Hey everyone. Welcome back to Pronunciation with Emma. In this video we’re gonna be talking about some of my favourite apps. They
are in no particular order but I will be talking about why I like them and also why I don’t
like them. Let’s start with a really common one first, Duolingo. I have a love-hate relationship
with Duolingo, I do like it, it if free, you cannot complain when something is free, erm,
however I do find that although I learn grammar and vocabulary and I can also practise my
speaking as well with this, the sentence that it generates are ones that are not gonna be
really useful to me and sometimes the sentences that it generates are a little bit creepy.
For example, a couple of years ago I remember practising my Spanish with this app, I was
sitting, just chilling, practising on Duolingo and it gave me the sentence “my dead parents
are under the table” and “where are my dead parents?”. This creeped me the hell
out and I stopped using the app for quite a few years, so, hopefully I will never have
to use these sentences. I now know them in Spanish in case I ever need to use them, but
I hope to got that I never have to use these sentences. So sometimes they are a little
bit creepy, erm, and they’re probably not very realistic, you’re probably really not
gonna use them. However, I definitely say it’s one of the best free apps out there.
Another one that’s very similar to Duolingo is Memrise. I quite like Memrise. I find that
the sentences are a lot more realistic. It teaches you vocabulary and grammar but it
goes through proper phrases that you will actually say which makes this a little bit
better than Duolingo. I must say that it does get a little bit repetitive and even a little
but boring sometimes so it’s not the most fun app to learn new vocabulary and grammar
fun but it’s free. You can’t complain. So, I like it, I use it from time to time
as well. Now this one is slightly different because it’s not necessarily a language
learning app, it’s more a place where you just go and you find someone to speak to who
wants to exchange language with you so I went on there and I had a very mixed experience.
I did find that, as a woman, I had a lot of messages from men sending me, not necessarily
perverted messages but I don’t think they were on this app to practise their English.
I think they were on this app to try and find a woman, and that’s not what I’m looking for.
So, ladies, and gentlemen, do approach this app with caution because there are a couple
of predators on there, however, I did strike lucky and I did find someone to sit and practise
my Spanish with. Unfortunately, we didn’t keep in contact but it was great to sit and
find someone who I could practise my English with, no, I didn’t wanna practise my English,
my Spanish. They practised their English, I practised my Spanish. Now this one is probably
my favourite flash card app, it’s Tinycards. It’s really cute. I really really like this
one. Again, it’s completely free, I think as well it’s made by the same guys who did
Duolingo, so it has that similar kind of style to it. But it’s really good. I like this one.
I think as well, you can also create your own flash cards so imagine you’re reading
a book or watching a TV series and you want a way to practise the vocabulary that you’re
learning, you can download Tinycards, again it’s completely free, download that, put the
words in there, and practise. Last but not least, my favourite one, Drops. This app is
beautifully designed. I really really like this one. I play on this every single day,
either when I just wake up or before I go to bed. It is free but you can pay to upgrade
it, if you use the free version then there is a cap. So you have a certain time limit
before you can use the app again, basically. But if you pay to upgrade it then you can
remove that cap and you can play on it as much as you like. So, not good for grammar,
it teaches no grammar, but it’s excellent for vocabulary, so it’s really good for me
cause that’s what I look for in an app. I feel like I can study and practise the grammar
elsewhere, and drops is a really nice little supplement to that. So that’s it for this
video, I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Let me know in the comments what you favourite app is.
I must also say that I’ve not been sponsored, or paid, or endorsed, or bribed, or even asked
by any of these companies to promote their app. These are the ones that I’ve tried, they’re
my opinions, no one has paid me to say anything about these apps. I’ve literally just chosen
my favourite ones from my phone that I have and I’m giving them to you, as a gift. They
are all free so of course you can pay to upgrade and you get a couple of extra features but
I’ve just been using the free versions for now, at least, I’m seriously considering upgrading
the Drops one, that’s for sure, but I’m, I dunno, I kinda like having to wait with Drops.
I like having that cap because it makes me really keen and really eager to play it again
when that limit has finished. Anyway, I hope you have a fantastic week, don’t forget to
let me know what your favourite apps are down in the comments and I will see you next time.
Bye bye, guys. And last but not least, my favourite one is Drops. I absolutely love
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