8 Top Language Learning Apps For Kids

Want some help to enable your child to learn different languages? Read on to know about the best apps that’ll ensure your child has fun learning new languages.

By Jasmine Kaur

8 Top Language Learning Apps For Kids

English scholar and philosopher Roger Bacon once said, “The conquest of learning is achieved through the knowledge of languages.”

New and more powerful communication technologies are helping humans from different parts of the world get in touch with each other. And, we are also sending signals into space to establish contact with aliens. But, can we make the best use of communication technologies without the knowledge of language(s)? 

The knowledge of even one language opens the door for us to interact with millions who speak that language. Imagine, how many people your child can reach out to if he knows more than one language.

Research studies show that young children learn new languages easily as their brain is better wired to absorb the nuances of a different language.  Also, children who speak more than one language have better skills. According to a research paper titled, ‘Are there bilingual advantages on nonlinguistic interference tasks? Implications for the plasticity of executive control processes’, by Matthew D Hilchey and Raymond M. Klein, published in the journal of 'Psychonomic Bulletin & Review' (2011), children who know several languages tend to have better cognitive abilities than their monolingual counterparts.

So, if you want to raise a polyglot, it’s best to start early and make technology your teaching partner. Various innovative language teaching apps that are now available make it easier and more fun for your child to learn languages. Here’s a list of top language learning apps:

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar - First Words

This app with beautiful illustrations draws inspiration from the popular book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. It is designed to look like a book, has a rhyme on every page and has its own soundtrack.

Key features

  • Number of languages: 7
  • Age group: For children above 15 months
  • Learning method: Introduces new words through pictures along with audio; there is also a quiz after each section
  • Cost: Paid and available on Google Play and App Store

2. Lingokids

This is an app for children between the ages of 2 and 8 years. It uses bright and colourful graphics along with games, videos, and exercises to keep children engaged and interested in learning English. It includes content from the Oxford University Press; so, you can be certain that your child has access to study materials from a reliable source.

Key features

  • Number of languages: 1
  • Age group: 2 years and above
  • Learning method: Introduces the English language in a fun way and enhances English language skills
  • Cost: Paid and available on Google Play and App Store

3. Studycat

Studycat is specifically designed for children aged between 3 and 10 years. The app has many lessons, which are further divided into learning games. The app features brightly coloured cartoon characters, which attract children and keep them engaged. There is also a paid version for use in schools.

Key features

  • Number of languages: 5
  • Age group: 3 years and above
  • Learning method: Introduces languages in a fun manner and teaches grammar in an easy-to-remember way
  • Cost: Paid and available on Google Play and App Store

4. Beelinguapp

Beelinguapp has a unique approach to teaching a new language. It's called the ‘side-by-side’ approach. This method allows a child to see the same text in two languages, presented side-by-side on the screen. One side of the screen displays text in the language the child is attempting to learn while the other side shows the text in the child's native language. The app also provides a ‘karaoke’ option. Using this feature, the child can hear a native language speaker read the text while she tries to comprehend it herself.

Key features

  • Number of languages: 13
  • Age group: 4 years and above
  • Learning method: 'Side-by-side' and 'karaoke' reading
  • Cost: Free and available on Google Play and App Store

5. Duolingo

Duolingo is a leading language learning app with a well-designed interface for users. This app makes it possible for your child to learn new languages through games, which is more likely to keep him engaged. If your child has to learn a new language in school, this app can help him get a head start over his classmates.

Key features

  • Number of languages:22
  • Age group: 4 years and above
  • Learning method:The lessons are game-based and divided into small skill-learning sessions that can be easily taught during short breaks. You can even club the sessions together, if you want.
  • Cost: Free and available on Google Play and App Store

6. Gus On The Go

This app is designed to engage the children in a fun manner. In this app, an owl called 'Gus' takes your child on a journey through the different regions of the world, helping her learn a new language.

It also has a second instalment, which is available only for IOS users. The second instalment is an improvement over the original version, as it uses interactive stories with exciting twists to teach a language.

Key features

  • Number of languages: 30
  • Age group: 4 years and above
  • Learning method: Interactive visual and audio lessons and exercises
  • Cost: Paid and available on Google Play and App Store

7. Babbel

Babbel is one of the leading apps used by the language learning community. It was named one of Google Play’s Best Apps in 2015.

Key features

  • Number of languages: 7
  • Age group: 4 years and above
  • Learning method: The app focusses on enhancing your child’s conversation skills in the language of his choice. It does so through interactive conversations and with audio from native speakers.
  • Cost: Paid and available on Google Play and App Store

8. Fun Easy Learn

This app is also called ‘6000 words’. It is highly rated on both the App Store and Google Play. It’s free and doesn’t need an Internet connection to work.

Fun Easy Learn has a bright and colourful interface, and makes language comprehension easy by translating the chosen language into several languages. For example, this app gives you the option of learning English through 59 native languages. And, it has 27 sister apps, each for a different language.

Key features

  • Number of languages: 28
  • Age group: 4 years and above
  • Learning method: There are three difficulty levels. There are different games available for a child to choose from to learn the language of his choice.
  • Cost: Free and available on Google Play and App Store

Based on your child’s needs and skill level, choose the app best suited for her. All these apps offer free trials. So, you and your child could test a few of them before finally settling on one. Have fun learning!

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