4 Best Language Learning Apps for Kids

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Do you want your kid to master a foreign language? You can have them learn via a language learning app. Here are a few options you can choose from. 

Most parents want their kids to know at least one foreign language. But what is the reason behind it?

According to a survey, most people (26%) think learning a foreign language will help them get a better job in the future, which is probably why moms and dads encourage their kids to get foreign language classes. 

But besides classes, there are also other ways to master a foreign language, such as language learning apps. They can either be free or paid and most of them are rather affordable. 

But which app should you choose from the myriad of options available in app stores?

Here are a few top recommendations for you to consider

1. Preply

Language Learning app Preply

Preply is an online, educational platform that connects students with foreign language teachers via online chat. Basically, you get a complete foreign language class experience from the comfort of your own home. 

Which languages can you learn via Preply?

  • English
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • German
  • Chinese

These are just a few examples. There are 15 more languages Preply has to offer to students, including Portuguese, Turkish, Swedish, and even Urdu. 

Every Preply tutor is qualified and you can also choose to study with a native speaker. All tutor profiles are verified and ranked and you can also ask for a trial lesson to check the tutor’s qualifications:

Preply is a paid service, but the prices are very affordable.

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2. Duolingo

Language Learning app Duolingo

Duolingo is a freemium language learning app that also functions as a website. You can connect your app with a desktop version and learn from any device you find comfortable. 

The app offers over 106 lessons in 40 languages, including English, French, Russian, Spanish, Greek, Danish, and Turkish.

You can also subscribe to Duolingo Plus, which is a premium version of the app. It gives you the following perks:

  • No ads
  • Unlimited hearts (lives)
  • Mistake overview
  • Unlimited skill tests
  • Mastery quiz

The only downside of Duolingo is that it doesn’t let you speak or write on the scale that would allow you to fully put your knowledge to practice. But it’s still a good app to improve your language skills.

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3. Babbel

app Babbel

Babbel is a subscription-based language learning platform and app. You need to sign up to get access to all language lectures and courses. 

When you subscribe, you get to try one lesson for free and learn the most basic words:

If you like the app and want to proceed with more lessons, do try out the one-month subscription. 

The beauty of the Babbel app is that it tests your proficiency level to give personalised course suggestions. At the same time, you can go back and review all the vocabulary and grammar you’ve already learned to improve your skills. 

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4. Mondly

Learning app Mondly

Mondly is a freemium language learning platform that runs as a website and an app. It offers free and paid courses in 33 languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, and many more. 

There’s also a kid-friendly platform called Mondly Kids with lessons and learning tools for toddlers and older children. 

All the lessons on Mondly are broken down by topics. You can learn how to introduce yourself and then learning the vocabulary for seasons and weather, travelling, sports, food and drinks, and so on:

You have to take all the lessons one by one, but if you want to jump to a more difficult level, you need to subscribe to a premium version. Mondly’s main downside is that it doesn’t have a proficiency test to evaluate your level, but it’s a great app to learn the essential vocabulary. 

Image Credit: Mondly

Which App Should You Choose?

All the apps on this list have their ups and downs. Some, like Preply, offer a full experience but require a certain budget, while others, like Duolingo, although free, only offer a limited language learning experience. 

At the end of the day, you can make your decision based on your language learning needs. If you want to start from scratch, then you need structured classes and, preferably, guidance from a seasoned tutor. But if you just want to practice the skills you already have, any of these apps will do just fine. 

Guest Contributor: Ryan is a passionate blogger and writer who likes sharing his thoughts. Now he works as a content editor and internet researcher, you can check his website here. In his free time, he likes to travel and explore new countries.

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