How to Learn a Language for Free: the 5 Best Apps

Learn French with those free apps

Learn French with those free apps

If you are like me, you probably haven't had time to keep yourself up to date about all the latest trends in the world of language learning apps. We're in luck! As we are about to catch up thanks to this guest post by Jen Starr. She will tell us all about the 5 hottest free language learning apps of 2017. All these apps offer French, and several other languages. Ready to dive in?

 

So you’ve booked a last minute trip to a foreign country but have no idea how to speak the language? Don’t worry, one of these great free language learning apps will have you up and running in no time. Let’s take a look at the features of each of our top five in more detail.

Duolingo

Probably the most popular language learning app available, Duolingo won Apple’s iPhone App of the Year. The free version is easy to use and offers a choice of 23 different languages. When you set up your profile, the app will ask you how much time you want to spend per day learning your chosen language. You can choose from 5 to 20 minutes. But be careful not to over commit because the app will send notifications to your phone to remind you to do the work. They also have a web app available for you to study on any device, which automatically syncs to your phone.

Key Features:

  • Read, Listen and Speak

  • Game Features

  • In Lesson Grading

  • Motivational Push Notifications

  • Easy to Use

  • Web and Mobile App

 

Memrise

Using the free version of this app will start you off with some basic words and phrases. As the phrase appears on the screen, you will also hear the words being spoken. The cool thing about this app is that is comes with a help me remember button. When you click on it, images appear that help you to visualize the word. These are added by other users and are quite amusing. You can add your own as well. If you decide to upgrade to the paid version, you have access to chatbots and a variety of games to enhance your learning experience.

Key Features:

  • Read and Listen

  • Online Community

  • Daily Goals

  • Web and Mobile App

  • Added Premium Membership Features

 

Busuu

The great feature of Busuu is that it allows you to gain McGraw-Hill Certification. It also gives you accent training and tips on grammar. There are 12 major languages available with a range of levels from basic to fluent. Busuu has created a worldwide community that gives you the opportunity to practice your vocabulary with native speakers. It also has a web app so you can use it on any device. As you study you earn booster berries as rewards for your progress, which acts as a motivational tool.

Key Features:

  • Read, Listen and Speak

  • Online Community

  • Certified Course

  • Web and Mobile App

  • Added Premium Membership Features

Learn French with those free apps

Learn French with those free apps

 

Go Talk

A free to start app. It has a colourful game-like interface. It is fun to use and easy to navigate your way around. There are 130 languages available and you can chose which area of conversation you are looking to learn about such as holiday, food and drink, travel, time and more. It saves having to start the course at the beginning and learn things you might not need. Instead just jump straight to the subject you need to know about and go from there.

 

 

 

 

Key Features

  • Read and Listen
  • Game Features
  • Easy to Use
  • Mobile App

 

 

SpeakEasy

This is a great app although it is limited to French, German, Japanese and Spanish. It enables you to search for and save your favourite phrases. You can slow down the speaking voice for clarity. It also has built in flashcards to help you memorise quickly and easily. You can select the subject you want to learn about such as greetings, basic phrases, travel essentials and more.

Key Features:

  • Read and Listen

  • Flashcards easy memorisation

  • Easy to Use

  • Mobile App

 

About the author:

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Jen Starr is part of the community team at Next Day PC. Jen enjoys staying on top of the latest tech trends and sharing how new tech can positively impact people’s lives.