15 best apps for learning English

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

Knowledge of the English language in the modern world is indispensable – it is necessary to know it at least at an initial level in order to explain the way to a foreigner, read the instructions from any device, translate a letter from foreign partners and give an answer. Most people study international language at school and college, university, but over time the skills are forgotten. In cases where the educational institution is already behind, and it is necessary to master English, it is optimal to use a special application for learning English. The best of them, according to users, experts and educators, are provided in our review.

Ranking of the best apps for learning English

Nomination a place application rating
Ranking of the best apps for learning English 1 Easy ten 5.0
2 LinguaLeo 4.9
3 Words 4.8
4 Duolingo 4.7
5 HelloTalk 4.7
6 Learn English 4.7
7 English Grammar in Use Activities 4.6
8 Memrise 4.5
9 Rosetta stone 4.5
10 Anki 4.5
11 Phrasalstein 4.4
12 FluentU 4.3
13 WordBook – English Dictionary & Thesaurus 4.2
14 English Grammar Test 4.1
15 Urban Dictionary 4.0

Easy ten

Rating: 5.0

Easy ten

This app is considered one of the best for easy and fatigue-free language learning. The presentation of the material is an entertaining flashcard that allows you to learn 10 words daily for just 3-5 minutes. The program offers to listen to the correct pronunciation and do a repetition. Before the lesson, you must set the level of difficulty of the lesson from basic to fluency. You can also determine the direction, the general topic of study according to the proposed categories: people or animals, technology, business, medicine and others – you can study both for work in a narrow direction and for broadening one's horizons in general. Knowledge tests are tests with multiple choice of answers or in the form of an online game-competition with rivals. Among the shortcomings, we note the lack of the ability to add additional words to the program that are not in the dictionary.

Users note the ability to quickly learn linguistics and its effectiveness – a few words a day with a minimum of time. The program offers not only English but other languages ​​as well.

The EASY TEN app can be installed free of charge on any device Android or iOS. A week of introductory training is free, activated after installing the application.

Advantages

  • There is synchronization with the account to work with different devices and save the dynamics;
  • Convenient selection of words by difficulty and categories;
  • Convenient interface;
  • For all smartphone platforms.

disadvantages

  • Free for 1st week only;
  • There is no way to add words to the dictionary.

LinguaLeo

Rating: 4.9

LinguaLeo

In second place in the review is the popular LinguaLeo application. This is a universal program that will help to learn English to the desired level, and schoolchildren and students to consolidate and increase the knowledge they regularly acquire.

The first thing that the application offers is to register with the service. Thus, LinguaLeo takes care of the safety of the dynamics of the process. You also need to choose an existing level of language proficiency from zero to advanced. Next, the learning process itself begins, which includes 2 blocks – theory with grammar courses and practice. The developers tried to make mastering English easy – the material is presented succinctly, after each lesson, practice with pronunciation follows, and then testing.

The program is intended for teaching children and adults. Users are accompanied by the main character – lion cub Leo, he needs to be fed with meatballs – their system gives them for correctly completed tasks. In the free program, you can only go through basic training, to expand your capabilities, you should purchase a paid account – it offers an individual program compilation!

The application can be downloaded to any device with OS Android, iOs, Windows. Among Apple users, LinguaLeo is the most popular English learning app.

Advantages

  • Training in accordance with the existing level of language proficiency;
  • Stimulate learning with an interactive pet;
  • Account sync;
  • Free and paid courses;
  • Convenient training program.

disadvantages

  • Not defined.

Words

Rating: 4.8

Words

On the third line of the review is the popular Words application, with which you can learn English and German.

The training program is conveniently structured: it is divided into thematic blocks, inside each of them are visual cards with dubbing for memorizing words and various tasks to consolidate the material. Each lesson takes on average 20-30 minutes a day – this is enough to master the material offered in a convenient form. There are a total of 8000 words in the program, enclosed in 300 lessons within 26 topics, but only the first 5 of them are free – you will have to pay for the rest, fortunately, only once for providing full access to the materials.

Words app keeps learning statistics, takes into account achievements. The program is one of the most effective, suitable both for those who perceive information by ear and for visuals, it perfectly trains memory. The service remembers problem words and offers to work them out more often than others.

You can install Words for free both on Android and on iPhones.

Advantages

  • Sorting topics;
  • Memorizing problem words;
  • Visual and sound accompaniment of each lesson;
  • 25 words a day;
  • 5 free lessons.

disadvantages

  • No setting to Windows.

Duolingo

Rating: 4.7

Duolingo

The Duolingo app is suitable for those wishing to learn foreign languages ​​from all over the world. Moreover, the interface can be used by people of different nationalities, for example, from German or Russian to learn English. The program offers different learning algorithms depending on the required level of training: for friendly communication, travel, work, memory training, etc. The application selects a course taking into account the initial training, as well as the time that the user is ready to devote to the process every day – from 5 to 20 min., this indicator can be changed at any time.

Learning is conducted in a playful way: voiced cards with words are offered, then you need to complete the task. The student has 5 lives, but they are constantly replenished by the system, and the first time is free, then with a subscription. The system remembers problem words and common mistakes, which are taken into account when compiling lessons.

Within the course, you can study about 2000 words of English with classic British pronunciation. Duolingo can be installed on any PC, tablet or smartphone.

Advantages

  • Proven training effectiveness;
  • Timing and specifics of training;
  • Suitable for installation on any PC, Android and iPhone;
  • Memorization by the system of errors and their study.

disadvantages

  • Suddenly, after a few lessons, a paid subscription comes in handy.

HelloTalk

Rating: 4.7

HelloTalk

HelloTalk is considered to be one of the best for learning English pronunciation based on learning from native speakers. Switching between language modes is automatic. The study is based on real communication with people from different countries through video messages, correspondence. The interlocutors are selected by the system, taking into account the training of the student, the purpose of communication and preferences.

HelloTalk was the Google Play's Best of 2017 in the Social Apps category. It has become one of the most downloaded in the world, receiving a high rating. You can chat with people for free, but lessons are provided after payment. Fortunately, they are conveniently classified and built into a program for successful and logical mastering of the material.

Advantages

  • For all windows, iOs, android devices;
  • Live communication with native speakers;
  • Best Social App of 2017;
  • Improving the pronunciation of words and sentences.

disadvantages

  • Paid grammar lessons;
  • The interface is not easy to understand.

Learn English

Rating: 4.7

Learn English

The Learn English app is available only for Android OS users, as well as in the full version on the website. This is a full-fledged program for learning English at different levels, developed by teachers from a British university. With Learn English, you can improve your pronunciation skills, master grammar and business English, read the literature of classics and contemporaries in the original, magazines. Training is conducted in the form of a quiz, tests, interesting activities.

Among the shortcomings, we note the absence of the Russian language on the site – the service is ideal for those who already have basic knowledge of english. Quizzes, videos, cartoons and more are also available on the app and on the website.

Online and offline courses and correspondence supervision have been created for in-depth training. Basic lessons are free, there are paid services.

Advantages

  • English from British scholars
  • Various offline and online courses;
  • Training for the whole family.

disadvantages

  • Downloading applications only through the official website.

English Grammar in Use Activities

Rating: 4.6

English Grammar in Use Activities

The next in the ranking application, English Grammar in Use Activities, is aimed at increasing the level of knowledge of the English language for those who already speak it at least at a basic level. The program offers fun lessons and reinforcement tests, but only the first few sections are available for free. Some users complain about delays in opening blocks after payment, but this problem is quickly solved by the administration of the service.

The English Grammar in Use Activities application and website are written in English.

Advantages

  • One of the best apps for learning general intermediate English;
  • Correct pronunciation training;
  • Preparation for the intermediate level of language proficiency.

disadvantages

  • Difficulties with account synchronization (noticed, but not for all users);
  • The application is written in English.

Memrise

Rating: 4.5

Memrise

Memrise is primarily focused on improving speaking. The program differs from others in its approach to teaching.

When logging in, you must register to synchronize your account and save the learning dynamics. Then the application prompts you to choose the level and goal of learning, after which the most interesting begins: the process of mastering information is not just based on listening and repeating words and phrases from native speakers, unusual ways of memorizing are used – associations. The people themselves in the video are bright and emotional, but if for some reason the expression is not fixed in memory, you can create your own meme association. The result is reinforced by memory training and testing. With each new answer, the user of the application earns points, thanks to which he moves to all new levels.

With the free version of Memrise, you can learn English at a basic level. To expand knowledge, you must purchase a paid course. The app is available for all OS.

Advantages

  • Thorough study of new words and phrases;
  • Convenient navigation;
  • Opportunity to study English, British and American pronunciation;
  • Associative memorization.

disadvantages

  • Not defined.

Rosetta stone

Rating: 4.5

Rosetta stone

Another Rosetta Stone application available for windows, androids and iPhones is suitable only for users who speak the language. This handy program will allow not only to improve the level of knowledge of the language, but also to improve its understanding, as well as bring pronunciation to almost ideal. Rosetta Stone is one of the few applications that requires a microphone, computer, tablet or smartphone to be connected to the microphone to check the pronunciation of the program.

The main part of the application is written in English, but navigating the interface is extremely simple. Rosetta Stone is designed to be installed on Android, iPhones, and also on a computer. The service is free for the first 3 days only.

Advantages

  • 3 days of trial access to lessons for free;
  • Checking what has been learned, controlling pronunciation;
  • Choice of several languages;
  • Lots of media materials.

disadvantages

  • Difficulties may arise when registering a mailbox;
  • Only for those who know the basics of English.

Anki

Rating: 4.5

Anki

The developers of the Anki application focused primarily on the ability to make it easier to memorize words in the English language. Judging by the feedback from the users of the program, they succeeded: the material is presented in a structured form on cards with a test of the skills acquired. The system keeps statistics and analyzes the dynamics of learning: how much time was spent, words learned, and what you need to return to.

The training is conducted according to profiles: communication, medical and legal education, mastering the geography of the world, works of prose and poetry of classics and contemporaries. With Anki, you can improve your English proficiency and prepare for professional use or exam work, travel the world.

You can install Anki on devices with an operating system Windows, android, ios.

Advantages

  • Convenient form of memorizing words;
  • Structured material;
  • Filtering and organizing cards is available in manual mode;
  • Proven learning effectiveness.

disadvantages

  • Some users lack the brightness and associativity of information.

Phrasalstein

Rating: 4.4

Phrasalstein

Our review would be incomplete without Phrasalstein – an application that helps to master complex verbs, sentences with them. These are some of the most difficult words in the English language and often cause difficulties for students. The developers used catchy animation for 100 verbs, and Dr. Phrasalstein and his friends will help in the study.

The application is constantly updated and updated with all the new verbs and phrases. Learning English is available from French, Russian, German and other languages ​​- this application is used in many countries around the world. The Phrasalstein authors are members of Cambridge University Press.

Advantages

  • Study of complex constructions of the English language;
  • Associative assimilation of the material;
  • Learning from different languages ​​of the world.

disadvantages

  • Narrow specificity of language learning.

FluentU

Rating: 4.3

FluentU

The FluentU app won't be boring: it will appeal to users who prefer watching videos, and everything is presented in this form. For ease of understanding, subtitles are provided, the ability to translate unfamiliar words.

The video library includes music videos, fragments from films and trailers to them, serials, educational programs. The user of the application first carefully examines the video sequence, and then after the lesson is checked by the test. By the way, you can determine your preferred video topic before starting the lesson. Based on the most frequent preferences and level of knowledge, as well as the degree of mastering the material, the application draws up an individual training plan.

The FluentU app is available to install on android and ios.

Advantages

  • Learning English through video with subtitles;
  • Selection of the subject of videos;
  • Associative memorization;
  • Obvious learning efficiency.

disadvantages

  • Free access for 2 weeks, but subject to payment of a subscription before using it.

WordBook – English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Rating: 4.2

WordBook — English Dictionary & Thesaurus

WordBook – English Dictionary & Thesaurus is more suitable for learning new words for users with basic knowledge of the English language. Learning takes place in a playful way with the repetition of words by native speakers, deciphering the meaning of words and examples of their use in speech. Individual words can be added to favorites for deeper study or preservation as important.

The application is written for both iOs devices and android smartphones and tablets.

Advantages

  • Suitable for deep learning of new words in a convenient way;
  • Compact and intuitive interface;
  • For all kinds of mobile devices.

disadvantages

  • Limited free subscription;
  • Only for those who know the basics of English.

English Grammar Test

Rating: 4.1

English Grammar Test

One of the best apps for testing your knowledge of English is the English Grammar Test. This is a large set of tests of different levels and directions from grammar to the profile of study. The app has a check for users from schoolchildren to translation professionals. The English Grammar Test program allows you to pump your memory, identify weaknesses in the language sections and consolidate the material.

In addition to questions and answer options, each task has explanations, thanks to which you can independently improve your knowledge of grammar. However, users note the lack of translation of sentences – everything is written in English. In addition, the system does not offer to pass previously solved tests to consolidate the material.

Advantages

  • Suitable for users of all skill levels;
  • Explanations for each question;
  • Good grammar presentation;
  • For all operating systems.

disadvantages

  • Incomplete test sorting.

Urban Dictionary

Rating: 4.0

Urban Dictionary

At the end of the rating, consider the Urban Dictionary application for family learning. This is a mobile dictionary with which you can daily replenish your vocabulary – the system, in addition to the specified categories, offers randomly selected words that can be shuffled by shaking your smartphone. Of the shortcomings – only work online, Internet access is required, offline is not yet provided. Free access to the dictionary base and the ability to synchronize one account with family members, friends or colleagues make the learning process pleasant and interesting.

Advantages

  • Connecting several people to the account;
  • Convenient and free interface;
  • Visual and associative learning of new words.

disadvantages

  • No offline mode.


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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