Best Language Learning Apps for iPhone

Here are the best language learning apps for iPhone, ranging from bite-sized lessons to AI-based pronunciation coaching to help you master a new language

By Sagar Thakkar
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Language Learning Apps for iPhone

Learn new languages with these apps on the App Store (Image via TechFirstNow)

Whether you enjoy it as a hobby or are travelling, learning a new language is challenging at first. The good news is that with the availability of cutting-edge apps for smartphones today, it is no longer a challenge.

There are a lot of language-learning apps available on the iOS App Store. In that case, we've tested and compiled a list of the best and easiest apps you might want to try. Check out the five best language learning apps for iPhone.

1. Duolingo 

Duolingo reigns number one, and you all know the reason - it is the most downloaded language-learning application of all time! Duolingo uses a fun and easy approach by offering bite-sized lessons in over 40 languages. This is a great option for people who have a tight schedule. The app is designed to improve real-life conversation skills and features speaking, writing, reading, and listening exercises for well-rounded language development. 


The app's game approach makes it attractive because of its cute characters and the points system that stimulates you to stick to your workout routine. Duolingo depends on science-based learning methods which guarantee you will have knowledge that sticks with you. Track your progress and give yourself a pat on the back every time you reach a new milestone in becoming proficient in your target language. Also for those looking to go beyond languages, Duolingo has math and music courses, and everything is as exciting as usual.

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 2. Bussu

Busuu provides a different way of learning languages, which includes a supportive community of native speakers. This app is not limited to the courses only but also provides chances to communicate with native speakers and get useful advice on your pronunciation and grammar.


Starting with communication from the first day, Busuu offers courses in 14 languages, each of which is prepared by a team of expert designers. The app accommodates various learning preferences through short lessons, practice tasks, and progress checks.

Additionally, there is a learning plan that will help you to keep up with the pace and a “Smart Review” feature that will revise all previously learned vocabulary and grammar. Last but not least, the app also provides language certificates to those who need official recognition of their progress upon completion of some courses.

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 3. Memrise

Memrise is another unique approach to language learning as it emphasizes real-life conversation skills. Developed around a community-based approach, this app provides you with an option to select the specific discussions you would like to master, thus, ensuring the language you learn is suitable for your needs and interests.


Memrise goes beyond rote learning. In this app, you can hear native speakers talking in everyday situations, and immerse yourself in accents and natural speech patterns. Talk to the AI tutor, MemBot, to practice speaking and gain confidence before engaging in real-life conversations. With Memrise, you personalize your learning journey by selecting topics that are relevant to your interests, and as such, you can show off your language skills with a flair. With Memrise, you will never get stuck on vocabulary that you will never use!

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 4. Falou

Falou is a practical method for learning a language, discussing how to speak and hear language so that you will understand what you are saying. This application has a lot of functions aimed at increasing your confidence and fluency. The pronunciation analysis-based feedback system of Falou, which uses Artificial Intelligence, guarantees clarity and accuracy in the use of pronunciation. Personal review lessons focus on errors helping you consolidate your knowledge. 


Memorable flashcards are based on a Spaced Repetition System (SRS) and promote the retention of vocabulary. Moreover, Falou provides further writing and listening practices and vocabulary booster lessons which help you to have full-fledged language skills. Falou makes learning a new language both efficient and interesting, as it has intelligent lessons that cover speaking, writing, listening, and reading in over 20 languages.

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 5. Babbel - Language Learning

Babbel is designed for accessibility, with its easy-to-use interface and short lessons that can be tucked into even the busiest day. Babbel provides a curriculum that suits your needs whether you’re a working professional, an enthusiastic traveller or just curious about a new language.


Babbel encourages balanced language growth with speaking, writing, and listening activities. The app uses highly developed speech-recognition technology to train your pronunciation so that you can communicate clearly and convincingly. It also features a smart review function that helps improve learning retention and offers helpful grammar suggestions. If flexibility is important to you, this app also allows you to download lessons for offline use so that you can learn whenever and wherever you like.

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Try these apps and make learning a language a super fun activity for yourself. All of these apps have unique features that make them useful. I personally prefer Dulingo because of its impressive user experience and its wide range of languages supported. If you’re someone who loves talking with others while learning a language, Memrise or Busuu might be of interest to you.

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