Speaktize

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Receiving Daily Speaking Exercises, Get Personalized Feedback

PROS: Speaktize helps English learners practice the skill that they need most—speaking! Users can choose from TOEFL/IELTS, Work, Travel, and Job Interview themed questions. Each weekday learners receive a speaking exercise with new idioms and vocabulary. Within 24 hours, students receive feedback on their pronunciation, word choice and grammar including links to helpful resources and videos. Students can book a lesson for more clarification if needed.

CONS: Speaktize is not a human teacher. Speaktize is NOT conversation practice and cannot replace regular speaking practice.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I created Speaktize 🙂

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Memrise

Improve your English vocabulary with memes and quizzes

PROS: From TOEFL practice to phrasal verbs, Memrise offers a variety of courses with flashcards. Take courses created by other members or create your own course. Memrise has a scientific algorithm that interrupts your study flow and quizzes you on words and definitions. You can choose a picture (meme) or add your own to help you remember vocabulary. Memrise is free, but a paid account offers more activities.

CONS: Memrise doesn’t help much with other skills (speaking, reading, writing, listening). Vocabulary is about all you will learn from Memrise.

English Attack!

Learn English with videos and visuals

PROS: English Attack! offers fun, addictive English lessons that build your vocabulary and provide valuable listening and reading practice. If you want to improve your ability to read and listen to English, there’s hardly a better app. You can take a free trial, but the app requires a monthly subscription.

CONS: As with most apps, English Attack! doesn’t help you practice speaking! From an pedagogical standpoint, there are a lot of problems—the vocabulary definitions are too hard, advanced vocabulary is too easy. Some games crash or don’t work at all.