Top 10 free European Portuguese Learning Apps

Top 10 free European Portuguese Learning Apps

Youtubers seem to love top 10 videos, so I thought I would give it a shot, but with pretty esoteric subject: Top 10 Free European Portuguese apps. That is, apps to help you learn European Portuguese vocabulary, although some also give you some sentence structure too.

I downloaded what seemed to me like a gazillion apps, and sifted through them all rating them in 5 main aspects:

  • Audio quality and pronunciation of terms
  • Student Engagement (whether it features images, videos or perhaps how much it “gamefies” the learning experience)
  • Interface of the app itself
  • Catalog (basically how big and how good was it’s database of Portuguese vocabulary)
  • Value

*Value is there because even though all of these apps are free, most have in-app purchases.

Many hours later, I got it down to 10, with some really outstanding apps. So, let’s get started:

Learning Portuguese (European) Basic 400 Words

By Yandong Liu

At number

The good:

  • Excellent Audio
  • Easy interface
  • Use of images

The bad:

  • No quizzes
  • very bare-bones
Audio quality/pronuciation: 10
Student Engagement: 2
Interface: 6
Catalog: 2
Value (Full App): 3

 

Overall

LearnBots Portuguese – Verbs + Pronunciation by a Native Speaker!

By iEdutainments

At number

The good:

  • Lots of verb conjugations
  • Native speaker

The bad:

  • Native speaker has a heavy northern accent
  • Antiquated design
  • Buggy
  • Not very intuitive
Audio quality/pronuciation: 8
Student Engagement: 4
Interface: 3
Catalog: 2
Value (Full App): 5

 

Overall

Learn Portuguese – Phrasebook for Travel in Portugal

By Codegent

At number

The good:

  • Has you learn short useful sentences
  • you can slow down audio

The bad:

  • Audio is heavily compressed
  • buggy
  • poor design taste
Audio quality/pronuciation: 6
Student Engagement: 3
Interface: 5
Catalog: 6
Value (Full App): 6

 

Overall

iVerbs 2.0

By Bradley Reed

At number

The good:

  • Straightforward interface
  • Lots of verbs and conjugations

The bad:

  • No context is ever put with verbs
  • Somewhat robotic pronunciation
  • No images
Audio quality/pronuciation: 4
Student Engagement: 2
Interface: 7
Catalog: 9

 

Overall

Portuguese Pocket Lingo

By Apps Kitchen Inc.

At number

The good:

  • Quick sheets menu (or stared items) is a nice feature
  • Word of the day
  • You can record your own voice for comparison

The bad:

  • Heavily compressed audio makes listening unpleasant
  • No guidance features
  • No articles with nouns
Audio quality/pronuciation: 4
Student Engagement: 3
Interface: 5
Catalog: 6
Value (Full App): 6

 

Overall

Loecsen

By Loecsen

At number

The good:

  • Non-stock images
  • Articles on some nouns
  • Notifications to get you quizzing
  • A lot for free

The bad:

  • Some spelling errors
  • Translation is not always accurate
  • Pronunciation is sometimes off
Audio quality/pronuciation: 6
Student Engagement: 7
Interface: 5
Catalog: 7

 

Overall

MnemoLingo Free – The Word Trainer

By BitKnights LLC Web

At number

The good:

  • Simple & easy interface
  • Apple Watch app
  • prompts you to learn with reminders
  • syncs over iCloud

The bad:

  • No images
  • Esoteric, low usage words
  • Limited games
  • Voice is robotic
  • Sometimes tests you before explaining vocabulary
Audio quality/pronuciation: 4
Student Engagement: 7
Interface: 7
Catalog: 5
Value (Full App): 6

 

Overall

L-Lingo Learn Portuguese

By Smart Language Apps Limited

At number

The good:

  • Use of images
  • Audio is native and clear
  • Verbs are coupled with nouns
  • Allows for slowing down of audio

The bad:

  • Interface is not so intuitive
  • No articles on nouns
Audio quality/pronuciation: 10
Student Engagement: 7
Interface: 5
Catalog: 8
Value (Full App): 6

 

Overall

6000 Words – Learn Portuguese Language for Free

By Andrian Andronic

At number

The good:

  • Excellent  and varied exercises
  • Good pronunciation
  • Slow down option
  • Includes articles on nouns
  • Reasonable price

The bad:

  • More probing of the user would be beneficial
  • No verbs
Audio quality/pronuciation: 10
Student Engagement: 8
Interface: 8
Catalog: 9
Value (Full App): 7

 

Overall

Memrise: learn languages

By Memrise

At number

The good:

  • Some videos with native speakers pronouncing terms/sentences
  • Audio is not just native and great in quality, but expressive
  • Course structured around imaginative game
  • Interface is beautiful, fast, fun and rewarding
  • courses sets developed by Memrise are top class (anyone can create sets)
  • Verbs are thought and slowly added to useful sentences
  • Lots for free

The bad:

  • hmm…Not a lot!
Audio quality/pronuciation: 10
Student Engagement: 10
Interface: 9
Catalog: 8
Value (Full App): 9

 

Overall

5 Comments

  1. Sean 2 months ago

    Muito útil, obrigado Marlon. Tentei muitos apps também, e concordo consigo que memrise é o melhor

  2. Dominik 2 months ago

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.funeasylearn.phrasebook.portuguese

    From my point of view this app is the best for those who want to learn Portuguese 🙂

    • Author
      Marlon Sabala 2 months ago

      That app came in second place. Pretty good indeed. A lot of work gone into it.

      • Dominik 2 months ago

        In second place came app only with words (6000), but there is an app with sentences (5000) as well which I highly recommend to everybody 🙂

        • Author
          Marlon Sabala 2 months ago

          I see what you mean now, there’s an app for words and one for phrases. Just been testing it. Pretty good. On iOS it is a trial only with nothing for advanced students yet, but it has potential. I will update the article to mention this.

          Thanks for the heads up! 🙂

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