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Learning a new language can be hard work, but as with most things, practice makes perfect. These apps make learning a language easier by providing you with opportunities to practice using the language and giving you language tools at your fingertips. If you already know a language, these 5 great language learning apps are great tools for regularly brushing up on your skills so that they stay sharp.

playstayPlay Say

Play Say turns learning a language into a game. By connecting you with other language learners and speakers, you practice learning a language in real-time. Have a conversation with someone else and receive a response, including feedback on your speaking techniques. As you speak with the app, you also have the opportunity to complete missions as part of the game.

Word Lens

With Word Lens, when you see a printed word in another language, you can translate it simply by taking a picture. The app supports French, English and Spanish translations.  Whether you are traveling or just sitting in a language class, Word Lens can help you decipher what you need to know.  It works best on small, printed blocks of text.

Google Translate

Google Translate is one of the best language translators on the web and its power is also contained in an app. Over 60 languages are available for translation and you do not even have to type in the words to translate. Just say what you need translated and the app will work to provide it in text and audio form. Use it when speaking in the language or just practice translating common phrases for fun.


Plango gives you the opportunity see and hear the words as you learn a language. Designed for teens and older language learners, you can download texts in the language you desire to learn. As you read the text, you see it on screen and key vocabulary words are set apart to help you boost your language vocabulary and understand the basic gist of the passage.



You can play language learning games with Mindsnacks. This app features games for popular languages such as French, Spanish, Chinese and English. Choose from six games that help you learn spelling, vocabulary, grammar, visual learning and context. The app has thousands of words and phrases in every language and has been designed to be enjoyable for people of all ages.

Learning a language can be difficult, but it does not have to be. With these apps, you will get the practice you need in a way that will make learning a language less painful. Whatever language learning app(s) you choose, use it regularly for the maximum benefit.