I hope that you’ve had a chance to try out some of the resources I’ve suggested in my last post. Today I’d like to give you some ideas for apps that can help you keep your language practice regular. All you need to use them is your mobile phone and that’s something you probably have on you most of the time. Why not use it to practise English then? Doing it regularly, for example every time you are on a bus or train to work or when you are bored waiting in a line, will certainly help you develop a habit and that’s exactly what you need to learn a language.
In my last post about online resources that help improve reading and listening skills, I’ve already included two apps and these are BBC iPlayer Radio, which you can use to listen to British radio stations, and Podcast Addict, which offers lots of interesting podcasts on many different topics. I’m sure that you can find heaps of different apps designed to help you learn a language, which is great but might also be overwhelming, as obviously you can’t try out all of them. So today I’d like to give you three apps that I’ve tried out and liked a lot!
A mobile app that allows you to create your own flashcards or use the existing ones and then learn the vocabulary with the interactive quizzes and games. Quizlet is a fun way of learning new vocabulary which works for virtually everyone. You can create your own sets and group them into folders, add images to your vocabulary to make it memorable or compete with other learners – whatever works to make your learning as efficient as possible!
A free language-learning platform, where you can learn English as well as many other languages on many different levels. Using Duolingo is a good way to make language learning a habit. You’ll get daily notifications reminding you of you practice and collect points for keeping up a streak – sounds motivating, doesn’t it? And you’ll get to practice a given structure or vocabulary set for as long as you really know it well – and we all know that practice is the key to success!
Sounds: the Pronunciation App
This one will help you with one of the most challenging aspects of the English language which is pronunciation. You will be able to learn the phonetic alphabet – quite scary when you look at it but turns out to be very helpful once you get to know it – listen to correct pronunciation of English words (you can choose whether you want to hear the British or the American version) and also record and playback your own voice. Unfortunately, this app is not free but you can download its free version called Sounds: Pronunciation App Free, which will still help you practise the phonetic alphabet without the option to record your voice.
I hope that my list will help you find something you like and want to include in your language practice. No matter which tool you choose though, remember that the clue to success in learning a language is to make it a part of your routine and practise regularly. Good luck!
Martyna Jenkner | BLC Intern 2018
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