Duolingo features short lessons on more than 30 languages. The lessons take about five minutes, covering reading, writing and listening. Speaking, of course. You can turn off the speaking option if you’re in a quiet place. You progress only when you’ve learned enough to advance. The app is free for iOS and Android with expanded features available for purchase.
Rosetta Stone features 24 languages and is based on what it calls the “Rosetta Stone Immersion Method.” Practice learning basic greetings, questions and phrases. These help you introduce yourself, get around and start simple conversations. Refine your accent with the app’s Truaccent Technology. Lessons become increasingly more challenging as you improve. The app is free for iOS and Android with some in-app purchases available.
Babble offers 14 languages and a goal of getting you to speak a foreign language from your very first lesson. Babble uses 10-to-15-minute bite-sized lessons that fit conveniently into your schedule. Lessons also cover a wide range of useful topics, from travel to business and a lot more. The app is free for iOS and Android with in-app purchases available.