Take your listening skills to the next level with the Smart Repeat app

I just came across an app for listening to foreign language audio which is so cool that I just had to share it.

I listen to a lot of audio when I'm learning a new language, and there are always bits of a dialogue that are difficult to break down.

Picture the scene…

You're listening to a dialogue of some kind on your smartphone (perhaps Conversations) and there is one bit that you just can't get.

It's just a bit too fast.

It's only 2 or 3 seconds, but you sit there moving the scroll bar back and forth on that tiny screen, usually overshooting the mark by about 20 seconds, and just sitting there waiting for the bit you want to hear to come round again.

You lose concentration, forget to listen to it, and you have to do it all over again.

Not any more.

This little app deals with just this problem. It's so simple that a screenshot alone tells the story (click to enlarge):

smart repeat audio app foreign language listening

How cool is that? 🙂

The app is called Smart Repeat and is available for Android in the Google Play store. There's a free version, and a paid version. The free version contains ads, and the paid version doesn't. For $2.49, I'm happy to pay to get the ad-free experience!

iPhone users…

Sorry, it's not available for iOS, but there is a similar app called Speater, or SpeaterLite for the free version (thanks to Kevin for the tip!).

Update 2018:  I now use Speater myself on my iPhone, and it's one of the few apps I use religiously every day.

Hopefully your listening experience will be a little less painful from now on!


Please share this post with anyone you know who's learning a foreign language!

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