4 Ways You Can Learn A New Language On A Budget

If you love languages and want to learn new ones, there are plenty of ways to get started that don’t involve shelling out for an expensive language course. Here are four apps that will teach you nearly any language you want to learn – without breaking the bank:


Drops is a web– and app-based language-learning platform that uses visuals of words to help you learn your target language. It’s a paid platform with a seven-day free trial and offers over 41 target languages to learn. Kahoot, the company behind the Kahoot! review game, runs Drops, so it’s a reputable platform to use.


Memrise uses video and audio clips of native speakers speaking the target language that you choose to learn, and they have 22 languages to choose from. The app also features word review games so that you can practice what you’ve already learned.

Memrise is free online, but if you choose to use the iOS or Android app versions, you’ll need to pay to continue to unlock lessons after you complete the first level.


If you’re into gaming, you probably associate Discord with the gaming world, but Discord has servers on a variety of topics, including learning languages.

Language-learning works well when you have others to practice with, and Discord makes this collaboration possible with voice and video chat capabilities. Discord even has several language exchange servers, so you can teach others your native language as you learn new languages yourself!


With 8.2 million active users as of 2020, Duolingo is one of the most popular language-learning apps. The app offers a wide variety of languages, including English for non-native speakers. Some of the most popular choices are English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Chinese. 

All of Duolingo’s courses are free and are available both on mobile apps and on the web. You can even pay to get rid of ads and have unlimited access to the courses, regardless of any mistakes you may make. And the best part? On Duolingo, you can learn multiple languages at once!

If you want to learn a new language, there are plenty of apps and sites to help you get started. No matter your learning style, you’re sure to find a cost-effective app that works for you!

Are you learning a language? Which platform do you use? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Hey Kenzie, thanks for the tips. I often advise my students to take discord classes when they can play their favorite games and practice a conversational foreign language, but this is only suitable for extroverts, I don’t know what to recommend for those who are not. As for Duolingo, it seems to me that this way of memorizing synonyms is also only suitable for a small group. But I will try to look for more, thanks again!


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