The 5 Best Language Learning Apps (We Don't Travel Without Them)

Confession: I started learning Spanish when I was 12 years old, and I'm still not fluent. Granted, my earnestness to master the language has wavered over the years, but now that I'm 28 (shudder), it's time to take it seriously.

I wish I could say this newfound motivation was all in the name of self-improvement, but the truth is that my boyfriend is a native Spanish speaker, and I desperately need to break the language barrier so I can communicate with his friends and family. Because listening to "Despacito" on repeat isn't going to cut it, I've been testing out pretty much every language learning app on the market in preparation for our upcoming trip to Colombia.

Whether you're hoping to finally reach fluency in Spanish like me or looking to brush up on your French before a much-deserved vacation, apps are great, affordable alternatives to traditional language learning software programs, which can be insanely pricey. If you're feeling motivated to take your fluency to the next level, you're going to want to keep scrolling. After much trial and error, I've found that these are the best language learning apps, hands down.