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Duolingo (Free)


Named Ap­ple’s 2013 iPhone App of the Year, Duolingo is a fun, easy-to-use app that teaches six lan­guages for free. Duolingo turns lan­guage learn­ing into a game, and is great for begin­ners and more ad­vanced stu­dents alike. Users can com­pete with other play­ers and put their knowl­edge to the test through trans­lat­ing real-world text.

Rosetta Course (Free)


Rosetta Stone is one of the most well-known names in lan­guage-learn­ing soft­ware, and their app doesn’t dis­ap­point. It of­fers more than 20 lan­guages and syncs your progress with the desk­top ver­sion of the soft­ware. Just re­mem­ber, to use the app, you’ll need to cre­ate a demo ac­count or en­roll for a course, which can cost as much as $500.

Learn Ja­panese (Free)


Rather than us­ing the typ­i­cal flash­card tech­nique, this app by MindS­nacks en­gages users by pro­vid­ing hours of gam­ing, au­dio clips to help with pro­nun­ci­a­tion, and an in­tu­itive tog­gle sys­tem al­low­ing you to switch be­tween three Ja­panese writ­ing sys­tems. The first les­son is free, but if you want ac­cess to all 50 lessons and 8 games, you’ll need to pur­chase the full ver­sion for $4.99.

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