30 Best Apps To Learn Portuguese (Brazilian and European)

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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.


Best for Oral Communication Skills: Pimsleur

Best Lesson Structure: Babbel

Best Interactive Course: Lingodeer

Best Free Interactive Course: Duolingo


Most Enjoyable Vocabulary Practice: Memrise

Best for Customizable Vocabulary Practice: Anki

Best for Learning Words in Context: Clozemaster


Best for Interesting Reading Material: LingQ 

Best Free Reading Extension: Readlang

Best for Side-By-Side Reading: Beelinguapp

Best for Podcast-Style Lessons: PortuguesePod101


Best for Getting Feedback on Writing: italki

Best for Getting Feedback on Pronunciation: Speechling


Best Online Tutor Platform: italki

Best for Finding a Language Exchange Partner: HelloTalk and Tandem


29 Best (And Worst) Online German Courses: We’ve Tested Them

When you begin looking for an online German course, it can quickly become overwhelming. There are so many options, but which ones are worth your time and possibly money?

While the most important thing is that you commit to studying regularly, choosing the wrong course can lead to unnecessary frustrations and sometimes wasted money.

In this article, I’ll walk you through 29 of your options. I’ll help you figure out which courses do which things right and where their weaknesses are.

Not all of them are good. In fact, several are terrible, and many others are just alright.

I wanted to be sure to include lots of options, especially ones I dislike, since you may find others enthusiastically recommending them.

I loosely organized this list into tiers based on how much I’d recommend each course.


The 30 Best (And Worst) Online Italian Courses In 2020

While it’d be great to hop on a plane to Rome and study Italian for six-months, that’s simply not an option for most people.

Fortunately, you don’t need to be in Italy to study Italian.

There are actually some online Italian courses that are as good (if not better) than any university course you’ll find. Of course, there are also those that, frankly, are pretty awful.

It can be hard to figure out which ones are worthwhile and which ones are junk without spending tons of time trying them all out.

Fortunately, we’ve tried out the majority of online Italian courses and have written super in-depth reviews of them.

In this post, we’ll give a rundown of all the best online Italian courses. They’re loosely organized with our favorites at the top, the okay ones in the middle, and the worst courses towards the end of the list.

Let’s get started with the best Italian course…


The 25 Best Podcasts To Learn Chinese In 2020

Improving your listening comprehension is one of the most important things you can do while learning Mandarin.

The reason is pretty obvious.

If you don’t understand what people are saying, how are you going to communicate with anyone?

Luckily, improving your listening comprehension isn’t terribly difficult if you have the right tools, and there are some excellent podcasts that can help you out.

One of the biggest hurdles when working on your listening skills is finding materials that fit your level. If you only listen to materials that are too challenging, you’ll likely get frustrated and not pick up much. On the other hand, listening to materials that are too easy won’t push you to improve as quickly as you can.

In this article we’ll look at a variety of podcasts while taking into account the levels they’re best for, though there’s quite a bit of overlap for some of the podcasts.

I’ll also share some podcasts related to language learning and China that you may find interesting. (more…)

The Best Language Courses for Learning Cantonese in 2020

Learning Cantonese can feel intimidating—but it doesn’t have to be. With the right course, you can learn everything from basic vocabulary and pronunciation to how to conduct business in Cantonese.

Here, we’re sharing which resources are excellent for learning Cantonese. Of course, we’ll also cover the courses that are decent enough—but not stellar—and the options you should probably avoid.

We’ll explain our reasoning with the pros and cons of each language course option. Ready?

Let’s get started with our top-tier choices for learning to speak Cantonese. (more…)

Best Apps for Learning Mandarin Chinese: We’ve Tried Them All

There are a ridiculous number of apps out there for learning Chinese, and, while having plenty of options is certainly a good thing, finding the ones that are best for you can seem daunting.

Hopefully, we can help with that. We’ve tested dozens of them, and have included the standout performers in this list. These are apps that will help you improve a number of language skills, and we’ve categorized them based on whether they’re best for speaking, listening, reading, or writing.

The major benefits afforded by language apps are that they’re convenient and inexpensive, often free. Since this post focuses on apps, it will leave out some great resources that simply aren’t available as apps.

General Courses Available as Apps

Best Communication Skills App: Pimsleur

Best Interactive App: HelloChinese

Best Gamified Course: Ninchanese

Best HSK Test Prep App: HSKOnline

Apps for Learning Vocabulary and Grammar

Best Dictionary App: Pleco

Best Easy-to-Use Way to Learn Vocabulary: Memrise

Best for Learning Words in Context: Clozemaster

Best Customizable Study Tool: Anki

Best for Grammar Practice: Chinese Grammar

Apps for Reading and Listening Practice

Best for Learning Chinese Characters: Outlier Linguistics

Best for Reading About Current Events: The Chairman’s Bao

Best Reading Practice for Beginners and Up: Du Chinese

Best Interactive Reading Practice: WordSwing and M Mandarin

Best Audio Lessons in a Podcast Format: ChinesePod

Apps for Speaking and Writing Practice

Best for Learning to Write Chinese Characters: Skritter and TOFU Learn

Best for Writing Feedback: italki

Best for Pronunciation Feedback: Speechling

Apps for Tutors and Language Exchange

Best for Finding an Affordable Tutor: italki

Best for Structured Lessons: TutorMing

Best for Language Exchange: HelloTalk and Tandem

Best Q&A App: HiNative


The Best Apps To Learn Spanish – We’ve Tested 40+ Of Them


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 Lesson Structure: Babbel

Best Interactive Course: Lingodeer

Best Free Interactive Course: Duolingo

Best Free Audio Course: Language Transfer

apps for READING AND LISTENING practice

Best for Interesting Content: News in Slow Spanish

Best Lessons in the Style of a Podcast: SpanishPod101

Best Reading Content: LingQ

Best for Side-By-Side Reading Practice: Beelinguapp

apps for SPEAKING AND WRITING practice

Best for Feedback on Writing: italki

Best for Feedback on Pronunciation: Speechling


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


Best for Finding a Tutor: italki

Second-Best for Finding a Tutor: Verbling

Best for Language Exchange: HelloTalk and Tandem


6 Best Podcasts to Learn Indonesian in 2020

If you’ve been looking for an Asian language to learn, but you’re a bit intimidated by languages like Chinese or Japanese, then consider Indonesian. Free from tones, tenses and foreign alphabets, Indonesian is one of the simpler Asian languages to learn for native English speakers.

It doesn’t take more than a few months of hard work for you to begin seeing the fruits of your labor. In that timeframe, it’s not uncommon to be able to begin holding conversations with native Indonesian speakers!

Join the approximately 250 million people who speak Indonesian and begin learning this amazing language. You definitely won’t be alone; you can find online communities of language learners who are all sharing your journey.

Whether you choose to take an in-person class or online course, listening to Indonesian podcasts can be a great complement to any language course. Podcasts are easy to access and there are a ton of options available. Check out these six Indonesian podcasts for more on what you can expect! (more…)

7 Best Podcasts to Learn Hungarian in 2020

Hungarian is spoken heavily throughout Eastern Europe, not just in Hungary, but also in Slovakia and Romania as well. You’ll find more than 14 million Hungarian speakers throughout Europe, making this an excellent language to learn whether you’re just visiting the area for the first time as a leisure traveler, or you need to do some business in Eastern Europe.

Learning Hungarian can come with its challenges, though. The grammar style is much different from English grammar, and even if you’ve learned other European languages, you’ll find Hungarian differs highly from most of those languages as well.

If you’re learning to speak Hungarian in either an in-person class or in an online course, then you might find yourself looking for some extra resources to help you along your language-learning journey. If so, have you considered language-learning podcasts? Podcasts are an excellent complement to any language-learning course.

Check out these seven Hungarian podcasts for more. (more…)

5 Best Podcasts to Learn Lithuanian in 2020

Interested in learning Lithuanian? One of the oldest languages in the world, Lithuanian comes with its own unique set of challenges due to its age. Many aspects of its grammar, vocabulary and structure are no longer used in similar languages, meaning that even if you do know other historically important European languages, that might not help you learn Lithuanian any easier.

Fortunately, there are some resources out there that can help make your Lithuanian language-learning journey a little bit easier. Podcasts, for example, can be an excellent complement to your more formal Lithuanian courses. Podcasts are available any time, anywhere, and often for free.

Interested in learning more Lithuanian with podcasts? Check out these five podcasts that can help. (more…)