Best Spanish Apps for the iPhone

I wanted to give you the top 5 Spanish iPhone Apps that I use on a day-to-day basis. Most of these apps are free, but if they cost anything, it should only be $0.99 or a few dollars. What’s great about these apps is that they are portable and sync across your iPad and your iPhone. Whenever you have a few free minutes during the day just open up one of these programs and learn a few new words!

1. Duolingo App – FREE

Duolingo - Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian for free

Description: Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English. Totally fun. Totally free.

PC Magazine Editors’ Choice for Language Learning: “Among iPhone apps for learning or practicing a language, you can’t beat Duolingo.”

“Far and away the best free language-learning app.” —The Wall Street Journal

“We’ve also tried a few other methods such as book learning and Rosetta Stone, both of which bombed. That’s why I jumped at the chance to try Duolingo. And believe me, it’s addictive.” —

With Duolingo, you learn a language completely free, without ads or hidden charges. You have fun while you learn, leveling up and competing with friends. You have the opportunity to translate real-world texts in the language you are learning, and in doing so, help us translate the Web into other languages.

2. AccelaStudy – Learn Spanish – FREE 

Learn Spanish FREE - AccelaStudy®Description: AccelaStudy is the award-winning language education software for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that helps you understand and pronounce words in the shortest possible time. Learn new Spanish words quickly, easily, and permanently with AccelaStudy.

Join over 6,000,000 people worldwide who have used AccelaStudy to master a language. Perfect for students, travelers, executives, and anyone who wants to quickly increase their fluency.

• PRONOUNCE each word perfectly after listening to NATIVE SPEAKER audio for all words.

• Fully functional version of AccelaStudy with a useful subset of its 2,400 professional translations
• The vocabulary includes commonly used Spanish VERBS
• SPACED REPETITION feature helps you quickly memorize new words
• Automatic STATISTICS help you track your learning progress
• Searchable DICTIONARY of all vocabulary
• Flashcards
• Multiple Choice Quiz
• Audio Quiz
• Completely HANDS-FREE mode allows you to study vocabulary while driving or jogging

• All text and audio content is contained within the application. No Internet connection is required.

3. MindSnacks – Learn Spanish – FREELearn Spanish - MindSnacks

Description: Start reading, speaking & learning Spanish today with MindSnacks! Our language apps feature 9 addictive games that build essential vocabulary & conversation skills. Perfect for students or travelers of any age who want to learn Spanish.

This app will teach you the language skills you need (and without subjecting you to boring flashcards). Soon you’ll be able to get directions, order food, meet new friends, shop, relax — and more!

“This app is not just your average, run-of-the-mill crash course… It includes complex exercises, challenges, and lessons that make the learning process fun and effective.” – App Safari

“MindSnacks’ games deliver ‘bite-sized’ learning experiences that use social elements and game mechanics to engage users.” – TechCrunch


— Nine unique mini-games
— 1000+ words and phrases to master
— Native speaker audio clips and hand-illustrated image library
— 50 Spanish lessons designed by Ivy League instructors (Upgrade required for full access)
— Personalized learning algorithms to maximize memorization, retention & contextual usage
— Enhanced review mode lets you focus on current or mastered lessons
— Additional quests & challenges to keep you motivated

Spanish Word of the Day

4. Spanish Word of the Day – FREE

Description: Start to improve your Spanish today with this easy to use application. Learn with this app daily to

improve your Spanish vocabulary (verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs).

* Spanish word with English translation
* Example sentence showing the usage of the new word
* The data gets updated daily


5. Google Translate – FREEGoogle Translate

Description: Translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages using Google Translate for iOS. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations.

With Google Translate you can:

• Translate text between 64 languages
• Translate by speaking the text instead of typing it (17 languages)
• Listen to your translations spoken aloud (24 languages)
• Display translations in full screen mode to make it easier for others nearby to read
• Star your favorite translations for quick access even when you’re offline
• Access your translation history even when you’re offline
• Spell out the translation of non-Latin script languages (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, etc..) in Latin characters to read it phonetically (e.g. Pinyin, Romaji)


What is Spanish Fluency

When you think about your goals in learning to Speak Spanish, what do you think of? Sipping coffee with a  Spaniard? Navigating your way through a backpackers trail in Central America?

Let’s take a look at this more official definition from Wikipedia:

Language fluency is used informally to denote broadly a high level of language proficiency, most typically foreign language or another learned language, and more narrowly to denote fluid language use, as opposed to slow, halting use. In this narrow sense, fluency is necessary but not sufficient for language proficiency: fluent language users (particularly uneducated native speakers) may have narrow vocabularies, limited discourse strategies, and inaccurate word use. They may be illiterate, as well. Native language speakers are often incorrectly referred to as fluent.

Fluency in English is basically ones ability to be understood by both native and non native listeners. A higher level would be bilingual, which indicates one is native in two languages, either having learned them simultaneously or one after the other.

In the sense of proficiency, “fluency” encompasses a number of related but separable skills:

  • Reading: the ability to easily read and understand texts written in the language;[3]
  • Writing: the ability to formulate written texts in the language;
  • Comprehension: the ability to follow and understand speech in the language;
  • Speaking: the ability to produce speech in the language and be understood by its speakers.

Spanish FluencyTo some extent, these skills can be acquired separately. Generally, the later in life a learner approaches the study of a foreign language, the harder it is to acquire receptive (auditory) comprehension and fluent production (speaking) skills; however, the Critical Period Hypothesis is a hotly debated topic. For instance, reading and writing skills in a foreign language can be acquired more easily after the primary language acquisition period of youth is over.[citation needed]

So What Does it Take to Become Fluent in Spanish

I would say that for most of us, we’re not really interested in becoming foreign diplomats, so we really aren’t interested in a super high level of Spanish fluency, what we really want, instead is to learn how to speak to our friends in conversations. And for that, we have Spanish Small Talk!

101 Most Common Spanish Phrases – With Audio

101 Most common Spanish Phrases - With Audio

I want to point you over to:

They spent a lot of time compiling this list, here’s a sample below and check out the link for full content!

101 Most common Spanish Phrases – With Audio

I have compiled a list of the most commonly used phrases in the Spanish language. For each word, it’s English translation is shown as well as an audio clip to demonstrate pronounciation. If you are interested in learning Spanish, this is a great place to begin. If you like this presentation, be sure to check out our 101 most common Spanish words collection.

Audio Clip Spanish
English translation
1. Hola. Hello.
2. Adiós. Goodbye.
3. Hasta la vista. See you later.
4. Hasta luego. See you later.
5. Buenos días. Good morning.
6. Buenas tardes. Good afternoon.
7. Buenas noches. Good night.
8. Mucho gusto. It’s a pleasure.
9. Por favor. Please.
10. Gracias. Thank you.


Copy and Paste Spanish Letters

Are you looking to copy and paste Spanish characters? These are sometimes referred to as letters, characters, accents, and I can show you how to change your keyboard layout, but for right now.

Spanish Letters on Your Keyboard

Here’s a quick list for you to just select the character and copy it for what you need.










Spanish Characters: Using the Alt Key + Numeric Pad

You can also use your numeric keypad to type these special characters.

Instructions: (press and hold) ALT and then enter the number

á = 0225
é = 0233
í = 0237
ó = 0243
ú = 0250
ñ = 0241
ü = 0252

¡ = 0161
¿ = 0191


If you’re going to do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word, you’re probably going to want to add the ability to type in Spanish. What’s cool about this option is that it will fix the accents for you, and you can do spell check. It’s really easy to set up and I wrote a post about it here: “How to add Spanish Spell Check for Word 2011 and Word 2013


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100 Most Common Spanish Words

100 most common spanish words

100 most common Spanish words

If you were to do a study on 20 million Spanish words, what do you think are the most frequent words that come up again and again. In Mark Davies’ 2006 work, “A Frequency Dictionary of Spanish. Core Vocabulary for Learners” he has compiled the most frequently reoccurring words in the Spanish Language.

Now, most of these consist of prepositions and articles, which are the necessary gears in your Spanish small talk to get you going, but throughout this list you’ll find some crucial words and verbs.

Make your flashcards!

List of the Top 100 Most Common Spanish Words

1. el / la (def. art.) the
2. de (prep.) of, from
3. que (conj.) that, which
4. y (conj.) and
5. a (prep.) to, at
6. en (prep.) in, on
7. un (indef. art.) a, an
8. ser (verb) to be
9. se (pron.) -self, oneself [reflexive marker] 10. no (adv.) no
11. haber (verb) to have
12. por (prep.) by, for, through
13. con (prep.) with
14. su (adj.) his, her, their, your (fam.)
15. para (prep.) for, to, in order to
16. como (conj.) like, as
17. estar (verb) to be
18. tener (verb) to have
19. le (pron.) [3rd pers. indirect object pronoun] 20. lo (art.) the (+ noun)
21. lo (pron.) [3rd pers. masc. direct object pronoun] 22. todo (adj.) all, every
23. pero (conj.) but, yet, except
24. más (adj.) more
25. hacer (verb.) to do, make
26. o (conj.) or
27. poder (verb) to be able to, can
28. decir (verb) to tell, say
29. este (adj.) this (m); esta (f)
30. ir (verb) to go
31. otro (adj.) other, another
32. ese (adj.) that (m); esa (f)
33. la (pron.) [3rd pers. fem. direct object pronoun] 34. si (conj.) if, whether
35. me (pron.) me
36. ya (adv.) already, still
37. ver (verb) to see
38. porque (conj.) because
39. dar (verb) to give
40. cuando (conj.) when
41. él (pron.) he
42. muy (adv.) very, really
43. sin (prep.) without
44. vez (noun, f.) time, occurrence
45. mucho (adj.) much, many, a lot
46. saber (verb) to know
47. qué (pron.) what?, which?, how (+ adj.)
48. sobre (prep.) on top of, over, about
49. mi (adj.) my
50. alguno (adj.) some; (pron.) someone
51. mismo (adj.) same
52. yo (pron.) I
53. también (adv.) also
54. hasta (prep.) until, up to; (adv.) even
55. año (noun, m.) year
56. dos (num.) two
57. querer (verb) to want, love
58. entre (prep.) between
59. así (adv.) like that
60. primero (adj.) first
61. desde (prep.) from, since
62. grande (adj.) large, great, big
63. eso (pron., n.) that
64. ni (conj.) not even, neither, nor
65. nos (pron.) us
66. llegar (verb) to arrive
67. pasar (verb) to pass, spend (time)
68. tiempo (noun, m.) time, weather
69. ella (pron.) she; ellas them
70. (adv.) yes
71. día (noun, m.) day
72. uno (num.) one
73. bien (adv.) well
74. poco (adj.) little few; (adv.) a little bit
75. deber (verb) should, ought to; to owe
76. entonces (adv.) so, then
77. poner (verb) to put (on); get (+ adj.)
78. cosa (noun, f.) thing
79. tanto (adj.) much
80. hombre (noun, m.) man, mankind, husband
81. parecer (verb) to seem, look like
82. nuestro (adj.) our
83. tan (adv.) such, a, too, so
84. donde (conj.) where
85. ahora (adv.) now
86. parte (noun, f.) part, portion
87. después (adv.) after
88. vida (noun, f.) life
89. quedar (verb) to remain, stay
90. siempre (adv.) always
91. creer (verb) to believe
92. hablar (verb) to speak, talk
93. llevar (verb) to take, carry
94. dejar (verb) to let, leave
95. nada (pron.) nothing
96. cada (adj.) each, every
97. seguir (verb) to follow
98. menos (adj.) less, fewer
99. nuevo (adj.) new
100. encontrar (verb) to find

More information:

A Frequency Dictionary of Spanish. Core Vocabulary for Learners, by Mark Davies, 286 p. (2006)
This provides a frequency list of the most common 5000 words in the Spanish language based on a broad text corpus of 20 million Spanish words. The corpus includes a balanced sampling of written and spoken language and a balanced representation of variants used in Spain and Latin America. Each dictionary entry lists the word’s rank, part of speech, its English translation, a sentence demonstrating the word’s usage in context, and the number of occurrences of the word per million words of the corpus.

In addition, the dictionary contains much supplemental information that students and instructors will find useful. There is an additional alphabetical list of the 5000 words, ordered lists of the most frequent Spanish nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and other parts of speech. Of interest are also the 30 additional informational boxes interspersed throughout the book. These include ordered lists of thematically linked words (e.g., colors, weather, family terms, opposites, verbs of movement) as well as differences in registers and more. This is a useful book for instructors and students alike.