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TOP 5 APPS TO LEARN ENGLISH

Learning a foreign language is an incredibly rewarding experience and a serious confidence booster. It can completely transform your travel experience, improve your employability, it allows you to study or live abroad and, even better, meet new people and develop life-long friendships!

In today’s global world, English is one of the most important languages across the world. People speak English language wherever they are, if you don’t know a country’s then English language is the common medium to communicate. In Addition, English is the most dominant business language so it’s a must if you want to have a good job.

If you are an English language learner, mobile digital devices like smartphomes, tablets and laptops give us the possibility to immerse ourserlves in constant practice and speed up our learning process. There are many apps available that can help you to learn and speak English. Find below the top five apps for learning English:

  1. BUSUUCaptura de pantalla 2016-02-17 a la(s) 14.33.38

Rated by Google as a “Must have app” for Android, busuu’s language app is a quick and good way to learn English for just a few minutes a day

  • Learn the basics with vocabulary & grammar units, audio dialogues, language games and interactive tests.

  • Submit practice exercises where native speakers will help you perfect your skills.

  • Set yourself a personalised goal to ensure you are reaching your learning objectives.

  • Personalised to fit your style of learning, ensuring you become proficient in the shortest possible time.

  • Learn the most important 150 topics and 3000 words, specific language training.

  • Test your knowledge with fun quizzes and word games to see how much you have learnt.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.busuu.android.en

  1. DUOLINGOCaptura de pantalla 2016-02-17 a la(s) 14.29.40

  • It’s fast, fun and free.

  • Practice speaking, reading, listening and writing.

  • Play a game, answer questions and complete lessons to improve your vocabulary and grammar.

  • Start with basic verbs, phrases, and sentences, and learn new words daily.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.duolingo

  1. MEMRISECaptura de pantalla 2016-02-17 a la(s) 14.29.25

  • 1000s of native speaker videos for learning English.

  • Scientific learning system boosts your brain to learning 44 words / hour

  • Multiple game modes drill different aspects of memory: Visual Learning, Review & Strengthen, Rapid Recall + more

  • Choose from 1000s of courses in 100s of languages, all totally FREE

  • Adaptive engine tracks your learning and helps you review at just the right time

  • Example sentences, audio, video

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.memrise.android.memrisecompanion&hl=en

  1. English Grammar in UseCaptura de pantalla 2016-02-17 a la(s) 14.32.37

The official English Grammar in Use app, written by Raymond Murphy. The only grammar app an intermediate learner of English will ever need. This Starter Pack includes six grammar units (Present and Past tenses) with clear explanations and interactive exercises, a Glossary of grammar words, and a Study Guide to help you decide which grammar units you need to study.

  • Anytime, anywhere

  • Automatic Marking

  • Listen to examples

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.cambridge.englishgrammar.egiu

  1. IELTS Word PowerCaptura de pantalla 2016-02-17 a la(s) 14.35.48

  • IELTS Word Power is a vocabulary practice app offered by the British Council. With over 100 questions to test your word power, this app helps you improve your English and get ready for IELTS.

  • IELTS Word Power allows you to:

Learn English and improve your vocabulary.

Prepare for the IELTS test.

Find the nearest British Council IELTS test centre.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubl.ielts&hl=en_GB

But if you really want to learn English, you should do something that is more face to face too such as a English Course. At World Choice Education as an Educational Agency with free counseling services, we are proud to say that all the English Schools that we work with are accredited by the British Council and are fully prepared to prepare you to hold a fluent conversation in English.

OUR ENGLISH COURSES

Furthermore, if you aim to take a Cambridge Certificate Exam, you can enrol on the FCE or CAE Exam Preparation Courses taught by an experienced native English teacher at World Choice Education.

CAMBRIDGE EXAM PREPARATION COURSE

The 5 most common New Year’s Resolutions

We’re now into the third weekend of the New Year – time flies, doesn’t it? Although, time does indeed fly, many if not all of us make a very slow start to the New Year. What else is there to expect after all those days off eating, drinking and sleeping over the Christmas period? That’s the beauty of the holiday season leading up to New Years Eve; it’s all a blast and truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Of course, the party season climaxes on New Years Eve and wherever you were, you probably made sure you made peace with 2015 and said so long to it ready to move onto 2016. Some of you probably reflected on how 2015 was for you during the countdown to midnight while scoffing down as many grapes or gulping down as much champagne as possible. Others probably left it until the night came to a close and you were left with the overwhelming feeling that another year flew past. No matter when, we all did the somewhat obligatory analysis of the past year and came up with a list of New Year’s Resolutions for purposes of self-improvement in 2016.

New year, new me’ or ‘new year, new start’ are both common sayings proclaimed by many in the New Year. The idea that we’ve got another year ahead of us fills us up with ambitions for the following year and funnily enough, people seem to have similar hopes and ambitions for themselves at the start of the New Year. Unfortunately, by mid to late January many of us have settled back into the busy pace of our daily life and fall back into old habits. Below is a list of the 5 most common New Year’s resolutions and *cough cough* they’re also the most commonly broken ones too!

 

1.HIT THE GYM AND GET FIT

This one was a no-brainer when it comes to naming the top New Year’s resolution. After almost a whole month of excessive amounts of party food, left over Christmas dinner, chilling, Netflix marathons and constant drinking, it’s no wonder the first thing we want to do in the new year is to hit the gym. Not to mention the fact that everyone wants to start working out for his or her beach bod ready for summertime. Although, some manage to not break this resolution, people’s gym sessions are considerably a lot less compared to what they originally planned at the beginning of the year due to schedules and other commitments. Others simply give up altogether until, of course, next year because ‘work simply tires them out’ or because ‘it’s too cold outside’ and I have to say, I am guilty of this.

 

1. Gym

2.EAT HEALTHIER

Swiftly moving on from the gym to another aspect of healthy living we all yearn to address in the New Year. Eating healthier food is another very commonly adopted resolution that is caused by all that reflecting on the past year and I guess, simply remembering the quantity of processed foods you consumed at all those parties over the festive holidays. Eating badly has a huge impact on health and on our moods so it’s wonderful people are aware of that at the beginning of the year. No one’s saying you can’t indulge from time to time but making meals from scratch with plenty of greens instead of buying ready-made food, is really something that everyone should do anyway. Unfortunately, because of our constant on-the-move lifestyles, some people prefer to get something quick so that they can get back to what they were doing before in a hurry, it’s all about buying time. Plus, supermarkets don’t really help by making healthy foods more expensive but it’s all worth it and you’ll feel the difference. This resolution is definitely worth pursuing all year round, as your efforts will end up buying YOU time.

2. Eating

3.STOP SMOKING 

Probably one of the most obvious resolutions ever! We all know someone who has said they will *kick their smoking to the curb and we all know their intentions are genuine but the reality of the situation is a lot more complicated than just wanting to. I mean if the memos and images on the pack don’t put off a smoker then nor will a resolution. Many manage a few days, a week or even two weeks without smoking one cigarette but once stress pops up so does the cigarette and BAM, you’ve fallen into that trap again. You have to recognise the urge to smoke and say no to it. It’s difficult but possible and many have actually succeeded.

3. Smoking

4.SAVE UP

Do you think you spent too much money in 2015? Then you’ve probably listed saving as one of your objectives for this year. In essence, it’s not too difficult and totally achievable given you are able to make time for budgeting every month. Having a separate account for savings might also help if you really can’t control yourself with one account. Just think of what you could buy/do with all the money you save. Did you say a holiday to the Caribbean? … Yes, Please!

4. Save UP

5.LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE

Learning a new language is another very popular resolution. Everyone finds being able to speak another language an awesome skill be it for whatever reason but it’s not an easy chore and many give up before they even give it a chance. When it comes to learning a language, there needs to be real motivation and a true passion behind that desire to push you through the frustrating phases of language learning. You might have all the books ready at your desk for self-study but the best way to stop you from giving up is by joining a class or a group simply because it will keep you focused and you’ll have someone correcting you too. When you learn with people it’s much more fun and you’ll end up keeping each other motivated by the end you guys could even travel to the country of the language you’re learning together to put your hard work into practice!

5. Learning

So not breaking a resolution isn’t easy and perhaps there should really be a resolution that prevents us from breaking resolutions in the first place. Sometimes the pace of life does get in the way but nothing is impossible and of course you always get a second chance at Lent when you can give something up if the New Year’s Resolutions thing didn’t work out. If neither work then there’s always next year!

Glossary:* Kick something/ someone to the curb:  get rid of someone or something as to get it out of your way or life as like disposing refuse that you would set on curb-side.

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