80 Apps to Learn a New Language

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.


Basic Spanish For Dummies

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.


uTalk Spanish

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.


French in Space

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!


Talking French Phrasebook

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.


iStudy: French Vocabulary

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.


German Travel Pro

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.


500 German Flashcards

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!


Byki German

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 Grammar in Use Activities

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.


Advanced English Dictionary & Thesaurus


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 101

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.


L'impiccato (Italian Hangman)

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.


KTdict+ C-E (Chinese-English dictionary with flashcard trainer)

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.


WCC Chinese Flashcards with Audio (Character)

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

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.


Sign 4 Me - A Signed English Translator

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!


GotMyBSL - British Sign Language fingerspelling

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!


Learn a Language with Michel Thomas

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)!


What Language?

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.


iKanji touch

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.

Also be sure to let us know what languages you’re interested in learning!

  • http://www.iphonemod.net attapon

    good review ^^ +100

  • http://mangochut.net mangochutney

    The Chinese section is almost heartbreakingly missing PlecoDict: http://www.pleco.com/

    It’s a dictionary app, with a huge choice of dictionaries available via in-app-purchase, a fully customisable interface, a MIGHTY set of features and the single best implementation of a flash card tool I’ve seen so far. Soon it’ll even feature OCR on the go for the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4.
    Still the interface is as simple as you want it to be.

    I’ve been using this app since my Tre0 650 days and I wouldn’t want to live without it.

  • Stanely

    Great roundup. I’d love to find a usable learning system based on Piotr Wozniak’s intriguing memorization algorithm.


  • Sharon

    Great apps here, but do you have anything for Indonesian?

  • http://www.survivingnjapan.com Ashley

    I love iKanji – one of my faves. A few others:

    ShinKanji – can actually look up kanji by writing them in with your finger.

    Kotoba – Japanese/English dictionary

    Katsuyo – a great app with Japanese verb conjugations

    KanjiPop – a kanji app, but it’s fun!

    WordPower (japanese) – useful vocab for beginners

  • Jeff

    Really good review, thanks a lot.

    I have also tested a lot, and I really like the MosaLingua app. I learn french and spanish with it.
    It’s a bit like Memorize Words (flashcard app with a good SRS), but it’s not only that, there are a lot of learning advices given by the virtual teacher and you win a lot of fun bonus during your progress.

  • http://www.mosalingua.com Sam


    I am the creator of MosaLingua (thank you @Jeff for the comment, I have a google alert on MosaLingua ;-).

    @Stanely , MosaLingua use the algorithm invented by Wozniak in the supermemo program. I have discovered this algorithm with this Wired’s article (very interested: http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/magazine/16-05/ff_wozniak ).

    You can check out a short video showing MosaLingua in action here :

  • http://oneofthesedaysblog.com Sam Dalton

    Academic Vocabulary is neat app for learning tertiary level English, in a fun and engaging way : http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/academic-vocabulary/id386539929?mt=8

  • http://www.facebook.com/GotIndia Priya

    I’m introducing the free Got India iPhone app for learning Indian languages: Hindi, Telugu and more. It includes sound and SMS support so you can learn easily and message your friends too. You can also bump two iPod Touches or iPhones and learn the language through real chat conversations. View screenshots and get updates at http://www.facebook.com/GotIndia . Download it free here: http://itunes.com/app/GotIndia . Thanks for your support!

  • http://brownsdictionary.com/ Joe

    I’m a huge fan of Michel Thomas’ audio CDs. I have the complete collection of a few languages (and I even have a picture of him on my wall). I would definitely recommend those full audio courses (which are more expensive than the app lessons but worth the investment). I’m disappointed to see on the Michel Thomas app page stating “Be fluent in 8 hours”. That’s impossible and ridiculous. Though one very important lesson to take from his courses is “verbs are the backbone of language.” Focusing on verbs and the present tense in any language (provided the languages has tenses) will get you saying a lot in 8 hours. I took this verb centric approach to heart and created a Spanish app that helps you perfect verb usage by focusing on their full definitions and conjugations. http://brownsdictionary.com has received great reviews from students. The demo video takes you through the app screen my screen. Much love goes back to the author and other commentators who are fellow language students!

    • http://greaterwebdesign.com Greater Web

      This app looks great!

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  • Christoph Richter

    and… whats with the Busuu app? there you can learn most of that languages… like it.

  • http://www.masterspanishnumbers.com Sean Rasmussen


    I’ve created an app for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad that will let you practice Spanish numbers from 0 to 1,000,000; there is a free version that goes to 42.

    Please go to http://www.masterspanishnumbers.com for details,
    including a video tutorial.


  • http://www.nounstar.com Ed O’Hara

    I’ve used many the aforementioned applications, and they all have there individual strengths and uses in the overall umbrella of mobile learning. However, in order to quickly get your memory in gear to accept and retain a new sound and accompanying text, there is nothing like an image, a native voice and the written text to truly carve new pathways in your mind. That’s way the best bang for the buck was NounStar which helped me with Portuguese, Spanish and French. I’ve also found it to be a great tool for teaching ESL classes on the projector!

  • proGolfer

    For some of the Indian languages.. I have come across Letter2Sound (Hindi). I have only used Hindi.. but they seem to have other languages. Good app. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/letter2sound-hindi/id424685964?mt=8

  • James Page

    I’ve been using the earworms brain trainers to learn Spanish and French for an upcoming trip – Highly recommended – http://earwormsmobile.com

  • http://www.thespacingeffect.com Sebastian Hoyle

    The Fundamental Language series from The Spacing Effect is a huge oversight on this list. It’s a great little flashcard program that uses spaced repetition learning. I have tired many language apps, and it’s the only one I come back to. http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-spacing-effect-llc/id407941552

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  • http://www.rollingtrain.com Rolling Train

    Rolling Train brings you fresh apps for learning your favorite language (three Asian, seven European and ten Indian).

    See a video at http://www.rollingtrain.com/europe .

    The apps let you see over 700 most common words and phrases in a mosaic. You can choose source and target languages, English-Spanish and Spanish-English for example. Listen to audio with a tap. Use search and history in your language.

    Flashcard like scrolling and a daily reminder, help you train, track and test your brain at leisure.

    Quick access helps you get you unstuck during travel.

    A fun bluetooth bingo quest game helps you engage and meet people wherever you go.

    Here’s a link to “Got Asia ?” for Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

  • http://www.peanutbuttersticks.com Dale

    There’s a great Spanish video-based app that is free. PeanutButterSticks. Check iTunes. It has dialogs and video grammar lessons with live people.

  • http://www.cutebabyflashcards.com Paris Paraskeva

    wow! a comprehensive list of apps that cover different languages and even asl! very nicely done

    i have built an iPhone/iPad app for kinds learning their first words and i cover 10 languages in a single app. Supports English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese.

    Feel free to try it and send us comments to improve it, our goal is to add many more languages along the way. here is a link to the app http://itunes.apple.com/app/cute-baby-flash-cards/id434448420?mt=8&ls=1

    i am looking into adding asl as well but don’t want to cover the alphabet and number only i want to cover all words! which is not an easy task since it requires animation of a sequence of gestures in order to make up a word.

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  • Frenchie123

    There is also a multilingual app to learn numbers and currencies. It uses an intuitive digit to text technology to help practice hearing, writing and speaking in 120 languages. First language is free. 12N can be downloaded from iTunes http://ax.itunes.apple.com/sg/app/12n/id398982278?mt=8#ls=1

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  • Connie Paladino

    I am searching APPS for teaching french at levels 1,2, 3 and Advanced. Our school is in the process of transitoning to EBooks. Can you suggest any APPS I can use? Looking for both free and paid.(students will have IPADS)

    Thank you!

  • Brook Davis

    PicSpeak is a wonderful new app to learn Hindi ! Its UI Makes learning a new language a lot of fun .

  • Maria

    I recommend the iPhone app “Learn irregular verbs”. It works for me.

  • Jaime

    For irregular verbs, VerbBusters is the most complete. It comes with a quiz, bilingual lists and a searchable database with audio for the pronunciation. The interface is really smooth and it’s is fun and easy to use.

  • http://www.chineseflashapp.com Ross

    If you are learning Mandarin, check out Chinese Flash, it’s a flashcard based study tool with an integrated dictionary, 150+ word sets and native speaker audio of tone pronunciation.

    Chinese Flash is newly released, but it’s sister program, Japanese Flash has 80+ 5 star reviews.

    More info: http://www.chineseflashapp.com

    Full Disclosure: I’m one of the developers.

  • Steven

    I highly recommend gflashcards.com for your guys. It’s a cloud based flashcards system, study on web, iPhone, iPad and Mac. Most important, there are a lot of free audio language flashcards. I love it.

  • http://bit.ly/frenchNumbersTutoria Sean Rasmussen

    Numbers are often neglected in any language; I’ve made an iOS app to help in this regard:


    You can see a tutorial here: http://bit.ly/frenchNumbersTutorial.


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  • Nor

    Try Learn App! It’s so easy to use unlike other language apps out there with confused UI. http://www.codegent.com/apps/mobile/learn/

    Another one is Tap and Say – Multi-language phrase book app contains 11 languages in one app. http://tapandsay.com/

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  • laowang

    Take a look at this new app for iPad and iPhone: http://www.learngerman.ch

    A large number of reading and writing activities to help you learn more than 3000 words and achieve German level B2.

  • Hans-Peter

    Go-went-gone – Your personal trainer to master english irregular verbs. It is a Windows Phone app: http://gowentgone.cloudapp.net/

  • anders

    Norwegian is a really easy language to learn if you already speak english. You can get started for free at http://www.norwegianlanguagecourse.com

  • http://www.samuelstravels.com Samuel’s Travels

    Although it’s great to just get some of these language learning apps, and I agree with getting mosalingua for sure, there’s also so much more that can be done with your iPhone if you want to learn a language.

    I’ve been teaching myself Italian in London and have been doing it solely with my iPHone, I talk about how here; http://samuelstravels.com/2012/05/02/how-to-learn-a-language-on-an-iphone-smartphone-ultimate-guide/

    I hope this helps anyone who’s truly interested in learning that language!

  • Haider Bhuiyan

    Nothing about learning Arabic? why?

  • http://www.french-linguistics.co.uk/ Neil Coffey

    For anyone learning French, I’d just like to plug a couple more apps:

    “French Vocab Games” : a suite of different games and activities, oriented around 1,200 itesms of basic vocabulary — http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/french-vocab-games/id462837825?mt=8
    “Utter French!” : provides native speaker pronunciations of basic vocabulary complete with lip-sync http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/utter-french!/id538445336?mt=8

    Please get in touch if you would like a promo code for the latter.

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  • http://www.springtiger.co.uk William Boles

    I’ve been brushing up on my French and have came across a number of great iphone/ipad apps (and not so great ones).

    The one I go back to most often is Language Exam Revision (http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/language-exam-revision/id480528653?mt=8).

    Hope it helps!

  • Janet

    I would like to suggest an app which learn Chinese chatacters and it’s so cool, creative.
    It helps to learn Chinese characters with easier way.
    Art of Chinese Characters

  • http://www.chineseupgame.com Erich

    Hey Everyone,

    My name is Erich (施瑞昇), and I’ve been studying Chinese in Taiwan for the past 5 years. I recently released Chinese UP, a FREE iPhone / iTouch game designed to help students review their Chinese characters through a fun and challenging puzzle gameplay. The app works with traditional as well as simplified characters.

    Please try it out at http://www.chineseupgame.com !

    If you like playing Chinese UP, please help me promote the app by liking it on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChineseUpGame

    Have fun playing ;)

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  • farang_utang

    The British Council’s range of apps for English language learners are worth noting too especially LearnEnglish Grammar (for grammar), MyWordBook (for vocabulary), LearnEnglish Audio & Video (for listening): http://itunes.apple.com/hk/artist/british-council/id368179040.

    The Byki apps are particularly useful when travelling I’ve found.

  • http://ascendo-inc.com Marc

    Hi Joshua,

    Marc from Ascendo here.

    Thanks for bringing awareness to the great opportunities to learn a language on smartphones.

    We just release v5.3.12 of our English to Spanish, French, Italian, German dictionaries with the unique ability to add notes, images and phrases to keywords. This makes them great travel companions in addition to great reference tools.

    Marc Bolh
    CEO Ascendo

  • https://www.itunes.apple.com/gb/app/skootch-ocr-and-pdf-converter/id396886254?mt=8 itunes.apple.com/gb/app/skootch-ocr-and-pdf-converter

    I’ve found a great optical character recognition app which changes photos to pdf. The app functions well compared with lots of the other apps that do this.

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  • http://twitter.com/PerjanDuro Perjan Duro

    Great article. I would like to add a new app that we did to learn German Nouns. You can take a look at duuro.com/derdiedas

  • Danny

    We have just released Word Bucket. It’s a dictionary, notebook and word learning game in one. Free to download on iPhone and Android. Available in 10 languages. You can check it out here – http://www.wordbucket.com

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