Whether you're learning Spanish for a class, a work promotion, a trip, or even a relocation to Mexico, Spain, or Central or South America, you want it to come easy. The following seven language learning apps make learning Spanish child's play with fun exercises and games that are built on spaced repetition, which is great for retaining new vocab in your long-term memory. You'll be conversing and even writing like native speakers in no time with the best apps for learning Spanish.
One of the best apps for learning Spanish, FluentU (Android, iOS) leverages Spanish-language video content -- music videos, movie trailers, and lectures -- from around the Web to teach Spanish vocab and grammar rules, such as verbs and verb conjugations. By watching, Spanish learners get to see the words in action. They can also quickly look up any words they don't understand in the app. Get two weeks of foreign language learning for free to start and then pay $29.99 per month or $239.99 per year.
One of the best language learning apps, Duolingo (Android, iOS) offers lessons in Spanish that feel more like mini-games for free. Create a daily goal and learn basic Spanish vocabulary and Spanish grammar through identification, translation, and pronunciation exercises that rely on your phone's microphone. And if Spanish students start slacking on their language learning, Duolingo will send reminders, pushing you to keep going. You can use Duolingo for free or purchase a Duolingo Plus subscription, which removes ads and adds helpful extras, for $9.99 per month.
3. Rosetta Stone
The award-winning Rosetta Stone (Android, iOS) foreign language app stresses immersive learning, helping you pick up Spanish vocabulary and Spanish grammar -- words, sentences, and entire conversations -- with pictures of actual situations you might find yourself in. Start with the most elemental greetings, questions, and phrases. Then read short stories aloud, confident that your pronunciation will be checked by trustworthy TruAccent speech recognition technology. Then get out and about, testing what you've learned in real-life situations, and consult the app's easy-to-access phrasebook if you get stuck. Pretty soon you'll be able to have deeper conversations and even conduct business in Spanish. You can also take the learning offline with downloadable lessons. Try the service for free for three days before paying between $54.99 to $199.99 for a subscription.
4. Babbel -- Learn Languages
One of the best apps to learn Spanish, Babbel (Android, iOS) teaches Spanish by guiding you through the practical, everyday convos you'd actually have in your new language if you were traveling to Mexico or Spain, for example, or just there on business. Fortunately, Babbel keeps lessons at 10 to 15 minutes, so you can fit them into your busy schedule and also keep them easy to remember. Then strengthen your weaknesses with customized review sessions tailored to your problem areas. Free app Babbel is great, but with in-app purchases, which run from $15.99 per month to $84.99 per year, you'll get the complete learning materials.
5. In 24 Hours Learn Spanish
As its name implies, In 24 Hours Learn Spanish (Android, iOS), one of the best apps to learn Spanish, promises to teach you thousands of Spanish words and phrases using audio-visual lessons in just 24 hours. The name may be an exaggeration, but the app is still highly recommended. Get your first 12 lessons for free or pay just $6.99 for all 24.
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6. Learn Languages with Memrise
Learn Languages with Memrise (Android, iOS) makes learning fun by teaching learners everyday words and phrases using a mix of quick-to-learn games and over 30,000 native speaker videos. The pronunciation guide ensures that you speak like a local by recording and comparing your pronunciation with native speakers. The offline mode keeps the learning going even when Wi-Fi is interrupted. For advanced learning, you can upgrade to Memrise Pro for between $8.99 per month to $179.99 for a lifetime subscription.
In Busuu (Android, iOS), you'll start with a placement test to ensure you're starting from the right difficulty level. Then Busuu helps you learn Spanish using speaking and writing exercises corrected by real native speakers. You'll also get accent training with speech recognition exercises, grammar tips, and full courses with 150 units. You can also learn offline.
Busuu's latest feature, the Study Plan, gives users a plan of attack for reaching their goals by asking them how far they want to progress and when they're able to study and then calculates how long it will take them. This feature also helps track their progress and keeps them motivated to achieve their goals with reminders.
Busuu Premium learners -- who demonstrate a mastery of Spanish, French, German, Italian, or Portuguese in level completion tests -- get the added benefit of McGraw-Hill Education level completion certificates that they can show an employer or just boast about on LinkedIn.
To gain access to premium features, you'll pay between $10.99 per month to $74.99 per year.
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