Before you read a text about the online language service Italki, read the following comprehension questions.
 

1. What word is used in the second paragraph to describe italki?

2. What social media service can you use to login to italki with?

3. How much do italki credits cost?

4. How many free credits do you get if you sign up using our link?

5. Approximately how much cheaper is italki than a normal language school?
   

Now read the text and answer the questions.
 
Is italki the best way to improve your English?Practica con un profesor de inglés con Italki

Let me begin by saying that italki is a sponsor of our podcast Aprender Inglés con Reza y Craig. They pay us money to advertise their product. Nevertheless, I believe that italki offers a very good service to language students and I’d like to explain why.

Italki is basically a marketplace for teachers and students to find each other and study online using the internet.

So, how does it work? Well, you sign up (or simply login with Facebook), you choose a native English teacher and you start studying.

You decide how much you want to pay, because there are different prices for different teachers. The teachers put the price per lesson next to their photo.

Diccionario onlineOften there’s a short video that the a teacher makes that you can watch to see if you want to try that teacher and don’t worry because if you decide after one or two lessons that you don’t really like the teacher, you can change and choose another one until you find a teacher that you feel comfortable with.

You pay for lessons with italki credits that you buy on the website with your credit card. 100 italki credits is about 9 or 10 euros. If you go to inglespodcast/italki  you can get 100 credits free when you register.

We’re convinced that this is one of the best ways of improving your English, especially your speaking and listening. You get personal attention in a private class at a time that is suitable for you and a price you can afford.

Why pay about 30% more at a language school when you can study with a native speaker online?

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Before you read a text about language learning apps, read the following comprehension questions.
 

1. Which app uses the approach of 'digital emersion'?

2. Which app focuses on the 10 most commonly used verb tenses in English?

3. Which app has a function which includes 250 most commonly used English words?

4. In which year did Duolingo win the Best App award?

5. Which app has 15 words per lesson?

6. Which app searches the Web for articles that interests you?
   

Now read the text and answer the questions.
 
3 HOT APPS TO FAST TRACK YOUR ENGLISH

Curso de Inglés en Audio MansionAuto para móviles
If you have an iPhone, iPod or iPad, I’m sure you’re using our iMansionauto level 1 and iMansionauto level 2 (Cursos de inglés en audio) or inglespodcast apps to improve your English, and also listening to our podcasts on your mobile phones and tablets direct from our webpage or via the iOS podcast app or Stitcher.

In addition to the above, here are 3 more apps you might want to use to improve your English.

- Duolingo 

Duolingo has the reputation of being one of the best apps available for learning any language, not only English. It won Best App for 2013 for both the Google Play Store and the Apple IOS AppStore.
Duolingo is like a game. You receive experience points for every correct answer. You get an in-game currency called Lingots and you use this to get items from Duolingo's virtual store.
So how does Duolingo improve your English? Well, you learn through repetition, by speaking English and by having conversations in English.
The lessons are designed to increase in difficulty as you progress and get better.
Don’t expect intense and complicated grammar explanations on Duolingo because it only focuses on 10 of the most commonly used verb tenses so that lower-level students can pick up English more easily.

- Memrise

The clue is in the name. Memrise improves your English by helping you memorize different words.Diccionario online
The app is free to download and features different learning modules depending on your level. So you can practise English at a very basic level or more advanced.
It also lets you study English vocabulary through functions such as "250 most commonly used English words" and "English vocabulary by frequency."
Memrise's lessons typically consist of an English word, its definition in Spanish and an audio recording of how you pronounce it. You study 15 words per lesson.

- Lingua.ly 

This is another wonderful language learning tool that helps you become familiar with English vocabulary words while browsing the Web.
Linugua.ly helps you improve your English by "digital immersion." All levels are available, from beginner to advanced language learners.
How does this one work? You import word lists that reflect your hobbies and interests and the app finds real articles from the web and puts them into your feed.
It only searches for material that interests you, so you are never bored by reading stuff you don’t care about (like in typical English textbooks, for example!)
You create flashcards with the words that are highlighted and there’s an audio pronunciation feature that you can turn on or off.
There’s also a pronunciation guide, and an example of the online text that puts everything into context.
By double clicking on other words in the articles you can select them to widen your vocabulary. There is a Spanish-English dictionary and the app works via the Chrome extension or on any mobile device.

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