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.