We’d also like to give an honorable mention to Ella Verbs (Google Play link), a little game that helps conjugate Spanish verbs better.
Price: Free / $5.41-$8.33 (billed every 3, 6, 12, or 24 months)
Busuu is a language learning app that specializes in about a dozen languages, including Spanish. As you may have guessed, one of them is Spanish. It uses a variety of techniques, including conversational learning, pronunciation lessons, grammar exercises, vocabulary lessons, and various practices. It also comes with an offline mode so you can keep practicing even with no Internet connection. At least it comes with the latest design standards and that helps make it a bit easier to navigate. The free version is just okay. The subscription options unlock all of the features. They are a little complicated, but not overly expensive.
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Price: Free / $9.99 per month
Duolingo is perhaps the most popular language learning app on mobile. It supports well over a dozen languages and they’re all free to learn. What makes this app different is that you play games to learn. There are little matching games and sound bytes that you’ll have to decipher. It’s all formatted to play like a game so that you can enjoy yourself while you learn. The lessons are bite sized so you can complete them on the go. Duolingo’s developers claim that 34 hours with this app is the same as one semester of learning in school. In any case, it’s worth a shot!
Google Translate is an invaluable tool for those learning a new language. The app lets you translate words and phrases into pretty much whatever language you want for free. On top of that, it has a live translator that you can use by speaking into your phone. It even has a camera mode so you can get translations of things like signs, or a piece of paper. The app fills in a lot of the blanks left from other apps. Like Dictionary Linguee, it won’t actually teach you any languages. However, you can use it as a reference tool to help making learning Spanish go by faster. Microsoft Translate is another excellent translator with some good Spanish learning features as well.
Language Drops: Learn Spanish
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $69.99 per year / $159.99 once
Language Drops is one of the newer language learning apps comparatively speaking. It uses bite sized lessons over the course of a long period of time to teach you a new language. Each session is about five minutes long. People learn vocabulary only without any additional grammar lessons. The idea is to eventually learn to string all of those vocabulary words together as you learn more and more stuff. This is an excellent side app to go with something like Memrise or Rosetta Stone, which focus a little more on fluent speaking rather than vocabulary recognition. The free version should work fine for a while. We think the subscription price is a tad expensive but you can pay for the whole thing once if you want to.
Price: Free / $8.99 per month / $58.99 per year / $99.99 once
Memrise is another one of the more popular and highly rated options for learning Spanish. It uses a variety of teaching methods, but it mostly revolves around playing a game. You act as a spy and you must convince people from a foreign country that you’re cool. You’ll be quizzed on various words and phrases, grammar, spelling, and more. It’s a neat way to get to where you’re going, although you will have to pay eventually to get all of the content. Luckily, Memrise has both a subscription package and a one-off purchase price, although the one-off price is a bit expensive.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $47.99 per year
Mondly is a popular language learning app on Google Play. It has just under three dozen total languages and Spanish is one of them. It focuses on using basic sentences and conversations to help you learn the language. It’s kind of a trial-by-fire kind of learning path. The UI is quite nice, though. It also comes with audio recordings so you can hear the conversation while you read it. Of course, it comes with general stuff like useful phrases, verb conjugations, and other basic tools. Some of it is free to download and use. A monthly subscription is required for all of the features.
Price: Free / $4.99 with in-app purchases
MosaLingua is a language learning service with a ton of support languages. Of course, one of them is Spanish. MosaLingua uses a flashcard system for learning. The app offers over 3,000 flashcards across 14 topics as well as over 100 subcategories. That’s a lot of words to learn. There is a level structure for proficiency with the highest rating being a ten. It also comes with a dictionary, the ability to create your own flashcards, and more. We especially like MosaLingua because it doesn’t use a subscription service. A single $4.99 payment gets you everything the app has to offer. This is excellent when paired with something like Duolingo for a low-cost alternative to some of the more pricier Spanish learning apps.
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Price: Free / $1.25 per month / $15 per year
Quizlet is a general learning app that can be very helpful for those learning Spanish. It’s an app that allows you to custom make your own set of flashcards. The app will then flip them around and help you study without the monotony of buying and writing them down. It will also come up with a couple of fun games that you can play with your flashcards like a matching game. Flashcards work for a lot of people and it’s a good way to learn some basic vocabulary, verb conjugation, and other smaller lessons. It’s a good tool when used alongside other, more serious Spanish lessons.
Price: Free / $11.99 per month / $107.88 per year
Everybody knows about Rosetta Stone. They’ve been a gold standard for non-school-based language learning for decades now. It supports over two dozen languages and that includes Spanish. The app focuses on practical conversation skills, speech recognition, and it focuses evenly on speaking, reading, and listening. It comes with offline support and you can sync your progress between the app and the desktop version. The biggest caveat is the price. Rosetta Stone is quite expensive no matter how you swing it. It’s also been around for a while, though, and people seem to trust it.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
SpeakTribe is a Spanish-specific learning app that seems to work pretty well. It uses a range of education techniques, including grammar, vocabulary, conversational learning, and more. It focuses a lot on in-depth explanations of things like grammar rules and trying to clearly explain what would normally be confusing concepts. It’s a bit more reading than other language apps, but it’s definitely a more comprehensive approach. The first four lessons are free. After that you purchase lesson packs as in-app purchases.