The 9 Best Apps to Learn Spanish in 2021

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If you have been wanting to learn Spanish, or perhaps you took some Spanish in high school or college and want to keep developing your skills, but are too busy to take more lessons, you might have thought about using an app. There are many language-learning apps out there that can help you learn or brush up on your Spanish. So how do you choose? Think about what learning style is best for you and what type of methodology would be more fun and useful for your language goals. Here we have a curated list of the best apps to learn Spanish, where we highlight the apps' particular strengths, so you can decide which one would be best for you.

Best Audio-Based App: Pimsleur Learn Spanish

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The Pimsleur app offers an audio-based methodology for learning foreign languages. They offer more than 50 languages, but Spanish is their top language. They have both Latin American and Castilian Spanish, and their program consists of core lessons, reading lessons, role-play speaking challenges, digital flashcards, practice activities, games, as well as cultural and historical facts. The Pimsleur system claims you’ll learn the language in just 30 minutes a day without boring grammar lessons or mindless repetition. You can stream their content or download for offline use. Another perk is that it works well with the Amazon Alexa if you want to work on your Spanish at home. You can try a free seven-day trial, but after that, you’ll have to subscribe for $19.95 a month.

Best Conversational-Based App: Babbel


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Babbel is a popular language-learning app that is based on conversational skills. They offer 14 different languages, of which Spanish is one of the most popular. Their program consists of 10-15 minute lessons that can fit into any busy schedule. Since their method is based on conversation skills, Babbel wants to get you speaking from the very beginning. Their program is based on real-life conversations about useful topics, and they use speech recognition technology to help you improve your pronunciation. They give you grammar tips and lots of review activities, and they also track your learning progress so you can see how you are improving. They claim that after one month, they will have you conversing about basic, practical topics. You can try the first lesson for free. After that, you’ll need to buy a subscription for $12.95 a month (but prices are lower if you subscribe for several months at a time).

Best Video-Based App: FluentU


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FluentU is a video-based language learning app. They offer nine different languages, of course including Spanish. Their methodology uses real-world videos that have been subtitled and translated to create an immersive language-learning program. Depending on your level, you’ll get to see music videos, news, movie trailers, and all kinds of other interesting videos. The goal is to learn from real content, where grammar and vocabulary are always contextualized. They also have personalized quizzes as well as lots of vocabulary and grammar tips. You can try it for free for 14 days. After that, their monthly subscription is $30, or you can subscribe for a whole year for $240.

Best Game-Based App: Duolingo


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Duolingo is one of the most popular language-learning apps on the market, offering 26 languages. Many people use Duolingo to work on their Spanish. Their program is made to be game-like to make it fun and interactive. They claim to adapt to your own learning style so that you can have lessons that are tailored to your specific needs. They also give rewards to keep you motivated. Duolingo includes reading, writing, speaking, listening and conversation practice. People enjoy this method because they feel like they are playing a game instead of working. Duolingo is a totally free app, but you can pay $6.99 a month for Duolingo Plus if you want to skip the ads and have some extra features.

Best Immersion-Based App: Rosetta Stone

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Rosetta Stone is one of the best-known language learning systems, offering 24 different languages, and now you can find it on an app for your mobile phone. Rosetta Stone uses an immersive method when it comes to learning Spanish and it's based on real-world conversations, where you have to use your instincts to learn new words and concepts, instead of having everything translated for you. They claim this is a more natural way of learning, using phrases instead of vocabulary drills. They use speech recognition technology so you can improve your pronunciation and they give you instant feedback. The app also includes games and challenges to keep you actively learning. You can sync the Rosetta Stone content to all your devices and download content so you can use it while offline. You can try it for free for three days, then you have to subscribe. Subscriptions range between 3 months ($11.99/month) and 12 months ($6.99/month).

Best Memory-Based App: Memrise


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Memrise is a language learning app where you can choose from 16 languages. They have two varieties of Spanish: Spanish from Spain and Spanish from Mexico. They claim to make learning fun by mixing technology and science with real-life language content. They use audio, images and memory techniques, including flashcards. Their methodology involves making connections or associations between words and concepts to help you learn new concepts.

They also use tests and quiz-type games to help you review what you’ve been learning. Quiz-type games include Speed Review, Listening Skills, Difficult Words, and Classic Review. In addition, they have Learn with Locals video clips, where you can learn from real native speakers. You can also record your pronunciation and compare it with that of native speakers. You can try the first lesson for free, and after that, you can subscribe for $8.99 a month. You can also buy a monthly subscription for $8.99, a twelve-month subscription for $90, or a lifetime subscription for $139.99.

Best Repetition-Based App: Mosa Lingua


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Mosa Lingua is a language learning program that has separate apps for learning different languages. They have an app for the seven languages offered. One of their apps is specifically designed for learning Spanish. It uses the Spaced Repetition System, which involves lots of reviews to promote long-term memorization. It constantly adapts to your needs and includes both visual and audio memorization. You will learn vocabulary, phrases and verb conjugations.

The app includes thousands of flashcards with audio pronunciation by native speakers, an online Spanish dictionary, grammar essentials, pre-recorded dialogues about everyday situations, and learning tips. They also have bonus content that you can unlock as you advance, in order to keep you motivated. All their content is available offline. You can purchase the app for $4.99.

Best Interactive App: Busuu


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Busuu is a language learning system that offers 12 different languages. Their Spanish course includes more than 80 units that include grammar, vocabulary, speaking, writing, reading, and conversations. Also, you can choose from the topics that interest you the most. They use machine-learning technology to create personalized lesson plans and practice using speech recognition.

Something that makes Busuu unique is that it has a social feature, and you can get instant feedback from people in their community. Their program includes writing and conversation exercises that you can send off to obtain feedback. There is also review and repetition, as well as offline learning with downloaded content. Although a lot of the Busuu content is free, some features can only be accessed if you buy a subscription ($9.99 for one month, $44.99 for 6 months, or $69.99 for 12 months).

Best Augmented Reality App: Mondly


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Mondly is an app that has versions for learning 33 different languages, although Spanish is their most popular one. It uses a conversation focused method, speech recognition and augmented reality to create a fun language learning program. They have exercises to practice reading, listening, writing, and speaking. The app also includes a dictionary and verb conjugator. Some of the strategies they use are focusing on phrases and not words, learning from conversations while listening to native speakers, and using a repetition system. Using augmented reality and speech recognition, you can have conversations to practice your Spanish. Much of the app’s content is free, but to access all of their features you need a subscription ($9.99 a month or $47.99 a year).

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