Many of the resources in this guide are aimed at helping you improve a certain area of English language skills, such as vocabulary, grammar, or speaking. However, there are a number of apps/programs that are designed to teach you (or enable you to learn) a language (and not only English) in a more structured way using the latest technology. Typically, they have a browser-based component as well as a mobile app. Below we look at some of the main players in this field.
ABA English — Film-based interactive English course with 144 video classes. Sign up for a free trial.
Babbel — Immerses you in a new language through real-life dialogues that get you speaking right away rather than drilling abstract sentences, vocabulary or grammar rules. Courses are based on your native language and personal interests. Read about the Babbel method here and read a review of Babbel and Duolingo here.
busuu —Takes a more 'traditional' approach than the other apps on this page with themed lessons at different levels and more emphasis on grammatical structures. What sets busuu apart is its community of users. Learners are encouraged to listen and speak a foreign language by interacting with native speakers. However, to use all these features, you'll have to subscribe to the Premium version. See pricing details here and watch a demo video here.
Duolingo — Users of Duolingo (see screenshot below) learn a new language through repetition, audibly speaking it and conversation. The app works like a game in which users receive 'experience points' for every correct answer. The lessons are designed to increase in difficulty as the user progresses. Compared with other learning apps, Duolingo is not grammar-intensive and focuses more on vocabulary and pronunciation. Watch a demo video here. Watch a review here.
EnglishClass 101 — Lessons focus on listening and pronunciation. Not as cutting-edge as some of the other sites on this page but has lots of good material. Sign up for a free 7-day trial.
Linguahouse — Find self-study materials for learning English. You can review the words, phrases and structures from any page with the Expemo app.
Memrise —Language learning platform with a website and iOS and Android apps. Memrise specialises in combining memory techniques and entertaining content in order to make language learning recreational. All courses are totally free to learn, but there are extra features and learn modes that can be unlocked with a Memrise Pro subscription. Watch demo video here. Watch a review here.
Open English —Uses online courses to teach English with live classes, native English-speaking teachers, interactive lessons and practice. There are no pricing details available on their website — you have fill out a contact form and wait to be contacted by an 'advisor'. Watch a demo video here.
Rosetta Stone — Uses the 'total immersion' approach, with only pictures and words in the target language. Watch a demo video here.
WeSpeke — Originally a language exchange website, but now also offers paid lessons which include chats with native speakers. Also has TOEFL/IELTS test prep lessons, which you can try for free. Watch demo video here.