Best Android apps for ESL students and learning English

June 20, 2012
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Learning the English language is very important, especially if you are doing business with foreign partners, if you want to get a decent job, or if you want to tour abroad. Being able to speak English will give you a great advantage, as it’s one of the most popular languages spoken internationally.

On the other hand, not everyone has the opportunity to learn the language, but thanks to Android, any Android user now has the opportunity to learn English anytime and anywhere she or he wants. Read on to learn more about the best Android apps for learning English.

Learn English with busuu.com!

Learn English with busuu.com! helps you learn English through conversational examples that include pictures, making learning very simple and easy for beginners. These examples cover 150 different topics and situations that you might encounter in the real world, as well as an extensive vocabulary containing more than 300 words and key phrases.

What’s great about this app is that it doesn’t need an Internet connection. Once you’ve downloaded it, you can access all the tutorials and interactive tests in it, allowing you to learn English anywhere. You can also create a busuu.com profile where you can sync your learning progress and even ask for help from native speakers from the busuu community.

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English in a Month Free

Some people have all the time to learn English, but other people don’t. If you are one of the latter, then we suggest that you try using English in a Month Free. Unlike the usual English lessons where you are given tests which leave you puzzled with words, this app uses audio-visual exercises to help you learn the language fast. Learning basic phrases and building your vocabulary are fast and easy because you can easily imagine the lessons through the images.

You will also not get into trouble when speaking with native English speakers in the real word because this app trains you to easily understand them. Every word or phrase is pronounced by a voice in various intonations and speed, training your ear to understand a word even if it’s spoken differently. Try it and learn English in a month!

LearnEnglish Elementary

Too busy to learn English? If that’s the case, try learning English by just listening to it whenever you’re idle, such as waiting for your train or during your lunch break. You can easily do this if you try LearnEnglish Elementary. All you need to do is to download the app and listen to a series of podcasts from the British Council.

Each part of the series is 20 minutes long and it includes questions which you can try to answer. The taped script is carefully designed for beginners to easily catch up, allowing easy retention of the things discussed for every episode of the show. It’s really very easy to use and you don’t need any Internet connection to use the app. Try using it in your idle moments!

Learn English with babbel.com

There are many apps which can help you learn English and yet another app of this sort is Learn English with babbel.com. It’s easy to use and it’s also very fun. The app comes with a vocabulary containing 3,000 words which also includes pronunciations, images, and sample sentences, allowing you to easily understand and learn words.

It supports an intelligent review manager, as well as integrated speech recognition for pronunciation exercises, letting you know if you are doing things right. The app also features extra courses and features on babbel.com, one of the largest language learning platforms around the world.

Learn English – Voxy

If you speak Spanish and you want to learn English, try using Learn English – Voxy and you will discover a new, fun, and better way to learn English. This app really is better than going to expensive English classes or buying textbooks. It has hundreds of tests and exercises to help you learn your English fast and has been proven to be twice as effective as traditional teaching methods.

The app also updates you on current events, including news stories on the exercises. Flashcards with audio are also included, helping you out on how to pronounce words in a sentence, as well as an English translation tool that you can use to discover new English words. You also get tips and study reminders from the app, too.

WordTalk – english word study

While some apps for learning English are made for everybody, no matter what language they speak there are some apps that were specially made for certain language-speakers. WordTalk – english word study was made particularly for Koreans because the app itself is translated in Korean characters, allowing you to easily understand it.

It’s really more like a dictionary. You can type in a word and the app provides you with the correct pronunciation of that word, as well as a translation to the Korean language. This is makes things easier for Koreans who are not very familiar with the alphabet. It’s very handy if you are doing homework for English class.

Test Your English I

For those people who have learned English but need to polish their skills, Test Your English I is the perfect app. As the app’s name suggests, it contains multiple choice tests to evaluate how good you really are in speaking and writing English. The tests are about grammar, idiomatic expressions, and common errors in using English.

Each type of test contains 10 questions and your score is evaluated at the end of each test. It’s a very enjoyable way of learning more about English, not to mention that the app resembles the “Who wants to be a Millionaire” game show. Check out this app and know your weak points in using English.

ESL Daily English

When you are always on the go, learning English through podcasts can be really very helpful, and another app that lets you do that is ESL Daily English. Using the app really is very easy. All you have to do is download an episode and listen to it anytime and anywhere you like. You can visit the podcast’s website to download new episodes every time you have finished an episode.

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an advanced English learner; there are podcast episodes that you can download depending on your level. For beginners, the app also translates descriptions of each episode to your language, allowing you to easily identify which podcast you should try.

Spell Checker (+voice input)

Speaking English is easy, but writing it is often much more difficult. If you are not very familiar with the language, I bet that you would get a lot of words misspelled. You don’t want this to happen because if you misspell a word, it could mean another thing which could offend someone. If you don’t want this to happen, we suggest that you try Spell Checker (+voice input).

The app is very easy to use. It supports voice recognition, allowing you to input your text by speaking it. It’s also very easy to access via the notification bar or a long-press on the search button. It supports other languages: Espa├▒ol, Fran├žais, Italiano, Deutsch, Svenska, Polski, Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, Hebrew, and Turkish. Try it and correct your English spelling easily!

Dictionary

When you talk about learning a new language, dictionaries are always very useful particularly in learning about word definitions, pronunciations, as well as examples. Dictionary is probably the most comprehensive dictionary that you can find, including medical jargon, legal terms, and others. You don’t need an Internet connection for word searches.

Through the app, you can translate a word to over 40 languages and get access to 13 language dictionaries including English. Via this app, you will know relevant information that you want to learn about a word, including sentences illustrating a word’s proper use. It’s a great app if you want to enrich your English vocabulary.

Those are just some of the best apps that can help you in learning and polishing your English. There are more apps which are not included in this list and some of them may be your favorites. Let us know about them by leaving a comment below.

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