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In the last chapter we talked about YouTube channels for learning French. YouTube is great when you have a bigger screen and a wifi connection. But what about when you’re on the go? That’s where mobile apps are great. While mobile apps are an effective way for reviewing your French and learning new things on the go, they are not the most effective way to learn a language so we wouldn’t recommend using them as your only source. Think of them more as a supplement to your language learning. Here are the apps we recommend most for learning French.
LingQ has a collection of material for every level, even the most advanced. You can choose the level that is right for you and then read and listen to texts simultaneously while you click to store new words for later study on flashcards.
This app has material for all levels and allows you to choose the reason you are studying French. Is it for travel? Perhaps for business? The app features a space-repetition system and brings the words you need to review forward at the right time in order to ensure that they enter your long-term memory.
This app is completely free to use and is ideal for beginners. As you build up vocabulary and get used to forming sentences, you will notice that Duolingo is known for its crazy sentences that you would likely never say in your daily life such as “I eat alt” and “the monkey wants a piece of gum”.
This app has material for beginners to intermediate levels and it will ask your level and bring material appropriate to your French-learning level. It provides photos that accompany new vocabulary and also features dialogues, grammar lessons and a review.
A free app to use that allows you to interact and create the material that you need most. You can share that material with others. This crowd sourcing project allows you to make suggestions about how people might remember new words. You also benefit from the material that others have already added to the platform.
With Hi Native, you can record your voice to see if natives can understand your pronunciation and help you improve. You can write sentences and ask native whether it ‘sounds natural’ and you can write sentences and ask natives to correct your grammatical and syntactical mistakes. The idea is that you help people with their mistakes in.
This app is great for visual learners as it uses a video format. You can watch various videos at all levels of French and learn your way to fluency while on the go.English and others help you learn French.
is an app which allows you to communicate with native speakers on your smart phone. Natives can correct your spelling, listen to your pronunciation and even create a language-exchange partnership over time. You might be able to meet each other face to face some day if you live in the same area or travel to see the other person.
This free French app works in a similar way to HelloTalk. It allows for a greater number of languages which is advantageous if you speak multiple languages.
This app is similar to HelloTalk and Tandem, except that it is geared mostly to finding people to practice your language with in person. The GPS feature shows people who share your languages who are nearby so you can find each other and talk. It was funded successfully on Kickstarter in 2016 and launches in the summer of 2017.
This app will help you with your French pronunciation. You can also find examples of regional pronunciations of words in French, such as in Canada, different parts of France, Geneva and Brussels. If there is a word in French and you were wondering how to pronounce it properly, find it in Forvo and you will be able to play it back to listen to how a native pronounces it. Consider repeating it back in your Hi Native app to get feedback from the natives.
has something for every level. There are three levels: essential, intermediate and advanced. The essential level covers greetings, courtesy expression, people, family, around the house, numbers, basic descriptions, around town, dining, shopping, at work, and hobbies. The intermediate and advanced levels build from there as you get into more complex conversations. This app features vocabulary, grammar and games at all levels to make French-learning fun.
This app has a collection of French lessons for at the beginners and intermediate levels. Premium members can download lessons to use offline. When you are online, you can use the app for free. Pictures accompany new vocabulary words and you can listen to how the new word is pronounced and see how it is spelled
This app allows you to play one round per day for free. You can sign up for the premium version to play more often. You can choose a language pair. For example if you are studying French and wish to study it via Portuguese, you can adjust your settings to do so. Not all language pairs have material yet. With Clozemaster you can choose either multiple choice games or text input. With multiple choice, you see the full sentence in the language of your settings and have a multiple-choice in French to fill in the blank. Text input is much harder because you have to know the word actively rather than just passively, and you have to spell it correctly.
We couldn’t resist including our very own app Rype, which is the greatest for finding quality private teachers at an affordable price. You get a fully vetted professional teacher online, anytime of the day, any day of the week. With just 30 minutes a day, you are already on your way to speaking fluent French.
We hope you’ve found this list of the best 15 apps for learning French helpful. Whether you want to play language games while on the go, learn new French words, review French vocabulary, or meet people to have a language exchange with a native French speaker, these apps for learning French are the best ones you can download.
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