It’s one of the world’s most widely-spoken languages, but it’s still considered mysterious by many for its right-to-left script and unique looking characters. Discovering Arabic and developing an understanding in it can be as rewarding as it is intimidating, and there are many ways to go about it.
We’ve already compiled a list of the best online courses for learning Arabic as well as a list of the best podcasts for studying the language. This time, we’ll take a look at the best apps to help you with your language learning journey.
As this list only includes resources that are available as apps, it leaves out some quality options that simply lack mobile capability.
It’s also worth noting that this list doesn’t cover every app trying to teach the language. Instead, we’ve pulled from the great many we’ve tested ourselves, plus some that are commonly recommended, and grouped them into categories based on what they do best. Hopefully, it will help narrow the field a bit and point you in the right direction.
Best for Developing Communication Skills: Pimsleur
Best Free Way to Get Started: Madinah Arabic
Best Free Gamified Course: Duolingo
Most Fun Way to Learn Vocabulary: Memrise
Most Customizable Way to Practice Vocabulary: Anki
Best Way to Learn Vocabulary From Context: Clozemaster
Best Dictionary App: Hans Wehr
Best Podcast-Style Lessons: ArabicPod101
Best Reading Content: LingQ
Best for Reading Alongside Your Native Language: Beelinguapp
Best Radio App: Radio Arabic
Best for Learning the Arabic Alphabet: Arabic Alphabet
Best for Feedback on Writing: italki
Best for Online Tutors: italki
Best for Help with Random Questions: HiNative