*Best of 2016 iPad App of the Year- Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark


Memrise is an incredible app with a community of over 30 million language learners! Whether you are just beginning on your journey to a new language, or you’re more in the advanced stages of learning, this app will have you covered. Memrise utilizes real-life and relatable content by incorporating over 30,000 native speaker videos.

Once you choose the language you want to learn, you will go through a series of different types of lessons. The app targets every angle of learning and will bring you through different lessons that reflect that. A video will play of a native speaker pronouncing a word or speaking a phrase, followed by a generic recording of the word. Each of these has the word (or words) spelled out with its translation too. As you continue through your lesson plan, there will be questions scattered between the videos and recordings to quiz your memory of these words and their meanings. Some questions will ask you to match the English word with the correct foreign one. Other times, you will be asked to match the written word with a word that is played via recording or video. Sentence formulation and recognition are also a part of the learning process.

Aside from the thorough and detailed videos and questions that will help jumpstart (or enhance) your knowledge of a foreign language, there are also other fun and useful tools. You can record your voice and compare your pronunciation with that of a local. You can also use your camera to scan your surroundings to see the name of the objects in the language you’ve chosen to study. Take a picture to save it to your library and access it at a later time!

I genuinely feel that this app has everything you need to set the foundation for developing a new language. Memrise is free to try but requires a subscription thereafter.

Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.


  • Object recognition.
  • Learn with Locals: Real people helping you learn everyday language in context.
  • A variety of exciting interactive games to learn and practice: Speed Review, Listening Skills, Difficult Words, Classic Review
  • Pronunciation guide: Speak like a local by recording and comparing your pronunciation with locals.
  • Offline mode: Put your language skills to the test whenever and wherever is convenient for you.
  • Daily goals: Learn as many or as few words a day as you like, Memrise is tailored to you.
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