Using apps outside class is a good way to practise and improve your English. However, there are a wide range of apps online and it can be difficult to know which ones are the best. Here you can find the top 10 apps chosen by students at Liverpool School of English.
Word reference is one of the best dictionaries for English. You can find the translation of the word in your language, the pronunciation, common synonyms and examples of how to use it in a sentence.
BBC Learning English is a great way to practise your reading and listening skills each day. You can watch and listen to programmes with or without subtitles and do a quiz to check your understanding. The App will remember your score, so you can keep practising and improve!
Ted Talks is an interesting App that helps with you listening. You can find short videos about lots of different topics presented in an interesting way. Roberta from Italy uses it often and soon noticed the improvement.
IV is a useful App to memorise irregular verbs. There are three levels from beginner to expert. You can choose which verbs you study and check your improvement. Isabel from Spain finds this App really useful because it really helps her memory.
This App gives you definitions of thousands of idioms and slang. You can learn the history behind the phrase and find out when and where an idiom originated. It also provides multiple example sentences of how the idiom is used in everyday speech.
The Guardian App is an online newspaper where you can find all the important stories. You can receive breaking new alerts, save articles you are interested in and personalise your feed with content that you like.
Shazam is a popular App that people use to find the title of a song but it can also be used as a fun way to learn English. Filippo from Italy uses Shazam to find the lyrics of songs and learn new words. You can also use it for English karaoke!
This App is great for students who are studying IELTS. You can find decks of vocab flashcards for multiple levels like easy, intermediate and advanced. It will help you learn and memorise new vocabulary!
Phrasal verbs can be one of the most complicated topics in the English language so having an App that helps you memorise and use them is really important. It’s good for low to high levels.
What’s the best way to improve your listening and reading skills? This App has lots of videos about British culture and other topics that you can listen to with or without subtitles. There is also a vocabulary list and a quiz at the end of each video to check your understanding.