If you want to merge beautiful and useful, and want to start learning the new language in the Windows 8 or Windows 10 environment, you’re in the right place. I chose a few apps which will definitely help you to expand your knowledge of languages. These apps will learn you major World languages with interesting lessons and well-designed interfaces. So if you were uncertain about what app to choose, I hope this article will help you in making a decision.
Use these apps to learn foreign languages
If you want to Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish or English, then Duolingo is perhaps the best apps that you can use. The learning process is fun and helping to become fluent in your foreign language of choice in no time. Totally fun and 100% free.
Users are very satisfied with this app, as you can see from the reviews they added on the app’s download page:
It’s free, for real. No fees, no ads, no gimmicks. A college-quality education without the price tag.
So, if you’re finding hard to believe that, go ahead and download Duolingo and see for yourself.
If you want to help your kids to learn some foreign language, you definitely should try iTooch. This apps is much more oriented to elementary scholars and children then Babbel, and it should provide them an interesting and effective way to learn something new. But, iTooch is not only the language-learning-oriented app, it offers you probably the largest collection of educational activities that could be found on the App Store.
iTooch is based on the US National Common Core Standards and it offers you lessons in Math, Language arts, Science and Health. This app will definitely help parents, teachers and students to learn amazing new things in a fun and motivating way. Every iTooch learning app is available in the App Store individually, for the price of $4,99.
And at the end of our list, something for the fans of Japanese culture. If you want to learn Japanese language on your Windows 8 device, Human Japanese is definitely the best choice. This amazing Japanese learning app will provide you with a thousands of recordings, clear and understandable explanations, intelligent quizzes and reviews, animations of hiragana, katakana and kanji characters, and much more. Besides a huge variety of learning techniques and lessons, Human Japanese has an amazing, metro-style interface, which will increase your will to learn this language even more. Human Japanese is available in the Windows App Store for the price of $18.99, with an option for the free trial.
Babbel will definitely be your first choice if you want to learn some foreign language with ease. Babbel language learning apps were first available to iOS users, and they were absolutely delighted with them. And now, Windows 8 users will finally have that privilege to learn various tongues with Babbel. Babbel doesn’t come as a single app, but as 11 apps, one app for each language. With Babbel apps you’ll be able to learn: Dutch, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. Babbel uses various methods of learning, such as repetition, visual cues, spelling exercises and voice recognition in order to provide you an easy and interesting way to learn the new language.
Every single app is free to download from Windows App Store, with a company spokesperson saying that the WP8 builds “are mainly vocabulary trainers with 3,000 words broken down into themed lessons.” So, only if you’re willing, you have anything you need to learn any of above-mentioned languages without paying a single penny.
UPDATE: The app is no longer available for Windows 10, but you can download it on Android on iOS devices.
MobileFusion Language Learning Apps
If you somehow want an alternative for Babbel, your shot might be some of the free language learning tools from MobileFusion. This developer offers you eleven free language learning tools, including: Learn Russian Deluxe, Learn German Deluxe, Learn Turkish Deluxe, Learn Greek Deluxe, Learn Dutch Deluxe, Learn Danish Deluxe, Learn French Deluxe, Learn Portoguese Deluxe, Learn Spanish Deluxe, Learn Italian Deluxe and Learn Swedish Deluxe. MobileFusion assures you that using their apps will be the most entertaining way you have learned some of these languages so far, it’s up to you to decide whether they’re telling the truth or not.
UPDATE: The app is no longer available for download in the Store.
For more information about specific language learning apps, you can check out the guides below:
- Language-learning software with speech recognition
- Speech therapy/language training software for Windows
- 5 best language training software for Windows
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in December 2014 and was revamped and updated in October 2018 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.