Just about everybody has fantasized about learning a foreign language. Goodness knows I have! The idea is exciting and whimsical. But you know what isn’t exciting? Actually learning the language. Knowing how to speak a language is one thing, but to speak it, you have to learn it. Another particular problem I remember facing back when I tried to learn French was actually using my knowledge – the difference between the passive & active usage of a language. It’s one thing to learn the grammar for example, but completely another to actually use it in a conversation.
That is why I have compiled a list of apps that might help some of you be able to learn a language, specifically French. I love the French language, it’s really beautiful. With these apps, hopefully, you will be able to learn a few things without getting too bored. I also found this list with a few other apps, so you can check that out if you want to.
Here’s my insight in 3 apps I thought might be a good starting point.
Learn French Vocabulary – Rating: 4.5, Downloads: 1 million
I found this app on one of my first searches, and I thought it might be good for learning basic French. It seemed like beginners would get a lot out of it, and the cartoony style was interesting to me. It claims to have over 6,000 words to teach you, and that seems like plenty to me! Also, the design is more for kids, so if you have children that might want to learn a bit of French, this one is the perfect starting point before they are ready for more advanced lessons.
The app is good for beginners, but it might not be as valuable for more intermediate or expert learners. If you want to improve your knowledge of French, I’d suggest skipping this one.
Pros: Simple to use, fun games to play, syncs across devices
Cons: Not available in all languages, not for more advanced learners
Overall: Simple, fun app, perfect for kids and people with zero knowledge, but not for intermediate learners
Learn French Phrases – Rating: 4.3, Downloads: 1 million
Because every phrase in Learn French Phrases is recorded by voice actors, I thought that this app would be great for practicing pronunciation – the active usage of French I mentioned earlier. Unlike Learn French vocabulary, this app is good for more experienced speakers, as the features allow you to take it to the next level. There are lots of phrases to help you out if you are planning on traveling to France anytime soon. You can just look up a phrase and find it pretty quickly. If the first app is for beginners and kids, this one is more for intermediate learners.
Like I said, this app is not for beginners. The phrases can be pretty complex. But, if you have some knowledge, the app will fit just perfectly. The real possible downside is that it asks you to pay to upgrade to pro version constantly. So if that annoys you, then this might not work for you.
Pros: Lots of phrases, easy to look up phrases
Cons: Not for beginners, asks for money
Overall: A very informative app perfect if you’re thinking of travelling to France
Duolingo – Rating: 4.7, Downloads: 100 million
I’m pretty sure everyone has heard of Duolingo, or at least almost everyone. I am of the belief that it is the best of the best language learning apps, but that is just my opinion. It’s because of the time the service has been around that Duolingo managed to develop their feature to a great quality level. It offers lots of educational activities and has an extensive course for a lot of languages, including French. There is very little this app does not do, but there are some things.
Duolingo is not always accurate in its voice recognition. If you speak a phrase to it, it may not know what you are saying all of the time. It also has ads that you can pay to get rid of, so if you hate ads, you might not like Duolingo. But if you don’t mind spending a few bucks, Duolingo is definitely an all-around great French learning app.
Pros: Lots of activities, long courses
Cons: Faulty voice recognition, ads
Overall: A great all-around language learning app suitable for beginners and advanced learners
I searched the app store for the best French learning apps and these are what I came up with. I tried to sort them so that anyone can find at least one app no matter their French knowledge. So if you have kids, go with the first one and depending on your level, pick one of the other two. Anyways, I wish you happy learning. Au Revoir!