One of the best things about traveling to a new country is the possibility of learning a whole new language when you go. In the digital age, it’s easier than ever to pick up a new language before you even embark on your trip! Whether you’re hoping to learn a few words, be conversational or fluent, there are plenty of great apps that can help you along your way. Knowing another language is great to help you get around in any destination you might be, haggle prices and even help others around you. It’s important to try to at least pick up basic words and phrases like hello, please and thank you, but going beyond that will get you that much farther! Here are just a few of the best apps on the market to help when learning a language.
This is one of the best apps you can use before heading to a new country simply because it will allow you to talk to native speakers of the language you’re hoping to learn. While impersonal apps can teach you plenty about the technical aspects of a language, only a native speaker can teach you the ins, outs, and nuances that these apps might miss. Not only that but if you stumble across someone who is from the country you’re hoping to visit, you’ll have already made a potential friend there as well!
DuoLingo is one of the best and most popular apps for many reasons. The app teaches you as you go and keeps you informed on the level that you’ve reached. Once you set a daily goal for yourself of how many words and exercises you want to complete, the app keeps track for you, rewarding you for hitting said goals and bumping you up to the next section or level once you’re ready. Best of all? It’s totally free.
This is another free app that is great for learning a new language by way of commonly used phrases. By comparing words in the new language to ones you’re familiar with in your own language, it helps you forge important connections between words so you can remember them much easier. Much like DuoLingo, it’s broken down into levels, and you’ll be tested and encouraged to review words and phrases in one section before you move on to the next one.
This might not count as an app per se, but it’s still a helpful tool that can help you figure out how to say something to those around you. For translating something from your native language to another, or figuring out what a sign says, this is an excellent tool to use on your device. Of course, you’ll have to have data to take advantage of it – just like most of the others on this list – so keep this in mind as well.
No matter what language app you end up using, it’s important to try to retain what you can before you start your trip. Native speakers don’t always expect tourists to know the language when they arrive, but even the effort is generally appreciated. Before you go, make sure you have the best possible luggage system along for the ride and bring a Rise Gear bag – your clothes will thank you! Happy Travels!