Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Business English App Gives You Fresh Phrases for the Office

The new Business English Power Idioms app from Language Success Press teaches 100 idioms you can use
on the job. You'll understand you colleagues better and speak with more confidence with this new set of expressions. They were selected by business English author Amy Gillett, MBA. Expressions include:

  • rally the troops
  • play favorites
  • get hammered by
  • jump into the fray
  • pale in comparison
  • stick to one's guns
  • stay the course
  • hit pay dirt
  • lion's share

The app has many handy features, such as flashcard functionality and interactive quizzes. You can tap the speak icon to hear native speakers say the idioms and examples aloud. The app also lets you study by category, which makes your learning more organized and efficient. This is a great tool for improving your Business English. The app is compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod. At only $3.99, it gives you lots of bang for your buck!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

New iPad App teaches Everyday English through Videos

We all know that images help with language learning. And there's nothing like video to assist with the learning process. It makes learning more engaging. English language learners will be delighted by the realistic animated videos integrated into the new iPad app Speak English Around Town. 

The new ESL app includes a total of 15 lessons, each featuring a video with a lively dialogue. The videos have subtitles with the target expressions highlighted. Target expressions and idioms are defined. After study the expressions, the user can take a variety of quizzes and get immediate feedback.

Through lively and realistic dialogues, the new Speak English Around Town iPad teaches the expressions you need for everyday life. These are expressions you will use when shopping, dining out, traveling, and during a dozen other daily activities.

The app is the latest offering from Language Success Press, which also offers the popular Speak English Like an American app for iPad and iPhone and 6 other apps for learning English:

This video is from the first lesson, which focuses on shopping. It features such useful expressions as "Just browsing" and "hold off."

Thursday, December 13, 2012

New ESL App Teaches Business English & Everyday English

A new iPad app for ESL learners -
a very handy tool for self-study
Wow, the new iPad app Say it Better in English really "packs a punch!" It teaches over 300 American English expressions, idioms and phrasal verbs.

The app is the perfect tool for those who need to improve their business English. The app teaches useful expressions related to participating in meetings, talking on the telephone, and dealing with everyday issues at the office. The app also includes hundreds of expressions related to daily life, in areas including shopping, traveling and socializing.

Lively cartoons show how each expression is used in real-life situations. When the learner taps the speaker icon, the cartoon comes to life with native English speakers reading the text aloud. Each expression has two additional usage examples that include audio. Interactive quizzes give immediate feedback with reward icons.

Users can customize their learning experience with the help of a study set feature. Users can add expressions they want to keep studying to the customized study set. A bookmark feature lets users continue studying where they left off.

Users can study by category, with the expressions grouped into categories include: On the Telephone, Travel, Shopping, At the Office, Socializing, Time, and others.

The app is designed to let users study English for as little as 15 minutes a day. That's about how long it takes to go through a block of 10 expressions and then take a quiz.

A lite version of the iPad app is available for free. The full version at $9.99 teaches 312 expressions, while the free version teaches 10.

The bottom line is, you get a lot of bang for your buck and learn a lot of useful English with the Say it Better in English app.

Download the app

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

English by Radio Offers a Fun Way to Improve your English

One of the 8 new apps using radio broadcasts
as a learning tool for ESL students.
English by Radio offers a new series of mobile apps to help ESL learners improve their English. The initial launch consists of eight apps, each featuring an eposide of an old-time popular radio program — including an episode from Gunsmoke, a crime drama, a comedy, and a sciece fiction drama.

The app lets you listen to the radio show at either regular speed (which will be too fast for most ESL students, at least listening for the first few times) and slow speed (just right for ESL students!).

As you listen to the show, you see the text on screen so you can read along. Target vocabulary is highlighted. For example, all idioms are in green text. Tap on "wipe him out" and you get the entire phrase plus the definition: to wipe one out - to destroy someone financially. Non-standard pronunciation is also highlighted. For example, tap on "gonna" and you'll learn that it's a relaxed pronuncation of "going to." The app also provides a handy master list of vocabulary, idioms, and slang so you can study them before you start listening to the radio show. There's also a short grammar lesson and a comprehension quiz included.

These apps are a fun way to practice English. They'll help ESL students improve their comprehension and build their American English vocabulary. And it's nice that these old radio broadcasts -- long forgotten by most Americans -- have been dusted off and are getting a new life with a new audience!

The price per app is $2.99. Click here to access the Gunsmoke app on iTunes

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New ESL app for Business English

Check out our new apps for Business English. These ESL apps each teach over 200 business English expressions through 15 realistic business dialogues

These apps are based on the bestselling book "Speak Business English Like an American" by American English language expert Amy Gillett, MBA. Be more effective on the job! Communicate like a native speaker of English with the ultimate app for today's Business English! American English speakers use many phrases and expressions on the job. If you don’t know these expressions, you’re left out of the conversation! These  apps will help you speak better business English, quickly and confidently. You’ll learn the idioms & expressions that you hear at work — no matter where you work or what your job is. 

The 15 lessons in each app feature topics including: talking about company strategy, running a meeting, motivating co-workers, talking about financial issues, discussing good and bad results, and more.

Listen to 8 native speakers read the conversations aloud. Play the dialogues all at once or listen line by line. The record feature lets you record yourself reading the text. Then you can play it back and compare yourself with the native speakers on the apps. Interactive quizzes let you check your new knowledge.

For iPad click here
For iPod & iPhone click here.

Monday, June 13, 2011

New Punctuation ESL app is a handy guide

Dots and Squiggles is a new iPhone app that offers a handy guide to English punctuation. The app covers all of the major punctuation marks: the obvious ones such as commas, question marks, and periods . . . but also the less common ellipses, brackets, and [square brackets]. Sentence examples are included to show you the punctuation in action. That is particularly helpful for those of us who sometimes can't remember the order of punctuation (do periods go inside or outside of brackets?!). The graphics are clear and simple, making the app easy to navigate. At $1.99, this is a very handy and worthwhile tool to store in any iPhone -- for native English speakers and for ESL students.

Dots and Squiggles on the iTunes store.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

New ESL app for Business English

Want to improve your Business English? Check out the new Business English Power Verbs app on iTunes. This app teaches 101 of the business verbs that will help you speak better at work. Features include two sentence examples for each verb (with audio) and two sets of quizzes with immediate feedback.

Business English Power Verbs for iPad
Business English Power Verbs for iPod & iPhone

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