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Best Apps For Learning French: We’ve Tested Over 40 Of Them

Interested in learning French? Your options for study are many. Fortunately for those that require the convenience afforded by digital methods, this includes a great number of apps.

We’ve tested a ton of these resources ourselves and have seen that the quality of apps out there is as varied as their number. This list attempts to highlight some of the best in specific categories but makes no claim to be exhaustive. Instead, it will hopefully help you narrow your options and find the ones that fit your needs.

Courses

Best Interactive Courses: Lingodeer and Babbel

Best Course for Speaking and Listening Skills: Pimsleur

Best Free Course: Duolingo

Vocabulary

Best for Learning Vocabulary Easily: Memrise

Best for Customizable Vocabulary Practice: Anki

Best for Learning Vocabulary From Context: Lingvist

Best Free Way to Learn Vocabulary From Context: Clozemaster

Best Dictionary Apps: Wordreference and Linguee

Reading and Listening

Best for Interesting Content Across All Levels: News in Slow French

Best Podcast-Style Lessons: FrenchPod101

Best Audiobooks for French Learners: French Today

Best for French Immersion: Francais authentique

Best for Reading Practice: LingQ

Best French Radio App: Radio France

Speaking and Writing

Best for Getting Feedback on Pronunciation: Speechling

Best for Getting Feedback on Writing: italki

Best for Getting Answers to Quick Questions: HiNative

Tutors and Language Exchange

Best for Finding a Tutor: italki

Best for Language Exchanges: Tandem

 

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Speechling Review – I Didn’t Know I Was Saying That Wrong!

Quick Review

4.3 

Summary:

Speechling is a website and app that makes it easy to improve your speaking skills in several languages. The free version is an incredbily valuable resource that makes it easy to practice mimicking native speakers. The Unlimited Plan provides unlimited corrections of your recordings by a teacher.

Quality

Speachling makes it easy to improve your speaking rhythm and pronunciation.

Thoroughness

Lots of different ways to practice speaking.

Value

The free version is better than most paid resources and the paid version provides outstanding value.

Price

The Forever Free Plan is complete free. A monthly subscription to the Unlimited Plan costs $19.99 per month.

Use the promo code “ALR123”” to save 10% on Speechling’s Unlimited Plan.

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese

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Kwiziq Review: Learn Grammar From Lots Of Quizzes

Quick Review

3.5 

Summary

Kwiziq is a language-learning platform offering courses in Spanish and French with a curriculum centered around quiz-like exercises. There are plenty of grammar lessons that accompany these quizzes as well as some writing and listening practice opportunities. It isn’t the most fun resource to use, and it makes the most sense for learners that are especially interested in grammar.

Quality

The interface is pretty easy to use and the material is high-quality, but the content and exercises aren’t engaging.

Thoroughness

Grammar explanations and quiz feedback are impressive, but the exercises are limited.

Value

There are less expensive resources out there, but this platform could be right for some people.

Languages

French and Spanish

Price

The basic account is free, and a premium package is available for the following monthly subscription options:

Subscription PeriodMonthly Price
Monthly$22.79
Every Three Months$18.99/month
Every Year$11.99/month
Every Two Years$9.49/month

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Speaky Review: Better Than Other Language Exchange Apps?

Quick Review

3.7 

Summary

Speaky is a social language-learning app for people interested in language exchange. It’s available for iOS, Android, and the web. Users can chat with other language learners, share photos, leave voice messages or even have voice calls. The basic features on Speaky are free to use, but access to more than five translations per day requires a subscription.

Community

There are some dedicated language learners on Speaky but not as many as similar apps.

Features

The platform is easy to use but lacks advanced features.

Value

Speaky is mostly free to use, extra features are available for a subscription.

Languages

There are over 100 languages on Speaky. These include popular languages like Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, etc.

Price

The basic features on Speaky are free to use. A premium membership is available for a subscription.

1-month Subscription$5.99/month
6-month Subscription$4.83/month
12-month Subscription$3.91/month

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Rype App Review: I Wouldn’t Recommend It To Anybody

Quick Review

1.8 

Summary

Rype is a resource that provides language learners with access to one-on-one lessons with teachers. It’s aimed at providing a solution for the busy learner that needs a great deal of flexibility with their study time. Users purchase a subscription package that contains a certain number of lessons per month. The lessons are 30-minutes long and are easy to schedule.

Platform

The platform is very easy to use, but there aren’t many teacher details and lessons take place on Skype.

Teachers

There seems to be a range of experience levels on Rype and a very small number of teachers.

Value

The hourly rates are higher than similar online tutor options and you have to commit to a  subscription.

Price

The price varies per subscription package and number of lessons each month.

Number of Lessons Six-Month Subscription Monthly Subscription
8 Lessons/month$59.99/month$79.99
12 Lessons/month$84.99/month$99.99
20 Lessons/month$159.99/month$179.99

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Lingvist Review: Putting Their Courses To The Test

Quick Review

Summary:

Lingvist is a language learning resource that uses spaced repetition and flashcards to help you build your vocabulary in a new language. There are five language courses made for English speakers, and some of these have an extra challenges section with additional reading, speaking, grammar, and listening practice. Lingvist is straightforward, easy to use, and most effective for beginners or intermediate learners.

Quality

The interface is easy to use and practice is enjoyable, but the grammar explanations aren’t great.

Thoroughness

The vocabulary practice is great, but the additional features are somewhat limited and vary by language.

Value

A subscription isn’t super expensive, but it isn’t the best resource for a comprehensive education.

Price

Lingvist is available for a recurring subscription period of one month, three months, or one year.

Subscription Length Monthly Price (Billing price)
One month$19.99
Three months$13.33 ($39.99)
One year$6.67 ($79.99)

Languages

German, French, Russian, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin America)

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Live Lingua Review: My Experience With Their Lessons

Quick Review

3.8 

Summary

Live Lingua is an online language school that pairs students with certified teachers for one-on-one online classes. The platform aims to provide a more personalized service than online tutor directories by assigning a personal class coordinator and a customized curriculum for each student. Certificates are available in 11 different popular languages and for a variety of different courses.

Teacher Quality

All teachers are native speakers and receive additional training through Live Lingua.

Platform

Lots of extra free material, but with mistakes. There are specialized course options, and video lessons happen on Skype.

Value

More expensive than other online classes and less flexible, but more personalized.

Price

The hourly rate for classes on Live Lingua ranges from $11 – $39 depending on the certificate, language, and number of classes you purchase. The first lesson is free.

Languages

English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese

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Busuu Review: Some Courses Are Better Than Others

Quick Review

3.3 

Summary:

Busuu is a digital language-learning app with over 90 million registered users. The resource offers vocabulary and grammar practice through short, self-paced study exercises. It also has a social aspect that allows users to get writing and pronunciation feedback from native speakers. It is available on the web, iOS, and Android.

Quality

The layout is great, and the quality for non-Asian languages is decent, but there were significant errors in the Chinese course.

Thoroughness

It has some good explanations but doesn’t often offer much in the way of in-depth explanations.

Value

Busuu is relatively inexpensive, but there are more thorough and efficient resources out there.

Price

Subscription LengthPremiumPremium Plus
One month$9.99$13.99
Three months$8.33/month ($24.99)$9.66 ($28.98)
Six months$5.82/month ($34.92)$6.66  ($39.96)
12 months$5.41/month ($64.92)$5.74  ($68.88)

Languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Turkish, Russian, and Arabic

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Word Dive Review: Falls Short Compared To Similar Apps

Quick Review

2.8 

Summary

Word Dive uses artificial intelligence and short exercises to help language learners commit study items to long-term memory. The app provides instruction in ten languages and is available for desktop, iOS, and Android.

Quality

It’s very easy to use, but the material is limited.

Thoroughness

You can practice vocabulary and grammar, but there are almost no grammar explanations.

Value

It isn’t very expensive, but other resources are similarly priced and more comprehensive.

Price

Word Dive is available for a subscription.

Subscription PeriodPrice/MonthPayment Scheme
Monthly$9.99Renews automatically
Three months$9.33One time payment of $27.99
Six months$8.00One time payment of $47.99
One year$6.67One time payment of $79.99

Languages

English, German, Spanish, Finnish, French, Swedish, Japanese, Estonian, Russian, and Italian.

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Chatterbug Review: Self-Study + 1-1 Classes – Does It Work?

Quick Review

3.7 

Summary

Chatterbug is a language learning platform designed with the aim of bringing together the convenience of digital learning apps and the value of one-on-one speaking practice. It was founded in 2016 and currently offers courses in German, Spanish, and French. Some of its features are available on iOS and Android; the full version is available for desktop.

Quality

The Live Lessons are great, but the other practice activities are somewhat limited and the interface isn’t very intuitive.

Thoroughness

The Live Lessons provide quality practice, and there are good grammar explanations, but reading and writing practice are limited.

Value

It isn’t super cheap, but the Casual and Serious plans could be worth it if you like the platform.

Price

The price of the recurring monthly subscription varies according to the number of Live Lessons you take each month.

PlanMonthly costLessons per monthPrice per extra lesson
Lite$231$23
Casual$854$22
Serious$1608$20
Ultimate$450UnlimitedN/A

Languages

German, Spanish, and French.

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