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The 5 best language learning apps

11 Sep 2019
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Learn new languages whenever and wherever you want. Apps for smartphone and tablet make it possible. Almost one in three Germans learn a foreign language, according to a report by the European Commission. The demand for language learning software is correspondingly high. We present you our Top 5 programs here.

The 5 best language learning apps


The Babbel app of Berlin-based company Lesson Nine has 17 million users worldwide, including 2.5 million in Germany. She was awarded the German Educational Media Prize Digita 2013. With Babbel you can learn German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Dutch, Polish, Indonesian and Swedish. Numerous courses then build up skills in vocabulary and idioms step by step, teaching the grammar in an entertaining way. There are also listening and speaking exercises. The personal vocabulary is stored and can be retrieved at any time.

A repeat manager is reminiscent of the refresher of certain learning content. If you want, you can apply what you have learned in the Babbel community and talk to people from all over the world.


Due to its great success, Duolingo was named "iPhone App of the Year 2013" by Apple. More than 20 million users regularly practice their language skills to be able to understand sites like Instead of endless vocabulary lists and complicated grammar lessons, the app offers thematically arranged language learning modules. New vocabulary is introduced via images and gradually incorporated into phrases and phrases. There are exercises for listening comprehension and speaking, cloze texts and translation tasks. If you have previous knowledge, after some tests you have the opportunity to skip parts.

Duolingo has ten languages to choose from, including German, English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch. You can even learn several languages at the same time. However, not all languages are available for German as the source language. The peculiarity of Duolingo lies in the interactivity: Through commentary functions, the users can help each other. Another special feature of the app is the "Strengthen capabilities" feature. Here you can regularly test your progress. Duolingo compiles the exams based on the current state of knowledge.


Great success has also the British provider Busuu Online. In Germany alone, the app has already been downloaded two million times. Busuu is a social network where users help each other to improve their language skills. Twelve languages are available, including Polish, Turkish, Russian, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese. Learners create a profile and work on the lessons at their own pace. Within the online community, language partnership partnerships can be closed: users learn a foreign language and at the same time teach their native language. Communication takes place via an integrated video chat function. At Busuu you can also audition vocabulary and listen to dialogues, write your own text and check its current level of knowledge in appropriate tests.


The app "50 Languages" allows learning in over 2,500 language directions, such as German / English, English / Spanish, Spanish / Chinese or even French / Hindi and Turkish / Dutch. In each selected language selection you can choose between the words "Phrasebook" and "Vocabulary" in the menu. The former contains multiple-choice exercises and cloze texts for learning vocabulary. In the latter, the memorization of common phrases to achieve a quick learning success. The lessons deal with everyday situations, such as For example, going on vacation, staying at the hotel, ordering food in the restaurant, getting to know someone, shopping, going to the doctor. They all contain free audio. A recording function in the "phrasebook" also allows the user to check his pronunciation for accuracy. In the area of "Language and Geography Quiz" one can extend his cultural knowledge.


LingQ is an app for learning languages using interesting and authentic listening texts. The LingQ library contains thousands of hours of various topics, including lessons, podcasts, audiobooks, interviews, and more.

The platform supports learning over 24 languages including English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese and Korean. There are many beginner and advanced courses available for each language, and multi-language learning is also supported. In addition, one's own progress is recorded statistically in order to keep track of his own learning development. Another feature is the available browser extensions for all popular browsers, with which you can import any foreign-language web content into your library. Once imported, these texts can then be retrieved from the smartphone and easily used for reading on the go. This feature makes LingQ a very practical tool, as you can access personalized content when selecting topics.

All in all, LingQ not only provides a language learning system, but also a large community of language learners. You can post questions in the forum, find tandem language partners and even professional teachers offer their courses on LingQ. After successful registration, it is possible to start a 7-day free trial week to take a closer look at the features of the platform.

Last modified on Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 18:41