It’s no secret that technology helps us in every aspect of our lives. It has been used to both help and improve language learning, helping people to reach proficiency and fluency in various languages. Learning English through apps and technological support can be both effective and attractive for students who are interested in learning a language.
Apart from being able to improve and learn anytime and anywhere, mobile devices and applications are changing the way people learn English. There are ample applications available for free download to learn English on the go. Here are our top 3 applications that you can use for extra practice:
Duolingo – Apart from being free, it’s designed like a game which makes learning more fun.
Hello English - Covers all the aspects of learning, however you should already be able to understand basic English and alphabets. Available for both your computer and mobile.
Lingbe - A community-based app where people help each other share their native language. Here you are both the teacher and the learner.
When learning, in general, sometimes you need a little extra help. Our top software picks to help you out are;
talkenglish.com – The site is focused on helping you with your speaking skills, however it will help you improve other skills too (like listening, vocabulary, phrasal verbs and idioms).
BBC Learning English - Specializing in different audio and video recordings, so it’s easy to find ways to practice listening.
englishpage.com - It is made for non-native speakers, and it has very clear explanations and examples.
Whether you’re jogging on a treadmill or commuting, podcasts are a great way to get a better grasp of English. They usually include a written version as well next to the audio window. This is an added advantage because you can both listen and read at the same time, improving your skills faster.
Below are three podcasts you should consider listening to:
Elementary Podcasts by the British Council – this podcast is 25 minutes long which is a relatively long one for English learning offerings. The language is spoken at a normal pace and it takes the form of staged dialogue so you can learn new words for different situations.
Luke’s English Podcast – Luke, the host of this podcast, is a qualified English teacher and comedian. Given this rather unique blend of talents, his podcast is very entertaining and engaging. His objective is to ‘make you laugh while you learn’.
Podcasts in English – this podcast offers listeners different levels of programs catering to beginners up to intermediates. For those who want to learn English for business, there is a version for you too! The lessons are short, on various topics and are delivered by two English speakers. The podcast is also supported by transcripts and tasks.