It’s a small world — and getting smaller every day. Becoming fluent in a foreign language can be the catalyst that puts your career on the fast track in this global economy.
That said, it’s not always easy to find the time, or the right app, to jumpstart your effort.
These five language learning apps try to make it easy — and fun — to get started. All have a selection of languages to choose from, but their approaches to teaching languages differ widely.
I tried the apps on my iPhone to see how they worked. (All have Android versions as well.) All offer free lessons to start with (and one, Duolingo, is completely free), so you can try them out. Because not everyone learns the same way — different teaching methodologies work for different people — it’s important to try a few different apps to see what you’re naturally drawn to.