There are a lot of ways you can learn or improve your skills in a particular language, from attending classes to teaching yourself through traditional methods such as reading. But do you know that your smartphone can help you in learning languages?
Whether you’re starting from scratch or just want to improve your English, here are 7 apps for both Android and iOS that will help you do just that. Most of these apps take advantage of the interactivity that smartphones can provide in order to create gamified learning environments that will definitely be a lot more interesting than what you can find in language books.
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One of the biggest draws of Duolingo is its gamified learning system: instead of the usual progression through lessons, Duolingo structures your lessons as a skill tree, with "skill points" being awarded for completing lessons, achievements for tracking your progress as well as a lives system that encourages you to answer each question correctly. You can then use your knowledge to translate real-world content, which is then rated by other users.
Memrise offers a large variety of courses for a lot of different languages, including English, all for free. These courses are actually constructed by other members of the Memrise community, making Memrise something of a crowd-sourced learning platform. The app integrates with your main Memrise.com account, but also offers an offline mode so that you can continue learning even when you’re without an Internet connection. Memrise, also has some elements of gamified learning, including a points system.
3. LearnEnglish Grammar
LearnEnglish Grammar, developed by the British Council, is an interactive app that’s designed to help improve your grammar, especially your grammar accuracy. Both the UK and US English editions offer four levels of questions, starting at the Beginner level and going all the way up to Advanced level. Each difficulty covers 12 grammar topics, with 20 activities per topic. Both editions also have easy-to-access in-app help so that you’ll never get stuck trying to solve any of the interactive tasks.
4. Learn English Speak English
Learn English Speak English is a highly interactive app that helps you improve English by using your device’s voice-recognition technology to simulate a voice call with a native English speaker. This will help improve your spoken English and pronunciation. It provides more than 100 levels and a lot of different dialogs, sentences and vocabulary items. However, you will have to pay for most of these, as the free version offers only 16 levels.
Busuu is actually something like a social network for learning languages, with complementary Android and iOS apps to help you learn while on the go. Busuu’s lessons are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), so the quality of Busuu’s reading, writing and speaking practice and lessons are guaranteed. Lessons range from beginner to advanced, and Busuu offers more than 150 topics with more than 3,000 words and phrases. The free version, however, only offers 20 units.