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8 Apps to use in Summer 2016

8 Apps to use in Summer 2016

Planning a short August holiday? Sometimes the best tool for preparing and sorting your holiday is available in your pocket every day. I’ve picked out some of the top apps that I think will allow you to organise and perfect your holiday experience. Whether it’s capturing the moments or brushing up on the lingo, this selection has my highest recommendations:

1. Grid Diary

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    Want to kick-off that journal you’ve been talking about all year? Summer holiday is a perfect time, grabbing a notebook is an option, but so is Grid Diary. It’s a great app for creating short diary entries, but also answering the questions that matter to you every day. Eg. What is my focus today?

    Worth using by the pool to get clear on your goals, and capture some memories. I’ve been using this across my week and have found some great ways to improve smaller areas of my lifestyle. It’s free on iOS too.

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    2. Quick Fit

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      Already booked the holiday and need some quick workout time? This App is fantastic for smart 7-minute workouts with no weights needed. Waiting at the airport, and want to quickly boost your energy? These workouts are designed to be short, sharp and lots of fun. This is a handy app for your adventures – it’s £1.49 or $2.79 on iOS.

      3. Todoist

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        Want to get a little work done on the holiday, or blog your experiences? But need a tool to manage your task list. Todoist is your ideal to do list for on the go. It’s perfect for a vacation as it has a substantial offline experience, allowing you to get a lot of work ticked off without WiFi. Download on iOS, Android and Windows Phone (free).

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        4. FlashAcademy

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          Need to brush up on your language skills before the big summer holiday? This new language learning app would be my tip! Great selection of short-burst 5-minute lesson as well as some pretty addictive word games. I also love the Object translator within the app; you can translate anything around you into lots of different languages. I’m currently using it for French and enjoying the experience, as well as the cultural tips within the lessons. Download on iOS and Android (free)

          5. SimpleHabit

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            It’s time to zen out on this holiday, grab some free space. Take a few of the guided meditations sessions on this App, and enjoy some think space-time. I took some of the sessions on this App in the morning every two days; it helps me improve my focus for the day, and something I think everyone should try out. Kick back and try some out on your holiday for super relaxation.

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            6. Google Keep

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              They keep building on Google Keep, and it keeps getting better. No pun intended. They’ve added a web clipped and smarter label features to the service, and it’s great. I recommend for making short notes, or lists. Imagine these as your digital Post-it notes. Keep is perfect for quick notes and recommendations for food, locations, and contacts you discover on your holiday. Download on iOS and Android (free).

              7. HelloTalk

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                HelloTalk is a great app for before you go abroad. Use HelloTalk to start speaking with natives, and building mini-friendships by teaching and learning from others. I really enjoy using HelloTalk, it’s impressive. It’s fun, it’s easy to get started and will massively help you progress with your language learning. Download on iOS and Android (free)

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                8. Google Photos

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                  You’ll go to holiday, and stress out about having to delete those 340 photos from your camera roll to free-up space for the vacation snaps. Google photos are your ideal companion on holiday to manage all your photos without any issues. It’s totally free too! And I can’t stop recommending it! Download for free for Android and iOS.

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                  Published on January 18, 2019

                  Best 5 Language Learning Apps to Easily Master a New Language

                  Best 5 Language Learning Apps to Easily Master a New Language

                  Learning a new language is no easy feat. While a language instructor is irreplaceable, language learning apps have come to revolutionize a lot of things and it has made language learning much easier. Compared to language learning websites, apps offer a more interactive experience to learn a new language.

                  The following language learning apps are the top recommended apps for your language learning needs:

                  1. Duolingo

                    Duolingo is a very successful app that merged gamification and language learning. According to Expanded Ramblings, the app now counts with 300 million users.

                    Duolingo offers a unique concept, an easy-to-use app and is a great app to accompany your language acquisition journey. The courses are created by native speakers, so this is not data or algorithm-based.

                    The app is free and has the upgrade options with Duolingo Plus for $9.99, which are add free lessons. The mobile app offers 25 languages and is popular for English-speaking learners learning other languages.

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                    Download the app

                    2. HelloTalk

                      HelloTalk aims to facilitate speaking practice and eliminate the stresses of a real-time and life conversation. The app allows users to connect to native speakers and has a WhatsApp like chat that imitates its interface.

                      There is a perk to this app. The same native speakers available also want to make an even exchange and learn your target language, so engagement is the name of the game.

                      What’s more, the app has integrated translation function that bypasses the difficulties of sending a message with a missing word and instead fills in the gap.

                      Download the app

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                      3. Mindsnacks

                        Remember that Duolingo has integrated gamification in language learning? Well, Mindsnacks takes the concept to another level. There is an extensive list of languages available within the app comes with eight to nine games designed to learn grammar, vocabulary listening.

                        You will also be able to visualize your progress since the app integrates monitoring capabilities. The layout and interface is nothing short of enjoyable, cheerful and charming.

                        Download the app

                        4. Busuu

                          Bussu is a social language learning app. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS. It currently supports 12 languages and is free.

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                          The functionality allows users to learn words, simple dialogues and questions related to the conversations. In addition, the dialogues are recorded by native speakers, which brings you close to the language learning experience.

                          When you upgrade, you unlock important features including course materials. The subscription is $17 a month.

                          Download the app

                          5. Babbel

                            Babbel is a subscription-based service founded in 2008. According to LinguaLift, it is a paid cousing of Duolingo. The free version comes with 40 classes, and does not require you to invest any money.

                            Each of the classes starts with with a sequential teaching of vocabulary with the help of pictures. The courses are tailor made and adapted to the students’ level, allowing the learning to be adjusted accordingly.

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                            If you started learning a language and stopped, Babbel will help you pick up where you started.

                            Download the app

                            Takeaways

                            All the apps recommended are tailored for different needs, whether you’re beginning to learn a language or trying to pick back up one. All of them are designed by real-life native speakers and so provide you with a more concrete learning experience.

                            Since these apps are designed to adapt to different kinds of learning styles, do check out which one is the most suitable for you.

                            Featured photo credit: Yura Fresh via unsplash.com

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