Tired of playing word games? If your goal is to ACTUALLY SPEAK a new language … are vocabulary-building apps really the right tool?

Pimsleur is--uniquely focused--on conversational skills. We won’t have you matching words and images on a screen to teach you how to actually speak. Guaranteed!


For 50 years, we’ve been helping people rapidly start speaking a new language in 30 days. And best of all, you can learn to speak Spanish, French, Japanese, and more … while driving, at the gym, or while cooking dinner.

We know you have a hectic schedule so Pimsleur fits into your downtime like no other app. No Internet! No problem with offline mode. Plus the built-in hands-free mode makes it easy to learn anywhere, anytime. Keep those hands on the wheel and get speaking today.

Pimsleur courses are available for 51 languages including Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, German, Chinese Mandarin, Korean, Norwegian, Hebrew, Portuguese, Russian and English.

Pimsleur also integrates beautifully with the Amazon Alexa for working on lessons at home.


Download the app and try a free lesson today. Discover why we’ve been in business for 50 years!


“Many people have remarked that they learned to speak another language using the Pimsleur Method, when all their previous efforts failed." Dr. Carl Beuke, Ph. D., Pyschology Today

“I had the GREATEST SUCCESS with the Pimsleur method…
The grammar and sentence structure seep into your long-term memory.” Justin Peters, Travel + Leisure Magazine

“Time-tested solution” Stephanie Rosenbloom, The New York Times

“Pimsleur … boil[s] down the essential elements of a foreign language so that beginners can acquire basic skills immediately…” Sophia Banay,


Enjoy the enhanced continuity of 30-minute Pimsleur lessons you can take anywhere, or do at home with Alexa.

Learn to read your new language – easily, but not at the expense of your goal of speaking the language!

Role-play while reviewing written transcripts of the conversations.

Practice vocabulary and dive deeper into the written language.

Review and practice sentences and phrases by topic.

Relax, have fun, and test your new skills with the Quick Match and Speed Round.

Learning stays on track as your progress is automatically synched across all your mobile devices including Amazon Echo.

Stream or download and listen offline. There are no ads. Learn without interruptions.

*Not all features are available for all languages. For more information or a full list of languages, please visit our website.

Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Hebrew, Korean, Mandarin, Chinese, Arabic, Turkish, Polish, English, Indonesian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Polish, Farsi, Greek, Tagalog, Norwegian, Thai, Finnish, Czech, and many more.

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What’s New

Version 2.22

We have made some improvements to the app experience:

• Fixed bug causing lesson progress to be lost during download
• Adjusted reading booklet mapping for easier usage
• Update to Hebrew bonus packs
• Other bug fixes and performance optimizations have also been included

We’re reading your feedback and working hard to improve the Pimsleur experience. Please reach out to us anytime at

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
4.7K Ratings

4.7K Ratings

Christianchoclate ,

Excellent Spanish language app

The main teaching method of this app means it is PERFECT for learning Spanish while I am driving, or while I am doing housework, or while I am brushing my teeth in the morning or evening. AND you are not just a passive listener. The program is structured so you are expected to repeat phrases or answer questions, and you are given the time to do so. AND you are NOT left hanging. The program’s teacher gives you the correct answer or phrase and THEN encourages you to repeat it and gives you the time to do so. AND at no time do you have to look at a screen, so you can e.g. keep your eyes on the road while driving!
Now, to be clear, the program does provide you with reading exercises which you should do while sitting and watching your screen, BUT this is NOT the main teaching method.
This app is not cheap, BUT it is worth every penny. I did not buy a subscription because I am a busy person and I need to learn at my own speed. Instead I purchased the program outright. The maker of the program is a well known publisher, and I hope they will continue to maintain this program at this excellent level and even add improvements to it! I also hope that their service is up to the standard of excellence of this app.
I am very pleased with this app. I ask only that the makers continue to make and service this excellent product.

TwilightCitizen ,

Almost Perfect

I’m learning Tagalog, now into my tenth lesson of the first course. Having doubled down with this app and a few other language training apps, I can tell you that you WILL learn with Pimsleur. The training seems rooted in conversations that are both relevant and easy enough to follow along. My one main gripe—and what keeps me from giving Pimsleur a full five stars—is that there is no text to accompany the feature spoken dialogue of each lesson. Supplementary text-based training modules follow the feature spoken dialogue, and it is only by then that I sometimes learn I was speaking incorrectly throughout the whole lesson. For instance, in today’s lesson—in which I learned some words for telling the time of day—I repeated the word “balang” several times. Later, in the text-based training that followed it, I learned that I SHOULD have been saying “pa lang”. “Balang” and “pa lang” sound similar enough to be confused with each other by a new learner like myself, but these are entirely different words. Text to accompany the feature dialogue training would handily prevent such confusion from happening. And, it would obviate the need to have Google translate or some similar app handy to attempt word discovery while training. Pimsleur, add text to accompany the dialogue, and I’ll give you five stars. Everyone else, if you’re seeking to learn a new language, Pimsleur should be among your top picks. Just keep my caveats in mind.

Mr Pablito_99 ,

Great app... but some difficulties.

This app is amazing in the way it teaches you a new language! I have already completed French 1-5 and speak it fluently conversationally and I am now working on Russian. Just like in French, there were some misplaced texts/audio and mistranslations every here and there but they hardly appeared (literally only like 2, MAYBE 3 mistakes per level). However, once I reached Russian 4, the mistakes become more and more common. Some include flash cards with half the phrase missing and appearing in the next card, speakeasy conversations being mistranslated and the biggest eye sore, the speak easy text itself! For whatever reason, a lot of the text bubbles have words with no spacing, sometimes there are whole sentences with no spacing! With Russian using a whole other writing system and the words being normally longer in text AND not to mention it’s a language I don’t know and am learning, trying to read the text becomes horrendously difficult to the point that I have to resort to reading it in Latin letters which defeats the purpose of learning. Itsessentiallyliketryingtoreadthisasanenglishlearner. I still gave this app 5 stars because it’s effectiveness is nearly unparalleled and despite the setbacks, I am still learning Russian very quickly but please Pimsleur, address these problems!


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150 30-min. Premium Mandarin Chinese lessons
German Premium Subscription
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