Language Learning Applications for Smartphones, or Small Can Be Beautiful*

Claire Bradin Siskin

Where to Get Apps

Description URL
  iTunes software for downloading apps for iPhone and iPod Touch; Windows and Mac versions
Blackberry App World software for downloading Blackberry apps
Blackberrycool Store Blackberry Apps
Ten Free BlackBerry Apps You Actually Want Twitterberry, Facebook, and more
Nokia apps Download apps for Nokia
Top 50 iPhone Apps for Educators annotated list

Paid iPhone apps that just became free


Built-in Apps:

Examples: Email, Web, play audio and video files ("iPod"), YouTube, photo capture, voice recorder, video recording, GPS


Instructional Apps:

  24/7 Tutor Tutors for French, German, Italian, Spanish
Japanese phrases Free and paid versions; other apps available
AccelaStudy Available in many languages
Declan Software Flashcards; "Word of the Day"
iFarsiNum Learn numbers in Farsi
Gengo Languages Audio Flashcards Audio flashcards (with a game)
Kana Strokes Animations of Japanese hiragana and katagana strokes
Pocket English (ESL) "10 complete language lessons"
Katakana Study Buddy
Study tool for katakana
Hiragana Study Buddy
Study tool for hiragana
Flash cards for hiragana and katakana
WordPower English
Calculates size of your vocabulary
Study aid for Greek alphabet
Lonely Planet Japanese
Over 600 phrases
Learn to write Chinese characters
Listen, repeat, and record Japanese
Japanese flash card app
Cherokee (Tsalagi) Native American Language Lite
Cherokee Basic
Gengo Flashcards (Vietnamese)
Flashcards for Vietnamese; available for many languages
WordPower (Korean)
Vocabulary builder
iSign Lite (ASL)
Animated phrasebook of ASL
Repeat player for foreign language learners
Translation tool; 52 languages supported

Social Networking Apps:

  Twitterific access Twitter
  Facebook access Facebook
  Skype access Skype
  AIM access AIM
  WordPress create and edit content on a blog

Repurposed Apps:

  Google Mobile App Search Google by voice; other Google tools
  AudioBoo Send audio, pictures to audio blog
  Current Postcards Create postcards to email or send to Facebook
  Fake Conversation Record a fake phone call
  Tip Calculator Calculates tips depending on number of diners and quality of service; cultural information for ESL students
  Farm Friends See-and-say game
  SmartRecord Audio recorder; allows you to view notes while recording
  Oregon Trail Simulation

Make your own exercises:

  Audio Picture Dictionary
Instructions here:

General References:

  "Going to the MALL: Mobile Assisted Language Learning" by George Chinnery
Mobile Assisted Language Learning Wikipedia article
Mobile ESL Learning YouTube video about mobile-assisted language learning

*This web page accompanies a Multimedia Showcase demonstration to be presented on October 30, 2009, as part of the NEALLT/NERALLT Fall 2009 Joint Conference.


Last modified: October 28, 2009

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