
Chinese Flashcards – For ages 1+ – Chinese Flashcards is a great tool for children to learn Chinese. Be it a first or second language, the flashcards will help you begin speaking and reading Chinese with your child. Your child will be engaged and entertained by the bright and colorful graphics.
Sign Language! – Let’s begin learning American Sign Language alphabet, numbers & colors in VIDEO with a Deaf ASL teacher. This free app is a small part of our huge SIGN LANGUAGE 101 app where you can later upgrade to learn 1,000 more categorized words & short sentences in ASL!
iASL (Translate English to American Sign Language) – iASL is your revolutionary one-stop resource for converting English to ASL. This one-of-a-kind iTunes application features a video dictionary of more than 5,800 signs, however because our application has the ability to combine words to make sentences, the possibilities are practically endless.
Sign 4 Me – A Signed English Translator – Our 3D character can be zoomed in or out and rotated to give you the best vantage point for every sign. YOU control the placement of the character – not us! No other product lets you do this! The library includes more than 11,500 words. Type in sentences, phrases, words and even the alphabet. Everything you enter will be saved in your History. Easily locate your entries by date or alphabetically. You can delete whatever you don’t want to keep.
Baby Sign ASL – Baby Sign is the Ultimate Gold Standard VIDEO phrase book with 229 Baby Signs (ASL) right at your fingertips. Baby Sign is the perfect reference for parents who want to communicate and connect with their child through sign language.
ASL Dictionary – Translate English into ASL, from A-Z, plus the entire numerical system, common English phrases, symbols and much more. A must have educational iPhone, and iPad app.
Signing Time ASL – Dictionary Flash Cards – Signing Time is an early childhood application that focuses on developing language skills using American Sign Language (ASL). The application contains a collection of 145 professional quality flash cards based on the award winning Signing Time and Baby Signing Time series.
GotMyBSL – GotMyBSL – British Sign Language fingerspelling. Designed with BSL students in mind, GotMyBSL is a great first step in learning this vibrant language – and an App Store first!
ABC Sign – ABC Sign is an application designed to help children to learn the American Sign Language alphabet. Beautiful colorful photographs illustrate each sign. A letter is spoken aloud and the user is presented with 3 choices for the correct sign. You can choose until the correct sign is found. A reward sound is played and the user can move to the next letter.
My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language Dictionary – Want a sign language tool that you and your baby can use together? My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language Dictionary teaches you and your little one the 300 ASL signs you need to know for clear communication. You’ll get detailed instruction, great memory tips and more.
iSign – iSign is an animated phrase book of 800 American Sign Language (ASL) gestures. Each of the gestures is modeled with a 3D character and completely animated. The vantage point for each sign was chosen so that the user can see the details of the hand positions. These are the ASL signs, not finger spellings.
Learn a Language with Michel Thomas – Learn another language the way you learned English! Choose from French, Spanish, Italian and German. Get the free preview now, then “pay as you learn,” purchasing lessons hour by hour!
123 Color Talking Coloring Book (Including English, Spanish, French and German) – 123 Color teaches numbers, upper and lower case letters, shapes, and colors, with voice-overs by adult speakers in English, Spanish, French, and German, engaging artwork, sound effects, music, and animation.
iStart Japanese! – Mirai Japanese (Mirai Language Systems) – iStart Japanese! is the premier tutor-based iPhone and iPod Touch Application aimed at beginner-level learners of Japanese. The App is produced by Mirai Japanese, the Japanese-language specialists of Mirai Language Systems!
iTranslate – Global Language Translator with Voice – This is a very easy to use translation app powered by Bing. This app was based on the suggestions from a group of individuals who are frequent international travelers.
Free Japanese WordPower – WordPower – Lite is the ideal solution as you learn to read, say and understand essential Japanese vocabulary in just seconds. WordPower – Lite comes with audio recordings of a native Japanese speaker and a voice recorder so you can master perfect pronunciation of words and phrases anywhere, anytime. Study at your convenience at times and places that work for you!
Hawaiian Language – Our Hawaiian Phrases application contains common terms, phrases, and sayings found in the Hawaiian language. Whether you are a professor teaching the Hawaiian language or Hawaiian History, a student studying the Hawaiian culture, a vacationer to Hawaii, or someone interested in the linguistics of other cultures, the application puts a wealth of information right at your fingertips.
What Language? – Stumbled across some foreign text and want to know what language it’s in? What Language, by analyzing the text as you type, will let you know it’s best guess and or translate it to another language. What Language can currently distinguish between 90 languages (and counting)!
Language Tests – The ‘Language Tests’ application by LSI – Language Studies International (www.lsi.edu) lets you test your English, French & German skills. You may also find out about LSI courses and our 19 language-learning destinations worldwide.
iHiTranslate – Visual Language Translation Phrasebook – Worldwide phrase book in your hands avoiding difficult pronunciation by filling the screen with your message: just hold it up to be understood!
Translator ~ translate with voice – Translate and speaks 53 Languages for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
iKanji touch – iKanji touch is a powerful kanji study tool, containing over 2000 kanji characters and over 16,000 example compounds. This covers the kanji taught in the JLPT and in Japanese school grades 1 to 6. More than 700 kanji have stroke animations and more will be added with each update.
Multi Lang Dictionary with Text To Speech – The popular Android app, the Multi-Lang Dictionary is finally available for iPhone! This app uses Google Dictionary and Google Translate Services to give you accurate and multiple translations and definition entries!
What Are Your Favorites?
The apps above should be enough to make you an awesome multilingual genius. Leave a comment below and let us know what language apps you have found to be the most effective.
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