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 through 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. You listen and learn without interruptions.

*Not all features are available for all languages. For more information or a complete 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 2.6

We heard you and made improvements based on your feedback:

- Fixed a bug causing sound not to play in premium features like Flash Cards, Quick Match, and Speak Easy.
- Resolved issue of unintended deletion of downloaded content. If a course you saved is no longer available, please re-download to reliably save it.
- A new course: Korean Premium edition!
- Another new course: Tagalog Premium edition!
- Other bug fixes and performance optimizations.

We’re actively reading your feedback and working hard to make your language learning experience the best it can be. Please reach out to us anytime at

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
509 Ratings

509 Ratings

wish I could speak many ,

Works well for me

Pimsleur - Language Learning Spanish has helped me with my conversation skills. I usually prefer seeing the written form of everything that I am learning while studying a language, but find that while I still “need” to see the written form at some point (I subscribe to the Premium version and complete the exercises after each lesson or find translations if necessary), the Pimsleur lessons require that I focus on speaking and mimicking and consequently, I think that my conversational skills are improving rapidly. I have taken very beginning level Spanish classes and used Duolingo off and on so I do have some knowledge of Spanish grammar which I know assists me while studying the Pimsleur lessons. I can’t speak to whether or not I would enjoy the Pimsleur lessons as much if I had had no exposure to Spanish, but I am very happy with the progress that I think I am making with these lessons.

GGorska ,

Maybe MP3 is Better?

Pimsleur has been one of my language learning go-tos for many years (Russian, Spanish, Romanian, Italian) But when I reported that the app freezes up when you stop and start, the helpdesk informed me that I was Doing It All Wrong and would Fail to Learn because I was stopping after the prompt in order to have more time to respond. Language learning is my hobby, so I know that everyone needs to use tools in the most effective ways for them. I slow down Pimsleur to 75% or 80% while I’m in the shower, and when I’m working directly with the program I stop the app to have time make my responses, exactly the way I patiently wait for my English students to put together new sentences. (If I didn’t do this, I would feel like a failure and lose my motivation, plus I’m not willing to listen to those lessons more than twice!) So consider downloading the MP3 and using a more flexible MP3 player that will correspond to your own language learning preferences. In the meantime, I do indeed recommend Pimsleur for starting a new language (but be sure to use other resources as well.)

Developer Response ,

We are pleased that you enjoyed the app. If there is anything we can do for you, just let us know at!

Mreeves336 ,

Tourist phrases...

The method itself is undeniable. Space repetition systems are tried and true and this app does a great job of utilizing them. However, in my opinion, they do not utilize them for the best reasons. Meaning, you learn how to have a conversation, this is true, but how practical of a conversation and with whom? Honestly, pretty much just a waiter. If you are not ordering food, or asking where something is, you pretty much can’t have a conversation about yourself. The lessons about introducing yourself stopped around the second one. On the wall of these words in Spanish and every time someone asked me to have a conversation in Spanish, I can’t even begin. I don’t need pastries from them, and I’m not ordering a drink. What am I going to say to them? Granted, I am only seven hours into lessons, but I do feel like I should be learning conversation that I can apply more easily than this. It’s all very specialize knowledge that has very little partners if you’re not in a Spanish-speaking country. It just doesn’t suit my needs that much. And it’s kind of expensive.

Developer Response ,

We appreciate the feedback. In Level 1, the focus is on developing listening skills (i.e., mastering the rhythm and cadence of your new language) and mastering essential structures (i.e., the building blocks of the language). The vocabulary is secondary here. As you progress through the course, you will start conversing on many different subjects from personal and daily life, to political, social, sports, or business topics. Even small talk is mastered with this conversational approach. We hope you'll continue to explore conversational skills with the Pimsleur Method™.


Simon & Schuster
49.9 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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