Learn Spanish - Brainscape Education App Review (iOS, $19.99)

  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Brainscape
  • Updated: May, 25 2011
  • Version: 2.20131219
  • Size: 116.95 MB

Languages: English, French, German, Chinese, Spanish

Seller: Bold Learning Solutions, Inc.

-64-bit support for iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad Mini w/ Retina Display
-Design changes
-Improved Performance
-Bug Fixes

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
41 Ratings
All Versions:
1083 Ratings


Did you know that you may be wasting a huge portion of your time learning Spanish due to inefficient learning methods? Let me tell you how you can learn FASTER.

It’s all about a new technique called Intelligent Cumulative Exposure. As much as we’d like to think that we can improve our Spanish by watching movies or just being dumped in the right country, our brains are proven to best absorb new language concepts one-at-a-time, in small increments. And I don’t mean just learning word lists one-at-a-time. I mean building your actual sentence-forming skills from the ground up.

Intelligent Cumulative Exposure (ICE) is the system of introducing concepts incrementally, at gradually increasing difficulty, in the context of REAL sentences, while repeating the tough concepts in the right intervals of time based on YOUR confidence levels. ICE is also a method that explains grammatical nuances in PLAIN ENGLISH rather than hoping you just “figure them out” through immersion.

There's no reason you should be hearing totally unfamiliar strings of jibberish fly in one ear and out the other. You should be building yourself up by scaffolding one concept at a time.

The problem is that there are currently NO apps on iTunes that apply the simple ICE method. Creating a comprehensive curriculum based on Intelligent Cumulative Exposure takes WORK, and most app developers are more concerned with flashy software than with actual learning sciences.


Brainscape’s learning scientists from Columbia and Yale Universities have spent the past TWO YEARS developing a complete, scientifically optimized Spanish curriculum tailored specifically for the mobile environment. In the process, we have created the first web and iPhone app based around Intelligent Cumulative Exposure. Check out our 40-page white paper on our website, explaining the cognitive science behind why this works.

With Brainscape's Learn Spanish, you get:

· A carefully tailored curriculum that builds on previous concepts and guides you from beginner to conversational at your own pace
· The equivalent of TWO YEARS' WORTH of high school Spanish classes
· Over 6,000 AUDIO flashcards for the most common Spanish words, phrases, and sentence constructions, including a BONUS section on Business Spanish
· Simple explanations for key grammatical concepts and the most common verb conjugations
· Convenient “browse” and “search” functions that allow you to easily find cards you want
· Ongoing feedback, statistics, and visualization tools to help you track your progress
· A network of thousands of other learners who support each other’s learning every day

We look forward to working with you over the months and years to come. You’ll be glad you joined the Brainscape community.

Customer Reviews

  • Smart, simple, elegant

    by chupacabro

    Love it so far. Will review again in six months.

  • VERY helpful

    by PuzzieNewb

    I'm using this app to supplement live classroom training while living fully-immersed in my host country. It is a proven and indispensable tool.

  • Awesome

    by Cheezmo1275

    Self-paced and very in depth. Thanks!

  • Easy learning

    by Who an

    A good App

  • Great app

    by Aureli101

    I use this all the time in those down moments of the day. It has noticeable helped my retention.

  • Great App!!!

    by Michael Murphy

    Hands down, this app leaves the other language learning programs in the dust!

  • Very Helpful

    by LeAnn Stowell

    I am comprehending & retaining more by using the exercises in this app. Love it!

  • Great!

    by Isaac1315

    Thank you

  • Great app

    by JackNicas

    It doesn't require sound or speaking like other Spanish-learning apps, which makes it great for the subway. Great for learning vocabulary.

  • Easy to use

    by Flansie

    You can either sit down and study large segments, or just do short bits on the run to get in your practice.

  • Great app. Makes learning Spanish easy.

    by Ramon leal

    Makes learning a new language faster than you can choke a chicken.

  • ¡El major!

    by Chocsmom

    Makes my brain happy!

  • Excellent

    by DOCCMAC

    Fantastic app! The best I've found.

  • So far, so good

    by William Stejskal

    Having studied Spanish in high school and college 4 decades ago, but then neglected the language almost entirely, the exercises here (especially Sentence Builder) are proving to be very effective at reanimating old, neglected neural circuits.


    by Mmnvf

    Great app!! I'm using it for prior knowledge for when I take Spanish next year.

  • Great App!

    by Suzie Quzie 007

    This is a really great way to learn and reinforce your Spanish. It is incredibly thorough and it has sound, so you can listen to a native speaker say the words or sentences. A+!

  • Good But...

    by Uctchbbfhdb

    This is a great app for learning spanish, but ever since the newest update it stopped working on my iPhone 4 (IOS 7).

  • Best Language App For Spanish

    by islandmissionary

    I love this app! I am currently living in Spain to study Spanish. This app is the best thing I have used outside the classroom to enhance and reinforce what I am learning. It is easy to use and the method is very effective.

  • wow!!

    by gehpsh

    this app far exceeded my expectations. very effective and practical. love it.

  • Amazing

    by Shnozzleberry

    Best way to learn spanish bar none!

  • It doesn't work on iOS 7!

    by Bingjingxu

    I bought this app couple weeks ago. I paid 20 bucks and I never can open it AT ALL on my iPhone 4 (iOS 7). I tried to send email to the company and hope they can help me with it, they never send anything back. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS APP

  • Crashes constantly

    by TCH4

    Worked for a couple hours now it crashes immediately upon opening. Went to App Support and it opens Facebook. There isn't any support that I can find. For 20 bucks, I'd think the bugs would be worked out.

  • Crush!!!

    by Jijyu

    It was great and very helpful before I update it, but now it's junk!! Crushes every time!!!!!pls do fix the bug with iOS 7!!!!

  • No longer works on iPhone 4

    by 0780cj

    Loved it until it stopped working on my iPhone 4.

  • Well worth the money

    by jermknh

    I've bought at least a dozen spanish learning apps,books and audio lessons. This is my favorite. I have the brainscape verbs app, vocabulary and sentence builder. Sentence builder is my favorite!! Highly recommend

  • Es una buena App

    by 90sBig

    I love that the cards get repeated based on my familiarity with the word. Brainscape puts out the best flash card apps I have ever used.

  • Fantastic App

    by Creeves87

    I'm surprised no one has left a review before. I use this app before I travel to Latin American countries and it is amazing the amount of information it gives. A+ Job on the app!

  • GREAT!!!

    by Jappeaman

    Great!!!!!!! When will there be a complete Italian app?

  • Wonderful

    by Loopdalu

    Best language learning app ever!

  • Ok

    by Tg108

    Great, but couldn't get sound to work consistently...don't know why

  • It is just a set of very expensive flash cards

    by Genjie

    You have no ability to speak or type in answers. The level is very basic. I would recommend quizlet for flashcards or duolingo for speaking and writing sentences

  • Great App

    by Seymor buts

    I have really enjoyed this App. My favorite section is the Sentence builder. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is the playback (the voice the pronounces words correctly when you push the play button) stopped working after a few uses. So I can still use the App, but some times I don't know what the actual pronunciation is. I did take Spanish in college, so I am not completely lost.

  • Fabulous

    by Tehduckay

    Great way to freshen up on my Spanish!

  • Great for review and learn

    by Veg peace

    Easy to operate. Brain is able to recall words or sentences by the programs placement of the words. Screen shows a word or statement in Spanish, you are to figure out the meaning. Tap the answer display button to reveal the correct answer. It is like having someone quiz you with flash cards. Don't know a word, rate it from 1-5. Five means you know it perfectly and one means you don't know it at all. The program will then repeat the words you do not know while introducing you to new ones. Nice program. Highly recommend it.

  • Fastest way I've found to learn Spanish

    by shocker10

    My Spanish has improved dramatically in just a couple of months. An hour a day with Brainscape does wonders.

  • I love it

    by 123islostonme

    I really feel like I have a chance at success with this app! It is so user friendly and it goes at the pace I set for myself. Great app!

  • Best Spanish learning app I've used

    by jbauer22

    This is the best Spanish learning app I've used. I highly recommend for anyone serious about becoming fluent in Spanish.

  • Finally sticking

    by Shortgrl

    I have tried to teach myself Spanish on the computer multiple times. I downloaded this app just to see if maybe it really did have a different approach and for once in my life I think it might be sticking! I'm finally able to put together sentences without struggling so much. I'm inspired to keep practicing for sure.

  • Good for review

    by Braindrane

    I like this app. I already know a decent amount of Spanish though and I take classes. This is really good for review but I wouldn't use it to learn.

  • Brainscape

    by Mija's Mex

    I like this better than Rosetta Stone. It's more convenient and you can repeat things right away.

  • Very nice!

    by OlrikV


  • Great!

    by Dandylyon

    This is a great app for earning and/or brushing up on Spanish. My only small gripe is that I would like to be able to shut off the vosotros form, as I have no plans to use Spanish in Spain.

  • Student

    by Johnboy3049

    Rosetta can keep her stone. This app is freakin awesome!!!

  • Great app

    by buddhaofdisco

    Pros: This app has a great study method. It builds and builds until you have a solid base. The verb conjugation and sentence builder sections are quite helpful. I feel like I've learned a lot just owning the app for about a week. Hundreds of cards in the sentence builder section and many in the verb section have pronunciation to go with them, which is very helpful. I bought the separate Spanish verbs app and found it so useful that I downloaded the full Spanish app when I saw it on sale. Cons: Creating new flashcards on their website is not intuitive or very easy. That said, there's enough material in this app to keep me learning Spanish for months. Also, I've seen complaints in these reviews about how much space the app takes up. It's 112 mb. Given that I have audio albums that take up that much file space, I don't think that's really a drawback, particularly given the usefulness of this app.

  • ¡I like! ¡You are Fun!

    by Ckrohnc

    It feels like play as it pushes you to remember and use what you've just been shown. Painless, joyful learning with a lovely teacher's voice.

  • Fantastic !

    by CJanssen17

    Awesome! Best language app ever!

  • Awesome

    by SyraKale

    I started my first year of Spanish this year after two years of French. My teacher never speaks English, something new to me, and I'm constantly trying to keep up and answer questions. This app has helped me so much in class. Definitely five stars

  • Awesome!

    by Proudmomma07

    I've been dying to learn Spanish and I've noticed that not knowing it really holds me back from getting some really good jobs. I was wanting to take some classes in my local college to learn but looks like I can do it all at home while drinking coffee ;)

  • Good, but a memory hog

    by word nerd 1

    The app presents a good set of flashcards in a logical, pedagogically-oriented order, but there is no audio or video flashiness to it. Mind you, I'm not complaining about that, but then why is this app 112 MB?

  • Very helpful

    by FluffPuff100

    Learning Spanish in school and this is looking great for me so far.

  • View More


Top Education Apps

Loading More Awesome Apps...