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There are many apps for that! For learning German, that is. Below you'll find a listing of some of the best mobile apps for learning German.
The Denksport Quiz app is free. It offers optional extra
modules for $0.99 each. Photo: Apple App Store
The following apps for learning or improving your German are free unless noted otherwise. The apps listed are for students. All are available for the iPad and the iPhone from the Apple App Store. Many are also offered for Android tablets or phones at Google Play. (See links below.)
Apps that I have used and recommend are marked with an *. Other apps listed here may be perfectly good, but I have not tested them myself. To find an app, go to the appropriate store and search for the name of the app. You can also find more apps by searching for "German," "Deutsch" or any appropriate keyword.
Some of these apps can be used offline, but all of them require wi-fi or wireless data access for full use. - HF
NEW APP! (iPhone)
Ludwig II – Walking in the Footsteps of a Fairytale King
This application offers a unique range of multimedia information about and around the famous "fairytale king" Ludwig II of Bavaria. An indispensable guide to the palaces, castles and all the events in the life of Ludwig II. More… in Part 2
24/7 Tutor DE lite*
Free - Quizzes, puzzles and flash crads for German; includes ads; full paid version also available.
Works with Quizlet flashcards; create your own using photos, voice recordings, text, etc. (Flashcard creation is only possible with a computer online, not in the mobile app.)
AccelaStudy German Essentials
Free - Basic version of the Accela paid app below.
$9.99 - Over 2,400 basic and advanced vocabulary words in 60+ subject areas, including Colors, Days, Months, Seasons, Numbers and Counting, Time, Weather, Directions, Food and Drink, Cooking, Meals, Clothing and more. From Renkara Media Group, Inc.
Free - Listen to German radio stations or view streaming ARD TV news ("Tagesschau") in excellent video and audio quality.
Berliner Rundfunk 91.4 (iPhone, iPad, iPod)
Free - "Meine 70er. Meine 80er. Einfach meine Musik. Jetzt auch live auf Ihrem iPhone oder iPod touch überall und mobil unterwegs!" App Store
Berliner Zeitung (iPad only)
Free (24-hour to 3-month subscription fee) - "Auf dem iPad lesen, was in Berlin wirklich wichtig ist: Die App der Berliner Zeitung informiert täglich aktuell über das Geschehen in der Hauptstadt." App Store
Berner Zeitung BZ (iPad, iPhone)
Free - "Damit Sie auch unterwegs nichts verpassen: Mit der neuen iApp sind per sofort alle News, Hintergrundinfos, Bildstrecken und Videos von Bernerzeitung.ch jederzeit und überall verfügbar." BZ in the App Store
Not available outside of Switzerland, but a cool free app for streaming various Swiss (and other German-language) TV stations.
$7.99 - A lesson and quiz app from Transparent Language, Inc.
Free - Play hangman using German vocabulary.
Denksport Quiz (iPad, iPhone)
Free - 200+ quiz questions (in German) - with photos and text. Optional extra modules cost $0.99 each. App Store
This free app for Germany's leading news magazine requires payment for a subscription or individual issues @ $5.00 per issue. See "Spiegel Online" in Part 2 for more.
Der Standard (Austria)
Free ($0.99 per issue, more for a month) - "Genießen Sie den unabhängigen Qualitätsjournalismus der Tageszeitung DER STANDARD im übersichtlichen Zeitungslayout auf iPhone, iPad und iPodTouch. Einfach im E-Paper durch die Ausgaben blättern, wie Sie es gewohnt sind." App Store
Free - Schedules and information for rail travel in Germany.
Deutsche Welle (DW)*
Free - Note: Not all features available in German. "News, live TV and audio and video-on-demand, your key to world will be in the palm of your hand. In order to make good on this promise, DW has developed a tailored application for your iPhone or iPad." App Store
$4.00 - Easily access this online German-English dicitionary, which also offers other languages.
DRS / SRF (DRS Radio)
Radio and TV in Switzerland. SR DRS bietet dafür die iApp «DRS Radio». WEB: drs.ch auf dem Handy
Several paid apps (Android, iPad and iPhone) for dictionaries and grammar – ranging in price from $2.99 to $37.99
F.A.Z. Die Zeitung (iPad only)
Free app ($1.99 per issue or more for a subscription) - "Diese iPad-App verbindet die Übersichtlichkeit und Ästhetik der Zeitung mit den Vorteilen des iPad. Mit dieser Kombination aus klassischem Zeitungsdesign einerseits, digitalem Design-, Bedienungs- und Funktionskonzept andererseits wird die F.A.Z. auch in Zukunft das sein, was sie immer war: Zeitung für Deutschland." App Store
One of many flashcard apps that can use Quizlet cards.
Flashcards Lite or Deluxe
For 18 languages, with audio; Lite is free, deluxe version costs $3.99.
Can use Quizlet cards.
Free German-English Dictionary (Ascendo)
Over 35,000 entries with audio and 1,682 verb conjugations; optional extensions cost $2.99 to $4.99.
$5.99 - Combines visual cues with the voices of native speakers.
German Audio Flashcards (Declan)
Free demo, but full app costs $14.99. Around 3000 words and phrases, each with native-speaker audio.
German in Pictures (Android)
Free - Learn new languages as fast as you did in childhood. As kids we were memorizing hundreds of words without effort. It worked due to strong associative memory and connection between words and sensation. Android Apps
German magazines (Focus, Der Spiegel, etc.)
Many German periodicals offer free mobile apps, but most require a subscription fee of some kind in order to access content.
German newpapers (Berliner Zeitung, F.A.Z., etc.)
Free apps and some free content, but full access usually comes only with a fee.
German+ (B. Holfeld)
A basic German phrasebook with 300 travel phrases in 8 categories, with audio; works offline.
German Travel Pro
A voice translator and electronic phrasebook for German.
Free - Explore the planet, including Austria, Germany and Switzerland, with 3D aerial views.
Watch the daily German newscast on your ipHone or iPad; read news articles.
German publisher of DaF materials; demo flash cards and vocab. modules for purchase.
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