Now more than ever, learning Spanish as a second language is easy and convenient by taking advantage of programs and resources exclusively available online. From basic competency to perfect fluency, you can now gain the confidence to understand and speak in this globally used language right on your iPhone.
As one of the most spoken languages in the world and the second most used language in the United States according to the US Census Bureau, Spanish is not only useful to know, it’s increasingly essential. These iPhone apps offer a variety language comprehension features, so there’s no excuse not to learn!
Maria’s Spanish Class
My personal favorite on the list, Maria’s Spanish Class is definitely something different. This app does indeed feel like a full-fledged Spanish class right on your iPhone, but you won’t find dull or boring lessons here. Rather than just lessons or flashcards, this app provides you with a variety of fun games as well as an impressive, interactive teaching function that will react and explain as you go. Selling for $6.99 on iTunes, this gem is worth every penny.
One of the most critically acclaimed iPhone apps for learning Spanish, SpanishPod101 has received praise from Newsweek and PC Magazine. What makes it special is that it consists of a series of free podcast lessons which anyone from beginners to competent speakers will find useful. You can subscribe to their podcast series and read the rave reviews on iTunes.
Another excellent app on the iTunes store, iSpeak utilizes audio of spoken words and sentences by native Spanish speakers. Selling for $1.99, this app is particularly useful for those who want to learn proper pronunciation.
Selling for $1.99 on the Apple iTunes store, iTranslate is a popular iPhone app which offers comprehensive phrase translations to and from English and Spanish, as well as German, French, and Italian. Popular and highly related by downloaders, this handy app is ideal for those who want on-the-fly translations.
Free Spanish Tutor
Another iPhone app, as you might have guessed, Free Spanish Tutor is indeed free! This app acts more as a teaching tool, giving you access to audio, flash cards, and even quizzes to help you learn.
This app, made by 24/7 Tutor the same company behind Free Spanish Tutor, should be considered a level up from the above-mentioned app. As the name suggests, this app is essentially a classroom in your iPhone. For $7.99, you can have a complex learning experience and track your progress as you go.
An extremely handy iPhone app, what separates Byki from other Spanish language programs is its ease of use. Byki has a simple interface which won’t intimidate, and it even uses photographs of objects and places so that users can learn by association. Byli goes for $7.99 on the iTunes store.
Translator with Voice
For those who want something a little different, you can try the Translator with Voice iPhone app, which sells for $2.99. With voice support, the program attempts to dynamically translate exactly what you say in your native language into another language of your choice, with Spanish and five other languages supported.
Selling for $9.99 on iTunes, this app may seem pricey but it uses a very unique method to teach you Spanish. By using repetition, MyWords has the simple goal of helping you master 10 Spanish words every day, testing you as you go. By taking it slowly and learning the language a bit at a time, you might find the teaching method particularly effective.
Currently free on iTunes, WordPower gives users access to a word bank so that they can choose the words they want to learn. Focusing on daily word lessons and pronunciation, you may find this free app quite useful for basic comprehension.