Learning another language is always very important in our education and career development. Proficiency in English can open more doors than we think. Unfortunately, not all people have access to a course due to lack of time or finances. But that’s no longer an obstacle.
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Understanding that English is the most common language of communication in the world, Google has created a tool through which you can practice without leaving your home. And best of all this activity is completely free. The tool is based on the LaMDA and PALM models of artificial intelligence applied to language. Simply put, Google created a tool that provides definitions and pronunciation practices with personalized recommendations. They are practice lessons lasting 3 to 5 minutes.
One of the advantages of this system Google has teamed up with professors at Lancaster University to provide accurate answers Adjusted for each person’s English level. The tool has the ability to provide feedback and perform contextual translations, where a word can have different meanings depending on the context in which it is used.
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Be careful, this tool is only enabled on Android cell phones and the Google app in certain countries, including Colombia. The company aims to expand this service to other geographies and expand its language offering.
The novelty of this development by Google is that the same tool detects the person’s English level and recommends exercises accordingly. The more you respond and progress in your learning process, the more the app presents your profile to improve your English, giving you a complete idea of your needs and abilities.
Therefore, Google aims to make its users learn English easily and quickly You can set daily reminders that will let you know when it’s time to take your class.
How does it work?
The first thing you need to do is go to your Google app and type “translator”. Once the search engine returns the results, select the option ‘Practice speaking in English’, This will take you to a page where you can
Using the Google Tool.
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Initially, Google will ask you a question, e.g. What do you do for happiness? (What do you do for fun?), suggests using a specific word to answer. In this case, it is recommended to do so play (to play). Activate the microphone and verbally answer the question using the suggested word.
The tool will mark you with a rating bar that turns green if you did it right, gray if you made an error, or red if the exercise was incorrect.
In addition to an assessment, The tool gives you other response options. For example, if you answer: I play video games (I play video games), in addition to giving you a green rating, the tool also gives you other examples with the word play. I play sportss (I play sports) or I like to play board games with my friends (I like to play board games with my friends).
Once you answer the first question, you can access the second and so on. The tool also allows you to view the calendar you can Track which days you did exercises, your answer history and how many questions you answered well, average and poorly.
In addition to the new Google tool, which will allow you to practice English, we recommend other options designed for this purpose or learn this language from scratch without any basis.
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– Duolingo: It is a very popular app for learning languages. Yes, they don’t only teach English here, but More than 40 languages. Duolingo uses artificial intelligence to adapt to a person’s skill level and provide better exercises to learn and practice not only speaking, but also listening, reading, writing and grammar. Duolingo is free to download and use; However, there is a paid premium version to get offline lessons and no ads.
– FluentU: The app has a self-learning component as it works through videos and is perfect for listening to the language and learning applied vocabulary. While the video is playing, you can read the English subtitles. If you don’t understand a word, hover your cursor over it to get the meaning. At the end, you will be given a test to see how well you have understood the audiovisual material. FluentU is known as “YouTube for language learners”. You can try this app for free for 15 days. If you prefer, you will be charged a monthly fee of US$30.
– Tandem: This app is perfect for practicing English It connects native speakers with students so that both can exchange linguistic skills. Native Tandem users are looking to learn or practice another language in addition to helping teach English. Communication channels are through messages, audios and video calls. If you are planning to travel and meet people, this app allows you to make friends and communicate with people in a specific city. Lastly, Tandem offers 20- and 60-minute training sessions.
EL Universal (Mexico) – GDA
With additional information from EL TIEMPO