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Next year, my partner and I are planning on relocating to Spain. There is one problem that we have encountered with our impending move, however — neither of us can speak Spanish.

Upon browsing the App Store for a quick solution, the distinctively familiar color scheme of the For Dummies reference series caught my eye, and I knew that Spanish For Dummies would be an app that I could trust to teach us basic Continental Spanish in a clear and concise manner. Find out more after the jump. (more…)

Looking for a fun and effective tool to teach you a new language for free? Duolingo is a little app with big goals: teach users a new language and use this data to translate the web. The interface is a game with levels to pass, points to earn and other users to compete against. Currently the app offers courses in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English, with more to come.

Learn a new language while standing in line, riding the bus or during your lunch break with an app that uses pictures, audio and text delivered in short lessons. Keep reading to find out more about the most unique language tool in the app store today. (more…)

Practice a foreign language on the go, on your lunch break, or on your next international flight with TripLingo, an app that can teach you essential phrases, translate your voice, allow you to talk to a live translator, and provide a crash course on local culture.

Click “more” to see what else you can learn from TripLingo. (more…)

Often a major challenge to learning a second language is the lack of time a person is able to apply the words and phrases outside of a textbook. Lingibli offers a solution, by working in conjunction with physical barcode labels that you print, cut out and tape to objects around your home or office.

Then all you have to do to squeeze in study time is scan the label with your iPhone and presto, you’re learning. Komm mit! I’ll show you how it works. (more…)

The App Store has way too many translator apps to do a first-timer any good. There are good ones like Google Translate and iTranslate, but others are either uglier than these two or buggy. Ever since it released, and especially after the iPad version debuted, I’ve used Google Translate as my main app for trying to speak in another language. It’s simple, accurate most of the time, has audio pronunciation and a lot of languages, and I’ve not had any major issues with it. Yet there’s still something more to look for in a translator.

I was searching around the other day for a new app to fill the void and after a few hours of browsing on and off, I came across Mutant Milk’s Language. Now, if there’s ever a way to get an app that functions well and has a truly well-designed user interface, I’ll go for it. With Language, the case is such. You’re probably still wondering if it’s worth the money, so why don’t we take a deeper look? (more…)

One of the most difficult parts about learning a new foreign language is, I find, getting to grips with the tonne of new vocabulary you have to learn, especially if the language bears little or no resemblance to your mother tongue. This is certainly the case with Russian, where most words are completely different to those in English. Were I living on my own, I would attach stickers onto everything to help me remember, but seeing as my flatmate would probably take a dim view on this, I was on the hunt for another solution.

It was then that Language Coach on the App Store caught my eye. Made by the German software developer and publisher Jourist Verlag GmbH, it is an app for both the iPhone and iPad which features 29 different foreign languages and helps make those boring vocabulary drills a tad more interesting. The most convenient thing about it is that you can do it almost everywhere no matter where you are — on the bus, in bed or just sat back on the sofa, and the app supports multiple languages, so you can learn as many (or as few) as you want.

Let’s take a look at Language Coach in a bit more detail. (more…)

Word enthusiasts will geek out over the visually stunning and educational app Phrase Wit by Ballpoint Inc. Closely related to the developer’s other word-centric app called Word Wit, the Phrase Wit app turns exploring the nuances of the English language into an addictive quiz.

Phrase Wit introduces you to commonly mangled phrases (Think: “to pore over” versus “to pour over,” and “to palm off” versus “to pawn off”) and then teaches you the correct versions. Plus, you’ll learn the story behind some of these old classics (where did the phrase “scot-free” come from, anyway?) and the right and wrong ways to use them. And, if you’re feeling phrase-savvy, there’s a “Play” option that puts your knowledge to the test. Think you know your phrases? Hit the jump and let’s find out. (more…)

Need to use more than just English on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad? While many people may never need to use multiple languages, there are plenty of us that want to type in several languages. Plus, even if you only ever use English, you may sometimes want to insert special characters that aren’t on the normal keyboard layout.

Apple has included a wide range of languages directly in iOS, so you can change the main language on your device or simply add an extra keyboard so you can type in another language. Plus, the default English keyboard has a number of built-in special characters you might have never noticed. Here’s how you can use your favorite language on your iPhone or iPad.


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.