iPad apps - lang specific

Apps in multiple languages

Chinese

French


Apps in multiple languages

Cost

Age

Usefulness

(1-5)

Ease of use

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Duolingo offers courses in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and English, with further languages in the pipeline. It gives users the opportunity to translate real-world texts in the language they are learning and at an appropriate level. The activities start out with simple words and phrases. As users become more proficient, Duolingo gives them more challenging phrases. To help them track their progress, Duolingo awards points and virtual badges.
Free
Secondary students and adult beginners
5
Easy
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The Mindsnacks language learning app is available for Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Various games help learners review and boost their vocabulary knowledge. While the app is initially free, you need to upgrade in order to unlock all 50 of the levels.
Free ($5.49 upgrade)
Upper primary, junior secondary
5
Easy
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This free vocab learning app is available in a range of languages including French, German, Indonesian, Italian, and Spanish. Each app contains over 3000 words accompanied by images, pronunciation training and sample phrases. You need to set up an account with Babbel to start using the apps.
Free
Secondary
5
Easy
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Busuu has courses in a range of languages including French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.There are 4 levels (European Framework) for each language, A1 to B2. The courses contain some free elements. When you first sign up, you have 7 days as a semi-premium member so you can discover more of the premium advantages
Free, additional functionality with upgrades ($5.49 per course)

5
Easy
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IStart is offered in Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. The Lite versions contain 4 full beginner lessons covering topics such as: the Alphabet, Pronunciation, Syllables, and Stress. Upgrade to the full course to obtain all 50 lessons, which will take you to basic conversational proficiency.
Free for Lite version, with a $5.49 upgrade
Upper primary, junior secondary
4
Easy
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Talking Phrasebook is available in a range of languages including French, German, Japanese and Spanish. Students of Japanese at one school have given it a thumbs up!
$0.99
Upper primary to secondary

Easy
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Use the French word of the day app to improve your French vocabulary (verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs). Similarly there is a word of the day for Chinese, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.
Free
Secondary
3
Easy
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The TicTic series is available in French , Italian, Japanese and Spanish, It includes more than 400 illustrated words with lots of cute animations in 24 categories: Alphabet, Colours, Shapes, Numbers, Body, Clothes, Animals, Farm, House, Park, Beach, Food, etc... It also includes My Photo Album, which allows you to create and add your own content.
Limited content in the free version, $4.49 to unlock all content
Primary, year 8
3
Easy
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Alphabet is fun provides pronunciations in English, French, Spanish, German and Italian. Through 8 fun activities and games, this app teaches children to recognise letters (lower and upper), to trace and draw letters from a template, to order letters, to hear and pronounce and to form words with magnets.
Free
Primary
4
Easy
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The Schoolshape app is the iPad client for the Schoolshape Language Lab. The free version enables the setting and completion of work online, teachers can create resources, including audio and video and access the Schoolshape Resources Library with resources in French, German and Spanish. With a monthly siubscription, schools can also use all of the features of the audio and video labs.
Limited functionality with free access.
Secondary
4
Easy
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Memrise has introductory courses in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian and Spanish (Mexican). It includes sound files and activities to practise vocabulary. Once registered, users are sent regular reminders to return to the app!
Free
All (children and adult beginners)
4
Easy

Chinese

Cost

Age

Usefulness (1-5)

Ease of use

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The ToyStory3 app transforms from English to Chinese throughout various levels of the storyline. For example, the first level is written in English only. The second level introduces beginning Chinese, and intermediate Chinese is employed by level three. By the time the app’s user advances to level five, the storyline is presented fully in Chinese.The app uses "Diglot Weave". This form of language learning weaves new language words and rules into another language already known by the student. As more foreign-language words become familiar to the student, increasingly unfamiliar words are introduced. Gradually, the student is able to comprehend both his or her native language and the new one. The “Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3” app also employs bilingual narration and users can tap individual words to hear their pronunciation.
$5.49
Primary


French

Cost

Age

Usefulness (1-5)

Ease of use

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With the lite version of iTooch bases du français you get to trial 12 chapters of the full program (78 chapters). The 5000+ activities are organised into grammar, conjugation, spelling and vocabulary wit explanations and inbuilt support. The program is written entirely in French and so is probably more suited to year 10 onwards.
Free for Lite version with a $6.49 upgrade
Secondary


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The lite version of iTooch français CM2 lets you trial 12 out of 84 chapters. The 500+ activities are organised into grammar conjugation, spelling and vocabulary with explanations and inbuilt support. The program is written entirely in French and so is probably more suited to year 10 onwards.
Free for Lite version with a $6.49 upgrade
Secondary


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With the app Learn French with the news, two French media outlets, RFI and TV5 Monde, offer audio and video content on two levels: Beginner: Bilingual audio detective series, completed with a quiz in eight languages - English, Chinese, Arab, Persian, Spanish, Russian, Portugese and Vietnamese. Advanced: Three blocks of audio sound and video accompanied by scripts and listening exercises. Thanks to a network called OpenFeint and Facebook connections, the application also allows you to communicate and exchange ideas with other users.
Free for the simple version (doesn't include daily or weekly news content).
Secondary


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With the La conjugaison app you can check the conjugation of over 9,000 French verbs in all tenses and moods.
Free (with ads)
Secondary


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The Learn French with 7 jours sur la planète app is the ideal partner to the interactive exercises that TV5MONDE provides free of charge to all French learners on its website. Watch 3 reports each week to hear the specific vocabulary used in televised news reports, and read their transcript to discover how they are used in context. Have fun with a selection of new words each week: anagrams, quiz, jumbled words, words to correct and more. Memorize the meaning and spelling of a rich and specific vocabulary easily using a entertaining approach (1 report and 6 games only in the lite version).
Free - lite version
Secondary


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Les timbrés de l'orthographe: Orthographe, conjugaison, grammaire, vocabulaire… testez-vous et devenez un champion toutes catégories grâce aux centaines de quiz et aux nombreuses dictées qui vous sont offerts.
Free
Secondary


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French gender is a useful tool for any beginner student of the French language, and a helpful one for intermediate study. Easy to use, with clear instructions, its intuitive interface will have you mastering the gender of nouns in no time.
Free
Secondary


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With the French Alphabet app you can hear all the letters of the French Alphabet clearly spoken in one of two dialects: French & Québecois. Type any letter and hear it spoken or hear a randomly selected letter pronounced and click the corresponding letter key; the sound will be repeated until you get it right. The lite version of the app covers the letters a-e plus all accented letters. Upgrade to the full version for the entire alphabet.
Free for the lite version.
$5.49 full version
Upper primary, junior secondary


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Euro € (LITE): Pièce de monnaie contient 7 jeux interactifs sur l'apprentissage, le comptage, le paiement, le change, l'association...de la monnaie euro.
Free
Upper primary, junior secondary


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This app contains 216 exercises that are linked to the progression of the units of Mobile A1, a French course for adolescents. You can also access the exercises by skill: with 76 grammar exercises, 43 conjugation exercises, 7 phonetics exercises and 65 vocabulary exercises. In addition to that, there are 10 preparation tests for the DELF reading exam and10 for the DELF writing exam.
$5.49
Secondary


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Mobile A2 contains a further 209 exercises at level A2 of the common European Framework.
$5.49
Secondary


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JOUE AVEC Paul Cézanne invite l'enfant à la rencontre de l'artiste au travers de 5 actions: ECOUTE qui était l'artiste, REGARDE ce qu'il a créé, TOUCHE son œuvre pour mieux la voir, IMAGINE ton propre Cézanne et JOUE AVEC lui !
$6.49
Secondary


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The Dictée de mots app uses the Dubois-Buyse word scale for students in CP to CM2. Only the words for the Cours Préparatoire are free.
Free for the first level, from $0.99 to $2.99 for subsequent levels
Upper primary

Easy

While looking for French specific apps, check out French apps for Kids, a blog by Sylvia Duckworth.