You have decided to learn a new language. That’s great! The only problem is figuring out where to start. There are few methods that can replace learning in a class with someone who speaks the language. However, there are some language learning apps that can help you learn faster. Here are the best Android apps for learning Spanish! We also recommend HelloTalk and Tandem, two social networks where people talk in foreign languages to each other to tutor one another in the proper use of those languages. They are really neat experiences.
Busuu is a language learning app that specializes in about a dozen languages, including Spanish. As you may have guessed, one of them is Spanish. It uses a variety of techniques, including conversational learning, pronunciation lessons, grammar exercises, vocabulary lessons, and various practices. It also comes with an offline mode so you can keep practicing even with no Internet connection. At least it comes with the latest design standards and that helps make it a bit easier to navigate. The free version is just okay. The subscription options unlock all of the features. They are a little complicated, but not overly expensive.
Duolingo is perhaps the most popular language learning app on mobile. It supports well over a dozen languages and they’re all free to learn. What makes this app different is that you play games to learn. There are little matching games and sound bytes that you’ll have to decipher. It’s all formatted to play like a game so that you can enjoy yourself while you learn. The lessons are bite sized so you can complete them on the go. Duolingo’s developers claim that 34 hours with this app is the same as one semester of learning in school. In any case, it’s worth a shot!
Google Translate is an invaluable tool for those learning a new language. The app lets you translate words and phrases into pretty much whatever language you want for free. On top of that, it has a live translator that you can use by speaking into your phone. It even has a camera mode so you can get translations of things like signs, or a piece of paper. The app fills in a lot of the blanks left from other apps. Like Dictionary Linguee, it won’t actually teach you any languages. However, you can use it as a reference tool to help making learning Spanish go by faster.
Language Drops is one of the newer language learning apps comparatively speaking. It uses bite sized lessons over the course of a long period of time to teach you a new language. Each session is about five minutes long. People learn vocabulary only without any additional grammar lessons. The idea is to eventually learn to string all of those vocabulary words together as you learn more and more stuff. This is an excellent side app to go with something like Memrise or Rosetta Stone, which focus a little more on fluent speaking rather than vocabulary recognition. The free version should work fine for a while. We think the subscription price is a tad expensive but you can pay for the whole thing once if you want to.
Memrise is another one of the more popular and highly rated options for learning Spanish. It uses a variety of teaching methods, but it mostly revolves around playing a game. You act as a spy and you must convince people from a foreign country that you’re cool. You’ll be quizzed on various words and phrases, grammar, spelling, and more. It’s a neat way to get to where you’re going, although you will have to pay eventually to get all of the content. It pairs well with other apps such as Duolingo.
Mondly is a popular language learning app on Google Play. It has just under three dozen total languages and Spanish is one of them. It focuses on using basic sentences and conversations to help you learn the language. It’s kind of a trial-by-fire kind of learning path. The UI is quite nice, though. It also comes with audio recordings so you can hear the conversation while you read it. Of course, it comes with general stuff like useful phrases, verb conjugations, and other basic tools. Some of it is free to download and use. A monthly subscription is required for all of the features.
MosaLingua is a language learning service with a ton of support languages. Of course, one of them is Spanish. MosaLingua uses a flashcard system for learning. The app offers over 3,000 flashcards across 14 topics as well as over 100 subcategories. That’s a lot of words to learn. There is a level structure for proficiency with the highest rating being a ten. It also comes with a dictionary, the ability to create your own flashcards, and more. We especially like MosaLingua because it doesn’t use a subscription service. A single $4.99 payment gets you everything the app has to offer. This is excellent when paired with something like Duolingo for a low-cost alternative to some of the more pricier Spanish learning apps.
Quizlet is a general learning app that can be very helpful for those learning Spanish. It’s an app that allows you to custom make your own set of flashcards. The app will then flip them around and help you study without the monotony of buying and writing them down. It will also come up with a couple of fun games that you can play with your flashcards like a matching game. Flashcards work for a lot of people and it’s a good way to learn some basic vocabulary, verb conjugation, and other smaller lessons. It’s a good tool when used alongside other, more serious Spanish lessons.
Everybody knows about Rosetta Stone. They’ve been a gold standard for non-school-based language learning for decades now. It supports over two dozen languages and that includes Spanish. The app focuses on practical conversation skills, speech recognition, and it focuses evenly on speaking, reading, and listening. It comes with offline support and you can sync your progress between the app and the desktop version. It is quite expensive. More so than some of its competition. However, if this is the way you learn, it’ll be worth every penny.
SpeakTribe is a Spanish-specific learning app that seems to work pretty well. It uses a range of education techniques, including grammar, vocabulary, conversational learning, and more. It focuses a lot on in-depth explanations of things like grammar rules and trying to clearly explain what would normally be confusing concepts. It’s a bit more reading than other language apps, but it’s definitely a more comprehensive approach. Like most, you can try it out for free but you’ll need to fork out some money to get all the content.
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