First of all I should apologise for an Apple-centric post, but as an iPhone owner I’m very familiar with what iPad or iPhone apps are available to help with learning Polish, and much less familiar with Android apps. However, I’ll be sure to do my research and post something for Android users at a later date.
These opinions are my own, and I don’t receive any commissions for linking to these apps.
The Collins Polish Dictionary sits firmly on my home screen and is probably the most-used app on my iPhone. It's quite pricey compared to lots of other dictionary apps, but the quality and stability of this app more than justifies the price. You can quickly look up words Polish to English or English to Polish, and you'll often find not only a translation, but useful, short phrases in which that word is used. You can also add words to your Favourites to review later, and even test yourself on your favourite words using flashcards. This app is highly recommended for anyone learning Polish at any level.
Educards is a little more inexpensive and doesn't feel quite as polished as the Collins app, but it is useful and ideal for beginners. It's not a dictionary, but a set of flashcards, sorted in categories, representing the 1000 most frequently used words in Polish. You can easily test yourself over and over and give yourself a solid foundation of words to work with.
DoYouKnowPolska? is the iPhone app version of the fun colloquial vocabulary website that I've talked a bit more about in a previous post. With more style than substance, it's more a bit of fun than a serious learning tool, but that's essential once in a while to liven up the learning process! And it can't hurt to learn a few slang terms to impress Polish friends.
Lire isn't exactly a language learning app, but you can certainly use it as one. It's a solid RSS reader, which you can use to automatically download posts from your favourite blogs (including this one!) and read them all in one place. There are a lot of blogs out there about the Polish language and Polish culture, some of which I'll definitely be blogging about later, but with a bit of Googling, you'll quickly find a lot of content to read in lire and improve your knowledge of Polish.
I'm sure there are many news apps which I haven't yet seen, but this is the best I've come across so far. Polish Express is a Polish-language UK-based newspaper. Reading articles in this app certainly requires more than a basic knowledge of Polish, but I think it's never too early to challenge yourself and see how much you can understand!
I hope the above is useful, but I’m sure there are lots of great apps I’ve missed. I intend to build on this post with readers’ suggestions, so feel free to comment below or tweet us @SpeakPolishBlog.