Spanish is the 4th most spoken language in the world, with over 400 million native speakers spanning the globe. Fortunately, technology provides us with countless tools for mastering this ubiquitous language quickly and cost-effectively—for both personal and business purposes.
With a plethora of apps for learning Spanish in the Apple Store and Google Play, it can be hard selecting the right one. Here are 9 of the best for easy, self-paced learning for brushing up your español on the go.
Busuu allows users to pick up Spanish naturally using words and phrases—the same way native speakers learned the language. The free app is available for both Android and iOS.
Babbel is a free app for Android and iOS devices that features an integrated voice recognition system for fine tuning your pronunciation. The app contains a database of over 3,000 vocabulary words, with lessons 10-15 minutes long.
This free app teaches Spanish by placing users in everyday situations likely encounterered with native Spanish speakers. Daily lessons for learning/improving your pronunciation are accompanied by hundreds of Spanish dialog sound clips in MP3 audio format.
Curiosity Media’s SpanishDict—available through its website and mobile app—is used by over 10 million people a month and features Spanish to English to Spanish translation through Spanish translators, dictionaries, and verb conjugations.
Difusion is the ideal app for mastering your Spanish grammar skills. The iOS/Android app features an intuitive learning interface and a myriad of exercises categorized by level and category.
This fun app features both a learning mode and play mode, powered by a database of over 700 words and phrases. Play & Learn Spanish is available for both Android and iOS, for a fee.
This vocabulary-building app presents lessons for learning up to 15 words and their pronunciations, using “mems,” or pictures for helping you remember a Spanish word. Memrise is free and available for Android and iOS devices.
Mastering proper verb conjugation is crucial to Spanish—and this iOS-exclusive app helps you do just that. Choose the tense you want to practice and the app displays all conjugations in different persons.
Nothing beats learning Spanish by watching videos. This app uses real-world videos for a highly-effective, language immersion-like experience.
In short, Spanish is difficult to master but easy enough to pick up—especially with these 9 apps at your disposal. Most of these are free as well, so non-committal learners have one less excuse to get the ball rolling.