These days, there are no excuses for not improving your English a little bit every day.
That’s because you don’t have to wait until you’re in a classroom or at your desk with a big pile of textbooks to practise your language skills. There are hundreds of great English learning apps that you can download to your phone, often for free.
Many of these are set up to help you learn or revise in small chunks, too. That means you can use any small amounts of free time you have to work on your English skills, whether that’s during your lunch break, while you’re waiting for the bus, on the train to work or even just waiting for the kettle to boil for a cup of tea!
To get you started, here are five fantastic apps that you can download for free.
This app was created by the British Council, which is one of the most trusted and respected organisations for teaching English in the world. It’s an interactive app that you can use to practise and improve your accuracy in English grammar.
The app covers 12 different grammar topics, with 20 activities to complete in each one. There are thousands of questions to work through, ranging from Beginner to Advanced. This means it’s really easy to practise for a few minutes each day, even when you’re really busy.
This is a great app for learning English because it feels like you are playing a game! You start with simple vocabulary and gradually work up to more complicated sentences, getting more points at each level. The idea is to improve your language skills with just five minutes of practise each day. Best of all, unlike many other language-learning apps, you can even practise speaking using the record feature in the app.
Memrise is designed to improve your vocabulary by giving you lots of fun ways to learn and remember new words. It also helps you to understand how to use these words correctly in a sentence, in order to build your confidence. The great thing about this app is that it has an offline mode, meaning that you can keep practising even when you don’t have an internet connection.
This isn’t actually a language learning app but it’s an excellent tool to help you learn. Evernote allows you to save and organise notes, files, photos, links, sound clips and any other types media or content really easily. This means that every time you see a useful website or interesting article, you can note it down and store it in a language resources folder with just a few clips.
You can also take photos of things like signs, quotes, newspaper headlines, titles of books and films, or items on a menu that are written in English to remind you to check their meaning later. When you learn a new word, you can quickly record yourself or a native English speaker saying it correctly, so that you can play it back and check your pronunciation later on. It’s an amazing way to store information so that you don’t forget what you’ve learned!
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