5 Apps That You NEED In Your Life When Trying To Learn A Language

September 14, 2018

Nowadays, learning a language is so different from how it used to be. Many tools have been created so as to make acquiring a foreign language a fun process instead of a boring one. If you have a smartphone or iPhone, chances are you have many apps installed there. Maybe you also have some apps to learn languages, Am I right? In this post, I’ll tell you the learning languages Apps you totally need in your life.

I love Apps, but my old cell phone did not allow me to download many of them because I had limited storage. Now that I have a new smartphone, I feel absolutely free when downloading apps. I often use Lingodeer (an app that I will talk to you about in this post), but as a language lover, I think I need to have more than one. That is why I decided on downloading and testing different apps to learn languages. I want to talk to you about them all and give you my sincere opinion. Keep reading if you want to know which ones I truly recommend you have right now!

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If you are currently learning a language or planning on starting to learn one, I suggest you download an app that will help you to get fluent faster and in a funnier way. In this post, I’ll show you the apps I’ve tested myself and tell you if it worths the pain to have them on your phone.

Let’s begin!

General description: This app helps you to build your vocabulary knowledge about a certain language but also to learn grammar. It combines every aspect of your target language inside of each unit, which is related to the contents you are learning.

Languages available: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and Vietnamese.


-You can study more than one language with the app, there is no restriction.

-You don’t need to pay to unlock levels or units.

-It is super simple to use.

-The app reminds you to practice the most difficult words for you every day.

-You can review the content you choose any time you want.

-You can win achievements by using the app for many consecutive days or if you finish an entire course.

-You can also learn the alphabet of your target language.

-The design is very pretty.

-You can download all the levels and use the app without internet conection by free.


-There are no free writing exercises. You only can practice writing by arranging the words they give you and making a sentence, but you can’t actually type there.

-Sometimes the grammar explanations are a little bit hard to understand at first.

-The levels are unlocked one by one, so if you are in an intermediate or advanced level, you won’t be able to learn more difficult things right away.

-It doesn’t have a wide language variety,

My rating:   9/10

Will I keep it on my phone?: Absolutely! I’ve had it since the beginning of 2018 and I still use it and love it.

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General description: You can learn common words in your target language by completing sentences with the missing word. The app analyzes your knowledge of the language by taking into account your errors and gets easier or harder according to your level in the language.

Languages available: Afrikaans, Guarani, Indonesian, Breton, Catalan, Welsh, Danish, German, Estonian, English, Spanish, Esperanto, French, Irish, Galician, Scottish Gaelic, Croatian, Italian, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Dutch, Norwegian Bokmal, Occitan, Piedmontese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian, Finnish, Swedish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Turkish, Icelandic, Czech, Greek, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Ukrainian, Kazakh, Armenian, Yiddish, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian Farsi, Hindi, Georgian, Amharic, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Japanese and Korean.


-I like that you can practice according to how much you actually know.

-As you read a lot of sentences, you get to practice your reading skills.

-You also get to know new words and even infer their meaning just by reading the sentences.

-It has so many languages to practice! I haven’t seen that amount of available languages in any other app.

-Every time you make a mistake, the app makes you repeat that sentence so that you can internalize it.


-It doesn’t teach anything related to words or sentences formation.

-No grammar explanations.

-The design is a little bit boring and disorganized.

-You need to pay to use the app offline.

My rating:   6/10

Will I keep it on my phone? I am not sure, but I will keep it for some weeks to see if I get to use it more often.

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General description: This app is for you to practice mostly vocabulary (at least that is what I got to see). It shows images and the pronunciation of words. You learn words through their category. You can also read dialogues to review the vocabulary seen. You can practice your pronunciation by listening and repeating words/ phrases.

Languages available: Dutch, Danish, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish and Turkish.


-It is super simple to use.

-It is fun and you learn a lot.

-You can practice your pronunciation, as I mentioned before.

-You can review the content you have already learn in each lesson.

-The design is very pretty.

-It has many languages to learn!

-Apparently Babbel has many interesting activities and you can even learn tongue twisters, colloquialisms and idioms.


-You can only learn one lesson from each unit. If you want to keep learning you need to pay.

-You learn isolated words, not the words inside of sentences (at least at first).

My rating:   6,5/10

Will I keep it on my phone?: I already uninstalled it because I finished the free unit. Apart from it, Korean is not in the availability of languages (I tested the app with Dutch), so it doesn’t make sense to me having it if I can’t practice my target language.

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General description: You practice different vocabulary (Food, Relationships, Car, Clothing, etc), by matching each word with its picture. You also can hear the pronunciation of each word.

Languages available: Korean, German, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Danish, Spanish, Esperanto, French, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Dutch, Hungarian, Indonesian, English (British), English (American), Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese (European), Russian, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, Arab.


-It has a nice design.

-It is super easy to use.

-You learn many new words in a short time.

-You can access to your collection of words and review them any time you want.

-It has many languages to learn.


-You can only learn the first unit of each category. If you want to continue learning you need to pay.

-It doesn’t have grammar as I could see.

My rating:   6/10

Will I keep it on my phone? I think I will keep it until I finish all the free units, but then I will uninstall it.

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(There are three apps by the King Sejong Institute Foundation, but I just used the 세종한국어 문법 초급)

General description: In each unit you get to read a different dialogue with the words and grammatical pattern you will learn. Then you can read the grammar explanations, do some practice and even play a game with what you have learned. At the beginning you create a character that will appear in the app every time you use it.

Languages available: Only Korean.


-It explains everything related to grammar.

-It has different kind of exercising for you to practice.

-The design is very cute.

-It is super easy to use.

-It also provides some information related to the King Sejong Institutes all over the world and the platforms that you can use to learn for free.

-You don’t need to pay to use it.


-There are not many examples for every grammatical pattern.

-The only section on which you can review everything you have learned is a game, which you need to go really fast in order not to lose. The speed is a problem since for beginners it is common to be slow when reading in Hangeul.

-If you still don’t know Hangeul, you need to learn it before using this app, since that is not taught there.

-If you are an absolute beginner, I don’t recommend you use it since this app only teaches grammar, not vocabulary words, pronouns, markers and so on.

My rating:   7,5/10

Will I keep it on my phone? Yes! I loved it and I think it is one of the best apps for Korean learners.

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In case you didn’t know, I am selling a cute ebook that you can use as a notebook to practice your target language(s). It has more than 130 pages and you can print it as many times as you want to. Just click on the picture above for more info. If you like it, make sure you purchase it! I am sure it will be very useful for your language learning sessions, as you can use it instead of a regular notebook. If you are too busy to create your own notebook or you just don’t know which topics to learn and in which order, my workbook is going to be perfect for you as it has every unit, topic, and activity already set up for you to fill in the blanks. 

Are you struggling to learn foreign languages? Don’t forget to check out my course about language study organization!

I truly hope this post was super useful for you! I will write a second part very soon, so stay tuned. Tell me in the comment section below which are your favourite apps to use when learning a language. Is there any app I should review next? I’d love to know about it!

Have a beautiful day,


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