Recently, I have been trying to convince you to spend more time studying English using technology-free resources. This post, however, will be a bit different - I guess it is super hard for me to deny my longtime love to all things tech. So today, I am sharing a few great websites/applications that I have personally found irresistible when studying, doing a research or preparing a presentation.
My number one is of course Quizlet. All my students know this app and use it - some are the devoted fans, and some prefer the-check-before-the-lesson approach. I personally believe that Quizlet is great for learning and revising vocabulary or even grammar. You can create your own vocabulary sets , combine them into bigger study units, attach pictures, listen to the correct pronunciation and what’s more you can use your mobile app to study wherever you are. Totally fantastic, have a look if the app is a novelty to you, and if you are a business professional take advantage of enrolling to my business English class on Quizlet.
Another great and fairly new discovery of mine is Youglish. Youglish uses YouTube clips to improve your English pronunciation. It gives you fast access to how English is spoken by real people and in context. All you need to do is write a word or phrase in the Youglish browser and the app generates a playlist of youtube videos where this particular word or phrase occurs. You can hear a variety of accents and check out the pronunciation of names of companies, products and people that you wouldn’t find in a dictionary.
Next, I would like to mention the app which I think is great for anybody who reads a lot on the Intenet. It is called Snippet Web Highlighter. You can highlight text on the web, create your snippets, organise them and review later on. The app gives you the opportunity to store everything in one place with the website reference. You no longer need to save the details of your online resources and waste time browsing your history.
The last thing I feel I need to talk about is Grammarly. I wasn’t sure from the start whether or not I should be recommending this app but I guess the pros outweigh the cons - so here we go. I have been using the Grammarly browser extension for Google over a year now. Grammarly claims to help you write mistake-free texts. Yes, indeed, it helps you! It draws your attention to potential mistakes and suggests different options. The danger of using this plug-in, however, is that you may get into the habit of accepting every suggested change. The app is good, not to say great- but resist the temptation of following its suggestions blindly and remember it is you who have the final say.
Written by Agnieszka Kansy