Must-Have iPhone Apps to Learn French Language on the Go
Looking to take some time off from your daily routine and thinking about spending some well-deserved days in a place like Paris? Before you make a decision on that, make sure you have your French language basics sorted out!
All thanks to the internet and the usefulness of iPhone apps, learning the French language basics (and even advanced level) in a relatively short time is not impossible anymore. Be it the iPhone or the iPad, there are numerous iPhone apps to learn French.
Top 6 French Language Learning Apps
In this article, we’ll go through some of our team’s most favorite French language learning apps.
We had to start off the list with Duolingo. It simply is right up there with the best iPhone apps to learn French from. The strengths of the app are its interactive interface and its game based learning experience. When you sign up for a new account (which is free by the way), the app will give you Lingots, which are a form of in-app credits so to speak. After a few basic lessons, you can start memorizing French words and on every correct guess, you will be able to earn more XP (Lingots) and basically pile up your credits.
The basic mode of teaching French in the app is through repeating words, both by text and voice. The app will even keep your laziness in check by deducting credits if you don’t use the app for a few days.
Cost: The free version of the app currently allows users to learn other languages apart from French including German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and of course English.
If you want a great looking app to start off with polishing your French, then Duolingo is the one for you.
Download Link: Duolingo can be downloaded for the iPhone from this link.
The name should give you quite the hint. Memrise is all about memorization and it will push you to learn a new language purely by offering really great ways of memorizing words and phrases. The learning process is mostly done through visual cues. Users are shown visuals and then words are linked to these visuals to create associations between them.
Once a new phrase or word has been taught within the app, users are then quizzed from the previous lessons so that they don’t get to forget.
Download Link: This iPhone app to learn French is available for download on the iTunes Store from this link.
It’s not just a single app but a collection of different apps that gives users the choice to choose learning French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian and many more. In a way, Babbel is very similar to Duolingo when it comes to the method for teaching a language. It uses repetition of words and phrases to ensure a user is comfortable with every level of learning a new language before going on to the next stage.
The feature that we love about the Babbel app is its ability to sync progress of a course with your iPad, iPhone or even the web so you can basically keep learning without having to worry of starting over.
Cost: The basic version of Babbel is totally free to use, but in order to unlock more features, the app can be bought starting from $11 for every single language.
Download Link: The app can downloaded for the iPhone from this link.
Living Language Courses
Created by Random House publishers, Living Language Courses has quite an impressive collection of language courses covering various languages from Italian to Korean to Hindi. The interface and features remain the same regardless of which language you decide to go for while the method of learning is more towards completion of phrases and sentences. Once a level has been cleared, the app will create a quiz from the previous lectures to make sure everything that has been learnt is properly revised.
Cost: The app allows users to basically purchase which level of a certain language they want. For example, if you are familiar with the French language basics, you can simply skip the basic course and move on to purchasing the more advanced levels and start off from there. Interestingly, the app also has support for the Arabic language, which is quite a rarity.
Download Link: The Living Language Course Pack can be downloaded for the iPhone from the link.
Talking about beautiful iPhone apps to learn French, MindSnacks definitely beats up the competition in that category. Although the app is primarily made for students for the purpose of teaching French, it can still be quite effective for anyone willing to learn the whole complexities of the beautiful language.
The approach to learning is very methodical and gives users the chance to learn by the way of playing games. Activities include word memorization, revision of phrases, voice commands and other interactive ways. Users can select from a wide variety of topics like Jobs, Food, Fashion etc and the app will pull words and phrases based on those topics for you to test out.
Our favourite game based activity was the Balloon game in which certain French words show up inside Balloons with corresponding Balloons containing the meaning of those French words in English. The objective here is to match each French word Balloon with its matching English word Balloon.
Download Link: You can find the ‘Learn French by MindSnacks’ app on the iTunes App Store.
Speaking of the best iPhone apps to learn French language easily, Mosalingua is the app to have if you are interested in learning French through audio notes and phrases. The uniqueness of the app comes from its ability to show you words and phrases before they tend to get forgotten. Every time you move on to a new level within the app, you will be tested with random previous phrases so as to keep your memory strong.
The app is quite impressive in its vocabulary and it has over 14 different categories (which has over a 100 subcategories) filled with words, phrases, audio conversations and much more.
Download Link: You can find the app to download from the iTunes store from this link.
Do you have any experience of using language learning apps on the iPhone before? If you have a recommendation that you would like to share with us and our readers, please do let us know in the comments below.