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40 Coolest iPad Apps for Language Learners


The iPad has proven itself an incredible tool for learning, and language learning is no exception. Whether you're learning Spanish or the Japanese Kanji, there's a way to do it on the iPad. Of course, the device allows you to take learning further than a simple textbook would do, with flash cards, city tours, foreign news, and even delicious cultural cuisine. Read on, and you'll find 40 awesome apps that will not only teach you the language you wish to learn, but immerse you in another culture as well.

  1. Fotopedia Paris

    French students can explore the City of Light in photos right from the iPad. Study the art, street life, architecture, and even the Louvre with Fotopedia Paris.

  2. Count To Ten

    This numbers game will teach you how to identify the numbers one through 10 in ten different languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German.

  3. 2011 World Factbook

    Study countries from around the world and better understand the culture behind the languages you're studying.

  4. Hello-Hello Spanish for iPad

    Use this app's innovative methodology for building communication skills, vocabulary, and more in Spanish. This app offers the ability to take notes, and even learn offline.

  5. AIUEO-HIRAGANA for iPad

    Touch, listen, and learn Japanese in an intuitive way with this app. You'll be able to touch any character for clear pronunciation, and use the app to learn the Hiragana and Katakana alphabets.

  6. Word Lens

    Word Lens allows you to instantly translate words just by pointing your built-in video camera at text, taking words from one language to another in real time.

  7. Latin Study Buddy!

    Learn basic Latin vocabulary with the help of this tool, featuring a test mode, report card, and study mode for referencing Latin words.

  8. Beginner Japanese for iPad

    Start learning Japanese on your iPad in just minutes each day using this iPad app. Follow storylines, get personal teachers, and even detailed lesson notes with cultural insight.

  9. Remembering the Kanji

    Remembering the Kanji utilizes the Heisig Method for learning Japanese Kanji, with slides and flashcards making this tedious task feel fun with an easy to use interface.

  10. Univision

    Spanish students can follow the news and more in Univision's app. Find Univision Spanish language content, including articles, videos, and more for an understanding of not only the Spanish language, but the culture of Mexico as well.

  11. Google Translate

    Arguably the best translator available for the iPad, Google Translate can translate between 58 languages, some of which can be spoken in instead of typed, and even spoken aloud. Amazingly, this app can automatically detect the language of the text, and spell out the translation of non-Latin script languages as well.

  12. MindSnacks Italian

    With a name that's sure to have you hungry for some pasta, MindSnacks goes beyond food and inspires Italian learning. Use this app to play games, complete challenges, and master words and phrases in Italian.

  13. Human Japanese HD

    This app features Japanese learning with a human touch, teaching students not just canned phrases, but also how to build a linguistic and cultural understanding. In Human Japanese HD, you'll find animations, recordings, interactive games, and much more to help you master the Japanese language.

  14. Al Jazeera Arabic Live

    Students of Arabic can watch the news live from Al Jazeera on this channel. News is spoken in Arabic, so learners can follow along with native speakers.

  15. Free City Maps and Walks

    Even if you're not planning a trip to accompany your new language skills, you can benefit from this app. It allows you to take a virtual walking tour of 470 different cities worldwide, immersing you in the city's major attractions and routes.

  16. Free Spanish Tutor

    Learn or refresh your Spanish skills with this language lab. It's available offline, offering interactive study tools including puzzle games, write in quizzes, and flash cards.

  17. Midori

    Midori is a Japanese dictionary app with more than 146,000 word entries, including 150,000 example sentences. You can search and translate, even using handwriting to find what you're looking for in this innovative Japanese dictionary app.

  18. iLoveYou in 50+ Languages

    When all you need to do is say I Love You, this is the app you need. Available in more than 50 different languages, you can share your romance in an international way.

  19. NHK World TV Live

    Use NHK World TV Live to watch Japanese news live on your iPad. You can follow along and learn about Japanese news while at the same time absorbing the language, all in real time.

  20. Vocabulary Trainer: English-Spanish

    Use the Vocabulary Trainer app to learn the 1,000 most common words in Spanish. This app offers a fun training game that you can play for a few minutes every day to build your knowledge.

  21. Language Master Western Europe

    Through "addictive gaming," Language Master will teach you essential words for Western Europe, including French, German, Greek, Italian, and Spanish. Continue playing regularly, and you'll be able to master 72 words of each language.

  22. Best of French Cuisine

    Study French through the food of the country, with 50 excellent French cuisine recipes, including last minute menus, wine recommendations, and a glossary to explain it all.

  23. AP Mobile

    The Associated Press offers comprehensive news coverage, including international news. You'll find headlines from both local and foreign newspapers that will allow you to follow the news in the country of the language you're studying.

  24. Japanese Phrases Free

    Find Japanese sound files, lessons, and a great search function for finding any word or phrase in Japanese or English. You can even save or favorite phrases to study later or email to yourself.

  25. Language Translator

    Need a quick and free translator for several different languages? This is your app. You can translate words, phrases, and even entire paragraphs of text between languages from Afrikaans to Yiddish.

  26. World Customs & Cultures

    Understand customs and cultures along with language with the help of this app. You can find out about communication style, gestures, greetings, personal space, and more, so you can not only talk like a local, but act like one too.

  27. French 101 Vocabulary

    In this app, you'll find basic French language vocabulary, including money, family, weather, date and time, all in interactive study tools that can be used with or without network access.

  28. Lingolook Spanish

    Use Lingolook to master your understanding of Spanish travel phrases. This app has more than 800 words and phrases with audio translations and illustrated flashcards that make learning easy and fun.

  29. Translator with Voice

    Get translation including voice support by using this app. It can read translated languages aloud for you, whether you need Mandarin or Dutch.

  30. Busuu.com

    Learn French with this app from Busuu.com, offering over 3,000 words and phrases in 150 different topics. You'll also find recordings by native speakers, and an ability to synchronize your learning with your profile on Busuu.com.

  31. Japanese Flash

    Japanese Flash has "extreme Japanese training," made by students of Japanese for students of Japanese. Review your vocabulary, practice what you don't know, and make your own sets to customize Japanese learning with this app.

  32. French Word of the Day

    Take French one day at a time with this Word of the Day app. You'll find a French word with the English translation, along with a sample sentence for word usage.

  33. Little Pim Spanish

    From PBS, Little Pim Spanish is a great app for teaching early learners Spanish with 60 Spanish words and phrases. Kids can play interactive games that teach basic nouns, verbs, and short phrases.

  34. Plango

    Plango offers a language learning store for downloading multimedia for foreign language proficiency, and even English for non-native English learners.

  35. Free French Essentials

    AccelaStudy shares this education software for learning new French words quickly and permanently. You'll be able to hear native speaker audio, find commonly used verbs, and track your learning progress with automatic statistics.

  36. Italian Food

    Spaghetti lovers and Italian students alike will love this app. It offers Italian recipes, culture, and even a map, featuring a recipe search by towns and regions. Have fun studying the language of Italy and its food at the same time.

  37. Free Spanish English Dictionary +

    Get a great starting point for learning Spanish with a comprehensive database of words and phrases in this app. You'll be able to find words quickly and improve retention with notes and images.

  38. Free Italian Tutor

    This app offers 24/7 language learning in Italian, going beyond a simple talking phrasebook and flashcards with interactive quizzes, optimization, and write in language recall.

  39. French Gender

    Learn the difference between masculine and feminine French nouns with the help of this app, offering patterns that can help you get it straight once and for all.

  40. Multi Lang Dictionary and Translator

    This app makes it easy to look up multiple translations and definitions. You'll be able to look up online and offline dictionaries, translations, text to speech, and more.

September 19th, 2011 written by Site Administrator

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