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.

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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.

Lingbe

Free chat with random native speakers in English, Spanish and French

On Lingbe, you can make or take phone calls with random native speakers in English, Spanish and French.

PROS: No searching through profiles, scheduling meetups or back-and-forth. Simply press the button and voila, start practicing with a native speaker. It’s easiest to find partners in Spanish and English.

CONS: Without video and text chat, it can be difficult to understand your partner if neither one of you have a good level of fluency in the common language. Since you’re randomly paired, your speaking partner may not share your interests.

italki

italki

Lessons, language exchange and more—a one-stop shop for language learning!

 

italki offers a search function where you can find and book private lessons with teachers and a huge language network where you can meet learners and correct written texts and voice clips.

PROS: As one of the oldest social language learning networks, italki has a true balance of language learners from all over the world. It’s easy to meet someone and start practicing!

CONS: Due to its popularity, its not unusual for teachers and students to be harassed or even stalked, and the site implements little quality control.