There are hundreds of iPhone apps to learn French. When we created ours, we mostly were focused on a learning tool that we would use- instead of a competitive analysis of what’s out there and what needs to be built. But, as a marketer and developer, I couldn’t hold back from downloading 20 or so French apps that cought my interest- and were under $2.00. Here’s the round-up, in 3 parts, first The Good, then The Bad (coming soon) and The Ugly (also coming soon). Basically- the good are well constructed, fun apps, the bad are just awful, and the Ugly are – “have potential”.
1 Minute French Vocabulary - by funvid apps.
A quick multiple test of 100 different French words, a game, and a suspenseful timer gets you pressurized. I laughed at first because of its hectic nature, but I ended up liking it and playing more and more.
Le Bingueau - by the authors of this blog (kikatka.com, banane.com).
I know I’m a little biased, but our app is very tightly constructed to use audio cues and touch events- to maximize the device for learning a new language. Making it an interactive game also combines learning with a fun activity- for all levels.
7 Jours sur la planète – by Tv5Monde
Next- the Bad & the Ugly
A very relevant, global current events vocabulary list, with 3 different games associated. Another great addition to a regular course, and for the grown-up learner. I enjoyed timely and relevant vocabulary. Free version is also quite hefty.