5 language-learning apps for fledgling linguists

Last updated: June 21, 2019

Open doors to other cultures with your kids through language learning experiences that put fun at the forefront. These five apps will help them set goals, earn rewards, and even compete with friends.
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Why we love this
  1. 1A chirpy squirrel teaches 12 language-learning lessons, exploring categories like nature, animals, and food through a colorful city map
  2. 2Kids can easily toggle between languages (there are 33 to choose from) for each word as they learn
  3. 3Voice-over helps young learners understand pronunciation – great for non-phonetic words
Why we love this
  1. 1Eliot the Panda and friends help little ones learn English through familiar activities like prepping food
  2. 2The curriculum – certified by Oxford University Press – includes three levels, each with more than 30 games, audio and written activities each
  3. 3Lots of ways to learn: Kids can play listening games, watch videos with teachers and native speakers, or practice on printable worksheets
Why we love this
  1. 1A bespectacled deer will celebrate your little one’s victories as they learn Asian languages – from letter tracing to sentence formation
  2. 2More than 15 categories of structured language learning run the gamut from alphabet to greetings, including grammar explanations
  3. 3Learners can record themselves making the sounds of letters and words to compare with set recordings

Duolingo: Learn Languages Free

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Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1A wise owl makes language learning from the ground up fun, with bite-size lessons and progress rewards
  2. 2Lessons center on themes, like food or common phrases, helps make learning easy and relatable
  3. 3Kids can set goals, monitor their progress, and play with friends as they learn
Why we love this
  1. 1Kids journey through a beehive to learn their choice of 54 languages through practice and play
  2. 2Self-recordings and context explanations for sentence-formation exercises help learners work toward fluency
  3. 3Little linguists pass exams – earning bees and flowers along the way – through games of word-matching, writing, and sentence completion
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