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six free mobile apps for learning English

One of the keys to improving your English language skills is regular practice and contact with the language. Using mobile apps to learn English can help you develop your on-the-go skills while saving time and money. A little extra study every day using English apps on your mobile device can increase your mastery in just a few months. In this study guide, we take a look at the top 6 free ESL apps available today for smartphones and tablets.

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iOS / Android

memrise

As the name implies, this English program helps you memorize words and other information. It is mostly used for language learning through routines and other interactive exercises, although sections are devoted to trivia, popular culture, and other topics. Courses are generated by other users in the online community, and the app integrates with your account on the Memrise website. This ESL program uses some gamified learning features and also includes a scoring system. This is a great app for learning English vocabulary.

iOS / Android

Wordsteps

This ESL app is designed to help users learn  English vocabulary lists on mobile. Wordsteps, like Memrise, allow your online community to generate and share content to help others. This content is presented in the form of vocabulary lists, which cover every conceivable subject area – from basic adjectives to technical terms. There are different types of experimental formats, including: translate to / from English, comprehension, spelling, etc.

iOS / Android

LinguaLeo

LinguaLeo is an ESL freemium application that focuses on a gamified approach to learning English with a scoring system and progress indicators. Following an early level test, this English program creates an individual study program based on your existing skills, goals and preferences. Users have designed complete exercises to improve grammar, expand vocabulary, and increase comprehension, reading, and listening. One good thing about ESL is that it uses real content including 200,000 pieces of content such as news, popular songs, jokes and short films. LinguaLeo is definitely more suitable for language learners, given the presentation of a game like it and the emphasis on fun while learning.

iOS / Android

Programs of the British Council

The British Council has been promoting English language and culture around the world for many years, and now this renowned UK institution has useful English language learning programs. There are a number of ESL programs on the British Council website that offer podcasts, videos, pronunciation charts, games for children and more. One of the best Grammar LearnEnglish programs – a dedicated program with separate English and US versions to help improve your grammar from beginner to advanced. Each difficulty level consists of 12 grammar sections, each section containing 20 tasks. If you are trying to answer any complex grammatical questions, there are some tips to help you.

Englishly

This ESL app is currently only available for Android and has one simple goal – to help users practice their English pronunciation. This app has over 900 phrases in a range of everyday conversation topics. Users can listen to the audio display and then repeat and record the phrase. In English, it evaluates the user’s pronunciation on a 5-star scale. You can also save your audio recordings and compare your progress over time. Voice recognition is not perfect, but this English app is a fun way to practice your pronunciation skills on the go.

Android

Google Translate app

This app has been around for a while, but it’s the last performance that makes it exciting. Google has now added a conversation mode that lets you interact with someone who does not speak your language through your mobile device. This two-way conversation mode supports 40 languages, including English. The second new feature added is camera translation, which lets you translate symbols and other text just by pointing the phone in the right direction. As with previous versions, the program continues to translate text into 90 languages and offers downloadable travel packages that can be used offline.

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