What are the best tools to prepare for the language study journey that should be easy to access, suitable for beginner or intermediate levels, free, and fun?
For someone just starting, I often recommend checking out the basics of English:
How to introduce yourself
How to formulate a number/hour question
Irregular verbs English
It is very difficult to know where to start. One of the solutions I recommend is to use a mobile app that mixes the above points in a more fun way. You will be guided through the application.
For more advanced people, I recommend using a mobile app to learn new vocabulary in English. The application will be adapted, and you will then be able to pass the first levels/stages more easily.
Work well both, on Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad), here is our rating/review of the three best apps to study English from your phone or tablet.
We couldn’t do an article on mobile apps to learn English without talking about Babbel. According to our experience, in 3 months you can wait for level B1 (see level grid). A CUNY study by New York University researchers showed that 3-hour learning with Babbel is equivalent to a semester at university.
In this app launched in 2007, you can thus learn 14 languages including English.
Once you launch the app, you will have access to courses from beginner to intermediate level. Each level consists of 6 lessons consisting of 20 lessons. Each class is 10 minutes long, so you can easily train every day. Upon completion of the lesson, the vocabulary words will be written into your personal paper, which you can review.
The application has an offline mode, lessons can be downloaded. It also has a pronunciation checker!
The price ranges from 6.50 € per month to 12.99 € per month depending on the duration of the subscription in the app stores.
Going directly to the site, the prices are 4.95 € / month for a 12-month subscription and 9.95 € for one month.
Babbel Learn English The Babbel Learn English Application
Screenshots of the Babbel application
Download Babbel for iOS, Android, or on the web
This is our favorite app in this ranking. It is presented as a mini-game where you will have to go through the stages. The app is free because, in one way or another it is free, the app displays ads after workouts.
There are several types of exercises:
Translate text from English to French
Translate text from French to English
Speak a sentence in English
Finding English / French translations
All texts and expressions are read by native speakers, allowing you to recognize the sounds of the language, and you can repeat the recording as many times as necessary, which helps To improve pronunciation. Another point we like: “Gamification”. In fact, the app turns to learn into games, with stars and rewards, Duolingo has created a habit. Regularity is very important when learning a language and Duolingo helps us to exercise every day for at least 10 minutes in the morning in transportation (car, bus, train, plane) for example. There is an offline mode, the application can be used without an internet connection. You can slide your finger over the words to get the translation.
We will confirm that Duolingo will not allow you to become bilingual, it remains passive and repetitive learning that takes place in a virtual bubble and outside of a communicative context. For example, if you want to learn English to make a professional trip abroad, the application will remain public and will not necessarily adapt to your specific needs, nor your sector of activity. This is why we offer language residencies that allow you to work with your needs, for example, business English courses.
In conclusion, we think that the app is suitable for beginners who have free time during the day and who can use their phones. It can be a real starting point and allow you to keep in touch in English. The app can also be a good addition to your English language lessons. The app offers other languages for learning other than English (Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Thai…), and this can also be a good way to test whether the language is of interest to us before spending money on real lessons.