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In the diversified world of Android and iOS, a person can find a mobile application of practically everything. From posting updates on social media platforms to reminding ourselves that our body needs a glass of water, no matter which operating system you own, you can select from of thousands of apps present in the library to find the one that suits you the best.

With the advancements in communications technology, globalization is moving forward at full throttle which means the barriers between various communities need to be reduced and one of the steps to understand another culture is through their language.

If you are addicted to your smartphone and don’t have time to take the language courses, don’t despair as, inside the crazy world of mobile apps, there is always a solution. So, here is a list of the best apps that can help you to learn foreign languages with the help of your smartphone:


Duolingo is one of the most popular language apps where the lessons feel more like an amusing game, making learning fun all the way. The free mobile app divides the languages into various topics like clothing, business, etc. but also into adverbs, pronouns, and other grammatical subjects.

A person is required to intercept audio and text of the language that they are learning and can answer the questions via text, speaking aloud or choosing from multiple choice answers, depending upon the type of lessons.

The developers have recently introduced a paid tier that helps get rid of the ads in the application and also provides an offline mode which is quite limited actually, so it is best that you try to enhance your vocabulary and polish your language skills with a working Wi-Fi or mobile data.

Supported languages include; English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, Russian, Ukrainian, Esperanto, Polish and Turkish.


The next name on the list is Busuu, which is quite an excellent mobile app for learning foreign languages. For a beginner, learning a new language can be terrifying, but Busuu helps a person to overcome their fear with basic flashcards and also offers various exercises focusing on grammar, writing, dialogue, and pronunciation.

One of the best features of this app is that it offers different travel courses which provide basics of the particular language that can help you as you plan your next trip where you are not familiar with the native tongue.

One of the off-putting things well is the fact that you have to pay between $6 and $10 a month to access different courses and extra tools. Supported languages include; Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic, Polish, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese.

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone, one of the major names in the language learning world also has a mobile application that can help you gain momentum in conversing in foreign languages.

The thing that differentiates it with other apps on the list is that Rosetta Stone is for users who can sit down and dedicate a portion of their time to learning a new language.

So, if you are pretty serious about mastering a new language and are disciplined enough to treat it as a traditional course, this is the right mobile app for you. On the downside, you have to pay for the mobile app for using it in the longer run.


Tandem helps you master foreign languages by helping you speak fluently through interacting with other people who can talk in that language.

The concept behind it is simple; a person can get help from others via text, audio, and video chat to learn a particular language. I agree, initially talking to complete stranger sounds awkward, but it can help you connect with native speakers of the language that you so desperately are trying to learn.

The mobile app is available free of cost, and you can sign up via your Facebook or Google account. One of the best features is that the app performs moderator checks to ensure that no one is abusing their service.

Moving forward, you can also get yourself a professional tutor, though you will have to pay them for helping you out. Supported languages include; English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and nearly 150 other languages.


Memrise can help you in expanding your vocabulary in a fun way. The user learns foreign languages by playing a game where they travel to a foreign planet as a spy and score points for all the correct answers.

It is a unique way of learning where the words stay with you even after you stop playing the game as all it does is help you memorize various words and phrases.

The primary purpose of this mobile app is to add more words to your vocabulary, and the basic version is available for free where one can sign up with their email, Google or Facebook account.

However, it offers $9 subscription that provides the user with the access to additional games and also an offline mode. Supported languages include; French, Spanish, German, English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, and more than 100 other languages.


The last mobile application on this list is Babbel that provides small lessons, lasting between 10-15 minutes to the user depending upon their current level like beginners, advanced, etc.

The key to learning a new language is to speak it out loud and try to create sentences of various words to understand what is right and what is wrong, the good news is that you can do all of that Babbel.

With Babbel, you can fill in the gaps in mock conversations and download the lessons to work on them when you’re offline but unfortunately like all good things you have to pay between $5 and $10 a month for full access to the learning materials for a single language.

Supported languages include; English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Polish, Indonesian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian.

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