The Top 10 Best Language Learning Apps to Use When Traveling

Everyone wants, or dreams of, learning a new language, but it is difficult. You have to find a teacher, go to class and that can be difficult if you have a busy lifestyle. Besides, it may even be difficult to find a teacher in your area that instructs the language you are interested in. But with cool language apps you can learn from home. Language apps make it is so much easier to learn a new language. However, finding the right language apps that can teach you effectively can be a “Shot in the Dark” process, just because there are so many apps available. So we took a look at some of these language learning apps and put together 10 of the best language learning apps to help you along with your goal.


  1. Anki

Anki is Japanese for memorization. This is a flashcard app that has been around for a while but is still very popular. It focuses on vocabulary memorization. The app displays a word, phrase or image and you need to repeat it, and commit it to memory.  Anki works well for Japanese but also works with equations, names, faces and diagrams. Anki is free and cross platform.

  1. Memrise

This language learning app offers more than just vocabulary and new words. It also refers to history and science. It uses flashcards, memory tricks and images to help you remember the new language vocabulary.

  1. Duolingo

This is an interesting approach to learning a new language. It allows you to learn as you translate information from websites. The app also comes with lessons and activities. You learn to read and speak the language you’re interested in by hearing how native speakers read and analyzing the way they write.

  1. Pimsleur Method

This is an audio app that focuses on participation in speaking and sound. It uses memorization and flashcards. The method also uses reading and vocabulary but primarily focuses on speaking and learning to speak the language.  Livemocha.

  1. Babbel

Babbel has several apps that let you learn different languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish and many more. The program uses a combination of repetition and phrase completion. Set custom learning goals and stay on track. Your progress is synched between all of your devices, and at $11 a month, the value can’t be beat.

  1. Living Language

Living Language, made by Random House is an app that covers many different languages. The interface is easy-to-use, and the language focuses on completing sentences and vocabulary acquisition.

  1. Chinese by BrainScape

Need to learn Chinese? Then this is the option for you. A beautifully designed app that makes it easy to learn to draw the symbols that helps you draw easily and teaches you the different stroke patterns.

  1. Busuu

A relatively new app that lets you practice speaking with native speakers, an activity that can be fun and offers a real learning opportunity.

  1. Google Translate

This is not really meant as a learning tool but many users feel this helps them learn their language of choice.

  1. iHandy Translator

This is an app that translates phrases or sentences into 52 different languages. Track your searches and history when you need to find a certain phrase.