Fleex – A Revolution

‘I watch TV series with English subtitles.’

This is the answer of many learners when they are asked what they do to improve their language skills. For many years, I have been trying to tell my students watching TV series is not enough, they need to follow a systematic way like writing unknown words down, watching them again after they find the meaning of the unknown words, repeat long and complicated sentences etc. However, my students don’t find these very practical.

When I came across FLEEX, only one word came into my mind; Revolution which can solve the problem.fleex logo

With this web page, you can watch some different TV series, TED talks, short films, web series, and animated films with English subtitles.  Here comes a wonderful thing about it, you can click on subtitles when you want to learn the meaning of a word. Then a dictionary appears and gives you the meaning in English and in your native language. You can learn it immediately and also you can save it to your word list by clicking on the star icon next to it.

What do you think? Isn’t it a revolution?

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Apps for learners II

They are easy to use, they are fun, they are really useful. Here come some more apps for you!

When you click on the pictures below, you will be directed to their websites where you can download these apps.

 episodeDo you like reading stories? What about being a hero in a story? Episode has a  wide catalog of stories in any of your favorite genres from adventure to romance to fantasy!
- INTERACTIVE STORIES: make choices that determine who you meet, what friends you make and what people think of you!
- UNRAVEL mysteries and help your character survive the dangers that lie ahead!
- DRESS your character and choose the style that will help you succeed!

british council  Listen to and watch  English learning podcasts and videos in LearnEnglish Audio & Video! The app is packed with lots of cool features like landscape video mode, an audio script and glossary. Improve your listening and learn new vocabulary on your mobile device, anytime, anywhere!

brainpopThe BrainPOP Featured Movie and BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week apps regularly deliver fresh movies, quizzes, and bonus features right to your handheld device. They cover a breadth of relevant topics including current events, historical figures and milestones, holidays, curricular subjects, and more.

phrase a day

Phrase-a-day app is really useful to learn daily usages and idioms. You can improve your English one phrase at a time with the Headway Phrase-a-day app.

 

phrasal verb machine

 

 Understanding the meanings of phrasal verbs is one of the true challenges for English language learners. The Phrasal Verbs Machine, developed by Cambridge University, is a free app which helps ELL students learn the meanings of phrasal verbs. There are short animations that illustrate the meanings of many common phrasal verbs. Also, there is a written definition below each animation.  You can find an example sentence in English and the translation into five different languages,too.

App Store                 Google Play

 

News for Students of English

news in levels  newsinlevels.com has a very successful way to improve vocabulary knowledge in English with news.

First, you listen and read a story which has really simple words.

Then, you will read the same news with more difficult vocabularies and and phrases.

Finally, you can read and watch a video of the original story which is not filtered.

These stories are very short and easy to follow.

To be better, you should write unknown words and read the news again and again. By the way, you can share your comments about the news on that page, it’s a good way for communication.

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Reading is fun with comic books

It’s obvious that reading is one of the most important skills for a language learner. To get better in English, we should give enough importance to reading. However, reading newspapers can be difficult, simplified story books sometimes can be boring. If you feel so, I suggest you have a look at these comic books and graphic novels. Learning new vocabulary and daily usages can be easier. By the help of new technology, it’s possible to read interactive graphic novels which are supported with sound and action.

Have fun.

heroes

Heroes are online web comics which supplement the NBC’s television drama of the same name. It’s possible to download or read online.

 

 

 

 

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Never Mind the Bullets offers the traditional comic strip experience enriched by the effects of parallax. By a simple movement of the mouse the strip becomes animated and the story comes to life. The story unfolds at LongHorn Gush, a quiet town troubled by a band of outlaws that call themselves «The Red Bandanas».

 

 

 

opertaion ajax

Operation Ajax is a new way of graphic novel. Combining subtle animation with a full film score, the story unfolds in a groundbreaking cinematic reading experience.  It’s free and available for iPad and iPhone users for now.

 

 

s James Jenson, A British soldier whose family is brutally murdered by a corrupt superior officer, seeks refuge with the Indian mystics known as Sadhus. Years later, now trained in their supernatural arts, Jenson must decide whether to use his newfound powers for enlightenment as they are intended, or for revenge against the people who murdered his family.

The Sadhu is a mystic journey of a British soldier in India. It’s possible to download the first episode via itunes or you can read all the episodes on Scribd. (for a limited time)

 

 

vera blanc

Vera Blanc is a series of detective / mystery games. In each episode, you investigate supernatural events, paranormal activity and occultism. The game reads like a comic book, but players will be able to change the story by controlling Vera’s decisions at crucial plot points. In a profession this dangerous, one false step can lead to a premature end!

First two episodes are free and available for all platforms. It’s worth to pay!

Podcasts for learners

Podcasts are digital media files ( audio or video). They are produced in series. You can be a subscriber and get any new files published.
There are a lot of Podcasts for English language learners. It’s a good idea to choose and follow one of them.  To improve and keep your English alive, you need to do some practice systematically. Podcasts can help you to do this.
There are some podcasts given, but you can find more on the Web. Just look for them.
Have fun!

eslimages There are some free podcasts. It is possible to reach more sources  by buying a subscription.

Elementary-Podcast-S3-260x160British Council (FREE) Elementary Podcast is one of the best. You can  download the audio and transcript of each episode. It’s also possible to download them on your mobile devices.

BBC-learning-six-minute-english-1Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC.  Each programme is six minutes long and contains examples and explanations to help you improve your knowledge of the English language across a wide range of topics.

business english podThe Business English App is a powerful app packed with real business English for real business people. Language skills, communication tips, vocabulary, idioms, and more, in effective snack-sized audio lessons.

the newyorker fiction

This is a monthly fiction podcast  with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman. It’s suitable for high-level learners. You can listen to authentic stories and conversations related with them.

new yorker animated cartoons

Reading cartoons can be a really good way to understand a country’s culture, ‘watching’ them can be awesome. These animated cartoons are short and great for fun.

iTunes    or New Yorker Home page

Apps for English Learners (ı)

You don’t have time to open your coursebooks, workbooks or Multimedia CDs but you have time to do something on your mobile phones. Let’s do something for English with these cool apps.

Grammar Apps

book1-sm MyGrammarLab is a 3 level series that takes students from elementary to advanced level grammar through a unique blend of book, online and mobile resources.

App Store      Google Play

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grammar up  Grammar Up was designed to replicate questions with a business focus commonly found in the popular   TOEIC (TM) English proficiency test.
Grammar Up can help learners to improve their grammar, word selection and vocabulary.

                App Store      Google Play

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Speaking Apps

speaking pal  Speakingpal Plus 

Simply talk with a video character and get immediate feedback on how well you just spoke.

  App Store     Google Play

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english tutor   SpeakingPal English Tutor

Speak with a video Character and get instant feedback.You speak English and SpeakingPal listens! Improve your English speaking skills.

                  App Store     Google Play

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Pandorabots English Tutor   Pandorabots English Tutor

English Tutor is an online language robot created to help English learners practice speaking English.

                  Google Play

 

TED: ideas worth sharing

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TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.

You can listen and learn amazing ideas and experiences of  creative, devoted people. They can help you to open your mind.

Also, you can watch all these amazing videos with English subtitles and see the transcripts of the videos.

A short introduction from TED’s website;

We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. So we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. This site, launched in April 2007, is an ever-evolving work in progress, and you’re an important part of it. Have an idea? We want to hear from you.

I would like to share one of my favorite TED talks ;