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6 Best Free Apps for Learning a New Language

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If you’re planning to travel abroad anytime in the future, learning at least the basics of the language is one of the best ways to ensure a successful and hassle-free trip. After all, no one wants to be the tourist who walks around looking for someone who speaks English. Learning a new language can be difficult and time consuming, however, and many of the language programs available to buy or download can be quite costly – not an expense you need when saving for an international vacation. Here’s some good news for tablet and smartphone owners – these six apps can help you learn at least the basics of several languages, and every one of the apps are FREE! Enjoy!

6. Duolingo

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Would you be surprised to learn that just 34 hours using Duolingo is the equivalent of an entire semester in college studying a language? According to the latest independent research study conducted by the City University of New York and the University of South Carolina, most people who use Duolingo for an average of 34 hours learn as much as college students who’ve taken an entire semester of the same language at a university. No wonder Duolingo ranked as Apple’s App of the Year in 2013! Not only is Duolingo effective, fun and easy to use – the app is also free and allows you to choose from several popular languages, including Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish and English! Duolingo is available on both Android and Apple devices.

5. Byki

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If you’re just looking to learn the basics without all the bells and whistles found in other apps, Byki is the app for you. Using a series of flashcards, Byki helps you expand your vocabulary while tracking your progress to make sure you’ve actually committed the words and phrases to memory. Users love the simple, easy-to-use interface that’s about as uncomplicated as a language app gets these days, and Byki offers over 80 languages to choose from with three vocabulary lists offered free for every language available. If you need to expand your vocabulary beyond the free lists, the full version of Byki is available for just $7.99 for both Apple and Android devices.

4. Busuu

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Who better to learn a language from than a native speaker, right? Busuu has a community of over 35,000 native speakers of 11 different languages, and the app works by allowing you to practice speaking your new language of choice with native speakers, so you can receive instant feedback and tips to help you perfect your new skills. Interactive learning exercises and quizzes to measure your progress will help keep you motivated, as well. Choose from English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Turkish, Chinese and Portuguese and jump right in by learning conversational phrases on a variety of topics. Busuu is available on both Android and Apple devices.

Tye started her writing career in journalism and now enjoys writing on a variety of topics, from health and beauty to lifestyle and fitness. Find Tye on LinkedIn!

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