1. A flexible, advanced, and fun tool to learn English exactly at your level. 2. Without subscribing, you can access 6 courses that are relevant to your skills.
ABA English is currently one of the fastest growing language apps for iPad and iPhone. At first, I was skeptical. On the surface, the app looks like a fun stuff for beginners. I was so wrong!
To start using the app, you have to sign in with Google, Facebook, or email. Take the test to determine your current level. Then, dismiss two windows that prompt you to subscribe – look for the text “Thank you. I’ll continue without subscribing.” No, you are ready to test the app.
Without subscribing, you can access 6 courses that are relevant to your skills. Each class starts with a video. Then you can test how you speak (you can record your voice and compare it with the voice-over), practice writing, learn new words, and do a few more exercises.
The range of lessons in a free plan will definitely not match your interests (you will need to get a Premium Plan to be able to choose specific topics) but it’s a great way to figure out whether Smart Learning method, by many experts called “revolutionary,” is something you feel good about.
Benefits: A flexible, advanced, and fun tool to learn English exactly at your level. Compatibility: iPad, iPhone. Price: Free (6 classes and 6 videos); multiple ABA English Premium subscription plans starting from $9.99.
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