How to build a Language Learning App and Platform

Learning a new language is on the bucket list of a wide number of people. While most people love to learn a language for travel, business, or self-improvement, there are also people who love language for no reason.

However, when they start learning a language, they feel tired and find it challenging to learn new words, phrases, etc.

Thanks to language learning apps, they have made the entire learning process more fun, effective, and seamless by integrating various features & functionalities.

As per verifiedmarketresearch, the online language learning market was around US $12.49 billion in 2019, and it is anticipated to reach US $25.73 billion by 2027 by increasing at a CAGR Of 10.2% from 2020 to 2027.

Considering the increasing demand, many entrepreneurs, business owners, and SMEs want to enter the market. However, one of the major struggles they face is how to build a language learning app and platform.

We have been familiar with the eLearning industry for a long time and know what the market needs; hence, in this blog, we will walk you through a step-by-step process to build a language learning app.

But before that, it’s important to understand what’s running in the market and what users need. Therefore, we will first provide you with a list of leading language learning apps and key features in a modern-day language learning app.

Top Language Learning Apps in the Market

Here is the list of learning apps loved by users across the globe:


Duolingo was released in the year 2020, and it is now one of the world’s leading language learning platforms. The platform provides language learning in over 36 languages and has more than 36 million users worldwide.

The platform is well-known because it uses gamification and focuses on each core area, which includes text, graphics, and audio, to offer better productivity and a great learning experience.

The platform is available at no cost. However, there is also a premium subscription, which offers additional benefits. Despite offering a premium subscription, the major source of income for the platform is in-app adverts.


Memrise is another well-known language-learning platform that provides support for more than 150+ languages & used by over 50 million users across the globe. The platform is popular because it follows several out-of-the-box memorization techniques. 

The app comes with a feature known as learn with locals using which you can learn a language with your friends. Along with this, the app comes with games and a pronunciation feature to enhance the pronunciation of your app.


Busuu is a popular language learning app that offers 12 languages and is used by 100 million across the globe. To use the app, you need to create an account, choose a language to learn along with the difficulty level & start learning. 

Busuu presents grammar rules and words in a way by which a user remembers easily. Besides this, it provides idiomatic expressions and then conducts a knowledge test to know the overall level of understanding.

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is one of the most popular language-learning apps in the market. The app has been in the language-learning industry for the last 2 decades. The app works on TruAccent technology & helps you to improve your pronunciation and speak like a local.

It offers language learning in 24 languages. The app has a premium subscription plan for 3/6 & 12 months, by purchasing it, you can learn all 24 languages from the app.


Fluentu is also a well-known language learning app in the industry. Unlike other apps that provide you sentences, quizzes, etc. This helps you learn various languages like French, Spanish, English, Italian, etc. With the help of music videos, movie trailers, and inspiring talks. 

Apart from this, the app doesn’t follow a strict course program and allows users to learn a language by watching videos at their own pace.

Key Features to Include in a Language Learning App and Platform

Here is the list of features that you can consider adding while building a language learning app:


To build a language learning app, you need to include an authorization system. Here, users have to provide answers to basic things like name, age, gender, age, and password, and they are good to go. If you want to enhance the authorization process, you can allow users to sign up instantly via social media platforms.

Creating a User Profile

After a user signs up in your app, the next thing is to ask them to fill up essential profile details. Leading language learning apps like Duolingo asks a specific set of information from the user as follows:

Personal Data: All the things associated with a user’s identity. A language to select for studying. Here, you need to include a list of languages, and users need to select the desired one.

Decide a daily target: The user needs to select the total number of minutes he/she wants to study.

Define your level of language: Here, you need to include a level of language, and the user needs to choose the level which he/she thinks is correct.

Learning Screen

The learning screen is nothing but the dashboard that gives the user permit to track accomplishments and consists of learning tools.

Various language learning apps like Duolingo offer different kinds of lessons. You can also integrate into your language learning app to keep it thriving:

Translate an audio phrase: Here, users listen to a phrase in his/her chosen language. Besides this, there will also be an image that explains the meaning of the phrase. Later, the user has to collect the translation of the proposed words.

Choose pairs from languages: Users have been given words in their selected languages, and they have to make sentences out of them.

Choose an image: The user is offered some photos with short descriptions in the language he is learning. The user has to select the correct answer to the question.

Translate & Record: Here, the user reads a phrase in his native language, and then he/she needs to translate it aloud. Also, pronunciation is essential.

Prompts: When you tap on any highlighted word, the user can see certain translations, usage, etc.

Besides this, language learning apps enable users to track their achievements, such as:

User’s progress daily: The user can check whether his/her progress as well as edit the goal.

Crowns: Users get a crown as soon as the user gets to a specific stage.

Gems: The user needs these to buy anything from the shop.

Profile & Settings 

The personal profile consists of all the essential details about the user and allows the user to monitor progress in language training. Also, the user has the option to update any of the details whenever needed.

Online Tribe/ Community

The primary thing in a language learning app is to offer a platform where users can interact with each other flawlessly. 

For instance, a forum can be highly beneficial for users to post their questions and get answers from the other community members.


As soon as you start learning something new, it’s obvious that you will make mistakes. Here, apps like Duolingo drive users to put more effort into training & learning.

Here, the more mistakes the user commits, the more the app weakens the virtual health. Further, if the health level has reached zero, then the user can’t proceed with the process. In short, the users need to work on mistakes first, and then only he/she would be allowed to move quickly.

This process urges users to study using the gamification technique. Lastly, while building a language learning app, you can also include gamification.


Users who have gained gems while completing their training have an option to purchase things related to language learning.

Users who have gained gems while completing their training have an option to purchase things related to language learning.

Moreover, a user can also purchase these gems apart from rewards. This is one of the most simple yet effective ways to monetize your learning app.

Live Streaming

Using this feature, users have an option to start live video conferring and take their language learning skills to a new level.

How to Build a Language Learning App and Platform?

Follow the streamlined process given below to build a language learning app & platform.

Conduct a Market Research

You need to carry out thorough market research to identify what is the requirement of your target audience.

Here are some of the things you can follow:

  • Download & install leading apps in the market and check, what they are offering and what are the users’ requirements.
  • Head over to different groups on popular social media platforms to understand the users’ issues and try to resolve them through your app.
  • Create a user-persona to understand properly about your target audience. 

Choose Feature, Functionalities, and Revenue Model 

After defining your target audience, the next step is to define all the features and functionalities of your language app. You can list all of these based on your business goals and the target audience’s needs.

Apart from this, you need to decide the revenue model of your language learning app. Here are some of the revenue models you can consider:

Freemium Model: In this model, you can provide various features of your app for free and charge more for more of the extra features.

In-app ads: Here, you can access all of your courses for free with in-app ads, but if they need to pay some fee to remove ads.

Subscription: Charge monthly, quarterly, or yearly.

One-time purchase: Charge a fixed fee for your app for a lifetime and provide various features.

Choose the Platform (Native or Hybrid) 

The next most important thing that you need to decide on is the platform for your app. Here, you have two options: Native & Hybrid.

If you don’t have budget constraints and are looking to build a highly reliable, secure, and scalable mobile app, you can go with native app development.

If you plan to target more than one platform and have a tight budget, you can go with hybrid app development.

Create an Attractive Design 

You need to create a highly-alluring and user-friendly design for your mobile app. If you have experience in designing an app, then you can do it yourself.

However, we highly suggest you approach a mobile app design company. They will understand your project briefly and then design it using the best tools as per the latest UI/UX trends.

Develop your Language Learning App 

After designing your app, you need to develop your language learning app on the desired platform. If you are familiar with all the programming languages used to build an app, you can do it yourself.

But, one better strategy is to reach out to a mobile app development company. They have years of experience building mobile apps; hence, they will convert your design into a fully-functional mobile app.

Launch your Language Learning App

Now, last but not the least important thing, you need to do it to launch your app on the relevant store.

How much does it cost to build a language learning app and platform?

The cost to build a language learning app depends on a vast number of things such as platform, features, functionalities, development team, etc. To know in detail about the same, refer our blog on app development cost.


Now, you must have understood the process of building a language learning app. You can shape your idea by referring to the newest and popular language learning apps in the market.

If you have decided to develop a language learning app, feel free to reach out to us. We at Infigic, a professional mobile app development company, will provide you the best language learning app and platform.

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