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

10 Comments

  1. Sean 4 months ago

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

  2. Dominik 4 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 4 months ago

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

      • Dominik 4 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 4 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! 🙂

  3. Edyta 2 weeks ago

    First of all thank you so much for amazing and very helpful podcast. Have you ever tried app mondly? I’ve got a full paid version and it seems pretty decent.
    Kind regards
    Edyta

    • Author
      af adgf 2 weeks ago

      Hi Edyta, That it a good app indeed. Very well designed, but I couldn’t include it in the list as it teaches Portuguese from brazil mixed in with the European version. The student never knows which terms are Portuguese and which are Brazilian. “Suco” for example, is one of the first words you learn, but in Portugal/Angola/Cabo Verde, etc, you would never use that word, but always “sumo” to refer to a drink. See what I mean?
      Thanks for the encouraging words regarding the Podcast 🙂

  4. Edyta 2 weeks ago

    Thank you for your reply. I didn’t know it teaches mixed languages. I’m a begginer so I can’t distinguish the difference. Good to know that. Me and my partner are planning to move to the amazing Azores from crazy London in few months time so for sure we need an European version (with a strange Azorean accent; )). So far Português seems to be almost as complicated as my native language – Polish. Again thank you so much for the website, podcasts and all the support.
    Regards
    Edyta

  5. Edyta 2 weeks ago

    I’ve got two more questions actually about the apps:) Are you sure that mondly teaches both Brazilian and Portuguese? Because I can see that one can choose either Brazilian or Portuguese. And second question: What about DuoLingo? Am I right that this one is Brazilian?

    • Author
      af adgf 2 weeks ago

      Hi Edyta, at least on my iPhone it only game me one option, and that was “Portuguese” with a Brazilian flag and as I described, it was a mixture of the two “languages”. But it could be different on Android.
      Duolingo, again, at least on iOS, it’s Brazilian only. I hope that helps

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