Top 10 Language Learning Apps

Comparison Chart (October 2019)

Speed Learning Languages Pimsleur Michel Thomas Fluenz Rosetta Stone
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3.5/5
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Price $149 $150-$575 $50-$96 $198-$323 $199
Ratings
Effectiveness
Material covered
Interactivity
Ease of use
Levels
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Topics Covered
Vocabulary
Grammar
Listening
Speaking
Reading
Writing
Material Format
Software
Text
Audio
Digital Format
System
Windows 7
Windoes Vista
Windows XP
Mac 10.5+
Available Languages
Spanish
French
German
Italian
Others Mandarin (Chinese) 45 languages Mandarin (Chinese) 18 languages

Removed Learn to Speak Tell Me More Instant Immersion Berlitz
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Editor’s Rating

3.0/5

2.0/5

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1.0/5
User Rating [productx-6] [productx-9] [productx-8] [productx-10]
Price $99-$249 $499 $35 $35
Ratings
Effectiveness
Material Covered
Interactivity
Ease of use
Levels
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Topics Covered
Vocabulary
Grammar
Listening
Speaking
Reading
Writing
Material Format
Software
Text
Audio
Digital Format
System
Windows 7
Windoes Vista
Windows XP
Mac 10.5+
Available Languages
Spanish
French
German
Italian
Others English English 100+ Mandarin (Chinese)

25 thoughts on “Top 10 Language Learning Apps”

  1. thanks for the reviews of some of the language courses out there. this will certainly help people like me to decide which language course to use. it gave me a great deal of information on which language program i can use. i noticed that living language ultimate from random house is not in your reviews of language courses. i was hoping if anybody could give me their useful opinion regarding this language course as well. my cousin just gave me one in french and mandarin and i was hoping if this language course is any good before i start using it. thanks for anybody who would answer me.

  2. Of course we all know that the “best” way to learn another language is total immersion, or with a tutor, but some of us don’t have access, or the financial means to do that right off the bat, so courses such as these are completely necessary. It’s a given that no one course is going to get you to complete fluency (you’re going to have to talk to someone eventually). It’s also good to compare different courses. I’ve had problems understanding certain pronunciations in some courses, that I found were clearer in yet another course, so that the two complemented each other. Basically, if the course is sound in it’s fundamentals it really depends on how much work you are willing to put into it.

  3. I think just about covered all of the language learning programs out on the market. This is a very clear to understand review to that will no doubt help learners make an informed decision about the best method for them to use. Great job!

  4. The Rosetta Stone software for Mandarin Chinese is very poor. We have had several students who used it and struggled quite a bit. It is available as fake copies all over China, so very cheap, but at our language school we do not recommend it anymore.

  5. I am looking for a good course with audio that’s good for learning/reviewing while driving.
    1st I read the 1st chapter grammar, words and other material then I listen to the corresponding audio on my computer.
    2nd Listen to the same audio while driving again and again till I have it memorized.
    Pimsleur is Ok but has no written material and I like to see what I am learning. Pimsleur also lacks grammer instruction which I prefer to read from a book or guide.
    Valuable Audio time should be used to learn proper pronunciation and sentence use and have minimium use of the English language,( another annoying issue I have with Pimsleur.)…

  6. I never knew there are so much digital courses available for learning foreign languages.. I’ll try them out and let you know my opinion as I’m professional foreign language teacher. Thanks for the info!

  7. I’ve used Rosetta Stone and Berlitz before and they are good to start with but it’s extremely hard to stay motivated…I’ve also tried face to face classes for Spanish and the best course I ever did was with Cactus Language (www.languagecoursesuk.co.uk)

  8. Rosetta Stone downloads will not run properly on a MacBook Air.
    Don’t buy this product if you want to use it on that kind of computer. The navigation bars are not visible, regardless of the screen resolution selected, and Rosetta Stone evidently has no intention of fixing it. Seems they are trying to get purchasers to stop buying the downloads and go to the internet subscription mode.
    And, yes, with the subscription mode (Totale), you can see the navigation bar just fine. You’ll just always have to be on the internet to run your Rosetta lessons, and will pay by the month for however long you want access.

  9. This is a great lay out and I agree for the most part. My one issue is pimsleuro review.
    I have russian, german, korean, swedish, french, and Italian courses 1,2,and 3 levels which are even more in depth in the language. Each of the course are called “pimsleur speak and read ______”
    The course come with reading booklet allow a person to learn the alphabet when necessary and to read as well.
    Now that is the “over $100” course… and each include 30 speaking lessons and reading lessons. If you buy the sample 8 lesson course… then you are only listening and speaking. perhaps I just have the older programs… so anybody may correct me if this has change.

  10. Bought rocket spanish 8 years ago. I gave up after a few lessons. Didn’t find it effective. Too much reading, vocabulary and not enough meaning. I don’t need to learn the girl has a red ball! The boy has blue pants! I needed everyday conversation It was a lot of guessing. It keeps you bound to your computer. As someone on the go, I didn’t like feeling like I’m back in school. I have since learned a lot more relevant spanish from talking to my boyfriend whose English wasn’t great. So I learned day to day conversation and not unnecessary vocabulary.

  11. Fruenz and Rosetta Stone are at the top of this list. There’s so many free sites out there with free language learning kits, that you’re literally throwing away your money to buy a language lesson at $50 or more. DuoLingo.com, EarthFluent.com, Busuu.com, they’re a dime a dozen! How does Rosetta Stone top any list???

  12. I am amazed that so many people like Pimsleur. I just have no success with it. They throw whole sentences at you, and it’s impossible to distinguish different consonant sounds: T, D, B, and Th all sound alike. I have been subjecting myself to this torture for days, and I have learned about three words. BTW, I am not an inexperienced language learner. I can speak a little Italian, and French, and at one time a bit of tourist Japanese, Thai, Finnish, and Mandarin.

  13. Thankyou for these thorough and helpful reviews of language learning apps. I want to re-learn German as an adult, having studied at high school in the 1970’s – when the courses were based entirely on books with grammar and vocabulary, and a smattering of one-on-one conversation. Needless to say technology has transformed the possibilities so I decided to do a thorough review of the current options before settling on one, and that is how I found your site.
    I am always cautious of a “Top ten apps for ….” site, and read closely before following their advice (or ignoring it). Many are quite shallow in their knowledge of both the apps and different types of user requirements. However a few such sites are invaluable, and this is the best I’ve encountered. After reading your top-level I started checking out your detailed review of each option and found that I can work out how my own requirements are met, and that I trust your detailed advice.
    Your insight and enthusiasm for your subject is inspiring!
    A most impressive web sites! Thanks!
    ps. from my reading so far, I have dismissed Rosetta Stone, which I was leaning toward before reading your review and discovering it is entirely contrary to my background, and Speed Learning Languages will be my first choice unless one of the others can supplant it.

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