How to Learn English With These 5 Apps

Let’s face it. Most of us know or understand English. The very fact that you’re reading this article is testament to that fact. However, there are a few among us that don’t know the language that fluently or don’t have proper understanding of it. This is particularly true if you’re from a country where English isn’t the native language and only acts as a secondary language. So how do you help these people get a better understanding of one of the world’s most widely spoken language? Well, there are a ton of books available in stores in regional languages to help you learn English, but who has the time for all this?

What if there was a language learning tool right within your fingertips. We’re talking about mobile apps, of course, which are available in abundance out there. We’re going to discuss five of the best mobile apps out there to help you or your peers learn English within a matter of few days or weeks. Given that most users have some knowledge of English, these apps could help them get a better understanding of the language.

So let’s read on for more details on these apps.

How to Learn English With These 5 Apps


Naturally, Duolingo features on top of our list given that it is one of the most popular language learning apps available out there. The app uses pictures and other visual cues to help you learn the language. While this makes for an exciting learning experience, the app is definitely one of the most effective ways to learn a new language, English in particular. You can choose your native language at startup and pick the language you want to learn. In addition to English, you can also learn other languages like French, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch, etc. Perhaps this is why the app was rated the “Best of the Best” in 2013 and 2014 consecutively.

It has received numerous accolades and commendations from top publications, which makes it one of the best language learning apps available out there. The best part about this app is that it’s entirely free to download, although the developer has some ads on board. You can purchase the paid license to do away with ads, however. In terms of ease of use and the languages on offer, Duolingo is certainly one of the best apps available right now. It is compatible with a wide range of smartphones and tablets, so compatibility shouldn’t be an issue unless you run an archaic version of Android.


Yet another popular language learning app and currently the Editor’s Choice app on the Play Store (like Duolingo), Memrise has impressed users all over the world with its features and the ease of learning a new language. While it is mostly used by English speakers who want to learn a new language, Memrise can also help non-English speakers learn the language. With a group of 15 million people using Memrise to learn and teach new languages, you are in very good hands here.

In addition to knowing some basic English conversational sentences, you also get a very good hold of the language once you’ve finished your course. You will also learn how to write in English and learn how to pronounce certain words. If you’re traveling to a country where English is the primary language, Memrise will definitely come in handy. The user interface is easy to understand, and you have access to chatbots which will help you improve your English skills gradually.

The app is free to download, although the developer offers a Pro version which is currently available at a discounted price for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to check it out.

Hello English

This is also a widely known English learning app that will help you through all the nuances of the language. You can learn from over 22 languages, so you don’t need to know a foreign language to learn English here. Most of the languages mentioned here are of Asian origin, so this might not apply to everyone. You can learn English from languages like Hindi, Indonesian, Thai, Arabic, Malay, Urdu, Malay, Bangladeshi Bengali, Bengali, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Oriya, Assamese, Malayalam, Chinese, Portuguese, Turkish and Nepali using Hello English, making this a comprehensive learning app.

This is undoubtedly one of the best free English learning apps available out there, which makes it accessible to a wide range of users. You can ask questions pertaining to English with teachers and experts, which enhances the overall learning experience. Naturally, you will also get a very good hold on the way some words are pronounced. It might help to have prior knowledge of the English alphabets, although it isn’t recommended to have any prior knowhow, making this usable for all.

The app is free to download, although there are in-app purchases here. There are moderate ads on board as well. It’s no surprise that a comprehensive English learning app like this is Google’s Editor’s Choice app of the year (2017) on the Play Store.

Rosetta Stone: Learn Languages

This is perhaps one of the most popular language learning services available out there. It has covered all the bases, making this a simple and effective way to learn languages. Unlike Hello English, this app allows you to learn English from a variety of European languages as well, which is a major plus here. You get access to your first lesson for free with Rosetta Stone, although users might be required to make an in-app purchase shortly after to progress further with their learning. All the menu options are easy to understand and require no prior knowledge of English.

You can download Rosetta Stone for free with no ads. But as we mentioned above, you will be required to pay up if you want to learn English in detail. This is a small price to pay for learning an entire language, so we don’t think it’s a deal breaker. The app will require smartphones and tablets running Android 5.0 and above to work.

English Conversation Practice

This app doesn’t let you study the language comprehensively, but will help you brush up on your conversational skills. If you’re wondering how to hold a steady conversation in English, this app will definitely come to your aid. There are dedicated listening exercises here to make you a better listener of the language. Further, you can also get a decent hold of the language using built-in quizzes and other attractive features. The app also comes with a conversation recording feature to help you understand how far you’ve progressed.

While you might not learn the entire language with this app, it will certainly help those users who are in between with regards to their knowledge of English. The app has received a rating of 4.6 out of 5, which tells us that users are satisfied with the results. English Conversation Practice can be downloaded for free, although there are ads and in-app purchases on board. Be sure to head over to the Play Store to check out this app.