7 Best Apps to Learn English for Students Studying Abroad

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By Shorelight Team
Last updated on August 11, 2023

Learning English starts with your smartphone! Choose the right English-language learning app for you to learn English grammar, vocabulary, conversation skills, and more.

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A language learning app is a great way to learn or improve your English. The different types of apps available offer fun, quick, and easily accessible tools with unique features that are tailored to your level of language learning. 

Want to choose the best English language app for you? Here is our list of the top seven apps to improve your English and the features they offer.

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1. Rosetta Stone – Most Versatile App

This award-winning English language learning app teaches grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. All lessons are available on the app, or you can download audio lessons to learn offline.

The free trial and paid versions of the app are available for Android, iOS, and Windows.

2. FluentU – Best Media-based App

This app sources English-language videos from the real world — including news, music videos, and commercials — to help you learn English. Interactive captions allow you to tap any word and see more information about it.

The app’s free trial and paid monthly subscriptions are available for Android and iOS.

3. Hello English – Best App for Intermediate Learners

Hello English is a media-rich app that helps intermediate English language learners improve their language skills. The lessons begin with a language test from which your lessons are then curated. Hello English supports learners in 23 native languages and lets you play games, watch videos, and listen to audiobooks.

Free versions of the app are available for iOS, Android, and Windows.

4. Duolingo – Most Fun App

This personalized English-learning app turns studying English into a game. Earn virtual coins to unlock new levels and spend them on fun upgrades. The app uses animated characters to keep you company and encourage you as you learn, and all your questions can be answered by fellow student users using the Duolingo message boards.

Free and paid versions of the app are available for Android, iOS, and Windows.

5. HelloTalk – Best Conversational App

HelloTalk gives users the opportunity to learn English by conversing with native speakers. Chat with English speakers from around the world via text, voice recording, voice call, video call, and even drawings. The app also allows you to ask questions from the app community and get feedback from native speakers!

The free version of the app is available for iOS and Android.

6. Babbel - Best Practical App 

Babbel teaches you English through 15-minute lessons that include realistic conversations surrounding your personal interests. The app features written and audio versions of the vocabulary used in each lesson to solidify your understanding of the language. 

Free and paid versions of the app are available for iOS and Android.

7. Memrise - Best Vocabulary App 

Memrise uses flashcards, games, and videos to teach English words and phrases and improve your vocabulary. Users learn primarily through word association or word and object association. Users create or recommend many of the courses and flashcards, so you can learn English using their tried-and-true techniques.

Free and trial versions of the app are available for iOS and Android

Want even more English language resources? Check out on-campus English programs at Shorelight universities

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