In this day and age, it is getting more and more important for people to know at least more than one language. No matter what country you are from, it will most certainly help you when it comes to finding a new job or even climbing the corporate ladder in your current one. Other than helping your career along, people who know more than one language are said to be better protected against brain ailments like Alzheimer’s disease. Of course, traveling is also more fun when you know the language of the people there.

Fortunately, there are tons of Android apps that are focused solely on helping you to learn a new language conveniently and rather quickly. Here I have a list of five of the best language learning apps for you to check out and use on your journey to fluency in a second, or third, language.

Duolingo

Duolingo is an app that truly takes language learning seriously, but also makes sure to make it fun. Courses consist of many short lessons that are designed to not overwhelm. As you complete tasks, you are awarded hearts, or you have them taken away. You can track your progress easily and there are many awards to earn, motivating you to keep at it. On top of all that, the developers are always ready to fix bugs and improve upon the app.

Babbel

This app claims to be “one of the biggest language learning platforms worldwide”. Everything is organized into different themes, each with pictures, examples of sentences, and even pronunciation. There is an offline mode as well in case you are somewhere that has no Wi-Fi. As you practice pronunciation, you will notice that the app is equipped with speech recognition, so you can speak directly into your device to practice. The Intelligent Review Manager is a feature that knows just when to review vocabulary and how.

Busuu

Busuu is an app that accommodates for pretty much any language learning level, from beginners to advanced intermediate levels. For each language, there are over 3,000 words and phrases to learn and 150 different topics to learn about. The audio material provided is excellent and uses native speakers for each language. One of the best features is that you can submit writing exercises and have them corrected by native speakers as well.

50 languages

As its name suggests, 50 languages offers lessons for almost 50 different languages from around the world. For each language, there are 30 free lessons to enjoy which effectively combine text and audio for a successful learning experience. Vocabulary and phrases used in the app focus mostly on basic vocabulary and help you to be able to speak short sentences, even with no previous experience. The developers also suggest using the app as a complement to more intensive language courses.

Rosetta Course

Developed by the famous creators of the Rosetta Stone language learning software, this is a pocket-sized version that will help you learn a language while on the go. Lessons are interactive and engaging, full of visual as well as audio material. You can even practice your pronunciation thanks to the speech-recognition technology included in the app. Everything syncs across devices as well, so no matter what device you use to access the app, your progress will be tracked accurately.

There you have it! Five of the best language learning apps for Android devices. I suggest you pick a language and try out the app that sounds most interesting or helpful to you! Are there any other language learning apps that you would add to this list?

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Aug
2013

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