5 great apps for learning English

5 great apps for learning English

We found five interactive apps that will help you say farewell to all of your biggest problems with the English language

Many students find learning English to be a painstaking process. Even students who achieve high scores on English language tests have trouble expressing their thoughts during conversations with a native speaker. These five interactive apps are here to help you to say farewell to Mute English, and master the art of applying them in real life!


Fun Dubbing
Fun Dubbing is a line-by-line, “repeat-after-me” voice-over app that allows you to mimic characters from Hollywood movies, viral videos, etc. This app is always at the disposal of any smart device owner, and gives you a quick boost whenever you need help with the basics such as pronunciation and intonation. More importantly, additional long-term benefits of doing voice-overs include mastering the practical use of new vocabulary, as well as getting accustomed to the nuances and variances of the language, such as accents from different parts of the world.

Available: iOS/Android - Free


Voxy
Designed to accommodate a variety of interests and needs of all English language learners, Voxy stands out as an app that allows you to not only understand everyday English conversations, but also gain a wide knowledge of terminologies, specific to the theme-based articles. Moreover, there are numerous activities in each article, such as Read Out, Hear Me Out, Spellbreaker, etc, Regardless of whether you’re a visual or auditory learner, this app will stimulate all your senses and increase your brainpower to learn the language!

Available: iOS/Android - Free

Includes in-app purchases


English Idioms Illustrated
That was an once in a blue moon experience… Woah, what’s a blue moon? Okay, okay, I won’t beat around the bush. It’s an idiom describing something that happens rarely. It’s quite frustrating isn’t it, when you recognize every single word but become clueless as soon as they are all put together? Worry not, despite that grasping the figurative meaning of idioms can be quite difficult, this app is here to help you memorize them using pictures. More importantly, it also shows you the origins of these idioms including folk stories, cultural habits/customs, which will be of great help when trying to blend in and become a part of the English-speaking cultures.

Available: iOS - Free


Babbel
Systematic and practical, Babbel is a great app for strengthening your oral and reading comprehension skills. Under each unit, there are around 10-20 mini lessons that are build on top of one another, creating a comprehensive platform to master the essential vocabulary needed in real-life scenarios. Moreover, key expressions are listed below each reading passage, and users are asked to first listen to an audio file, and then translate it into their native language, as well as fill in the banks. This is a great stepping stone during the preparation for standardized tests like TOEFL or IELTS.

Available: iOS/Android - Free

Includes in-app purchases


Quizlet
One of the greatest apps to gain new vocabulary, Quizlet redefines the supposedly boring and tedious process of memorizing words. Don’t be fooled by its flashcardish façade—there’s so much more to Quizlet than what meets the eye. Try exploring learn mode first, and you’ll find that spelling the words with accuracy and precision will no longer be an issue. For instance, if you misspell something, Quizlet will not only give you the right spelling, but actually correct it by crossing out the extra letters, or putting them into the right place so you can see clearly the order of the letters. With virtually almost every existing language to choose from, Quizlet users can also benefit from the non-robotic pronunciations. Additionally, learning progress can be easily tracked by test mode, which automatically generates a full-length test to ensure that you fully understand each word.

Available: iOS/Android - Free

Includes in-app purchases

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Good apps for bad English

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