4 Cool Apps to Help You Practise Your English

Students at a CultureWorks orientation
Students at a CultureWorks orientation

If you have a smartphone, then you might already be using apps to listen to music, play games, or Skype with friends. But did you know that there are tons of fun and creative apps for improving your English?

Practising your English on your smartphone can be a great way to strengthen your reading, listening, and writing skills in between your ESL classes, while you’re at home, and while you’re exploring the city. It’s the perfect way for busy ESL students to get extra practise while on the go!

Here are some of the best apps for practising your English right on your smartphone.

Duolingo Turns Language Lessons into Fun Games

Duolingo is great for beginner ESL students looking to practise their English. With this handy little language learning tool you can read, translate, and listen to short examples and get instant feedback on your answers.

Duolingo teaches many different languages, including English
Duolingo teaches many different languages, including English

Duolingo turns learning into a game as you track your progress, beat your latest high score, and compete with friends to see who ranks highest.

Use Storehouse to Write about Your Experience in Canada

If you decide to study English in Canada, then you’ll have plenty of stories to tell about your experiences in another country. Programs like CultureWorks get students involved in trips and activities that are perfect picture-taking and storytelling opportunities. With Storehouse, you can take pictures, write a story and share it with new friends and family back home. It’s a great way to record your memories and practise writing in English, all at the same time!

Here’s an example of a Storehouse story:

Example of a Storehouse photo story
Example of a Storehouse photo story

SpeakingPal Helps You Practise Conversation Skills

If you’re enrolled in an ESL program, then you know that practising your conversation skills both inside and outside the classroom is an important part of your language education. SpeakingPal lets you do some of that practise right on your smartphone.

Practise everyday conversation skills like going to the bank or booking a doctor’s appointment, get feedback on your progress, and move up through the levels.

Make Connections & Practise Communicating with Reddit “Ask Me Anything”

If you’re taking English courses for Western University so that you can study business or engineering, then you’ll definitely want to try an app called Ask Me Anything. Reddit’s popular Ask Me Anything series brings in some of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers and influencers – and has them answer questions submitted by users like you.

In a Reddit AMA, anyone can ask a question, which is a great way to work on your English conversation skills. But if you’re not ready for that, you can just browse what other people have asked and practise your English reading skills. You can also read famous past interviews with people like Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Barack Obama, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.

What other apps do you like using to practise your English language skills?