The Best English Learning Apps for Students

August 22, 2017

It’s no secret that learning a new language can be a struggle. The Oxford Dictionary states that English contains over 171,000 words, many of which aren’t even known by native speakers.

Fortunately, technological advances have led us to find new and interesting ways to speak, read and listen to our chosen language. Not only this, but learning English apps mean we can accomplish this on the go, without the need for heavy books and overflowing pencil cases. We encourage any learning activities which expose you more to your chosen language and this has led us to research and evaluate the best English learning apps on the market.

 

Reviewing the Best English Learning Apps

Duolingo

Experience

A personal favourite of mine, Duolingo can make you feel as though you’re playing a game and being productive at the same time. Every time you complete a few enjoyable and time-conscious learning exercises, you move up a level which adds to your sense of achievement. It also tells you how many days you have completed as a streak which keeps you motivated.

Despite this, many of the exercises are based on the same few formats which means it can become fairly repetitive after a while. There is also little explanation which can be an issue for the logic-based learner. Although its wide selection of vocabulary makes it great for general comprehension, it falters slightly in its ability to help you with conversation.

Difficulty

Duolingo assesses your current language proficiency before you start so it can provide the correct difficulty levels. Duolingo can also send you reminders, keeping you in check and making sure you don’t forget your learning for the day. However, its limitation is it only features so many exercises before you reach the finish. This will depend on your level of proficiency before you start, if you’re already quite advanced it might be more of a maintenance tool than an app which pushes you.

Cost

Amazingly, Duolingo is free! Not only this, Duolingo doesn’t feature any adverts, offering users a tremendous amount of content at absolutely no cost or inconvenience.

 

Babbel

Experience

Babbel is strong in the areas where Duolingo struggles. It focuses more on the conversational elements of language learning through the activity-simulated conversations.

Difficulty

Some learners might find the content challenging as Babbel delivers a higher difficulty level than other apps. This can make it a better choice, however, for leaners who already have a level of proficiency in English.

Cost

Unlike Duolingo, Babbel comes with a price tag, even it is an affordable one. It requires you to subscribe to use its features, and even encourages you to purchase a package deal where you subscribe to more languages at a slightly higher cost. However, you should consider how many languages you can feasibly learn at any one time. If you’re just wanting one learn English app, then don’t be fooled into purchasing more than that.

 

Tandem

Experience

Tandem offers a novel and conversation-based approach to learning, very different to that of Babbel and Duolingo. Based on the concept of exchange students, it allows you to connect and interact with a native speaker of the language you’re trying to learn. For example, if you’re a Chinese student looking to learn English, you’ll be matched with an English student looking to learn Chinese.

The app will require you to connect to Facebook, and a significant amount of your personal information will be shared via Tandem. This helps other people who are looking for someone to learn with as it gives them an idea of who you are, however it isn’t ideal from a privacy perspective.

Difficulty

As you will be communicating with a native speaker, as long as you have a basic level of understanding there shouldn’t be too many problems. The aim is for both parties to help each other and so difficulty levels will be completely dependent on your existing skills.

Cost

The app is free so there are no barriers to stop you from using it. It is a fantastic way to develop your language skills, making it one of the best English learning apps on the market.

 

Learn English apps are a great way to expose yourself to the language, however they can’t compete with an experience in a native country. Learn how to get started with English Study Breaks today.