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In the last chapter, we went over the best YouTube channels to help you learn English. Now, we share the top English apps that are on the market today.
Let’s face it: we, as a society, are using our cell phones more than ever. Those 10 minutes here and there while we check our email and Facebook page add up to hours lost each day. Use your phone to your advantage as you’re learning English by spending some of that time brushing up on your grammar, vocab, and speaking skills. There are countless apps out there to help you do just that, but only the best have made it to our list.
Duolingo is one of the most popular language learning apps out there, especially for learning English. It’s perfect for beginners looking to dip their feet into the pool of a new foreign language. Their gamified approach to learning makes it fun to learn vocabulary, grammar, and basic words. As far as English apps go, this one can’t be beat!
The free version of Busuu will give you access to flashcards and corrections from native speakers, but their paid plans give you access to learning plans in 12 languages, grammar exercises, quizzes, and speaking practice.
Memrise is one of the leading platforms for memorization. It’s mainly focused on language learning, and is a must if you’re looking to improve your vocabulary. Memrise has an offline mode, so you can even use it when you don’t have WiFi.
Babbel is a great tool that focuses on vocabulary and memorization. It allows users to set goals and monitor progress as they go. It’s inexpensive and can be done in 10 minute increments, making it the perfect accompaniment to your coffee break!
Anki has been around for awhile and it’s an electronic flashcard that makes it easy for you to remember phrases and words in a foreign language. It’s actually a multi-purpose tool as you can apply the same memorization techniques when studying for exams, memorizing faces or names, or playing an instrument!
Google translate is the go-to resource for translating basic words and phrases. It may not be perfect, but it’s close, and they’re constantly improving their translation algorithms.
Bab.la is your go-to when you need an online dictionary, and they offer translations in 28 languages! They also have games, quizzes, and a section for verb conjugations.
Not only does Speaking Pal have hundreds of videos and fun quizzes you take, but it uses voice recognition from your phone to instantly correct your pronunciation! A must try for tech savvy people learning English.
There you have it! If you’re learning English, make a point to check out some of these English apps to improve your skills and learn when it’s convenient for you. Or, continue on to Chapter 7: Most Common English Words.
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