The best apps for learning a foreign language.


Whether for business or pleasure, many wish to learn or at least learn some basics of a language.

Android user or iOS, visual or auditory memory, you will find among the 6 applications listed below, which one best fits your needs.

1. Memrise .


This app voted best app of the year 2017, is free.

As soon as you finish a step, the Premium membership is offered, it may be monthly, yearly or lifetime.

On the design side : its spatial universe makes it nice and above all fun. With Memrise you learn words and then phrases. The exercises alternate between recognition of the written word, listening and then association of the pronunciation with a mems, you can even create your own.

By going in the settings, you can choose the number of words to be learned per learning session or review.

And, from your profile, it is also possible to set up your “daily reminder”, that is to say, the time at which the application will remind you that it is necessary to resume learning.

We love Memrise for the pronunciation of a video made by native speakers, the cultural concepts introduced.

2. Busuu .


Busuu is the name of a language spoken in Cameroon. This application installs a free but very soon the subscription to the Premium offer is proposed to you.

Busuu has a design that is rather simplistic and a little less playful than Memrise.

It has the particularity to be based on community sharing. Indeed, each oral or written is corrected by a member of the community native of the language you are learning.

If you want, you can also correct exercises and leave a comment.

Busuu is open to all types of learners and can be a good way to interact with native speakers, and why not create them links !

3. Babbel .


The installation and test level are free, then the app becomes very fast pay, after you have finished the 1st lesson (6,65 €/month for 3 months for example).

The interface of Babbel is simple and nice.

Note that this application is primarily based on the translation. You are invited to complete sentences and dialogues.

You also have the possibility to compare your pronunciation to a native speaker.

We appreciate Babbel for the clarity and conciseness of his lessons. Its classification by theme allows you to easily access what you need.

4. MosaLingua .


MosaLingua is based on the method of “spaced repetition via flash cards. You will have access to new cards only when you have revised those learned.

With MosaLingua, you have concrete goals in learning, and self-assessments are accurate, you are clearly showing your progress.

The application also enables you to study offline. This mode is the upside of MosaLingua because it means a learning and economy of your data !

Note that each language has its own application MosaLingua and its Premium version to 4.69 €.

5. Duolinguo .


Duolinguo is a free application and is undoubtedly the most well known of all. She is playful and very easy to use.

Each word is associated with an image, itself accompanied by a translation. You are asked to find the correct translation, and then write it in your native language and then in the target language. Each lesson completed gives you experience points.

You can set a daily goal and test your knowledge whenever you want.

We also appreciate the ability to disable the exercises that you like least, and the notifications that may interrupt you during your lesson.

With Duolingo, your learning can be done between friends or family by sending invitations with the option social (the icon that looks like a pennant in the bottom of the screen).

6. Rosetta Stone .


Rosetta Stone is a software for learning of languages was launched in 1992, it has since been adapted for mobile devices (iOS and Android). It has become an essential.

What distinguishes Rosetta Stone is its unique method, that is, without reference to your native language. The learner must associate images with words, phrases, or choose the correct answer among a list of proposals.

It is an approach which is immersive, which allows to understand as the language associations.

You will be able to, not only, gain access to the main lessons, but also to other services such as tutoring online, a cat and a variety of language games to help you to deepen your knowledge.

The one-year subscription is to 106,99 €, not to mention the additional costs, if you want to have access to lessons more advanced. Compared to the competition, Rosetta Stone is a major cost..

Be aware that before you commit, you can try a free version for 3 days.

Also, keep in mind that you pay for the language you have chosen, therefore, if you want to learn a second then you will have to pay again.