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6 Tips to Remember While Building a Language App

Originally Posted By Will Seaton  | October 6, 2016  | 5-min read
Jayraj on August 17, 2020  

Language apps for learning, translation, etc are an emerging market. The app boom is reaching said apps. Free language apps like Duolingo are very popular and continue to keep rising in popularity.

Creating an app for helping people learn a language or translate texts can be a lucrative opportunity. You could create such an app with Appy Pie AppMakr. AppMakr makes it easier because it supports over 15-20 languages and has features enabling light gamification. However, this blog isn’t to teach you how you can create a language app.

This blog features certain tips that you should keep in mind when creating your language app. These tips can help improve your map and make it more valuable to your users.

Why Are Language Apps Becoming Popular?

Before all that, however we should look at why language apps are becoming more popular. The move to digital has been going on for nearly two decades now. Learning languages over the Internet has been around for a while but it wasn’t until apps like Duolingo came onto the scene that people started getting serious about the possibility of using mobile apps for learning languages. Today the best language apps have a user base in the millions. Here are some statistics for online language learning through apps.LanguageAcquisition Apps Appy Pie

6 Tips for Language App Developers

Let us move on to the main topic of our blog. Here are 6 tips that can make your language app better:
  1. Consider Your Timeline

    Do you want your app to be a casual game-type resource? Or is the goal for users to achieve fluency in mere weeks? A good app will structure itself to fit around the timetable of the target user, encouraging him to build habits over time — and in turn, ensuring the predictable and regular return of users.
  2. How Will Your App Motivate?

    Will your app encourage competition? Will it incorporate elements of game design and video gaming to become both educational and addictive? Incorporating these elements can motivate people to learn via the innate desire to win, rather than relying on external authorities like parents, teachers, and tutors to get them playing again. Take the example of Duolingo and its ranking system.
  3. Ask for Feedback

    All developers know that feedback on their apps is crucial — particularly when it comes from real users. Hearing what worked for your users and what didn’t helps you to understand what it is your users are looking for, and what you can do to ensure that your app meets their needs. By embedding methods for users to review or leave feedback in your app, you’ll maintain user interest while improving and growing with your audience.

    Similarly, don’t discount the power of engaging with users who have stopped using your app! Attrition is a common challenge in language learning classes, whether on a phone or in a physical classroom. Asking for feedback, especially with occasional, unobtrusive notification nudges, can help you learn what it is about your app that’s turning people off.

  4. Don’t Try to Do Everything

    Your ultimate goal as a language app builder is to help users acquire a level of proficiency in their language of choice. If you attempt to provide a tool for users to learn grammar, language structure, and syntax, as well as a resource for news, browsing books, listening to music, or even meeting new people, something will inevitably get lost in the shuffle. Focus your efforts on making your app approachable, navigable, and easy to understand, and you’ll help language learners build habits that keep them coming back to your app.

  5. Create a Student Community

    Intercommunication is important when learning something new. A proper student community will positively impact the reach of your app. Provide a space for socializing in your language app to enhance the value of your app. The best language apps provide a profile and basic friend feature to aid communication.

  6. Varied Types of Courses

    One thing you should focus on is providing various kinds of courses. You will need to create several types of language courses: for beginners, for the development of conversational skills, for advanced users (for example, with a technical bias), etc. Different types of courses allow users to learn with what they are comfortable with.

A List of the Best Language Learning Apps

Here’s a small list of the best language apps that you can use to find inspiration and the list of features you may need into your app.

  • Duolingo

    One of the premiers of the industry, Duolingo is known for its gamified interface, easy progression and learning curves, and the dedicated community that creates courses for them.
  • Memrise

    Memrise allows its users to study offline. Although not as popular as Duolingo, it boasts over 150 languages to choose and study from. Memrise depends on recollection and memorization techniques. Unlike Duolingo’s mix of words and small sentences, Memrise teaches through word usage and regular memory quizzes.
  • Busuu

    Busuu requires registration but is a fairly unique language learning tool. Unlike the others on this list, Busuu’s focus is on helping its user gain basic knowledge enough to hold a conversation or speak in a foreign country. It is one of the best tools available for beginners of a language. It is free after registration.

How to Create a Language Learning App

It’s simple actually. Sure, you could spend time coding one from scratch, but why bother when Appy Pie AppMakr is what you need. With its codeless interface, support for multiple languages and extremely affordable pricing plan, it's a perfect tool to get started with your language app.

Create Your App

Here’s a blog on how to create a music app. This blog will help you understand how our interface works and the various features that Appy Pie AppMakr includes.


Good Luck with your Language and keep in mind the tips we’ve given you. Good Luck! Comment if this blog helped you!

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