Let’s Play a Kahoot

  Kahoot is a free app where you try to answer questions about many topics, including English, in a game-style way.  You get points for answering a question correctly – and quickly.  Let’s try a 5-minute Kahoot especially for beginners on this blog:

 

You can also open the Kahoot app, press “Enter PIN” and enter this number: 0900656
Good Luck!

Soon there will be more articles about how to use the Kahoot app to test, and improve your English.

Tiny Little Crosswords

    Tiny Little Crosswords is a free app for iPhones and iPads.  Each puzzle is small – only a few words – so you can finish a puzzle quickly.  Some are easy, and some are more difficult. They now give you one free puzzle every day – another good way to improve your vocabulary!  Here are a few examples:

       

(BLUE, RED); (TWO, SIXTY, ZERO); (MAY, APRIL, JULY)

Newsela

Newsela is a website and app that helps you improve your reading, with interesting articles in many subjects – science, politics, famous people, sports, etc.

There are five different versions of article, with different levels of reading difficulty.  Newsela is not just for people learning English, so you should start at the easiest levels of a story and go higher if you are able. You can also take a short quiz about the story.  There are hundreds of good articles – all freebut you must create an account and Sign in.  Here’s one about emojis.

For Spanish speakers, there are many articles written in Spanish, also with 5 different levels of reading difficulty, so you can read the same story in Spanish and English.

 

Rosetta Stone

 Rosetta Stone is a very good app to learn English (and other languages).  It’s available for Apple and Android phones and tablets.  The app is also very expensive – $199 – but you can try the first lesson for free.  (Lesson 1 gives you about an an hour of practice or more) 

With this app you can learn vocabulary and grammar and practice your pronunciation.  You can also press “MENU” to get to “Extended Learning” for Lesson 1, which gives you:

  • more than 160 common English phrases (Ex: “How much does this cost?”; “We need help.”)
  • a story that you can read, listen to, and record yourself reading out loud
  • 8 minutes of basic sentences – Listen to these and then try to speak them

The free part of the app is only a small part of the whole package.

Boggle – Word Game

  Boggle is a simple word game that helps you practice and improve your vocabulary.  You get 16 letters (4 x 4) and make as many words as you can.  In the picture example, they are making the word “SUPER”.

The most fun way to play is using the actual game with friends or family.  You can get it at Amazon, Target, Walmart, etc for about $8.

There are also Boggle apps for iPhone and Android.  You can play this by yourself, or with friends online.

There’s another free word game app very similar to Boggle called Spell Mania (iPhone/iPad) You play this by yourself – with a time limit or not.  With Spell Mania, you can look up the meaning of the words that you find and see words you didn’t find.  If you play many times, you can see information about how you are improving.

There are many Boggle-style games that you can play for free on your home computer.  One good one is on Wordplays. You drag your mouse across the letters to make your words.  At the end of three minutes, it tells you which of your words are correct – or not correct – and then it tells you other words you could have used.  And – you can click on any of the words to find out the meaning.

Here’s a video on the basic way to play Boggle: