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March 19, 2017updated 21 Mar 2017 2:57pm

Best language apps

CBR lists the best language apps for Android and iOS devices.

By Hannah Williams

Fancy learning a new language? Well rather than the traditional method of reading a book or going to a school, a more advanced method is now available to help you learn easier and faster straight from your phone.

With a wide range of language apps now available to give users an easy route to learn a new language, what users tend to look for are the best apps in terms of cost, features, reviews and more.

To make the search for your new language learning tool stress free, CBR has compiled a list of the best language apps to choose from.



Duolingo is a free language-learning tool that was launched in 2011. The tool offers a variety of language courses across 23 languages via its website and app platform.

DuolingoThese languages include Spanish, French, German, Italian, English and more. It is also designed to be user-friendly for non-English speakers as well as native-language speakers that may want to learn another language other than English.

Read more: 5 apps to translate your way around the world

Duolingo provides lessons in written form as well as by dictation, along with speaking practice for the more advanced users.

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Daily reminders can also be set with custom goals for users to balance out how much they would like to achieve in a day, whilst following a set time frame daily.

The app is available on iOS, Android and Windows 8 and 10, currently with over 150 million users across the world.



HelloTalk is an app that not only teaches a variety of languages, but also provides a chat option in order to practice speaking whilst communicating with native speakers around the world.

The app offers over 100 languages to learn from across a chat platform with voice and text messages. This includes a translation system and built-in correction tool which can be used to eliminate mistakes in a chat.

All calls and chat messages can be made and received free of charge regardless of location, providing users with the ability to learn new languages while communicating at no cost.

The app provides users with the ability to learn different languages with a unique method of learning.


Babbel, an online language-learning app which offers a free version with 40 classes in order for users to learn a selection of phrases in one of the 14 provided languages.

These languages include English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and more. All the provided classes begin with a step-by-step teaching of vocabulary with the inclusion of pictures.

It also teaches in the form of reading, writing, listening and speaking and is broken into lesson that last between 10 and 15 minutes each, with packs of lessons that are suited for different abilities such as beginners, intermediate and advanced.

The learning classes provided by Babbel can be downloaded for offline study at a later time, with the option to set convenient reminders in order to stay on track with daily sessions.

Babbel is available online, as well as for download on Android and IOS.

How does Rosetta Stone compare?


Memrise is a language-learning app which is structured like a game, it provides unique and fun ways for users to learn new languages.

For users that would like to practice or expand their language vocabulary, Memrise provides the option to do so such as audio recordings of various words and phrases of native speakers.

The app supports languages such as French, Spanish, German, English and over 100 other languages.

Based on its fun method of tutorials, Memrise provides memes which are created by the community with the option for all users to add their own as they please. This makes it help to memorise the vocabulary.

The basic functions of the app are provided free, however a monthly subscription of $9 a month enables users to gain access to additional games and offline mode.

Memrise is available for download on both Android and iOS.


Rosetta Stone

Lastly, Rosetta Stone provides an easy language learning app to learn from a total of 24 languages including Spanish, English, French, Italian and more.

It enables users to learn skills in the form of speaking, reading and listening with the addition of a unique accent coaching method which is provided with the speech recognition technology.

The app also includes automatic syncing which means that users are able to continue their language lesson from where their stopped on any IOS device, desktop, tablet and other Android device.

It also provides the option to download lessons, so a loss of internet connection will not disrupt lessons.

The full version of the app is offered at a charge, which is dependent on the language but the first module of any language is provided with a free trial.

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