The world is being invaded.
And our invaders’ numbers grow day by day.
But no little green men are involved, and we don’t need to recruit Will Smith to save us.
That’s because we’re being invaded by Android language learning apps, which any language learner would agree is one of the best invasions possible.
That’s right. If iPhone language apps aren’t your thing, you still have a ton of great Android options.
And you might not have even noticed what the best Android language learning apps are since they aren’t necessarily connected to big, recognizable names.
It’s time to pay attention to some powerful apps that may have been flying under your radar.
With the Android apps below, you’ll be able to go above and beyond the usual language app features like multiple choice quizzes and pictures—and learn through stories, podcasts, videos, social networks and more.
But first, let’s define what “best” means for you.
How to Pick the Right Android Learning App for You
- Consider your proficiency level to ensure the app you choose will cover that level. Some Android apps focus on just one level, while other apps are intended for any level of language learner. Selecting an app that meets your proficiency level will help ensure that app is useful and not too far above or below your abilities.
- Think about what you want to get out of the app. Each app has a different focus and can offer you different things. For instance, some apps focus on listening practice, some focus on vocabulary practice and others focus on reading practice. Deciding what you want to get out of the app ahead of time will help ensure the Android app you download meets your needs.
- Pay careful attention to the features and reviews. New apps come out frequently, and not all of them are high quality. While some app designers use science and research to produce the most effective apps possible, other designers crank out as many apps as possible in hopes of making a quick buck. Paying careful attention to any app’s reviews and features will help ensure that the app you download is the app you want.
The 9 Best Android Apps to Use for Stellar Language Learning
FluentU’s upcoming Android app will provide you with plenty of learning power you can take with you on the go. Do you ever wish learning a language could be as easy as watching entertaining videos? With FluentU, it can be.
FluentU offers a fun, flexible approach to language learning where you pick your pace and what you learn. As a starting point to teach you a language, FluentU uses authentic, real-world foreign language videos—like news, movie trailers, music videos and more. But don’t worry, you’re not thrown in unprepared! Each video is captioned and the captions are annotated, providing you with easy access to any word’s definition, example sentences and associated images. You can even click any word to see how it’s used in other videos.
Plus, FluentU also offers a unique “learn mode” that transforms videos, pictures and example sentences into exercises and flashcards for an engaging and interactive learning experience.
Since FluentU uses a special algorithm, it adjusts to any learner’s level and teaches them based on what they’ve already learned, so it’s appropriate for any level. It also puts the power to customize in your hands, as you’re able to import your own word lists and mark off words you already know.
FluentU is currently available for Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.
Can’t get enough stories? Beelinguapp helps you snag some language learning while you enjoy a compelling plot.
Beelinguapp focuses on stories you can read in both English and your target language, giving you awesome reading practice while ensuring you actually understand the material. Plus, you can even listen to audiobooks for some language offerings. As you listen, you can follow along with karaoke-style captioning that highlights the passage you’re currently listening to. This makes Beelinguapp a great tool for reading or listening practice.
Beelinguapp offers Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.
A hero’s journey is never easy. Luckily, with Study Quest, yet another entertaining app for language learning, the journey can still be fun.
In this app, you create a hero to guide on a language learning adventure. Along the way, language learning games and flashcards help you gain the skills you need. As you advance, the flashcards get increasingly difficult.
Study Quest also allows you to interact with friends through the app. You can follow each others’ progress or even help each other in battle, which is a fun way to stay motivated.
Study Quest offers English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.
Lingo bills itself as an “educational social network.” Through games, conversations and more, Lingo might just become any language learner’s new favorite social network.
Lingo offers a nice array of features for language learners. For instance, you can interact with other users, which provides you the opportunity to ask questions and/or have your work corrected. An interactive game also helps you learn by playing with others. Plus, you can even use text-based chat (complete with translation and correction features) to interact and get some language practice. Text, video and image posts can provide you with additional learning opportunities, and you can save these posts to review more later.
Lingo offers Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
The LingQ app is all about immersing yourself in a wide variety of content—including podcasts, interviews and other authentic content—and you can even import real-life content you find online! The great thing about LingQ’s style of immersion is that it’s immersion with purpose and structure. You can use the app to track your progress and study habits, including words learned and the amount of time you spend on activities like reading and listening.
LingQ is additionally flexible in that you can use it offline. But you’ll want to use it online because it also has some social features that enable you to interact with other learners.
LingQ’s Android app is currently available in 25 languages, including Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch and more.
The Learn&Play app might just slap you in the face with learning.
That’s because Learn&Play uses what it calls “Subconscious Language Acquisition Performance” (SLAP), which employs word-group learning, deep audio-visual immersion, quizzes and play modules to try to speed up the learning process.
This app targets beginning students, teaching basic greetings, must-know phrases and more.
Learn&Play offers Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese.
Want to learn common vocabulary? Langu Live can hook you up with a ton of words.
The Langu Live app is a word game app that focuses entirely on beginning vocabulary acquisition. One of the best and most unique elements of the app is that you can set both the language you want to learn in and your target language. So, for instance, if you’ve studied Spanish and also want to learn Portuguese, you can set Spanish as your main language and Portuguese as your target language, thereby practicing your Spanish while you study Portuguese.
Plus, Langu Live offers 100 languages, so if you’re looking to learn a less common language, like Haitian Creole or Maori, Langu Live may be your best option.
Conventional courses offer a targeted, organized approach to learning. But can you really enjoy the benefits of a conventional course in an app? Well, with OpenLanguage, you can enjoy many of them. OpenLanguage is much like a regular language class delivered in convenient app format.
They call this approach “Tablet Textbook.”
The app features much of what you would find in a real classroom, like lessons presented by teachers, dialogues that teach high frequency vocabulary, interactive review activities and flashcard decks for easy studying.
OpenLanguage offers Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
iKnow! aims to help you read, write in, listen to and speak a language. By telling you what to study and when, iKnow! takes a lot of the guesswork out of the learning process.
Interactive activities like quizzes and a sentence builder help reinforce your learning. Meanwhile, audio activities help you fine-tune your listening skills.
iKnow! offers Chinese, English and Japanese.
There are two Chinese courses, divided into “Simplified Chinese” and “Traditional Chinese.” Each of these courses features the same 2,000 words. The Japanese course offers 6,000 common Japanese words, while the English course focuses on SAT vocabulary.
So embrace the invasion—check out these nine great language learning apps for Android!
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