5 apps and online courses that can help you learn a foreign language in 2022

A Duolingo user uses the language learning app.

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A new year often brings new resolutions – and if yours is to learn a new language, you’re not alone. According to data from the language app Duolingo, 30 million people tried to learn a new language in 2020. There are several ways to do this: “Studying abroad and living abroad are always experiences life-changing issues,” said Kevin Chen, CEO and co-founder of italki, a language education platform. That said, as COVID makes traveling and practicing a new language in foreign countries harder to practice, online language apps and courses are even more important. So we’ve rounded up some of the best-reviewed and award-winning language courses you might want to try this year.

Premium

Rosetta stone

$299 for a lifetime subscription $199 for a lifetime subscription

  • Winner of PCMag’s Editors’ Choice award for best language learning software, the site noting, “Rosetta Stone remains the best premium software for building a foundation in a foreign language.”
  • Offers 24 languages ​​including Mandarin, Spanish, Italian and Japanese
  • Learn to develop both basic conversational skills and reading and writing skills

1 on 1 instruction

Italki

From $7 per hour

  • Private lessons given by instructors in more than 150 languages; for each instructor you can see how many lessons they have taught and read reviews from other students who have practiced with them
  • Practice with other students trying to learn the same language
  • A Business Insider reviewer, program editor: “If your goal this year is to become a more confident foreign language speaker, I suggest you take a course on the site.”

Premium

Babbel language learning

$299 for a lifetime subscription $199 for a lifetime subscription

  • CNET named Babbel the best language learning app
  • Developed by over 100 linguists, this app can teach you 14 languages ​​including Spanish, French, Italian, German, Swedish and Turkish
  • Over 10 million users worldwide and rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in the Google Play Store with over 556,000 reviews

Goal-oriented

Busu

From $7.54 per month

  • Winner of Language App of the Year at the 2020 EdTech Breakthrough Awards
  • Offers lessons in 12 of the most popular languages, including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese
  • The app allows users to create personalized study plans, access a community of native speakers and set specific goals
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars in the App Store

casual talk

Memorize

From $7.50 per month

  • CBS notes that it is “best for learning to speak casually in a new language”
  • Focuses on the language you use in real conversations
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars in the App Store with over 150,000 reviews