Best English Learning Apps For Kids

Not everyone is adept at English. Thanks to technology though, English learning apps can greatly help. But which are the best English learning apps for kids to download? Check out our list here.

By Sarika Chuni

Best English Learning Apps For Kids
There are a number of English learning apps available for download

If you are an Indian living within the country, chances are you know at least two languages, your mother tongue and English, if not more. As a multilingual country, we have had English as the common thread that binds us across the nation.

With the advent of globalisation and the growth of the Indian economy, speaking and understanding English has become a necessity. Those who wanted to hone their skills in English to enhance their job prospects, lined up to enroll in various English-speaking institutes that mushroomed in big and small cities.

Growing up in bilingual or multilingual homes, our kids need some extra influences, besides learning English in school and at home. Now, they can get that in the comfort and safety of their homes, by using the multiple English learning apps such as Duolingo and Lingokids for kids that are available for all kinds of smartphones.

English learning apps for kids

1. English Listening Step by Step - IELTS Listening

Best English Learning Apps For Kids

Price: Free

Available for: Android

Age group: 12 years and up

Features: 

  • Contains more than 1000 audios with tests.
  • Confusing words can be clicked on and translated into one’s mother language.
  • Listening lessons are divided into many grades such as beginner English listening, intermediate English listening and advanced English listening.
  • Listening English Level A + Listening English Level B1 + Listening English Level C1 + Listening English Level C2.
  • Lessons are divided into many interesting topics such as food, family, education, science and storytelling.

There are also options to hear the audio in a British, American or International accent. All in all, a wonderful app for anyone wanting to hone their English language skills.

2. Learn English Sentence Master

Best English Learning Apps For Kids

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available for: Android, iOS

Age group: 12 years and up

Features:

  • The game consists of putting the scrambled words from each level together to form grammatically-correct sentences. 
  • For every mistake, there is a time penalty.
  • Score is based on how fast the player was in completing the sentence and the total number of error.
  • There are various levels from beginner to expert. 

Learn English Sentence Master is a great game for slightly older kids who want to strengthen their hold of the English syntax and grammar conventions in a fun manner. This app is excellent for ESL students (English as a Second Language) as it allows them to understand sentence structuring in English.

3. Duolingo English learning app

Best English Learning Apps For Kids

Price: Free (with ads), Duolingo Plus (without ads)

Available for: Android, iOS, Windows

Age group: 8 years and above

Features:

  • Lessons adapt to a kid’s learning style.
  • The app has tailored exercises to help the user or kid learn and review vocabulary effectively.
  • The immediate grading system enables the user to see which answers are correct.
  • Motivation is provided in the form of virtual coins, unlocking of new levels, etc.
  • It presents sounds, words, phrases and sentences and dialogues in a conversational and regular context, accelerating the language learning process.

Meant for slightly older kids (8 years and above), Duolingo is an easy to use and fun app. It allows the children to learn the intricacies and the grammatical structure of English through multiple quizzes and games, aided with the charm of completing a particular level and earning a special badge. 

4. Lingokids – English for Kids

Best English Learning Apps For Kids

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Available for: Android and iOS

Age group: 3 years and above

Features:

  • It is free to download and follows a subscription-based model with no ads. 
  • Users can unlock the number of activities based on their type of subscription. 
  • The visuals used are very attractive and child-friendly. 
  • Lingokids has over 3000 words to enhance your kid's vocabulary in a fun and exciting way. It has thousands of activities and different levels that adapt to the child’s learning levels. 

With content from the Oxford University Press, the app has certifiably good learning material.

5. Keba! English for Kids (ESL)

Best English Learning Apps For Kids

Price: Free

Available for: Android, iOS

Age group: 2-8 years

Features:

  • Keba! English for kids is an app for kids who are not native English speakers. 
  • There are around 500 beautiful images with three audio lessons available with each slide. 
  • For example, a section about animals includes a crowing rooster, a jumping kangaroo, and a squirrel crunching a nut. 
  • The voice instructions are in an easy-to-understand accent. 

Th best part is that it is free with no in-app purchases or pesky ads in between. However, it does require a good amount of storage space on your phone.

6. Learn English for Kids with Amy

Best English Learning Apps For Kids

Price: Free (a limited number of games) with in-app purchases

Available for: Android, iOS

Age group: 2-7 years

Features:

  • Learn English for Kids with Amy, helps elementary and primary school children improve their vocabulary and pronunciation. 
  • The app has 13 categories, out of which one category (Zoo) is available for free, and the others are available through in-app purchases. 
  • The app has very attractive animation and graphics, meant to appeal to young children. 
  • Parents can monitor the progress of their kid through an option that measures the child’s improvement in listening and reading skills.

Also read:7 board games to improve your child's vocabulary

7. Jolly Phonics Lessons

Best English Learning Apps For Kids

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available for: Android, iOS

Age group: Kindergarten and up

Featured:

  • Jolly Phonics is a tried and tested method of teaching phonics to kids in a number of schools around the world. 
  • It is great for helping young kids in the initial stages of learning to read with phonics. 
  • The app has great graphics and is engaging for the kids. 
  • You can use it to supplement your child’s phonics instruction at school and home.

A lot of these apps can also work offline after download. They are an easy, child-friendly way to learn English. So, what are you waiting for? Get these apps on your smartphone now and open a world of exciting learning opportunities for your child!

Also read: 5 Apps And Gadgets To Keep Your Kids Safe 

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Written by Sarika Chuni on 3 June 2019.

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