Polygloss 12+

Learn languages stress-free

Etiene da Cruz Dalcol

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 63 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Are you feeling stuck in the "I can understand but I can't speak" part of your language learning journey? Despite all you've learned so far, do you feel you can't communicate? Look no more, Polygloss is right for you!

- Guess images with friends.
- Write creatively and increase your active vocabulary!
- Available for 80+ languages for FREE.(English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Welsh, German, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Italian, Norwegian, Greek, Dutch, Mandarin, Russian, Arabic, Esperanto, and any more)
- Ideal for motivated beginners and intermediate language learners (A2-B2). Not recommended for complete beginners.
- Works really well alongside popular language learning apps like Duolingo.

For most language learners, moving from ‘understanding’ to ‘communicating’ is difficult. Those first conversations are stressful and don’t get any results.

This is where Polygloss comes in. Our mission is to help language learners be independent and enjoy life using a foreign language.

How do we do it?

Polygloss is an image guessing game that offers you sufficient interaction, guidance and lets you express yourself with freedom. Using new words, in your own personal context, is the best method for increasing your vocabulary. Better than simply reading, re-reading and memorizing words out of context!
Polygloss works, is science-backed, and was awarded best paper* at the 9th NLP4CALL workshop series at The University of Gothenburg.

Why does it work?
It is normal for language learners to experience more language exposure than language creation. Language creation is hard and needs to be nurtured.

There are different ways to increase your active vocabulary (words that you have the ability to use, not just understand). This includes intense repetition, consuming content you enjoy (books, series, movies), flashcards, etc. These methods are great and should be part of any language learners tool kit.

But, there is another way to increase your active vocabulary. Simply by using words. Ideally in your own personalized context.

And that’s why Polygloss works. It allows you to start communicating in a low stress environment. Helping you easily increase your active vocabulary and communication confidence.

Ready to make the jump from understanding to communicating? Download Polygloss today.


- Image based lessons give you something to talk about.
- No translation required! Use words you know to describe what you see.
- Low stress opportunity to creatively use your target language.
- Receive feedback and improve your writing.
- Add people as friends or get randomly paired with other players.
- Collect stars and progress through dozens of topics.
- Compete with other learners in optional daily writing challenges.
- Bookmark your favorite sentences and corrections for later study.
- No right, wrong or useless sentences. Say what you want to say!
- Get word and sentence tips (Available only in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian. New languages and levels coming soon!)
- All minority and dialect languages possible. As long as you have a partner, you can play!

Polygloss is a work in progress
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Questions, suggestions or bug reports?


Q. What languages are available?
A. All of them! But it needs at least one other player in the same language so you can play together. Don’t forget to invite your friends!

Q. Is the app free?
A. Yes. There is an option to pay for a premium subscription with extra features, but all of the content is freely accessible.

Q. Is there a web version?
A. Not yet! But it's in our plans.

Privacy Policy: https://polygloss.app/privacy/
Terms of Use: https://polygloss.app/terms/

*Link to award: https://tinyurl.com/m8jhf2w

What’s New

Version 2.3.2

Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

JClark ,

What a great idea

The idea behind this app is so simple but so good. I’m trying to get comfortable with Toki Pona. The loose and interpretive nature of that co lang makes it easy to get into static patterns of expression and interpretation. By switching off with real people, I see things I never would have on my own. It's both fun and helpful.
The UI could use some polish, and some of the in-app messaging could be tightened up, but it's already really useful as it is.
Oh, I’d like to add my vote to adding Esperanto to the list of languages with translation

noxiousgg ,

Great way to practice formulating your thoughts

Simple concept. Pick one of four images and write a sentence about it. Great way to build your vocabulary and to identify gaps where you don’t know how to express a particular idea.

I generally try to write a couple sentences while looking up things as needed. After a week or so I’m already noticing an improvement in my ability to be able to say what I want to say without having to look things up.

Developer Response ,

Hi noxiousgg, this is great feedback! I'm really happy the app is making a noticeable difference in your language journey. Thanks for the review!

oe96 ,


I have been stuck in a language rut for a while because I have been learning grammar and vocabulary but not using it! This app has forced me to start using everything I’ve learned (and recalling it) so I am starting to have more confidence in speaking and making more complex sentences. There’s still not that many users in the language I am studying but hopefully in the future that will change.

Developer Response ,

Hi oe96, thanks for such a great review! I'm super glad you're enjoying the app! What language are you learning? Maybe we can try reaching some study groups in social media and see if we can increase the community for that language. Don't hesitate to contact us by email to follow up or if you have any other suggestions about the app. Thanks!

App Privacy

The developer, Etiene da Cruz Dalcol, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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