Our expert team of linguists have spent over 70 hours thoroughly testing, researching, and reviewing the 7 best apps to learn Arabic. Each app has been scored against 5 key criteria and 21 sub criteria which are a careful mix of factors proven to make language learning effective. Ultimately, the best app to learn Arabic will depend on you, your goals, and your current skill level. Our list is sorted by the app's overall score. You can filter it by goal (whether you’re looking to learn Arabic for travel, to improve your grammar or fluency, etc), skill level (from beginner to advanced), and value for money. The overall winner is: Mondly with a score of 9.34.
Mondly is a language learning platform with 80 million learners. It offers 42 languages and enables you to learn Arabic anywhere on any device. It targets all aspects of Arabic communication: speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Mondly provides you with a gamified, interactive learning experience via memory exercises, a very intuitive interface and AR and chatbot technology.
Best for: Anyone who is looking to learn Arabic as a beginner or has a limited grasp and wants to improve. Those who love fun, gamified, interactive apps and are intrigued by AR and like to engage with new technological experiences. Overall, Mondly is for those of you who consider themselves to be self-guided learners and would benefit from daily, weekly, and monthly lessons and goals
Price: There are a variety of subscription options but premium membership is available from $4.99 per month (billed annually).
Overall: Mondly is an incredibly popular platform that has over 80 million users. Having used the platform for the past couple of weeks it's easy to see why. Lessons are comprehensive and immensely fun and I found it a really effective way to learn Arabic . I was very impressed by how easy it was to use and how fast I was able to introduce myself in Arabic.
Busuu is a language learning app with 120+ million learners. It targets all aspects of communication: speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Lessons are interactive and fun and your written and spoken Arabic work can be submitted for feedback from native speakers. An AI tool tracks your progress and revisits content you need to work on more closely.
Best for: Anyone from a beginner to intermediate ability in Arabic as there's a range of levels. And if you're not sure of your level, you can take Busuu's placement test. It's also great wherever you want to learn, either on the go or on a desktop.
Price: From $6.95 per month for an annual subscription (billed annually)
Overall: A fun, comprehensive app that effectively develops all areas of Arabic language communication. When you join you become part of the community of Busuu users and can submit written and spoken work to native Arabic speakers for feedback. I found Busuu to be very effective and started listening, reading and understanding right away. It's priced competitively and for what's on offer, it's good value.
Preply is a language learning platform that connects you to Arabic tutors based on your needs and schedule. It's highly user oriented: you choose your teacher, how many lessons you take and whether to learn 1-1 or in groups. You pay for lessons in blocks of hours and can connect with other learners via the community.
Best for: Anyone wanting to receive live, individual one to one Arabic tuition. Whether this is to learn from scratch or improve on existing Arabic skills. Also, those not wanting to commit to an annual subscription who want to learn on-the-go and by their own schedule.
Cost: Prices vary depending on the tutor. Average hourly rates are around $15-$20. That said, you can filter tutors according to your budget. There are discounted trial lessons to help you find the right teacher. Once you settle on someone to take lessons with, you take out a monthly subscription in which you commit to a certain number of hours per week.
Overall: Preply develops your Arabic vocab and fluency by connecting you with tutors 1-1. By doing this, you can speed up your learning and get on track with a personalized program. Preply stands out by allowing you to select from a huge pool and filter lessons by availability. Do remember to cancel auto renew if you decide you don't want any more lessons
Rosetta Stone is one of the oldest and most tried and tested solutions for language learning. It immerses you in interactive core lessons conducted entirely in Arabic and provides speech technology to get you speaking Arabic language quickly and correctly. Rosetta Stone lets you choose both your level and your reasons for pursuing Arabic and if you purchase Lifetime Plus, you can access regular small group lessons with a live tutor.
Best for: Those looking to learn Arabic from scratch or seeking to improve their speaking and pronunciation. Most suitable for those happy to learn purely in Arabic and to learn intuitively rather than in a structured analytical way.
Price: Prices vary depending on your package. A 3-month subscription will cost you $36 and a 12-month subscription $98.
Overall: Rosetta Stone propels your language-learning forward by adapting a program of courses to suit your learning aims. It immerses you in Arabic (combined with visual and audio clues) so you can learn instinctively and without relying on translations. It also stands out by offering additional features such as voice and object recognition.
italki is an online language learning community which connects students and teachers for live online Arabic lessons. It's highly user oriented: you choose your teacher, the type and number of lessons you take and whether to learn 1-1 or in group sessions. You pay as you go with no subscription and can connect with other learners and native Arabic speakers for free via the community.
Best for: Anyone wanting to receive live, individual one to one tuition and connect with native Arabic speakers. Whether this is to learn Arabic from scratch or improve on your existing skills. Also, those not wanting to commit to a subscription. However, as there is a tendency to use Arabic almost exclusively in lessons, it may not suit those who are shy or tentative about doing this - or those who are absolute beginners.
Cost: Lessons are individually priced, with trial lessons starting at as little as $5.
Overall: italki is an adaptive, practical way to learn Arabic or build on current skills. Live lessons get you reading, speaking, and writing in no time. Unlike many providers, italki connects you with native speakers and live teachers which means you get personalized real-time feedback. I found italki to be an effective platform for immersion in Arabic but you do need to be prepared to dive right in and speak Arabic from the off.
Pimsleur is one of the most established names in language learning with 5+ decades of experience behind them. Their scientifically backed Pimsleur Method helps you absorb new Arabic vocabulary and phrases and commit them to memory efficiently and fast. There's a big emphasis on learning by listening and repeating. Games, quizzes and speech recognition technology add variety to what is a very systematic approach to learning Arabic.
Best for: Beginners and those with limited knowledge of Arabic who want to get talking straight away. Especially suited to those who learn by listening who enjoy a structured approach to their learning. Also great for people who want to brush up on basic "survival skills" -- those key phrases you'll need on vacation or travelling.
Cost: Subscriptions are available from $14.99 - $20.95 per month or you can make a one time purchase of an entire course for around $500
Overall: A structured and efficient way to learn Arabic that gets you speaking more intuitively and understanding quickly in a way that really sticks.
Drops is a slick, game based vocabulary app. It introduces new Arabic words and phrases with audio recordings and images and then helps you commit them to memory through game play. Games involve matching, sorting and true/false challenges. Drops also lets you track your progress, provides extra practice for words you're struggling with and earn badges for various achievements.
Best for: Those who want to learn Arabic from scratch and would like a head start by mastering some basic vocabulary. Also anyone who wants to supplement another more comprehensive method of learning with a reliable and effective vocabulary app. Especially suitable for people who learn through game play
Price: pricing from $7.50 per month
Overall: Drops is great at what it claims to do. That is, teach Arabic vocabulary through game play in short daily sessions. It's upfront about not teaching Arabic grammar and sentences and as long as you understand what it is and isn't for, it represents good value. The free version gives you a good feel for what the app is like so you have nothing to lose by trying it out.
First, we consulted with language experts to identify the factors needed to make online language learning effective.
From this we identified 5 overall criteria: effectiveness, user experience, features, value for money and goals.
These, in turn, are underpinned by sub criteria. Some directly related to language learning such as vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar. Others influencing learning success more generally. Such as using a mix of methods, fun activities and the ability to personalize your learning.
One of our language learning specialists will then spend around 10 hours, usually over the course of two weeks, testing each Arabic app, before awarding scores.
Finally, our editorial team checks each review to make sure that the scoring system has been applied consistently.
We believe that this is the best way to objectively evaluate apps with different feature sets. It also means that you, the reader, can tailor your search to your own needs.
The best app to learn Arabic for one person may not be the best app for another for three reasons: your goals, current skill level and budget:
We've made things easy for you by letting you filter our list based on the above.
A language learning app can be one of the best ways to learn Arabic. While each provider is different, the general benefits are that you:
Using an app is straightforward and you can often get setup and start learning in a matter of minutes. Each app will be slightly different, but the steps are generally the same:
Remember that apps only work if you do. Often they'll come with practice guides, so its important you stay disciplined to achieve your goals.
If you’re looking to learn Arabic there are plenty of apps to choose from.
That said, if you’re looking to learn Arabic to achieve a specific goal, at a particular skill level, or within a fixed budget, head on up to the top of our comparison table and filter based on that.
Whatever choice you make, a large part of your success in learning Arabic will depend on the work you put in!
We’ve put in a lot of hard work and effort to help you find the best app for you to learn Arabic. Now it’s over to you.