In India, a country where hundreds of languages are spoken, Hindi stands out as the one with the most native speakers. In fact, it’s the third-most spoken language in the world. For anyone that wants to be able to communicate with this massive portion of the world’s population or wants to deepen their relationship with India and its people, learning Hindi is a fantastic undertaking.
The number of ways in which you can study Hindi is constantly growing. Language-learning apps are becoming more prevalent every year, and quite a few cater to learners of Hindi.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to sift through all of the available apps to find one that’s most worth your time — the quality, price, and area of focus all vary widely. In this post, we’ll list our favorite language apps for learning Hindi by what they do best, hopefully making your search easier.
Table of Contents
- General Courses as Apps
- Apps for Learning Vocabulary
- Apps for Reading and Listening Practice
- Apps for Speaking and Writing Practice
- Learn the Malayalam Script
- Tutors and Language Exchange
- General Courses as Apps
- Apps for Learning Vocabulary
- Reading and Listening
- Speaking and Writing
- Tutors and Language Exchange
- Final Thoughts
Best for Aural/Verbal Learners: Pimsleur
Best for Beginners: Mango Languages
Best Free, Gamified App: Duolingo
Best Thorough Course: Rocket Hindi
Best Gamified App with Quality Audio: Ling
Best Community-Created Flashcard Decks: Memrise
Best Customizable Flashcard App: Anki
Best for Learning Words in Context: Clozemaster
Best Offline Dictionary App: English Hindi Dictionary
Best Listening Practice: HindiPod101
Best Reading Practice: Beelinguapp
Best India Radio App: FM Radio India
Best for Writing Feedback: LangCorrect
Best for Community Feedback: italki
Best App for Learning Devanagari: Scripts
Best Place to Find a Tutor: italki
Best Q&A App: HiNative
Pimsleur has been around for quite a while, and it’s one of the more popular resources that offers fully fledged courses for language learning. The Hindi course includes 32 hours of audio lessons in addition to some supplementary exercises.
We’ve found that Pimsleur’s courses are exceptionally well-structured and are ideal for aural/verbal learners. You won’t get a lot of reading practice or grammar instruction, but you’ll benefit from clear, quality audio and lessons that encourage active engagement and lots of speaking practice. Pimsleur review.
One of the most notable things about this app is that it teaches over 70 languages, Hindi included. Subscription options include access to one language or, for serious polyglots, all of them. Some strengths of Mango Languages are its slick design and the useful cultural and grammar notes that are included in the lessons.
It’s worth noting that the courses will likely only be useful for beginners, as there is a lack of intermediate and advanced material available. Some learners may also find that grammar explanations are lacking. Mango Languages review.
Duolingo has quickly become one of the most well-known language-learning apps in the world. This isn’t surprising, considering the number of languages it teaches and that it’s free to use.
If you’re looking for an entertaining, no-commitment first encounter with Hindi, it’s hard to come up with any reasons you shouldn’t check out Duolingo. It teaches languages through short, engaging, game-like activities and includes extras like points, levels, and leaderboards to keep learners interested.
All that in mind, Duolingo doesn’t have the best audio in its courses, and you won’t get the kind of thorough instruction that other resources offer. In short, you’ll need much more than Duolingo to become fluent in Hindi, but it’s a decent place to start. Duolingo review.
This is another resource that’s fairly popular and offers courses in a number of languages. It could be a good option for learners that are looking for a course with an exceptionally good structure and lessons that build on each other nicely.
We’ve tested ten of the Rocket Languages courses and have found that the quality of the course varies by language. We haven’t tested the Hindi course, but we noticed some common themes among the courses: lots of practice opportunities, thorough materials, and highly repetitive activities.
It may not be the most entertaining language app to use, but there’s little doubt you’ll remember what you learn if you can make it through the lessons. Rocket Languages review.
Ling is a gamified app that has some things in common with Duolingo, but there are some important differences. The most immediately noticeable difference is that Ling is not free, and the $9/month subscription fee feels high when compared to Duolingo’s offer. Some of the major benefits of Ling are that it uses quality native-speaker audio and that the activities are engaging.
The app does have a few bugs, but it’s the best combination of quality audio and gamification that we know of for learning Hindi. Ling review.
The resources listed in this section may not be our top picks for one reason or another, but they’re commonly recommended and could be worth considering.
Mondly has a lot of content for learners at the beginner and pre-intermediate levels, but isn’t the most thorough course out there. Although we found a few bugs in the program, the price isn’t outrageous and it could be a good way to get some starting vocabulary under your belt. Mondly review.
As massively popular as Rosetta Stone is, it’s not our favorite. The course favors highly repetitive picture-matching exercises over translations or explanations. Rosetta Stone review.
This is another popular resource that doesn’t score very high with us. In taking the course, learners get to listen in on real lessons with a teacher and two students. We weren’t impressed with the French course, and you’ll have to look elsewhere for reading and writing practice. Michel Thomas review.
As with Duolingo, a lot of the content on Memrise is free to use. There are no official Memrise courses on Hindi, but there are a ton of free courses that have been created by other users.
Memrise makes use of a spaced repetition system (SRS) to help learners efficiently commit new terms to long-term memory. It’s essentially a flashcard app, but it includes a variety of activities and is fun to use. There’s quite a bit of variety in the user-created courses, but you’ll be able to find those that include both images and audio. There’s also a feature that lets you create your own mnemonic images to help you remember certain words or phrases. Memrise Review.
This flashcard app is notable for how customizable it is. You can create decks with any material you would like to memorize, and Anki employs SRS to provide efficient study time. There is a bit of a learning curve to getting Anki to work just how you want it to, but there are plenty of tutorials online and premade decks that can potentially save you a lot of hassle.
Anki is free to download and use everywhere except the Apple App Store, where it costs $25. Anki mini review.
Want to incorporate SRS into your practice? Have a penchant for retro game graphics? If so, Clozemaster might be worth checking out. It’s a gamified flashcard app that uses SRS and context sentences to teach words and phrases. Seeing your target language in context can help you develop an understanding of useful language chunks and get accustomed to seeing the language as it appears naturally. Note that there are occasionally mistakes in the sentences and that it’s best for learners who are beyond the absolute beginner stage.
Most of the Clozemaster features are free, though a paid subscription provides access to all 31 languages, the ability to customize SRS settings, and more additional features. Clozemaster review.
We haven’t had the chance to actually try this app, but it’s hugely popular and has over ten million installs in the Google Play Store. It provides an extensive dictionary with over 500,000 words in English and Hindi, complete with definitions, synonyms, antonyms, example sentences, and pronunciation information. It’s available to download for offline use as well.
Whether you find yourself needing to look up words on the fly while in India or want an easy way to look up words while studying, this free app will likely do the job well.
If nothing caught your eye in the above section, it may be worth looking at some popular alternatives below. We haven’t rated them highly, but they could still be a good choice for some learners.
Drops provides a convenient way to get basic vocabulary practice in a visually appealing app. It’s free to use for five minutes each day, but a recurring subscription is required for additional access. Unfortunately, the lesson structure isn’t impressive and you won’t learn multiple verb forms. Drops review.
This app utilizes user-created flashcards to provide practice with vocabulary definitions as well as spelling. Some of the activities are entertaining, and you can sign in with a free account, but the quality varies by course. Quizlet mini review.
We haven’t tried this one out ourselves, but it’s gained some popularity online. You may be able to learn some useful phrases and listen to native speaker audio, but the app otherwise appears limited.
It’s possible to get some free Hindi practice with Optilingo, but we wouldn’t recommend it. Flashcards are presented in slide-show form, and coming away from the app with any Hindi proficiency is doubtful. Optilingo mini review.
As may be apparent in the name, this resource adopts the format of a podcast to teach Hindi. It’s produced by parent company Innovative Language, which produces very similar courses in more than 20 different languages.
The lessons are presented by two hosts who, between some casual banter, introduce a dialogue and then provide opportunities for listeners to review and practice elements of the dialogue. It’s a useful way to get practice in a variety of skills, especially reading and listening.
There’s a free 7-day trial anyone can use to try out the full course, and a paid subscription unlocks some extra features. You’ll probably need to use HindiPod101 in conjunction with some other resources for complete practice, and it’s worth noting that the platform uses its own transliteration method rather than the standardized IAST. HindiPod101 review.
Beelinguapp and Readlang
Beelinguapp is mostly available for free, and it provides some good reading and listening practice. It allows users to read interesting texts in Hindi with the ability to toggle an entire side-by-side English translation on and off. There’s also a karaoke mode that highlights text as it’s read aloud, which can make for quality listening practice.
There are all kinds of reading material on Beelinguapp: news articles, fairy tales, short stories, music, and more. If you want some self-directed practice via content you find interesting, this one might be worth trying out. Beelinguapp mini review.
Readlang is a free browser extension that turns web surfing into a language-learning experience, and it’s pretty great. The Hindi version is still in Beta, but you can upload your own texts, browse popular material, or just navigate the web. Translations are available with a click, and flashcards are automatically saved for later practice. Readlang mini review.
Listening to radio programs in your target language is a great way to increase your input without much effort on your end. In addition to helping you get used to the sounds of Hindi, finding radio stations that you’re genuinely interested in can boost motivation and deepen your relationship with the language.
FM Radio India is a free app that provides access to over 200 different Indian radio stations. You’ll find stations that are in other Indian languages, but there are plenty in Hindi as well. Topics covered by these stations include news, sports, music, comedy, and more.
The option below might be a good solution for some learners, even though it isn’t one we’d recommend first.
The Flowlingo app provides audio and visual translations at a click for content you find online. It seems to still be in development, and you won’t have much control over which words are saved as flashcards for later study. Flowlingo mini review.
LangCorrect was created specifically to help language learners get practice writing in their target language. It’s a community-powered platform where users can submit their own writing for feedback as well as provide feedback on the writing of others. The collaborative atmosphere is encouraging, and the site is free to use!
The LangCorrect community is still growing, but there are many users actively practicing Hindi. There’s also an option to become a Patreon or volunteer to help translate the site’s UI, both of which grant the ability to practice up to ten languages. There is otherwise a limit of two languages one can practice. LangCorrect mini review.
italki is a great option for getting both speaking and writing practice. It’s a massive online tutor marketplace with some additional community features that are available for free in the app. These community features allow users to submit pieces of writing or recordings of themselves speaking in order to get feedback from other users. Getting humans involved in this type of feedback is unbeatable, and so is being able to do it for free.
If you’re not sure what to write or say, there are prompts to help with inspiration. What makes these features of italki especially useful is that the italki community is massive; it’s quite easy to get feedback quickly on anything you produce. If you enjoy the feature, just be sure to help other learners out by providing feedback yourself! italki review.
From the makers of the Drops app comes this slick script-teaching app. The mechanics are flashy and smooth, and you’ll get to start tracing Devanagari characters on your device right away. It’s worth noting that there isn’t any background information on the script, which might matter more to some than others.
In addition to individual letters, you’ll also get to practice writing entire words, and the written material is accompanied with audio recordings. Like Drops, Scripts is free to use for up to five minutes each day. Scripts mini review.
If the above two resources don’t quite do it for you, some people like the alternatives we’ve listed below.
Glossika offers ample listening practice and gets learners to repeat the language out loud, but it isn’t suitable for absolute beginners, and we found some mistakes in the material. Glossika review.
Comparable to Scripts, Write Me offers some good Devanagari writing practice, but you won’t get a ton of in-depth background information on the script. You’ll have to make a one-time payment for lifetime access to this app, but some people prefer it to Scripts.
Although it boasts a number of extra features, italki is best known for being a massive online directory of language tutors. The high number of tutors on the platform is likely its biggest strength: finding a tutor that fits your budget, scheduling constraints, and teaching style is almost always possible with italki.
Many learners also use the app to find language exchange partners. While there’s no dedicated portion of the app for this, it’s easy to message other users, and many people write posts looking for interested language partners. Using the app this way is completely free. italki review.
Both of these apps are mostly free to use and excel at connecting language learners from all over the world to facilitate language exchange.
On each app, you’ll be able to create a profile and search for partners interested in language practice. Built-in features like a correction tool and quick translations streamline the experience, though you’ll have to pay for a subscription if you want unlimited translations with either app.
They’re both largely the same, their major differences being aesthetic. HelloTalk has a slightly more cartoony feel, and Tandem might appeal more to those interested in a slicker design. HelloTalk review. Tandem review.
Most language learners eventually have questions that can’t be easily answered with a dictionary or an internet search. In these cases, asking a real person is often the best course of action. For learners that don’t have access to personal tutors, HiNative can be very useful.
It’s a platform where language learners can post questions to have them answered by native speakers of their target language. Most of the features are free to use, and the community is so large that responses usually come rather quickly. It certainly won’t teach you Hindi on its own, but it’s a useful tool for any language learner’s arsenal. HiNative review.
There are several alternatives that are worth listing here. You may want to take the time to find the one that most closely fits your needs.
Verbling is a quality online tutor marketplace, but there aren’t as many tutors here as you’ll find with italki. There are higher qualification requirements for tutors, but the prices are generally a little bit higher as well. Verbling review.
This is another huge online tutor directory with even more Hindi tutors than italki. It’s worth keeping in mind that Preply takes a higher commission from its teachers than other platforms and doesn’t compensate them for trial lessons. Preply review.
Speaky is a language-exchange app that’s mostly free and easy to use. The community, however, seems less interested in actual language practice than alternatives. Speaky review.
This could be a good option for learners looking for immediate, casual speaking practice. Connect with Hindi speakers at the press of a button and answer calls from English learners to earn “lingos,” the currency used for call time. The app was designed with Spanish and English speakers in mind, but the community is growing. Lingbe mini review.
It can frequently be difficult deciding which language-learning tools to incorporate into a study plan, and not for lack of choice. While there might not be quite as many resources available for learning Hindi as, say, Spanish or English, there are quite a few apps we think are worth your time.
Of course, language apps aren’t the only way to learn a language. In fact, we often recommend using a variety of resource types to get a well-rounded education. Check out our list of recommended podcasts and our favorite online courses for learning Hindi.
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