There’s an absurd number of apps available for studying Spanish, and searching through the options in the Apple or Android app stores can be overwhelming. The apparent quality of a lot of these apps, however, can be discouraging.
Luckily, a quick scroll through the app store doesn’t accurately represent the quality of Spanish learning apps available today. There are actually a lot of excellent apps out there that can teach you nearly every aspect of the Spanish language – though it does take some mix and matching.
The apps will be loosely organized into categories, based on what they do best. A lot of them could fall into a few different categories, so I’ll try to put them into the section that makes the most sense.
Let’s see what we’ve got…
GENERAL COURSES available as apps
Best for Oral Communication Skills: Pimsleur
Best Lessons in the Style of a Podcast: SpanishPod101
Best for Finding a Tutor: italki
Best Lesson Structure: Babbel
apps for READING AND LISTENING practice
Best Latin American Listening Practice: Lupa
Best Reading Content: LingQ
Best Free Reading Content: Manga Method
Best for Side-By-Side Reading Practice: Beelinguapp
Best Audio Course: Pimsleur
apps for SPEAKING AND WRITING practice
Best for Feedback on Writing: italki
Best for Feedback on Pronunciation: Speechling
VOCABULARY AcQUISITION apps
Best Dictionary App: SpanishDict
Best for Easy Vocabulary Practice: Memrise
Most Customizable Vocabulary Practice: Anki
Best for Free Practice in Context: Clozemaster
Best for Learning Words in Context: Lingvist
apps for TUTORS AND LANGUAGE EXCHANGES
Second-Best for Finding a Tutor: Verbling
Top overall spanish apps
SpanishPod101 could potentially belong in the general courses category because it offers practice in a variety of skills. I’ve put it here because the lessons are mostly audio and the course structure isn’t completely linear.
The app contains a ton of content — there are nearly 2000 lessons ranging from absolute beginner to advanced levels, though the majority of content is designed for learners at a lower level.
Lessons are presented in a podcast-style format. Two hosts discuss and translate a dialogue, providing plenty of grammar notes and cultural information. There’s quite a bit of English happening at the lower levels, but this phases out as you progress to more advanced material. Review.
Save 25% on a subscription by using the coupon code ‘ALLLANGUAGERESOURCES‘.
Pimsleur is an old-school course that began long before apps were even a thing.
My favorite thing about the course is that it gets you speaking Spanish right away. The lessons mostly ignore the written language and grammar, focusing on listening and speaking instead.
This means that students who use Pimsleur’s courses will almost certainly develop oral language skills more quickly than with other resources. Considering most people studying Spanish want to be able to use it in conversations right away, that makes it pretty appealing. Review.
FluentU offers videos in nine different languages and is available for iOS, Android, and on the web. Most of its content is beyond the beginner level, but it has videos for learners at all levels. Check our full review here!
italki is the most flexible and affordable place to find a tutor for the language you’re learning. They have a huge number of teachers offering classes to students of over 100 different languages. As a learner, you’ll be able to find a tutor that best fits your learning style, schedule, and personality. Teachers are able to set their own prices and make their own schedule. Check our our full review here!
A few of the resources mentioned in the video aren’t available as apps, but can be found in our post about the best Spanish courses. Be sure to subscribe and stay tuned for the second video where we cover 12 more good apps and courses for learning Spanish.