Surprisingly, it is my second language and I’m learning new things every day. What do I use frequently? Grammarly and I read like nobody’s business.
All Ears English Podcast – Okay, okay, I love this one because part of language learning is learning about the culture. Any podcast or website that has the phrase ‘Understanding Americans’ has my vote!
Amigos Ingleses – for Spanish speakers or you could learn two languages at once!
EnglishAnyone – YouTube channel that focuses on conversational English.
English with Jennifer – YouTube channel that will you go beyond the basics. She uploads a new video every Thursday.
Fluency MC – YouTube channel that teaches you English through rhyme. It may sound silly, but it works!
Grammarly – grammar never dies. I use the extensions for my browser and have the desktop app. It’s possibly my most used app. This is more to practice your writing and have it correct any syntax mistakes.
Duolingo – FREE. I know many folks who don’t like Duolingo, but it has its upsides. It’s easy to start, just download the app or head over to their site and start learning. I especially love chatting with the bots and trying to earn more lingots (in video game speak, cash, coins, and rubies) to unlock more culture lessons. Get the TinyCards (iOS/Android) app to create your flashcards too! Available for iOS and Android.
English with Andy: Chat & Learn – free with in-app purchases. As a native English speaker, I must say I was impressed by this app. Duolingo has something similar as part of their language learning arsenal. You can tap on the speaker to hear the sentence. The paid version has three tiers: $ 1.98 a month, $0.83 a month (roughly $9.99), and a one-time payment of $29.99. Included in the Premium version: 35+ grammar lessons, unlimited vocabulary, which means Andy will remind you of words you’ve learned before you forget them, and more conversation topics. The chatbot is well a chatbot, and it will sound like one. Available for iOS and Android.
Hemmingway Editor – $19.99; available for Mac OSX and Windows. If you would like to improve your writing, this editor will help tremendously.
Speak: Practice Your English – FREE. Speakeasy Labs makes several language learning apps, so this one is no surprise! It will start off by asking you if you are native English speaker and then select a ‘person’ to talk to you at your appropriate learning level. After selecting ‘yes’, I got Carl the Developer, whose English sounded more like a person. They’ve got all the nuances down! Available for iOS only.