#blubworldtech - App based English Learning




In continuation with the cover story where we discussed how the language of English has taken a global standing, and the inventive modus operandi used for effective learning, here we are listing down some of the most popular web portals and mobile applications that set the right tone for English training. Renowned apps that have engaged the audience, helped them correspond in the current language of the world, built people’s confidence, as well as enhanced their career opportunities, are listed below.

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Duolingo – The American website and app of Duolingo is a free platform for language-learning based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It allows users to assess their progress, and as of October 2018, it offered 81 different language courses across 37 languages. The app has about 300 million registered users across the world with over 29 million folks registered to learn English. Recent reports claimed that India is the largest growing market for the renowned web portal, Duolingo has experienced a 13 times increase in its users after introducing the option of learning English from Hindi. This has encouraged the company to launch Indian native languages to English learning options in Tamil, Bengali, Telugu, Punjabi and among others

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Babble – The German company, Babbel is a paid language learning app and e-learning platform, available in languages of Dutch, Danish, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish and Turkish. The website is known for emphasizing correct grammar usage, as well as encourages conversational learning for quick grasping

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Tandem – With over 3 million users, Tandem App is an application that allows its registered users to learn any new language directly from its native speakers. It is a community app that enables its members to practice their languages with one on one interaction through text, audio recording, audio calls or video calls. With the belief that speaking makes a man fluent, Tandem encourages conversations with native speakers, if one wants to communicate in their language. With mediators keeping an eye on the tutors and the learners, it ensures that both of them are genuinely working towards the objective of teaching and learning a new language. One can learn English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and almost one hundred and fifty other languages on Tandem, directly from its native speakers

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Memrise – The app known for building one’s vocabulary has more than 30 million registered users across the globe. The USA based company, created Memrise with an aim to provide specialized learning and to offer other interesting content for a good read. The app is a user generated learning platform that uses flashcards as memory aids. It uses the concept of gamification with gamified course material that is filled with elements of fun, brain use and learning through community engagement. The app functions differ based on paid and unpaid memberships, and it supports languages like French, Spanish, German, English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, and among other hundred more languages

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Busuu – Headquartered in London, Busuu currently has 80 million active users around the world. This is a well designed app  that focuses on studying vocabulary and grammar. Its courses are available in languages of English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Polish, Turkish, Arabic, Japanese and Chinese. One of the interesting features of Busuu is that it offers a handy travel course for people

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traversing to a foreign country. It allows Busuu users to interact and connect with the local people; while also allowing the natives to correct the user’s language and help them earn points

            While there have been innovative ways that have captured the market to engage new learners and assist them learn languages, the conventional process of teaching and learning a new lingo also works well. Baby steps towards conversing in the language one wishes to learn helps develop interest, which is very important. As technology has made world a smaller place, it has become  imperative for a common language to come into sight and be known to all. Gradually, people are opening up to accepting English as the world’s one common tongue.

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