Voulez vous articulate avec moi? Check out our list of the best French language apps for mastering the world’s most romantic language with nothing but your mobile phone. Choose from fun or no frills formats, and be amazed at how much French you can acquire in your otherwise-wasted screen time. Can’t be bothered conjugating? Download a phrase book so you never get lost in translation whilst travelling. We even have an app that teaches you how to order in a French restaurant (without looking like an uncultured American.)
The best iPhone apps for learning French
13 May 2017, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
To be a truly portable foreign language experience an app must be useful without too much input from the user; enter In 24 Hours Learn to Speak French. This no frills app just works the minute you plug in your headphone and listen to learn thousands of French words. Lessons progress from basics, to basic phrases, to questions, money, time and travel. Just tap the next lesson in the series and pay attention. Users can read the French words together with the English translation, so there is no guessing as to meaning. The visual display of the french words will familiarize you with spelling and aid in retention. Tap to pause playback anytime you need to interrupt the lesson.
- Thousands of French words
- Lessons progress gradually
- French words displayed with English
- No guessing the meaning
- Totally portable language learning
French by Nemo is a free language learning app that adapts to the way you’d like to learn. The program is not set up around lessons, so you won’t feel pressured to progress at a particular rate. Just download and pick up your device whenever the mood strikes. Choose the words that are most important to you, and avoid the ones you already know. Users can opt for hands-free, and the app will work without WiFi, so it’s perfect for in the car. French words are pronounced by a native speaker; users can record their imitation and play it back alongside to compare.
- No preset lesson schedule
- Hands-free option
- Works without WiFi
- Native speaker
- Record and playback
Whatever the reason is for your journey to learn the French language, this app will meet your needs in a stunning and spectacular fashions. With over 2 million users across the globe, this app has been proven to work, and do so in an enjoyable and educational manner. Take the free level assessment, earn a certification upon completion, get the long-term results you desire, both modern and business French, free lessons based on your needs, tailored corrections, and so much more. The app offers the first 7 days of lessons for free. Afterwards, you will be required to select one of the in-app purchase options for more lessons.
- Over 2 million users have learned French through this app
- Long-term results, Free assessments
- Earn certificate upon completion, View progress
- Personalized lessons, Tailored corrections
- Free 7 days of lessons, In-app purchases for more lessons
Featuring conversational French, Mondly is an easy-to-use and effective second language app. The program is designed in 60-minute increments, each of which will teach you 200 high-frequency words. See and hear the words in French, whilst the text appears on your screen. Tap a verb and get it conjugated for you. Speak into your microphone and the app will let you know if you’re on the right track! Users can interact further by translating sentences with a simple drag and drop feature. Restart any lesson, track your progress, or compete with your travel companions!
- 60-minute modules
- See, hear, and read
- Tap verbs to hear conjugation
- Speak into microphone
- Track progress
There is a reason Duolingo was awarded Apple’s iPhone App of the year! This app is well-designed and really effective. It’s a great choice for tech savvy kids, because the graphics are super cute. The app is easy to use and interactive, with a high priority on retention. Users can identify a photo, translate a phrase, or review prior lessons. The app keeps track of your progress, just tap to work on mastering skills that are weakest. This app has tons of functionality in the free version, and will keep track of your usage streak, so you are motivated to keep at it!
- Apple iPhone App of the year
- Prioritizes retention
- Translate a phrase
- Review weak skills
Learn French by MindSnacks harnesses the attraction of games to help users, especially kids, learn French. The app boasts nine expertly designed games, each teaching a particular language concept. No boring flashcards can be found on this app; instead., a proprietary algorithm learns what you know and where your gaps are, and presents you with the words and phrases you need to review. Users can even work on French spelling, which maximizes retention and understanding. The app assumes no prior French knowledge, and is appropriate for beginners up to intermediate French speakers.
- Nine games designed by experts
- No flashcards
- Learns about your learning
- Teaches spelling
- No prior French knowledge needed
If you’re looking for a multilingual French language app, try busuu! Users can choose from 12 languages and learn collaboratively with millions of other users worldwide. Lessons are organized topically, and users get a percent grade after completion. The app teaches reading, writing, listening, and speaking! Users can submit translations to native speakers, for excellent real world practice. Features include quizzes and vocabulary building games to keep the learning fresh and fun. As you progress, try your hand at the advanced grammar units, personalized to fit your progress. Features include grammatical usage tips and the ever-important offline functionality.
- Choose from 12 languages
- Reading, writing, listening, speaking
- Quizzes and games
- Advanced grammar units
- Offline functionality
Forget laborious conjugations and flashcards. Get understood right off the plane, by learning the the most important French phrases from Learn French by Codegent. The real-life relevance of the frequently used phrases, as opposed to out-of-context nouns and verbs, effectively helps users retain and access newly acquired language skills. The app is organized by useful category and the native speaking voice may be slowed to aid in comprehension and accent acquisition. A personal screen allows users to search, favorite, copy, and paste essential phrases. The app works perfectly without WiFi, which is what you need when you’re in the middle of nowhere.
- Learn most frequently used phrases
- Well-organized app
- Native speaker audio
- Copy and paste key phrases to personal page
- Offline functionality
Fun French by Studycat is the way to redeem some of your kid’s excessive screen time. The app combines the structure of a formal course with the engagement of gaming. Features include multiple native speakers, both male and female, and presentation of the same word in various contexts for deeper understanding. Kids are engaged by terrific graphic, original music, and unique games with every lesson. The app will record your kid’s voice to teach correct pronunciation and older kids can learn spelling and more complex sentences. Instant feedback keeps your young linguist engaged and learning.
- Learn French with gaming
- Original music and unique games
- Records your voice
- Teaches spelling
- Instant feedback
Forget the cracker, the Learn French parrot wants a croissant! This funky French app will teach you the most frequently used French phrases and words in a fun and effective manner. Topically organized, users can select a subject like “Greetings” and immediately become familiar with the basics. The app includes audio and written French words, so you won’t miss the subtleties of the written language. The app also includes an easy-to-use dictionary. Customize your experience by adjusting the font, manage and store your key words and phrases. Best of all, no Internet connection is required.
- French phrasebook and language instructor
- Topically organized
- Offline functionality
Who cares about verb conjugating, can you order the right wine? French Menu is a niche app in the French language app market. Learn everything you need to know to eat in a French restaurant, and be sure you won’t be embarrassed mispronouncing the items on the menu. The app features all kinds of specific extra information, like sauces and wine list information. Listen to a native speaker ask you a dining related question, and learn how to respond. Users can record their answers to questions their server might ask, and compare their response to that of a native speaker. Oh, and of course there is a dedicated wine list feature…bon appetit!
- Everything you need to know about eating in a restaurant in France
- How to understand the menu
- Questions you might be asked
- Respond in French
- Wine list feature