10 lesser-known iPad apps to learn English language

Best English language learning iPad apps

Updated on 08.02.2023.

Instead of popular language learning iPad and iPhone apps, find in this list only the one that are most helpful to master English language at every level.

You can find several English learning courses online (and some of them are free, at least to a certain extent), but why sit at the computer every time you have a few spare minutes for personal development?

Your iPad and iPhone can be a great companion in your determination to improve your English, no matter what level you are currently at.

The thing is that most round-ups of language learning apps for iOS include the ones that help learn multiple languages, and English is only one of them. Most of these apps are addressed to native English speakers who would like to learn or master a new language.

Instead of featuring popular language learning apps you already know about, such as Duolingo or apps offered by British Council or BBC, we’ve focused on lesser-known apps that don’t appear on the top of search results in the App Store.

Many of the apps that are featured in other roundups have not been updated for a long time. We list only the ones that were added or updated in recent months. They are compatible with the latest version of iOS, and use the latest language learning technology.

Recommended iPad apps to learn English

  • eGrammar – the best way to practice English tenses
  • eJoy – advanced video-based app for learning English
  • Oxford English Grammar – grammar rules in one place
  • Hello – learn English from your mother tongue
  • ABA English – the most advanced way to learn English

Please note that language learning apps usually don’t have high ratings. There are as many expectations as there are grammar rules and irregular verbs English learners have to struggle will.

English is my second language. My mother tongue is Polish. I have the biggest problem with the tenses, if clauses, and indefinite / definite articles. I’ve completed a grammar test offered by one of the apps from the list, and I scored 84%. A section with tenses was a disaster. There is still a lot to improve. The apps that help master English tenses are currently taking the most of the screen time on my iPhone.

If you are planning to turn your iPad or iPhone into a powerful learning tool, make sure to check out a comprehensive list of the best reference and educational apps for iOS.

What are the best iPad apps to learn English?

1. eGrammar – Learn English Grammar Tenses

Practice English tenses - top iPad apps to learn English language

Our pick: The best way to practice English tenses

This little app is the best way to help you learn English grammar. It’s the best app for someone who struggles with tenses and “if” clauses.

Called eGrammar, the app includes almost 130 short courses. Each one consists of 5 to 30 tasks, and there are over 1,300 single tasks to solve. Each section comes with a brief description of English grammar rule, followed by a set of tasks asking you to fill the gaps, choose the right answer, or write the correct sentence.

The most helpful section are: present perfect (simple and continuous), future perfect simple and continuous, conditional tense, and indirect speech.

The best way to use the app is to go through one section in one session. It should take between 10 and 30 minutes to complete, so the entire English grammar course with this app should take no more than a month with just 30 minutes of practice a day.

Benefits: Focused on practicing English grammar, especially tenses
Compatibility: iPad, iPhone
Price: Free; paid sections starting from $1.99, for instance, the full English Tenses module costs $4.99

2. English Tenses Test

Practice English Tenses - best language learning apps for iPad and iPhone

This app is similar to eGrammar described above but differs in three things: it’s focused on tenses only, it’s available only for the iPhone, and it’s completely free (it runs ads, though).

If you are determined to improve your use of English tenses, there is no need to spend extra money to go through the complete set of classes.

English Tenses Test may not look fantastic to you, but it provides over 2,000 single questions grouped by types of tenses, complete with clear descriptions, comparison tables, and overviews of result.

There are some language mistakes in the app, but they are easy to spot and not related to the core task of the app – practicing English tenses.

Benefits: Test English grammar tenses using multiple tools
Compatibility: iPhone
Price: Free – ad supported

3. Udemy – Get English Grammar Courses

Udemy - 300 English grammar courses - iPad and iPhone app

Our pick: The best app with English grammar video courses

I’m not a fan of video classes, but if this is your preferred way of learning, you are probably looking for relevant apps for your iPad or iPhone.

Udemy is not the first app which comes to mind when you want to learn languages. It’s because it comes from an online platform that includes over 130,000 video lessons in almost any topic, not only English language learning. Most probably, the app won’t even show up on a list of search results in the App Store, if you look for “English language learning.”

Video courses offered by Udemy are taught and inspired by 50,000 experts from around the world. 300 lessons are focused on English grammar. I realize that the number is not impressive but the choice is big enough to pick up a few lessons that suit you the most. Most of the courses are paid but 32 are free to download. You can watch them right after you sign up to the service.

Getting a free Udemy account is the best chance to test the quality of English language learning lessons, and if you like them, you can download the app that’s compatible not only with the iPad or iPhone, but also Apple TV.

The app lets you learn at your own pace. You can download courses for offline learning, and there is an option to turn on the audio-only mode.

Benefits: Learn English with on-demand videos, free and paid
Compatibility: iPad, iPhone, Apple TV
Price: Free with 32 English courses that are free to download from Udemy website; 300 more courses are paid

4. eJoy – Learn English with Videos

eJoy - learn English with videos app for iPad and iPhone

Our pick: The best video-based app for learning English

If Udemy is too complex for you, and if you are still looking for ways to learn English using videos, make sure to check out eJoy app for iPad and iPhone.

With eJoy you can practice speaking, listening, and vocabulary using gamified learning pattern. You start from watching a video, then you train active listening, take a quiz, and then complete writing, role-playing, and vocabulary steps.

“eJoy uses state-of-the-art technology such as AI, speech recognition, and NLP, together with the in-house spaced repetition algorithm to help learners learn smart; study less, remember forever; study anytime, anywhere.”

Benefits: Video-powered gamified English language learning app with lots of next-generation features
Compatibility: iPad, iPhone
Price: Free; paid in-app subscriptions starting from $19.99

5. Oxford English Grammar Reference

Oxford Quick Reference Grammar app for iPad and iPhone - best English language learning apps for iOS

Our pick: The best way to look up English grammar rules

If all you need is quick access to English grammar any time, without the need to explore multiple web pages and forums, you should check out this expert app offered by Oxford University Press.

This app is not a dictionary, not a thesaurus, and not an all-in-one language learning solution. It’s designed to help you quickly find and learn English grammar rules. Although explanations are brief and simple, the app is suitable for intermediate and advanced English language learners.

Oxford Quick Reference Grammar is free to download, and you can test how it works on eight free topics, including present perfect tenses and prepositional verbs.

In a paid version you will have over 180 grammar topics explained. They are cross-referenced and come with over 2,000 examples. Over 150 grammar and pronunciation tips will help you sound more natural.

Benefits: A handy and quick tool to check out essential English grammar rules
Compatibility: iPad, iPhone
Price: Free (eight topics to test); $10.99 to buy the full version with over 170 more sections

6. ELSA – Practice Speaking English

ELSA Speak English Fluently - best iPad and iPhone apps for language learners

You may write in English without making mistakes, you may rock in using if clauses, but you may spoil the first impression the moment you start speaking.

If you want to master your English accent, you can find a few iOS apps for that, but the best one is called ELSA. This app is designed to help you “practice your English-speaking skill at any day, anytime and anywhere” so that you can get rid of your international accent effectively.

The app’s developer claims you can improve your pronunciation score by 40% within a month. There are 400 lessons to choose from, with over 2,000 common English words from several popular topics.

Benefits: The app helps speak English clearly, confidently, and without foreign accent
Compatibility: iPhone
Price: Free; paid plans – 1 month for $11.99, 3 months for $25.99, 12 months for $74.99

7. Talk English Grammar

Talk English Grammar app for iPad and iPhone - best learning apps

Talk English is a leading online platform with free English lessons and grammar courses. Did you know the site’s best content has been put together into an iOS app?

The app covers 138 grammar topics to help you master your English, no matter which level you are at. Some classes for advanced learners will be a challenge for native speakers as well.

The library of topics includes the ones you can’t find in other English language learning apps for iPad or iPhone. For instance, you can study and improve punctuation, coordinating conjunctions, or demonstrative determiners.

Benefits: A simple but comprehensive English grammar app
Compatibility: iPad, iPhone
Price: Free; $2.99 to remove ads

8. Hello – Learn English from Your Language

Hello - learn English from your language - best apps for iPad and iPhone

Our pick: The best way to learn English from your mother tongue

Most English language learning apps offer users an English interface. Sometimes, especially when you want to learn more complex grammar rules, this may be too difficult, even for intermediate learners.

The best solution would be an app that helps learn English with your mother tongue as an interface language.

You can find such an app in the App Store. It’s called Hello English, and it’s available in 23 languages, including Hindi, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Turkish, and Indonesian.

The app will help you learn English speaking, reading, and writing using over 400 interactive lessons and built-in 10,000-word dictionary. You can practice pronunciation with daily use conversations. And, finally, you can chat with teachers about English grammar and translations.

An interesting thing to note is that the app lets you choose from several upgrade methods. You don’t have to buy a subscription if you don’t want to. You can go for credits or tickets, instead.

Benefits: Learn English with confidence from your language
Compatibility: iPad, iPhone
Price: Free; pre-paid subscriptions from $3.99 (weekly), credits from $0.99, tickets from $1.99

9. Voxy – AI-powered English Language Coach

Voxy - AI-powered English Coach app for iPad and iPhone

Our pick: The most personalized way to study English language

Many English language learning apps can adjust to your personal needs, based on your test result and selected topics. In reality, to a greater or lesser extent, you end up learning what the app gives you to learn.

However, there is an iPad & iPhone app that brings personalization to a new level. You can treat it as a personal English language learning coach.

The app is called Voxy, and it’s the first app that adapts to users’ learning needs and skills in real time. The app provides real content that’s relevant to the context and your learner’s profile.

You can accomplish daily tasks, karaoke-style music lessons, up-to-date news stories that are relevant to you, audio recordings of real-life situations, and many more.

Benefits: The apps learns in real time what your needs are and provides the most relevant classes
Compatibility: iPad, iPhone
Price: Free; multiple in-app purchases starting from $3.99

10. ABA English – Smart Learning

ABA English - learn English the smart way - best apps for iPad and iPhone

Our pick: Advanced way to learn English, with a focus on conversational language

ABA English is currently one of the fastest growing language apps for iPad and iPhone. At first, I was skeptical. On the surface, the app looks like a fun stuff for beginners. I was so wrong!

To start using the app, you have to sign in with Google, Facebook, or email. Take the test to determine your current level. Then, dismiss two windows that prompt you to subscribe – look for the text “Thank you. I’ll continue without subscribing.” No, you are ready to test the app.

Without subscribing, you can access 6 courses that are relevant to your skills. Each class starts with a video. Then you can test how you speak (you can record your voice and compare it with the voice-over), practice writing, learn new words, and do a few more exercises.

The range of lessons in a free plan will definitely not match your interests (you will need to get a Premium Plan to be able to choose specific topics) but it’s a great way to figure out whether Smart Learning method, by many experts called “revolutionary,” is something you feel good about.

Benefits: A flexible, advanced, and fun tool to learn English exactly at your level
Compatibility: iPad, iPhone
Price: Free (6 classes and 6 videos); multiple ABA English Premium subscription plans starting from $9.99

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Published by Piotr Kowalczyk

Geek and book lover who has been recently updated to the latest beta operating system which is still full of bugs. Blogger by day, designer by night. Founder of Ebook Friendly and Geek Updated.

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