A lot of people underestimate the usefulness of apps for learning Portuguese, and this is understandable.
Not long ago, apps were really simple. Maybe you’d find a good phrasebook or a dictionary or some kind of game that teaches you a little bit of the language – not much else.
Fortunately, that’s changed. You can now learn just about any aspect of Portuguese with an app.
The variety in apps is huge, and so is the range of price, quality, and focus. We’ve tested out an insane number of them and have found some favorites along with some popular ones we aren’t actually fond of.
The aim of this list is to help you sort through the mountain of apps available for learning Portuguese and find one or two that work for you. We’ve loosely organized the apps based on what they do best, but some apps could really fit into more than one category.
GENERAL COURSES AVAILABLE AS APPS
Best for Oral Communication Skills: Pimsleur
Best Lesson Structure: Babbel
Best Interactive Course: Lingodeer
Best Free Interactive Course: Duolingo
VOCABULARY ACQUISITION APPS
Most Enjoyable Vocabulary Practice: Memrise
Best for Customizable Vocabulary Practice: Anki
Best for Learning Words in Context: Clozemaster
APPS FOR READING AND LISTENING PRACTICE
Best for Interesting Reading Material: LingQ
Best Free Reading Extension: Readlang
Best for Side-By-Side Reading: Beelinguapp
Best for Podcast-Style Lessons: PortuguesePod101
APPS FOR SPEAKING AND WRITING PRACTICE
Best for Getting Feedback on Writing: italki
Best for Getting Feedback on Pronunciation: Speechling
APPS FOR TUTORS AND LANGUAGE EXCHANGES
Best Online Tutor Platform: italki