10 Must-have Apps for Learning Spanish

Rather than mindlessly tapping through Facebook on your morning commute or flicking through Instagram while in line at the bank, consider converting your usual downtime routines into valuable language learning moments by downloading a few new apps to your smartphone.

Dictionaries, Translators and Vocabulary Builders

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WordReference.com – One of the world’s most popular dictionary pages is also available straight on your phone and completely free. There’s the traditional ES-EN and EN-ES to consult translations and forums on tricky phrases and colloquial terminology to browse. Plus, save your searches and words to review later.

 

Get it: Android | iPhone

 

Word LensWord Lens Translator – Don’t get stuck accidentally ordering tripe off the menú del día – this mind-blowing app uses your phone’s camera to instantly translate text, and best of all, it doesn’t need internet connectivity! Some of the translations come our a bit funky, but the cool factor makes this app an absolute must have.

 

Get it: Android | iPhone

 

Spanish VerbsSpanish Verbs – Having trouble with those pesky reflexive verbs, still confused by the subjunctive or recently forgotten the vosotros form? This free app instantly provides the full conjugation of thousands of verbs along with audio files to get your pronunciation just right. The popular Android app even boasts a grammar section for a quick review of when to use each tense. Still struggling? Download their sister app – Spanish Verb Trainer – to test yourself!

 

Get it: Android | Looking for an Apple equivalent to join the conjugation nation? Try ConjuVerb, rated #1 by About.com as the best iOS app for learning Spanish.

 

1391602552_unnamedAnki – For fans of flashcards, try Anki, an app which allows you to digitally carry thousands of flashcards on your mobile phone. Upload your own to use and share, or search the Anki database for examples. And why stick to just verbs and vocabulary – once you’ve got all of your lists down, consider memorizing the 50 Spanish provinces or the capitals of every Spanish speaking country!

 

Get it: Android | iPhone

 

Games, Puzzles and Contests

DuoLingoDuoLinguo – Considered to be the best free language learning app on the market, DuoLinguo has an arsenal of topics, vocabulary and short lessons, which leaves no excuse but to try it out. Give it a whirl while you’re waiting in line at the supermarket or extranjería! 

 

Get it: Android | iPhone

 

busuuBusuu – Developed by IE Business grads in Spain, Busuu uses easy navigation, a social network to keep you motivated and progressively harder tasks to help you improve your skills. It’s free and combines listening and writing tasks, as well.

 

Get it: Android | iPhone

 

MindsnacksMindsnacks – Though only available for Apple devices, Mindsnacks is a fun way to use bite-sized lessons to review vocabulary and phrases through games and puzzles. Though you can’t go further than vocabulary and conversation, the app also has conjugation tips and tricks.

 

Get it: iPhone

 

Listening and Speaking

speak tribeSpeakTribe Spanish: For those looking for more listening and speaking practice, download SpeakTribe, in which native speakers help you learn and correct your acento. Sorry iOS users – this app is for Android only.

 

Get it: Android | iPhone

 

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HelloTalk Language Exchange: Meet native speakers, translate and get real-time pronunciation help with this app, which operates in 82 languages and has users in nearly 200 countries!

 

 

Get it: Android | iPhone

 

Full (Paid) Courses

 

unnamedBabbel – If you’re looking for an extensive course integrating all language skills, consider paying for the full version of Babbel, whose methodology covers absolute beginners to advanced.

 

Get it: Android | iPhone

 

This article is part of a series on learning and perfecting your Spanish skills. Looking for a school, lessons or tips? Follow us at @COMOSpain as we share how we became fluent (hint: cervezas and forgetting how silly you sound goes far!).

Do you use any other cell phone apps to learn Spanish? Share them in the comments!

Author: Como Consulting Spain

Cat and Hayley are relocation specialists who can help you move to, live in and work in Spain. We'd love to hear from you! hola@comoconsultingspain.com

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  1. HelloTalk operates with 82 languages not 8

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  2. wow, I love this site! and I just learned that I won your ebook about moving to Spain. SCORE!!! and I didn’t know it was Cat from Sunshine and Siestas. I know you! Jess sent me an email that I won the giveaway so thank you so much!!!

    so back to the topic at hand. I have one app on my phone, just a dictionary so I’m going to be checking out the apps here. wowee, what a find!

    keep up the great work!

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  3. I would also recommend Earworms Learning. It repeats key phrases to music, and gets them stuck in your head. You can download it as an iPhone/Android, or as audio files.
    It’s not free — but a one time cost and totally worth it, especially for beginners, or those who need to practice listening/speaking skills. Here is the link: http://www.earwormslearning.com/

    I used to listen them in my car on the way to work, before I moved to Spain, and it was a huge help! 🙂
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  4. Babbel is good but installed annoying malware on my computer that was almost impossible to get off so make sure you only install the language programme and nothing else!

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  5. We hope people will consider our new app “Spanish Solo”. We have really tried to up the bar when it comes to learning Spanish on the iPad. We have an integrated story line, the best speech recognition in the industry, real lectures and a personal coach to guide you.
    Spanish Solo is the most beautiful, effective and fun app out there. http://www.sololanguage.com
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  6. Thanks for this useful article. I Love DuoLinguo, very usefull app! I am a software developer and alot of times I need to at least have a basic understanding of Spanish, this helps out alot! I recommend it to everyone. Thanks.

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