French is a beautiful language. Its also a popular language. There are a variety of apps that teach French. In-person classes are still usually more effective. However, don’t underestimate the value of having a tutor in your pocket at all times. It really does help a lot. For the time being, there isn’t a lot happening in the world of learning French on Android so you may be familiar with most of these names. Let’s take a look at the best French learning apps for Android!
Price: Free / $69.99 per year
Busuu is one of the most popular language learning apps. It supports a lot of languages, including French. Busuu uses a lot of learning methods. That includes vocabulary and grammar lessons, audio dialog, games, quizzes, and more. As you learn, you can help others who are just starting out. That means there are people to help you as well. There is a method to the madness, though. With so many ways to learn, chances are that at least one of them should resonate well with you. Busuu costs $69.99 per year if you want every available feature.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month
Duolingo is one of the most popular French learning apps on any mobile platform. It features a bunch of languages (including French), simple, effective, and relatively fun for an educational app. The app claims that 34 hours in Duolingo is equal to one semester at a university-level class. There are games, simple vocabulary lessons, aural lessons, and more. It also rewards users with daily streaks for their commitment. It’s completely free to use but you can get some extra features for $9.99 per month if you really want to.
Drops: Learn French
Price: Free / Up to $7.49 per month / $48.99 per year / $109.99 once
Drops is an up-and-coming language learning app with a bunch of languages. French happens to be one of them. Drops uses a somewhat modern learning approach. You learn in five minute sessions with a game style similar to Duolingo. Some other features include visual learning, spelling, and vocabulary lessons. It tries to lower the focus on grammar because you tend to pick it up over time. The short sessions help create the habit of learning instead of forcing you to sit down and learn over hours and hours of study. It’s a neat concept and people seem to enjoy it quite a bit.
Learn French Offline
Price: Free / $1.49
Learn French Offline lets you learn French without an Internet connection. It’s not nearly as good as some others on this list. However, it works great as a simple phrasebook with audio pronunciations. The app promotes learning by phrases rather than by individual words. It has a variety of words, including most common phrases. This one isn’t expensive either at $1.49 for the premium verison. We also recommend this one as a secondary app to something a little more powerful like Duolingo or Memrise.
Price: Free / $9 per month / $59.99 per year
Memrise is one of the biggest, most successful, most popular, and most powerful language learning apps. It supports French, of course. There are a bunch of features, including an offline mode, a chat bot that helps with conversational French, and more. It uses a broad approach with games, lessons, vocabulary, grammar, and interaction with real people. That’s probably why it’s so popular. The free version gives you some features, but the subscription method is the most ideal experience.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $47.99 per year
Mondly is another huge language learning app with 29 languages and counting. That does include French. It uses similar methods as Memrise and other large scale language learning apps. It has games, lessons, vocabulary, phrases, grammar, audio from native speakers, and more. Mondly also customizes courses for your style of learning. The app has a free version. The subscription not only unlocks all of the features, but it does so for every language. It’s a little bit overkill if you only want French, though.
Price: Free / $15 per year
Quizlet is an app with flashcards. Here’s how it works. You make various sets of digital flashcards. They are usable for stuff like math, science, spelling, and, of course, learning languages like French. The flashcards have a bunch of customization options. You can actually make some good looking cards. Additionally, you can download packs of cards that others made. There are a bunch for French as well. This one is useful for multiple subjects and $15 per year isn’t half bad in terms of price. This would work wonderfully as a secondary study app.
Price: Free / $199+ per year
Rosetta Stone is a popular name in language learning. It uses its own method for language learning. The method is fairly effective and includes memorization, grammar lessons, vocabulary, phrase learning, and more. It focuses mostly on conversational learning rather than pure vocabulary. It’s a tried and true method. However, it’s also a very expensive method. Yearly subscriptions are among the most expensive in this class. It’s better than the pay-once desktop version, though.
Simply Learn French
Price: Free / Wp to $4.99
Simply Learn French by Senya is a simpler, easier language learning app. It features over 300 phrases and words with audio pronunciations. You also get quizzes and flashcards for easier study. The app can even slow down audio so you can hear it better. This is another secondary app for learning French. It definitely only gets you so far as an advanced phrasebook of sorts. Thankfully, its price is a single purchase. There is no subscription with this one. We don’t recommend this one by itself, though. This works well with apps like Duolingo for a good one-two combo of French learning goodness.
Tandem and HelloTalk
Price: Free / $6.99 per month / $34.99 per year
Tandom is a unique app for learning French. It works a lot like HelloTalk. You find people who speak the language you want to learn and they help teach you. In turn, you help them learn the language that you speak. That includes audio calls, video calls, text chats, audio messages, picture messages, and more. Both HelloTalk and Tandem work quite well. Whether one is better than the other is a matter of opinion, mostly. They both do the same thing in practice.
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