10 best apps to learn and practice a foreign language

10 best apps to learn and practice a foreign language

10 best apps to learn and practice a foreign language

March 23, 2020 | Languages

10 best apps to learn and practice a foreign language

Learning a foreign language alone is hard. Very hard. This is partly why Leeve is born, so that you are not alone in learning it, and to put you in touch people from all around the world near your home, and meet people whose native language you wish to learn, practice… It goes without saying that Leeve is and stays the number one app to learn and practice a foreign language!

Of course, I am saying that while remaining flawlessly neutral. Obviously. 

But, regardless, we have come up with a top 10 of our favourite apps to learn languages. May I remind you that those are our favourite apps, that allows for the regular or even quick learning of a foreign language, and that we consider to be the best. But that title was a tiny bit long.

1) Duolingo

With the tiny green owl, it’s all in the repetition. We learn vocabulary, grammar, repeat, again and again, until it stays once and for all. So clearly, you won’t really be able to speak at the end of the course, but you will understand most of what you read and hear. We really  recommend to start by learning the basics on Duolingo, then practice with Leeve. What’s more, their logo is an owl. We like it, we approve it, we adhere to it.

2) Babbel 

Of course, some apps in this top-10 do not need to be presented. Babbel is a point of reference when it comes to learning a language online. 14 languages are available for learning on the app, and interactive lessons that are proposed let you improve very quickly. Okay, the app is not free of charge, but that is its least defect!

3) Mosalingua

WHat is convenient with this app, is that, if you need to learn a language for professional reasons, for example, you can focus on a particular field. That way, no “useless” vocabulary, you go straight to the point, and master the field that you are interested in. Another advantage: the articles which allow you to learn a bit more about the culture of a country. 

4) Lingvist

Lingvist mixes learning a language and tech: everything is based on Big Data. To be quickly able to master the “skeleton” of a language, by learning words which are (statistically) the most used ones in a language. Only small damper: you can only learn English with this app.

5) Beelinguapp

I really like the concept of this app. Beelinguapp offers to learn foreign languages through literature: rather than having lists of vocabulary and irregular verbs rammed down your throat, you are listening to an audiobook in a foreign language, nice and cozy in your sofa while reading the transcription in your mother tongue at the same time. That way, you assimilate little by little the vocabulary without feeling like you are actually working. Not bad, huh ? 

6) Lingodeer

The app is pretty much aimed at people passionate about Asian countries. With Lingodeer, you can learn Korean, Japanese, or Chinese (and English too, but that’s not very Asian) The learning method proposed here is quite fun, if you commit to it at least 10 minutes a day, you should see the first results soon. Can’t wait to watch my Korean dramas without subtitles!

7) Memrise

Okay, to be honest, I don’t really like Memrise. But it is because I really hate to learn lists and lists of vocabulary, I am a strong proponent to learning through practising. But! one must give to Caesar what is Jules’. Memrise is a very easy-to-use app with which you can learn vocabulary quickly, just like Duolingo. Add it to an app to practise foreign languages, and you get a very well-though and practical app. 

8) LingoZing

Why do we like LingoZing ? Kind of the same reason why we like Beelinguapp. LingoZing is an app with which you can learn foreign languages thanks to comic strips and comic books. You can choose the level of difficulty, listen to audios, see the text in two languages, which helps with understanding. You have to pay for a book, but nothing excessive!

9) GlobalExam

Beyond learning languages for pleasure, GlobalExam helps you get ready to take your language exams, like the TOEFL or the HSK, for example. I have already passed a language exam AND helped other language lovers take theirs, I know how hard it can be to find the proper documentation to study. THis app offers a lot of content to assist you in your project, so do not hesitate!

10) Couchsurfing

Yes, indeed, learning a language is not the primary goal of this app. But, thanks to the people you meet through it, you can talk to native and local people. In addition to talking to them to make new friends, you are learning and practising a foreign language, and discovering another culture. What else can we ask for? A top 20 of the best apps to travel? You'll see it very soon, don't worry!

Again, this is only our opinion. What do you think? Do you agree with our selection? What is your favourite app to learn foreign languages?

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Hi! I'm Sarra, I'm one of the business developers at Leeve. Traveling, meeting people from different cultures, learning and speaking different languages... Those have always been passions of mine. Because traveling is a way of meeting new people, thinking differently and to being open-minded, we want to offer these experiences to everyone with Leeve!

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