Apps for Learning English

Why should we encourage our students to use Apps for Learning English?

  • Mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets allow our students to learn English anywhere at any time.
  • Students like using their mobile phones while they may not feel like using their books so much.

Here are some Apps I like:

Duolingo

Learn English with the course English for Spanish Speakers — It’s fast, fun and free.

Practice speaking, reading, listening and writing. Play a game, answer questions and complete lessons to improve your vocabulary and grammar. Start with basic verbs, phrases, and sentences, and learn new words daily.

Duolingo is also a good way to learn to read, listen, write and speak Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, Russian, Ukrainian, Esperanto, Polish or Turkish.

Mosaic 1 & 2

Mosaic is a four-level English course for Secondary School students with a fresh approach to learning English. The Mosaic VocApp provides a fun and flexible way to help students learn the key vocabulary items presented in the Student’s Books’ units. Download it FOR FREE and learn English anytime, anywhere.

The VocApp features:

- Pronunciations and example sentences for all words and expressions.

- A choice of Spanish, Catalan, Basque or Galician translations.

- Two types of quiz to test your knowledge – multiple choice and gap fill.

- Top scores and Favourites so that you can keep track of your progress and revisit difficult items.

- A user-friendly interface.

Mosaic 3 & 4

Mosaic is a four-level English course aimed at Secondary School students with a fresh approach to learning English. The Mosaic VocApp provides a fun and flexible way to help students learn the key vocabulary items presented in the Student’s Books’ units. Download it FOR FREE and learn English anytime, anywhere.

The VocApp features:

- Pronunciations and example sentences for all words and expressions.

- A choice of Spanish, Catalan, Basque or Galician translations.

- Two types of quiz to test your knowledge – multiple choice and gap fill.

- Workbook audio for Level 4.

- Top scores and Favourites so that you can keep track of your progress and revisit difficult items.

- A user-friendly interface.

Key to Bachillerato VocApp

Key to Bachillerato is a two-level course conceived with the specific needs of Bachillerato students in mind. The VocApp provides a fun and flexible way to help students learn the key vocabulary items presented in the units of each of the Student's Books. Download it FOR FREE and learn English anytime, anywhere.

The VocApp features:

- a choice of Spanish, Catalan, Basque or Galician translations

- audio for each item to promote correct pronunciation

- two types of quiz that enable you to test your knowledge

- Top scores and Favourites so that you can keep track of your progress and revisit difficult items

- a user-friendly interface

English Phrasal Verbs

This application will help you learn most useful and commonly used English phrasal verbs. 

Simply start the training and some verbs will be selected for you. For each definition or sentence you will have to match the correct phrasal verb. The verbs which are hard for you will appear more often than verbs which are easy for you. After few repetitions you will correctly recognize even the hardest verbs. Each phrasal verb is supplied with a definition, synonyms and examples of correct use, so this trainer not only will help you to memorize the verbs, but also to better understand their meaning.

⚑ Currently there are about 500 phrasal verbs in our database, but it will keep growing and improving.

:: FEATURES

★ Monolingual learner's dictionary approach to learning

The meanings of the verbs are described in English and supplied with examples of correct use. Such a way of learning English vocabulary is recommended by many teachers and experts.

★ Spaced repetition algorithm

Presents the verbs for repetition at appropriate time intervals, so you will memorize them more easily.

 

★ Browsing the verbs and tracking your progress 

At any time you can browse and study the verbs and you can select or disable any verb you want. Clear and nice graphs will show your progress.

★ Theory inside 

The application includes explanation of phrasal verbs — what they are and how to use them.

✔ Works offline — you can learn anywhere (once the database is downloaded)

✔ No special permission requirements — uses network only for Google Services and our database

✔ Game Services — share your scores, compete with others and win an ad-free premium

✔ Synchronization — sync your learning progress between all your Android devices or between re-installs on the same device

✔ Database auto sync — the application is synced with our database and there's no need to update the app when some verbs are updated or added

⚑ The application is free, although it is supported by ads. 

TED

TED's official Android app presents talks from some of the world's most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, and music legends. 

Dictionary

Free English dictionary app for Android —with over 2,000,000 definitions and synonyms from Dictionary.com & Thesaurus.com! OFFLINE access is now available! 

Diccionario WordReference

Online bilingual dictionary with Language Forums. WordReference requires internet connection.

The WordReference language forum is the largest repository of knowledge and advice about the English language, as well as a number of other languages. If you have a question about language usage, first search the hundreds of thousands of previous questions. If you still are unsure, then you can ask the question yourself. Native speakers from around the world will be happy to assist you.

Diccionario Bravolol

The best bilingual dictionary with a huge number of entries and the fastest search engine.
✔ More than 120,000 words with meaning and pronunciation
✔ No Internet connection required to search for words
✔ Online access to search history
✔ Spelling suggestions
✔ Share via Facebook and Twitter

Reverso Traductor Diccionario

The best way to translate words and expressions. Contains millions of real-life examples and a powerful search engine. Includes pronunciation, phrasebook and more. Effective and educational. Free and already available in 10 languages.

Reverso Context provides you relevant translations and examples in context for virtually any word or expression.

Instant translation in 10 languages: Spanish, French, Italian, English, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Arabic, Russian and Hebrew

Examples of use in context (original text and translated text, with searched term and its translations highlighted)

Natural pronunciation of complete example sentences.

6 minute English Listening

Recordings from BBC Learning Inglés website. You can download and listen to English news offline.

- 5 categories: 6 Minute Inglés, Inglés At Work, Express Inglés, Words in the news and The English we speak.

- Transcription supported.

- Vocabulary and notes supported.

- Easy Download to listen when necessary.

TwoMinute English

Improve your spoken English rapidly with the help of hundreds of quick video English lessons from twominenglish.com. This app brings you all the lessons from Two Minute English to your mobile so that you can view them anytime anywhere.

Lesson categories help you master all aspects of the language including practicing in situations, grammar, idioms, phrasal verbs, confusing phrases and words, and much-much more.

Speak English Daily

Speak English Daily is is helpful app for learning to speak English. The program contains lessons that give special attention to English pronunciation and everyday language. With over 100 lessons based on a real world conversation. And Most Common English Phrases, Words with more than 4000 audio file.

VOA Learning English ensider

VOA Pod ensider is a application to subscribe and study the podcast contents provided from VOA Learning English 

VoA Mobile Wordbook

Voice of America's Mobile Wordbook includes the 1510 Words used by Voice of America's Special English. Every word has an audio definition, including usage, a sample dialogue and example sentences allowing users to hear the correct pronunciation.

Busuu

Learn English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Turkish or Chinese in a fun and easy way and practice with a community of over 40 million native speakers. Stay motivated by setting a goal and following your progress!
One of PC Magazine "
Best Free Language Learning Apps" in 2013.

 

LearnEnglish Grammar (UK Edition) or LearnEnglish Grammar (US Edition)

Practise sample questions at the Elementary and Intermediate level. Download more questions at Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Each set of questions covers 12 grammar topics, with over 20 activities per topic.

Answer over 1000 practice questions across 10 unique activity types, including fill-in-the-blanks, reordering words and labelling, to achieve better grammar accuracy.
Drag and drop answers and rearrange words for a fun way of learning. Each question uses text, images and audio to keep things interesting. Test yourself at the end of every level to check your understanding.

MyWordBook 2

Learn the most important words in the English language through sets of interactive flashcards. Each flashcard contains pictures, sounds, example sentences, translations and notes to help you remember. All word data comes from Cambridge University Press' learner dictionaries.

Johnny Grammar Word Challenge

Beat the clock and answer a lot of questions about spelling, vocabulary and grammar in a 60 seconds questionnaire! 

Johnny Grammar's Word Challenge is a competition for students to review the English vocabulary, spelling and grammar that appears daily in English. 

Key Features: 

* 3 levels - Easy, Medium and Hard 

* 3 categories of quizzes - Words, Grammar and Spelling 

* 10 common topics - Food & Restaurants, Travel, Small talks, Hobbies, etc...

LearnEnglish Audio and Video

In LearnEnglish Audio & Video, you'll find the best podcasts and videos offered on the LearnEnglish website - plus extra features that are only available in the app to help improve your English listening skills.

Listen to the podcasts and watch the videos and read the highlighted audioscript or enter full screen video mode in landscape orientation. Switch easily between comprehension questions, the tapescript and glossary.

LearnEnglish Elementary Podcasts

LearnEnglish Elementary app is a series of English learning podcasts that you can download directly onto your mobile phone to practise your English on the go.

Each show, with the dynamic duo of Tess and Ravi, is 20 minutes long and comes with questions aimed at Elementary learners of English, which you can try and answer while listening to the podcast. The tapescript also moves in time with the audio to aid listening.

VOA English Lessons via Video

You can use English Lessons to watch online video lessons with subtitles provided on VOA.

Watch all online videos on VOA website.
360 video lessons are already added to app.
News classified by categories.

VOA ESL Daily English

This is an application for beginner to intermediate or advanced English learners.
Translate the description of each episode to your language.

Download and listen to the mp3 of each episode.

VOA Learn American English

English News videos which are prepared specially by VOA (Voice Of America), You can easily improve your English listening skills with them. In these videos, you can find the latest news understandable and also announcers speaking at a slower than usual speed. Furthermore, each video includes English subtitles, thus you can learn words that you do not know how to pronounce easily. 

engVid Learn English for free

Learn English for free with 575 video lessons by experienced native-speaker teachers. New classes are added three times a week, covering grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, TOEFL, and more.

English Vocabulary Videos

This is an application for learning vocabulary English on YouTube: more than 13,000 videos and 500 playlists which are classified orderly for common topics.

ESL Daily English

All you have to do is download an episode and listen to it anytime and anywhere you like. You can visit the podcast’s website to download new episodes every time you have finished an episode.

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an advanced English learner; there are podcast episodes that you can download depending on your level.

Learning English by videos

Learn English on YouTube: more than 13,000 videos and 500 playlists which are classified in common topics.

qUEstionsPAU

The European University (EU) presents Questions PAU, The funniest way to prepare your University Entrance Exam. A game of questions and answers developed by 2nd year teachers, like a Trivial quiz where you can challenge your friends and train for the PAU.