Cool Apps for Language Learning

Are you teaching or learning a language? Want to do it the 21st century way though your Android, iPhone or Blackberry? There are literally dozens of apps out there to help you learn foreign languages!

Some of them are language specific, while others offer multilingual options. Here are some examples:

24/7 Tutor – Spanish, French, Italian, Russian and German

Katahira App – Japanese (Katahira)

Greek – flash cards

American Sign Language (ASL) – tutorial and reference app

Cherokee – iPhone app for this endangered indigenous language

Korean Essentials – a free app from the Apple Store by AccelaStudy

Spanish vocabulary – by Componica

Matt Silverman, in Mashable/Mobile, wrote about free apps for the Android phone, including one called Talk To Me. He writes:

“Talk To Me is an impressive app that can translate your input text or speech between over 40 different languages, and in most cases, speak the translations back to you. The interface is really dead-simple: An input for text, a drop-down list to choose your languages, and a big green button to activate the speech recognition.” Read the full article here.

Claire Bradin Siskin offers a superb overview of instructional and learning apps for languages for iPhone, Blackberry and other smart phones, including a list of places to get them.

Angel Brady at Princeton University did a great review of over 20 different apps for language learning.

Here’s an idea: Ask your students what apps they can find for their own mobile devices. Build your own links and resources for your students by engaging them in the process of figuring out what works for them, what doesn’t and why.


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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.

5 Responses to Cool Apps for Language Learning

  1. Sean Rasmussen says:

    Numbers are often neglected in any language; I’ve made an iOS app to help in this regard:

    You can see a tutorial here:


  2. Lilian says:

    Soon I will be testing some of these apps in a Blackberry.

  3. Qian Kan says:

    Yes, this is a really informative site. We (The Open University) has recently released a Chinese language learning App called ‘Chinese Characters First Steps’ via App Store. If you let me have your email address, I can send you an attachment with further information about our new App.

  4. Alena Paul says:

    Thanks for brining this useful information to our knowledge. I, in reality enjoyed every little thing that you created.

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