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I'm on the lookout for any decent self-study applications for my Google Android smartphone to help me brush up on my German on my daily commute. Can anyone recommend any for me?

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Are you looking for apps made especially for German, or also general flash card apps? What level of German are you looking for? E.g. would German audio books count? –  Tim Jun 18 '11 at 12:29
    
Pretty much anything will do, though I'm particularly interested in anything specific to Android phones. My German is fairly basic though not exactly beginner -- I studied it at school for about 2 1/2 years in the 1980s. –  jammycakes Jun 18 '11 at 12:41
    
Check Babble mobile. –  user508 Jun 18 '11 at 16:01
    
That's for the iPhone. I'm looking for an Android app. –  jammycakes Jun 18 '11 at 16:46

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There are a lot of language learning apps for Android, it all depends on what you wish to focus on.

As far as flashcards go, AnkiDroid is my personal favorite. Anki is free for PCs, Mac, and Android (but not for iThings), highly customizable, but you'll need the desktop or web or make up for the features AnkiDroid misses. Still, spaced repetition is a decisive win.

With regards to reference apps, Duden has mobile apps, but I haven't used them myself. There's an app version of dict.leo.org, which I do use a lot (although the web interface would work just fine). Another reference app is the poorly named Deutsch Wörterbücher, which is a search portal that'll query a ton of different German-language reference sites if you don't want to bookmark them.

There seems to be a dearth of actual learning apps. DeutschAkademie is rather old-school and best suited for somebody well advanced who needs a refresher. German Class is very disappointing in terms of test coverage, although the vendor's apps for other languages (like English and French) are quite reasonable. I haven't tried the Babbel family of apps. Duolingo was mentioned before and it's probably one of the best language learning tools out there.

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Duolingo has a mostly decent android app.

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For practicing verb conjugations I recommend:German Verb Trainer

There is also a declination trainer by the same company:German Declenser

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It depends on what you want to train (grammar, vocabulary...) One of my favorites is the free trainer "King Of German Article".

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devtrigger.article.free.german&hl=en

It helps you to train nouns and the right gender with it. You can also train the different cases Nominativ, Akkusativ, Dativ. As for making grammatically right sentences you must know the right gender, this app helped me to improve my German a lot.

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I recommend using Learn German Fast By Yapping Puppy on google play. It covers lot of topic areas and has lots of German verbs conjugated. As well there are 2 games that come with it. Try it here for FREE at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yappingpuppy.com

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You should mention, that this is your application. –  Baz Sep 27 '12 at 8:12

A trusty companion for any German learner, especially english, is the LEO dictionary, and they have quite a good Android App.

It's not an app to take up your spare time, but it is very handy for answering questions your have when you are out and about.

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It looks good, but as you say, it seems to be more a dictionary than a tutorial app. –  jammycakes Jun 24 '11 at 22:52
    
Yep. Hopefully some other wicked apps are added to this big-list question. –  BudgieInWA Jun 25 '11 at 5:05

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