Check out these educational apps for learning a new language
Who says you need fancy-pants, expensive software to learn a new language? These online language-learning programs offer up plenty of free and budget-friendly apps that will have you speaking like a native in no time.
Busuu.com mobile apps (iOS; Android) Busuu.com boasts mobile apps in 11 different languages including Italian, French, German and Russian, to name a few. Each one serves up an extensive vocab section with over 3,000 words and key phrases, while letting you tailor its practice mode to your own comfort level. You can study 150 different topics, based around everyday situations, and you can also get hands on with audio-visual learning tools including photos and recordings by native speakers. The app is free for both iPhone and Android owners, and it comes with 20 full learning sections; after that you can purchase additional content within the app.
Babbel.com mobile apps (iOS; Android) Babbel.com has become a go-to site for learning a new language, because it's easy to use and free to test out (the first lesson is on the house). After that, you pay a small monthly fee (current rate is $12.95 per month, and discounts are offered if you pay for additional months up front), which includes a slew of free apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Babbel's mobile apps feature a vocabulary trainer with speech recognition, over 2,000 vocab words (complete with pictures and pronunciations) for each language and a review manager that remembers which content you've already studied.
TOTALe Companion for Rosetta Stone (iOS; Android) Well, if you've already handed over your hard-earned dough for a popular language learning program like Rosetta Stone, you can head over to the iTunes Store and download the mobile companion app for free. In addition to what you're already learning with the software, Rosetta Stone's TOTALe app offers extra practice exercises straight from your smartphone.
Living Language mobile apps (iOS; Android) Living Language offers up iPhone and Android apps for French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese and Japanese. The apps are free to download and the first few lessons of each are also up for grabs at no extra cost. You can choose from three different levels, based on how much of the language you already know, and then practice with vocab, grammar, dialogue and interactive games. Once you complete the free lessons, you'll have the option of purchasing full access to the rest of the app's content for $20.