For most of us, learning a new language is like trying to rub your tummy and pat your head at the same time. It’s extremely difficult, takes a lot of practise, and is frustrating. The older we get the harder it gets to learn. Luckily there is an app for this very purpose. Several in fact.
The language applications that are available on iPhone and smartphone come under four different categories: audio, travel phrases, study programs and flash cards. It doesn’t matter where you got your phone from:O2, Orange, direct from the Apple store, these applications will be available and come in handy.
Best Apps to Teach Yourself a New Language with your Smartphone
Here are some of the popular apps you can install on your iPhone or an android device and teach yourself to learn a new foreign language :
This app is available as both free and paid versions, and isn’t just limited to French. You can learn Spanish, German and Italian too. The apps aim is to give you the basic phrases and vocabulary necessary to get by. Information is broken down into categories: Home & Family, Basic Phrases etc. You can choose between a multiple choice quiz, a puzzle, flashcards or write in. You can even listen to a recording of the word.
The name says it all. This free app helps you memorize Spanish words through the use of flashcards. You can limit the amount of learning cards you are given per day, although the default number is 25, and can try at your own pace. Label the words once you are done, and the app will tell you how well you have done so far, whenever you log in. A dictionary is supplied too in case you ever get stuck.
My Chinese Coach
Definitely one of the pricier language apps, it teaches you new Chinese words, grammar and phrases. It is tricky in the sense that you must have mastered the information in a lesson, before you can move on to the next, but you are guided through. You can draw on the screen, listen to the word and sound it out yourself.
You can find more free apps for learning other languages by following this link in the iTunes store and in the android app market at this link.