Best android and iOS apps to learn vietnamese

Best 8 Apps to Learn Vietnamese for Free: Rated and Reviewed

We review and rate 8 free apps for learning Vietnamese on Android and Apple iOS.

TL;DR: Choose the Following Vietnamese Apps

  • Beginners should start with apps like Mondly or Ling — they are fun & have lots of gamefied learning modules.
  • After exhausting the above, proceed to the app Learn Vietnamese Offline and devote more attention to learning Vietnamese grammar.
  • Intermediate and advanced Learners should try Easy Vietnamese to learn obscure and crazy expressions.
  • Use the hourly pop-up “word of the hour” notifcations from InnovationLab’s app Learn Vietnamese Free to maintain and build your vocabulary.

Mondly [Android, iOS] – Perfect for Beginners Learning Vietnamese

Mondly app to learn Vietnamese, with games and quizzes, for android and apple iOS

Rating: 5 out of 5.

By ATi Studios

Available for: Android (iOS via other app)

Free to try, limited

Best for: Beginners

Demo of Mondly app to learn Vietnamese - games, flashcards
Mondly app has multi-media learning, games, quizzes, and helpful pop-ups to conjugate verbs

Mondly is the perfect gamefied app to start learning Vietnamese: it is fun, it has lots of different games, quizzes, and interactive lessons. This allows the app to exploit the “three times rule”: you must use a word three times, in different contexts, to effectively learn it.

Mondly app includes games such as flashcards, unscramble-the-sentence, unscramble-the-word, a chabot, and more. One amazing feature is the ability to click on any verb in-game to reveal a pop-up table of verb conjucations. This type of student-centric enhancement really facilitates students’ natural inquisitiveness.

It is free to try a few exercises. It asks for credit card info at start-up, but you can skip it to continue. Mondly is a must-try — the only downside is that the free version is so limited.


  • Lots of games to make learning fun
  • Multimedia & interactive modules
  • Repetition to solidify learning
  • Verbs in-game are clickable to show conjugation lessons


  • Annoying “upgrade to premium” pop-ups
  • Requires Log-in
  • Free version is very limited

Ling [Android, iOS] – A Great Gamefied Language App

The Learn Vietnamese with Ling App features games and flashcards to learn effectively

Rating: 4 out of 5.

By Simya Solutions

Available for Android and iOS

Free to try (limited without paid version)

Useful for: Beginners

Demo of the Learn VIetnamese with Ling App
Lind has many quizzes, and flashcard games to have fun learning Vietnamese

An excellent app with gamified language lessons that are perhaps the best way to learn beginner-level Vietnamese. For example, the app includes flash-card exercises, quizzes, complete-the-sentence exercises, conversation exercises, and more. It has has over 1 Million installs and a 4.5 rating on Google Play

However, the free version has only a few lessons. If you can pay the hefty price-tag for the full version (9 USD per month), it is definitely worth your consideration. If not, check out our next recommendation that is free.

You can try the app without installation or registration by using their online web-app


  • Includes grammar lessons
  • Very comprehensive with diverse phrases
  • Well-articulated phrases & quality audio
  • Northern Vietnamese Dialect


  • A lot of annoying pop-up video ads (3 seconds to exit)
  • No quizzes or interactive learning
  • No gamefication
  • Missing audio for some of the words/phrases
  • No “turtle mode” to slow down pronunciation

Learn Vietnamese Free Offline [Android] – Solid App for Key Phrases and Grammar

Android app to learn Vietnamese - key phrases and grammer

Rating: 4 out of 5.

By ASI Edu

Available for Android only

Free (ad supported)

Useful for: Beginners / Intermediates

Android app to learn Vietnamese - key phrases and grammer - demonstration screenshot
Listen to keyphrases, categorized in big thematic lists

Although this is a barebones app with a lot of annoying video pop-up ads, we nonetheless give it a high recommendation due to one feature: unlike other vocabulary/phrase-book apps, this app is the only one that provides lessons on Vietnamese grammar (pronouns, adjectives, conjuncations, and more). These are a must have for any study plan.

Basically, the app is a giant list of categorized words and phrases, with well-articulated audio samples. Because is it a little too basic, we can’t give it 5 stars — if it just had a few quizzes or flash-cards it would be ideal.

One down-side is that many of the words have missing audio files (will they add them in future updates?)

The comprehensiveness and grammar-focus makes it useful for beginners and intermediates a like. We’d recommend everyone learning Vietnamese to start here, after they have exhausted the funner, playful apps.


  • Includes grammar lessons
  • Very comprehensive with diverse phrases
  • Well-articulated phrases & quality audio
  • Northern Vietnamese Dialect


  • A lot of annoying pop-up video ads (3 seconds to exit)
  • No quizzes or interactive learning
  • No gamefication
  • Missing audio for some of the words/phrases
  • No “turtle mode” to slow down pronunciation

Simply Learn Vietnamese [Android, iOS] – For Beginners, with Quizzes and Flashcards

Simply Learn Vietnamese mobile app - rated 2.5 stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

By Simya Solutions

Available on Android and iOS

Freeium – premium unlocks more phrases

Useful for: Beginners

Demo of Simply Learn Vietnamese app for android and ios, with flashcards and quizzes to learn Vietnamese language.
Quizzes, flash cards, and a variety of levels in “Simply Learn VIetnamese” app for Android/iOS

Simply Learn Vietnamese emphasizes essential phrases. It has three core learning modules: i) a giant categorized list of phrases; ii) quizzes; and iii) flash-cards. That’s it!

Given that it is free, with no registration and no/few annoying ads, it is a solid app that everyone should use and exhaust before trying more expensive apps.

It doesn’t have gamefication features or multimedia learning (except for the quizzes and flashcards) and doesn’t delve into complex topics like grammar or Vietnamese tones [link]. Therefore, it is just a supplement to other more-formal learning materials.

It purports to have 4 levels from Beginner to Expat, but you would definitely need to use other learning materials to actually learn an expert level.


  • Has quizzes and flashcards
  • Quality audio recordings
  • Northern Vietnamese accent
  • No need for registration to use
  • No/few annoying ads


  • No gamefication or interactive learning (except for quizzes and flashcards)
  • No multimedia learning
  • Freemium only has 11 categories (premium has 16 more)
  • No grammar, tones, consonants, etc

Tobo: Learn Vietnamese Vocabulary [Android, iOS]

Tobo Learn VIetnamese Vocabulary App for beginners and intermediates Vietnamese learners

Rating: 2 out of 5.

By Egemen Can Uze

Available on Android and iOS

Free (ad supported); premium unlock all phrases

Useful for: Beginners and intermediates

Tobo Learn VIetnamese - app demo for Android and iOS
Points system to unlock new conversations and quizes; flashcards to learn

The “Learn Vietnamese Vocabulary” (on Android) or “Tobo: Learn Vietnamese Words” (on iOS) emphasizes building a vocabulary. It has one particular feature to encourage learning: “Earn points by learning and practicing, then unlock phrases and word lists.” This means it has an structured-learning pathway to step-through audio flashcards, followed by quizzes and phrases. This is a useful learning-hack to help you feel like you are progressing, and follows the “repeat three-times” mnemonic rule to help you learn.

The learning-pathway progresses through themes like “Doctor, Hotel, Human body, Travel, Flirty”. It is fairly comprehensive.

Tobo App lacks basic learning features like grammar and intonation — instead, it focuses on building a useful vocabulary. Therefore, it is just a supplement to other learning materials with more formal lessons.

Unfortunately, the worse aspect of the app is the poor audio quality: this knocks it down to 2 star, despite its good overall design and being effective at what it sets out to do (build a useful vocabulary).


  • Audio flashcards and quizzes
  • Structured learning pathway (points-system)
  • Great way to build vocabulary
  • Northern Vietnamese Accent
  • No need for registration to use


  • Low-quality audio
  • Occassional pop-up video ads
  • Few modules for interactive learning
  • Little emphasis on grammar, intonation

Learn Vietnamese Free [Android, iOS] – The App for “Word of the Hour”

Learn VIetnamese Free - an app that gives you hourly "word of the hour" notifications

Rating: 3 out of 5.

By Innovation Labs

Available on Android and iOS

Free (ad supported)

Useful for: Beginner

Learn Vietnamese App for android and iOS - demo, witih hourly notifications
The “Word of the Hour” notification is a great feature to help build your Vietnamese vocabulary with hourly reminders.

The focus of the app “Learn VIetnamese Free” is vocabulary — not phrases nor grammar. What differentiates this app from others is its hourly pop-up notification that provides a “word of the hour” — we maintain a “Word of the Day” blog, so we love this hourly pop-up to help build and reinforce our Vietnamese vocabulary.

We’d give it more stars, except for the annoying video ads. Otherwise, the app is just a big categorized dictionary with audio. No gamefication, no quizzes or flashcards. Unverified: the paid-version seems to have it more features like flash-cards.

This is the only app on this list that dedicates some learning to the different Vietnamese letters.


  • Helpful notifications to build vocabulary
  • Good audio
  • Northern Vietnamese dialect
  • Alphabet learning


  • A lot of pop-up video ads
  • Free version lacks gamefication, quizzes, flashcards
  • No multimedia interactivity
  • Only focused on vocabulary (no phrases, grammar, etc.)

Easy Vietnamese [Android] – A Giant List of Advanced Expressions

logo of app "Easy Vietnamese" to build vocabulary

Rating: 2 out of 5.

By Technology for Early Education

Available on Android

Freeium (ad supported)

Level: intermedate or advanced

Demo of Easy Vietnamese Android App to learn Vietnamese
Easy Vietnamese Android App to learn Vietnamese

Easy Vietnamese is a funny app — it is basically a giant list of obscure phrases organized into functional-themes (such as meals, shopping, banks), plus accompanying audio to listen to the phrases’ pronunciation.

While it lacks interactivity, it has an enormous breadth of funny expressions. For example, “Wise guy eh?“, or “Add fuel to the fire?” making it suitable for intermediate or advanced learners, but perhaps silly for beginners.

If you have a Vietnamese friend or tutor, you can use these weird phrases to kick-off fun conversations about the appropriateness of these expression or how out-of-date they are. Beginners will probably want to steer clear of the app.


  • Giant list of obscure and common phrases
  • Audio with all content
  • Turtle-mode to slow down audio
  • Northern Vietnamese Dialect


  • Non-interactive (no quizzes, games, etc)
  • Freemium model – pay to unlock specialized content
  • Layout doesn’t facilitate learning

VietStories [Android] – Dialogues in Vietnamese

VietStories is an android app to learn vietnamese through dialogues and conversations

Rating: 2 out of 5.

By hedhyw

Available on Android


Useful for: Intermediates

Demo of android app - learn vietnamese through dialogues and conversations
VietStories has long interesting dialogues in Vietnamese

The VietStories app for Android just features on thing: long conversations between two Vietanese speakers. This is suprisingly effective!

So far, there are only 5 dialogues, which makes the app very limited.

If they continue to add more dialogues, then this would be a must-have app to learn Vietnamese, especially for travellers to Souther Vietnam (it has the Southern dialect).

But until then, it is just too limited to be very useful, except as a one-time supplement to other learning materials.


  • Good learning method – conversations
  • Good audio
  • Free, no annoying ads


  • Aside from the dialogues, no interactivity or gamefication
  • No quizzes
  • Southern Vietanmese dialect
  • Very limited content

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    1. Well it really depends on where you spend more of your time. But, in our opinion, it is better to learn the Northern dialect first (more national, more tones) and then switch to the South if that is where you spend more of your time. Doing the reverse is more difficult.

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