Nowadays with just a smartphone you can learn English on the go in lots of ways. You can listen to music with English lyrics, you can watch and listen to YouTube channels or ;podcasts for English learners, and let’s not forget using mobile apps. At the bus stop, on the subway, while waiting for a friend, at home… apps on your phone are ideal for people who are on the go and do not have much free time.


So, you might be thinking, “…which apps should I try?”  Well, one that I highly recommend is the popular online language learning app, Duolingo. It offers 60+ language courses across 20+ languages all free of charge.

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How does it work?

You can use Duolingo on your PC through a browser or on your phone through the app. In each Duolingo lesson, you will learn some new words and expressions, typically seven new words based on a topic such as education, school, science or adjectives. There are exercises you have to do in each lesson and the game-based approach to learning involves you going from one challenge to the next. For example, you might have to match new words with a picture or you might have to translate an English phrase back to your native language. There are also listening exercises where you need to type what you hear, and speaking exercises where you say what you hear. This can be quite a funny experience if you use Duolingo on public transport!

Of course, there’s also the issue that all language learners have, that of forgetting words. But Duolingo is really clever in helping us deal with this problem. What it does is after a short while, perhaps a week or so, it automatically generates an exercise to help you practise words which may need some extra work. By doing these review exercises, these words become easier to remember.

Watch this video (0:45 secs) to find out more: