One of the best educational apps of the year - Apple (iTunes Rewind)
MindSnacks has come out with a series of fantastic language learning apps that cover every major language. Learn Italian by MindSnacks is a great app for anyone trying to learn Italian. The layout of this app, and in fact all the MindSnack apps, is perfect.
The app starts you off by establishing how much you already know of the language and gets you rolling from there. Through each level there is a review section where you can study the words that will be covered in the games on that level. In order to move on to the next level, you must master each word in the level you are on. In addition, while playing the games on each level you will receive challenges. Once the challenge is completed, the app unlocks other exciting games and quizzes! The cool thing about this app is that it will not allow you to go on to the next level without making absolutely sure you know the basic words covered in the level you are on. This ensures you don't get in over your head, or confused by going on without knowing the simpler words of the language first, and you can go back and review the prior lessons.
The free dowload gives you one game, to get a taste for the app. You can then go on to download the addition games. There are nine in all and a total of 50 lessons for 4.99, which add up to 40+ game hourrs in all. During game play, you will learn over 1000 words and phrases.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.