The Best Language Learning Apps For 2015

best-language-learning-apps-2015The Best Language Learning Apps For 2015

by TeachThought Staff

This post was promoted by HelloTalk, a highly-rated language learning app.

Skills like vocabulary and foreign language speaking are right in the sweet spot of what unattended and automated–often considered the very worst kind–can do.

But it needn’t be that way. Handing a student a tablet as they practice basic skills with an app–especially one with adaptive design–is a perfectly legitimate use of edtech as far as we’re concerned, and language learning is very much a part of that.

So with that in mind are ten of the best language learning apps for 2015, updated to include those with social dynamics, like HelloTalk, recent entries like Rosetta Stone, and stalwart Duolingo. We’ve also made an effort to include multiple languages, including Mandarin, French, Spanish, and English.

The Best Language Learning Apps For 2015

The Best Language Learning Apps For 2015


  • I cannot rate Duolingo highly enough. I use(d) it myself trying to learn Portuguese and I love the way it throws you into the language; no translation into English, only pictures, with lots of repetition to build up familiarity. It was when I got my 12 year old daughter into it though that I had a real revelation. I suggested that she downloaded it for French. Literally within 15 minutes, her pronunciation was TRANSFORMED. Duolingo doesn’t let you away with poor pronunciation, so she had to keep repeating phrases to progress to the next level. Totally self-contained, totally flexible, fun, easy, fabulous. Can you tell I’m a fan?!

    • We’re pretty big fans of it as well, but have found the pronunciation part of it the one aspect that’s not so great. Also would like to see more attention paid to verb conjugation. That said, it’s amazing overall. And free!

      • Hi Terry. That’s interesting. I guess I am good at starting these things but do not persevere long enough! I was impressed with the effect on my daughter’s pronunciation, but in terms of verb conjugation, I don’t think I stuck with it long enough for that to be noticeable. It’s excellent for getting people started in a new language, maybe the challenge is to keep them learning.

  • There is also a new app Vocabies. It seems to be quite cool. You can create your lists and it always pronounces the words during study. I use it to Chinese.

    You can find it on Google Play Store – Vocabies – Vocabulary Builder

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