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With just about everyone owning a smartphone, it is easier than ever to learn or study a language while on the go. Here are some apps that we are familiar with, but we do not receive any compensation for listing any of them. It is simply to share with others what we have discovered in our research. Most, but not all of these we found on the FluentU website. 

FluentU
Website | iOS | Android
FluentU is one of the most unique apps among this list. FluentU takes real-world videos like music videos, commercials, news, and inspiring talks and turns them into language learning experiences. In contrast to other apps that take a scripted approach, FluentU uses a natural approach that helps you ease into the Spanish language and culture over time. You’ll learn Spanish as it’s spoken in real life.

Duolingo
Website | iOS | Android
Price: Free
Among all the apps here, Duolingo probably has the highest ratings of all – it won the Best App Award in 2013 in both the AppStore and the Google Play Store. We are not sure where it stands in 2017.

Duolingo Spanish is split up into units that have a certain theme (e.g. education, work, medicine), and it’s designed so that each unit goes up in difficulty. Units are generally divided into two types: tenses and others (e.g. nouns, adjectives, adverbs, question words, pronouns, etc.). It’s very unique in the fact that it’s not grammar intensive – as a matter of fact, apart from about 10 of the most commonly used tenses, you won’t see any grammar lessons throughout the app.

Rosetta Stone
Website | iOS | Android
Price: Free (for a demo account)
Among the apps here, Rosetta Stone is undoubtedly the most famous learning methodology and sits as the oldest language learning app.

Rosetta Stone is designed very differently than most language apps that are on the marketplace today. Instead of learning Spanish through English, it is designed for us to learn Spanish through Spanish. In other words, it’s trying to teach us Spanish the way we’d learn it if we were children starting to learn the language.

Memrise
Website | iOS | Android
Price: Free
Memrise is a very unique language learning app. Unlike other apps, its sole purpose is to help you memorize Spanish words, hence the name “Memrise”. And in my opinion, it’s also one of the most creative iOS Spanish apps for learning Spanish words around.

There are different modules in the app, and many more lessons in each module. For example, for Spanish, there’s “Learn Basic Mexican Spanish,” “Advanced Spanish,” “Spanish Vocab by frequency” (4650 words), and “250 most commonly used Spanish words”.

Fluencia
Website iOS / Android: No app, but the site is mobile-friendly
Cost: $ 14.95 / month
Fluencia is an online based platform that teaches Spanish through a highly visual method. So instead of a lot of text, there are a lot of visual aids to guide the learning process.

There are five levels for Fluencia, with 10 units per level. After going through all the lessons, it reckons that you’ll be on par with someone who studied Spanish in college for a year. Not bad for 50 units of lessons, eh? Within each unit, there are various types of lessons covering a conversation, vocabulary, grammar, culture and communication.

Open Language (formerly Spanish Pod)
Website | iOS | Android
To me, Open Language has a really professional feel to the platform that sets it apart from many of the other apps. Among language learning apps that have a more “serious” feel, it’s probably one of the best Spanish apps for Android and iOS alike.

Open Language Spanish is broken up into many courses. Here, you also see where the professional feel comes from – Open Language Spanish courses actually correspond to the 6 levels of the CEFR. So instead of promising to teach Spanish, it promises an equivalent proficiency from A1 – C2 of the CEFR, which is very useful for benchmarking your progress against an internationally accepted scale.

Each lesson is centered around a dialogue between two hosts. The two hosts repeat the Spanish dialogue several times, and interject English comments here and there to explain new Spanish terms.

MosaLingua
Website | iOS | Android
Price: $4.99 (App Store), $5.99 (Google Play)
MosaLingua is a platform that is designed to teach Spanish using several efficient methodologies, such as SRS (which helps calculate review dates based on how difficult you find words as you learn them), focusing on 20% of the most important vocabulary, as well as ingraining words into long term memory.

Busuu
Website | iOS | Android
Price: 14,99 Euros / month (~USD 21)
Unlike many other Spanish apps, Busuu has a vibrant community of active users. This also means that out of speaking, listening, reading and writing, Busuu is an app that has a big speaking component, so be prepared for a lot of oral practice.
Inside each lesson, it takes you through the lesson material in a well paced sequence.

You start off with learning some key vocabulary. This prepares you for the lesson dialog. After the lesson dialog, you practice writing on the topic for other members to see (and hopefully edit). Then you arrive at the speaking practice session with native speakers in the community. Next you record the phrases indicated on the screen. Finally there is a lesson review

Lingualia
Website | iOS | Android
Price: $14.95
Similar to Busuu, Lingualia is a complete platform that takes you through Spanish lessons in a well designed sequence based on your level.

Lingualia offers units that range from the A1 – B2 levels of the CEFR, and there are about 50 units per level, so there’s quite some material to comb through. Each unit is based around a theme, very much like how we learn Spanish as a foreign language in school.

SpeakEasy
Price: $3.99 in both iOS and Google Play store (No website)
If you’re looking for something more practical to take with you on the go, Speak Easy might be something for you.

A true mobile app available only for mobile platforms, Speak Easy is essentially a travel friendly phrasebook to take with you. Most phrasebooks you’ve bought probably had something like “ke as dee-cho” as a pronunciation aid for “Qué has dicho?”. But Speak Easy actually offers native recordings for most phrases and words, so you’ll be able to copy these native recordings easily.

Another cool feature it has is the slow playback feature – if you hear a phrase and it’s too fast, you can play it back at a slower speed to listen to it more carefully.

Though not specifically an app, this YouTube channel can be accessed on a smartphone.

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