Italy is a beautiful country with a rich history. Its language is among the most popular in Europe and spoken in many countries outside of just Italy. That makes it a popular language for tourists and travelers as well as scholars. There are a variety of language learning apps that support Italian. We can help you narrow down the best ones for you. Here are the best Italian learning apps for Android!
Busuu is a solid option for learning Italian. It’s a community app with a bunch of various lessons by members of the community. Italian lessons include vocabulary and grammar stuff as well as audio pronunciations, games, and various quizzes to test your abilities. The app also comes with social features, offline support, and cross-platform support with its website. The app still needs a bit of work, but it is functional. The subscription is also a bit pricey.
Language Drops is a newer language learning company on Google Play. They have apps for a variety of languages, including Italian. Drops focuses on quick, short learning sessions. You learn conversational words and phrases first. The app doesn’t emphasize grammar as much as others. Thus, you cut straight through until you learn a whole bunch of the language. It’s outstanding for beginners. Some of the content is free. Everything is available with the premium version.
Duolingo is one of the most popular language apps. It’s also probably the best free app in its genre. Of course, Italian is an option in Duolingo. The app emphasis short learning sessions, vocabulary, audio pronunciations, and conversational Italian. You build your vocabulary, diction, and reading skills over time. Duolingo claims that 34 hours in the app is equal to a semester of learning at a university. We’re not sure about that. However, given its free (usually, like 99% of the time) price tag, it’s difficult to complain much.
Google Translate is an outstanding tool for travelers and language scholars. It translates between 103 languages online and 59 languages offline. You can translate words between languages fairly easily. However, its best feature is its live translation feature. You can talk to it in Italian and it’ll spit out whatever other language you want. That makes it excellent for practice. It even has a camera feature that translates things like menus or signs when you point your camera at it. Of course, it’s a Google app, and that means it’s free.
HelloTalk is an interesting idea for language learning. It’s actually a social community. You pair up with people and learn languages together. You teach them your language and they teach you theirs. This one works best for intermediates who need additional practice. However, it is friendly for beginners as well. It also offers video and audio calls along with text, picture, and audio messages. The app is a great secondary source of study and pairs well with something like Duolingo, Memrise, or Rosetta Stone.
Memrise is one of the most popular options for learning Italian. It’s also one of the more expensive. Memrise takes a broad approach to learning. There are standard style lessons for grammar, conversational Italian, and vocabulary. Additionally, you get quizzes, games, social elements, an audio pronunciation guide, and more. Its broad approach is a little overwhelming at first. However, it does seem to work quite well. This is a good one for serious learners who need a lot of different types of learning.
Mondly is another popular option for language learners. Of course, it supports Italian. It focuses very heavily on conversational Italian. The majority of your grammar and vocabulary learning come from conversations. The app slowly builds your vocabulary from there. It’s a neat premise that works fairly well. You also get offline support, speech recognition, a leaderboard, stats about your learning, and more. This one is slightly more expensive than Memrise. However, we can’t say which one is better. It all depends on your learning style.
Rosetta Stone is a big name in language learning. Of course it supports one of Europe’s most popular languages. The app works a bit like Mondly. It focuses a lot on conversational Italian while slowly building a vocabulary and grammar base from there. The app leans heavily on audio learning rather than visual learning. You talk a lot with this one. Rosetta Stone is the most expensive software on the list. However, it does have a single purchase option unlike many of its competitors.
The name says it all with this app. It’s actually a better phrasebook than a learning platform. It has well over 1,000 common Italian words and phrases. They’re useful for quick recall and quick study. The app also includes audio pronunciations, quizzes, and audio controls to slow down speech for easier learning. This works best as a secondary study aid. You can pair this with a heavier app to get a more well-rounded experience. Thankfully, this one isn’t expensive and that helps as well.
Tandem is a lot like HelloTalk. It’s a social community with language learners. You pair up with people, teach them your langauge, and they teach you theirs. This one also supports video and audio calls as well as text, picture, and audio messages. Tandem also offers professional tutors for additional study and you can request the topics of study before pairing up with people. It works as well as HelloTalk. Whatever one you prefer will work fine. We recommend this as a secondary study aid. This combined with Memrise, Rosetta Stone, or Duolingo is a potent combination of learning.
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