Your Path to Fluency Begins here – 8 Most Popular Language Learning Apps

The employment of Speech Recognition and Augmented Reality is the new trend, whereas still in their primal stages.

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Charles Ai, App Store

Updated 2018-10-09

Language-learning apps run the gamut from “feels like a classroom” to “practically a video game.” All are designed to help you incrementally master a new tongue, but each has its own method and execution. Here’s how to find the right app for you based on your individual learning style.


1. Gamified Memorization

Both Memrise and Duolingo make learning a language feel like you’re playing a game. You level up, earn rewards, meet helpful characters, and progress on a map. Both apps allow you to practice speaking and writing with real people all over the world through mini-games and activities. However, their gaming nature sets the limit of the complexity of the teaching materials accordingly.



Memrise

Learn languages with Memrise

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Duolingo

Duolingo (Apple's Editor's Choice)

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2. By the (Text)book

Busuu, Rosetta Stone, and Babbel all focus on getting you speaking right away and testing your pronunciation—just like in a classroom setting. The key difference? These apps use speech-recognition technology to check your work. If you’re already familiar with a language, Busuu helps you find the right level through a placement test. A certification of fluency from McGraw-Hill is available right in the app.


busuu

busuu – Learn Languages

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Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone: Learn Languages

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babbel

Babbel – Learn Languages

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3. Flashcards and Language Exchange

Even if you’re mastering lesson after lesson, there’s still room to grow your vocabulary and prepare for real-world conversations. Tinycards by Duolingo and Lingvist quiz you on increasingly advanced words and phrases. To start chatting with real people, Tandem connects you with other learners in a safe environment; you can even hire a tutor.


Tinycards

Tinycards – Fun Flashcards

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Lingvist

Lingvist – Learn a language fast

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Tandem

Tandem – Language Exchange

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