Talk the talk with these language-learning apps
Last updated: April 24, 2020
Learning new languages unlocks incredible potential – new people to connect with, books to read, and places to explore. Whether your aim is to gain basic food-ordering skills or total fluency, there’s an app here for you.
Duolingo: language lessons
Duolingo
Contains adsIn-app purchases
Duolingo puts fun at the forefront of learning, with a cute green owl cheering your progress. Start a new language from scratch, or take a placement test to jump ahead. You can study solo or join clubs to practice (and compete) with others. Use in-game earnings for goodies like bonus lessons and outfits for your owl.
4.6
13.3M reviews
100M+
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Everyone
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Duolingo puts fun at the forefront of learning, with a cute green owl cheering your progress. Start a new language from scratch, or take a placement test to jump ahead. You can study solo or join clubs to practice (and compete) with others. Use in-game earnings for goodies like bonus lessons and outfits for your owl.
Rosetta Stone: Learn, Practice & Speak Languages
Rosetta Stone Ltd
In-app purchases
While it comes with one free core lesson, Rosetta Stone's true value is as a paid resource. It’s not cheap, but the method and speech recognition technology (with adjustable difficulty!) have a proven track record. There’s no placement test to start, but once you pay for full access, you can skip ahead to any lesson.
4.7
341K reviews
10M+
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Content rating
Everyone
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While it comes with one free core lesson, Rosetta Stone's true value is as a paid resource. It’s not cheap, but the method and speech recognition technology (with adjustable difficulty!) have a proven track record. There’s no placement test to start, but once you pay for full access, you can skip ahead to any lesson.
DROPS Visual Language Learning
Drops Languages
Contains adsIn-app purchases
With easy-on-the-eyes Drops, you’ll assemble words and match them to minimalist images. A time limit of five minutes per day makes a daily commitment feel approachable, though you can upgrade your plan to add time. It’s great for a crash course before a trip, but we recommend looking elsewhere if you’re hoping to master grammar.
4.4
242K reviews
5M+
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Content rating
Everyone
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With easy-on-the-eyes Drops, you’ll assemble words and match them to minimalist images. A time limit of five minutes per day makes a daily commitment feel approachable, though you can upgrade your plan to add time. It’s great for a crash course before a trip, but we recommend looking elsewhere if you’re hoping to master grammar.