10 Amazing Apps for Learning a Language This Summer

It is now summer! You now have a whole lot of free time, right? Free time in which to do something productive. How about learning a language?

Normally learning a language would require college courses and hiring expensive tutors; well since it’s 2012, it’s about time to push into the 21st century with some very innovative language learning iPad apps.

We have assembled 10 of our most amazing apps designed for iPad that will enable you to learn your favored language this summer. So put on your learning cap and pick up your iPad and lets start our international voyage together!


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Hello Hello World

Hello Hello World

Hello Hello World

Hello Hello World is more than just a great language learning app for the iPad, it is more like a global community. You can learn along with people from across the globe and also choose from high quality language courses that are available in multiple languages.

Hello Hello World the app is free to download. However, the content is available for a fee. Hello Hello World is based on a subscription – the rates are monthly $9.99 USD, Semi-Annual $39.99 USD, Annual $59.99 USD. Once you subscribe, you be able to take advantage of cool features like voice recording, exercises, written feedback, and connecting to other users globally.

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Hello Hello

Spanish Anywhere

Spanish Anywhere

Spanish Anywhere

Spanish Anywhere is for both learning and as a travel tool. Spanish Anywhere incorporates phrases, recorded voice, verb conjugations, and more! Also included is a dictionary with over 14,000 words, games, and flash cards. If you want to learn Spanish and especially if you are travelling, Spanish Anywhere is fantastic!

Spanish Anywhere is $7.99 and comes with all of the content needed. You will have the ability to sync your bookmarks created in the app with app installations on your other devices.

Price: $7.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Spanish Anywhere

Aiueo Hiragana for iPad

Aiueo-Hiragana

Aiueo-Hiragana

If you are ready to learn Japanese, Aiueo-Hiragana might just be for you! The app uses a clean and simple design that gets right to the point, helping you learn Japanese. All you need to do is touch any character for a voice pronunciation. Aiueo-Hiragana includes a color coded system that they say aides in the learning process.

There are no social components of Aiueo-Hiragana, just a easy and fun way to play games and learn. So if you are looking to connect with other users and for other compulsory aides, this app may not be for you.

Price: $4.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Olsonvox

Berlitz French - Intensive

Berlitz French - Intensive

Berlitz French – Intensive

Berlitz is a name known in the language learning circles for their international language schools. Berlitz French is their attempt to translate their school experience to your iPad. Berlitz French will help you build a good foundation in French and also help you learn some pre-programmed phrases and sentences. Berlitz French is also great for travelers.

Berlitz French includes games, test, a dictionary, and statistics to keep you on track. It would be ideal if you used Berlitz French on iPad as a compliment to an existing language learning environment.

Price: $0.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Avanquest Software

Plango!

Plango!

Plango!

If you are a beginner and you are trying to hone your language skills and learn a little more, then Plango! may just be for you. Plango! is a store with content that will help you sharpen your proficiency in your chosen language.

Plango! the app is free. However, all of the content with the app must be purchased through the app, which could end up becoming very expensive. Plango! also includes supplemental audio content to go along with the text. Trying to learn English? Then Plango! includes ESL support!

Price: Free / In App Purchases
Requires: iOS 4.3 or later
Developer: Plan9

Babbel HD

Babbel HD

Learn Italian: Babbel

Babbel for Italian is an app that is chock full of useful vocabulary to help accelerate your language learning this summer! Not only does it include basic vocabulary for your average beginner, but also included are advanced sets of vocabulary to help those who are further along advance their learning.

Babbel HD Italian has an online component to help save your progress and help with practicing your new vocabulary. Also the app has an offline mode so those without internet access can still enjoy!

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Babbel

Multi Lang Dictionary and Translator

Multi Lang Dictionary and Translator

Multi Lang Dictionary and Translator

So you have used several of the apps in the roundup and now you want to translate a few of your new words or words you have seen in the newspaper, you need a tool. Well, Multi Lang Dictionary and Translator is exactly up your alley. It’s an indispensable tool to have in your language learning arsenal.

Multi Lang has the capability to translate and give definitions of words in over 40 different languages. You can also download offline versions of dictionaries for your offline viewing pleasure! This app is chock full of features and is a must download.

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 3.1 or later
Developer: Dynotes Mobile Technology

SayHi Translate

SayHi Translate

SayHi Translate

SayHi Translate may not seem at first glance to be a useful app for learning a language. However, SayHi Translate can help you translate your voice into another language and could help you fill in the voids while you are still learning.

SayHi Translate includes many languages and a nice user interface. You can also customize the sound of the interpreted voice to make it a little more personal. SayHi is an all round cool and helpful app that should be in your tool box.

Price: $0.99
Requires: iOS 4.3 or later; microphone
Developer: SayHi LLC

Learn American Sign Language

Learn American Sign Language

Learn American Sign Language

Some languages do not require your voice at all! Learning American Sign Language is a very helpful app that includes instructional videos to get you on your way to learning sign language this summer.

Learning American Sign Language covers your basic interactions in different environments. The app also includes text to go along with the instructional videos.

Price: $2.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Selectsoft

FREE German Essentials by AccelaStudy

FREE German Essentials

FREE German Essentials

AccelaStudy for German is quite well known for its accelerated pace of learning due to the methods the developers utilize.

AccelaStudy has a new integrated auto mode that allows you to practice while simultaneously doing other tasks. Like many other apps, AccelaStudy includes and dictionary and uses spaced repetition.

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 4.2 or later
Developer: AccelaStudy

Conclusion

So there you have it! Ten amazing apps that can help you jumpstart your summer of language learning. Many of the apps included also work for other languages. Be sure to check with the developer if you want to check if another language is available.

Do you have a favorite language app for iPad? What did we miss in this roundup? Chime in and let us know, we would love to hear it!


  • Fhollis

    I have SpanishFREE by brainscape and it’s awesome and effective! Learned more spanish than I have through RS which cost me 300.

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