A business interview

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Transcript

Presenter: Welcome to today's show. We're very happy to have Anna Oliveira as our guest today. Anna is the creator and founder of HomeworX – spelled with an 'x' we should note – an app which helps teenagers with their homework. Thanks for coming in, Anna.

Anna: Thanks for having me.

Presenter: So, tell us about your app. How does it work?

Anna: Well, teenagers and their parents have numerous challenges when it comes to homework these days. In many families both parents work and don't have much available time to help their kids with their homework. And even if they do have time to help, they may not be able to offer support with the content. What I mean is, they may not know, or at least remember, enough in any given subject to support.

Presenter: You mean they might not be able to remember complex maths or might have never studied certain subjects, such as biology or economics, themselves?

Anna: Exactly. So they might want to support their children with their homework, but have neither the time nor the knowledge to do so.

Presenter: I see. So the app helps solve this problem?

Anna: Yes, and more. The next issue is that tutors can be expensive, and there may be long waiting lists for specialist tutors in the town or region you live in. Our HomeworX app brings students and tutors together online. Students can search a database of pre-approved tutors and sign up for live online support. They don't need to be in the same town or city.

Presenter: That sounds really great.

Anna: It is. And this approach also enables us to offer the tutoring services at lower prices because there's no travelling time involved for the tutor to get to the student's home. And tutors who live in remote areas are happy to get access to more students, and be able to work from home, even at lower rates.

Presenter: This all sounds great. So, how did you come up with the idea?

Anna: Well, as you might guess, I was one of those parents I described earlier. I really wanted to help my son with his homework, but I was either too busy with work or I didn't actually know anything about the subjects he was having difficulty with. Also, we live in an area where there aren't many tutors and the ones that are there are either very expensive or have long waiting lists.

Presenter: Yes. I can understand your predicament. Well, it sounds like a very useful app that is clearly meeting a need. And its popularity obviously speaks for itself.

Anna: Thank you.

Presenter: So, do you have plans for the future?

Anna: We've just secured some funding and hope to expand the range of services we offer using the app.

Presenter: We wish you the best of luck. Thanks again for coming in. That was Anna Oliveira, founder of the tutoring app HomeworX (with an 'x', don't forget!), which is available for both Apple and Android devices. Join us again next week for another business interview. Have a great week, everyone. 

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Soumis par angeloptrp le sam 13/03/2021 - 06:19

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Great idea to come up with this kind of website. It's really helpful. Thank you. Cheers!

Soumis par ABRAHAM EMMANUEL le jeu 25/02/2021 - 21:41

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I like to use "meet up" it is an great app which help you to meet people form everywhere and discuss different topics... I really recomend it to you
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Soumis par Ulbester le mer 24/02/2021 - 05:43

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This page is helping me to improve a lot my English level thank you

Hello Ulbester,

We're very happy to hear this -- thanks very much for letting us know!

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par cittàutopica le dim 14/02/2021 - 18:09

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I like learning foreign languages; I've studied French at school, I've learnt English since some years and I'm learning German now, but I don't use any app, because I prefer grammar books and sites as learninglish.

Soumis par marlio96 le dim 31/01/2021 - 18:46

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Currently, I am studying for taking the IELTS test, so I use the Prep IELTS app and IELTS 9 BAND to prepare myself for the exam. I like these apps but I think that there must be more apps especially free due to all these have to be paid for.

Soumis par Karen Aguilar le lun 25/01/2021 - 23:10

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my favorite app for improving my listening skill is lyrics training, I can practice this skill but also getting new vocabulary.
Hi!, I agree, i think it's the best app to learn new vocabulary with your favorite music... and of course, you also practice listening and speaking... i love it!
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Soumis par El Cuy Mágico le lun 25/01/2021 - 21:18

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I used to use two apps for learning English. First I used Spotify, I know its specially for listening music but I found a podcast where the host read a short story slowly, this podcast offered a text as well. Then I could read as I listened. I also used to use Anki in my phone, it helped me to remember some words.

Soumis par ceryan41 le mar 19/01/2021 - 10:04

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Predicament is very insteresting word which means If you are in a predicament, you are in an unpleasant situation that is difficult to get out of.

Soumis par Blue Sky 2021 le ven 08/01/2021 - 17:35

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I love any app full of useful exercises and tests, which can help to improve my bits of knowledge and skills.
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Soumis par Zhasulan le mar 05/01/2021 - 15:24

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Hello everyone. My favourite educational app is lecturio for medical students.Because I am a student of Medical University from Kazakhstan and I study in the Kazakh.The lecturio app there are famous of profession with a lot of experience and a lot ofthings to learn.

Soumis par Layria le sam 02/01/2021 - 21:03

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At this moment my favourite app for learning is Busuu. I´m studying french and it is really easy to use and helps me to improve vocabulary because some colleagues from all over the world can correct your mistakes.

Soumis par sonlenfq le sam 02/01/2021 - 01:09

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I'm a big fan of the English conversion app. It's helping me learn English everday.

Soumis par Diogo1606 le sam 02/01/2021 - 00:52

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Well, I can say my favorite app for learning English is Duolingo. It helps you starting from the very basics 'til the most complex activities. Every activity you complete grant you some xp, that puts you in a rank with another students, so it's almost like a game. The app still has short stories for you to train your listening.

Soumis par Saad786 le ven 01/01/2021 - 12:44

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My favorite app or website for learning is ilmkidunya , it is very helpful for me. I can understand all my subjects on it. The teachers give understandable lectures which not only makes us memories our topic but also improves our human intellect.

Soumis par Saad786 le mer 30/12/2020 - 15:44

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The most successful app or website I founded for learning English is British council. I am really improving my English.
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Soumis par simonenmourao le mar 22/12/2020 - 20:29

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Good afternoon! At this phrase: "So the app helps solve this problem?", grammatically, there should be "to" between the verbs "help" and "solve" or the second verb to be in the Present Continuous?

Hello simonenmourao,

'Help' can be followed with the infinitive with or without 'to':

help someone do something

help someone to do something

Thus, both options are possible. However, I don't think we would use a participle ('solving') here.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par lavande1983 le dim 20/12/2020 - 21:14

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Now, I don't use any apps for learning english, beaucause i dont feel comfortable with small screen of iphone. I prefer learning english with computer so my favorite website is british coucil learning english. Big avantage of learning english on smart phone is that you can learn english every where in your spare time, in public transport. now for learning english i try to watch TV, english movies and use bbc learning english or bristish coucil learning english website, i use only my smartphone for dictionary . I read your comments, Thanks for your suggestions of some useful apps , perhaps , i will use them

Soumis par Muna77 le ven 11/12/2020 - 20:57

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Hi, As general l think English class101.com And British Council is most effective apps for learning English
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Soumis par nanolakes le dim 06/12/2020 - 20:52

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Hi everyone!!! I hope you are well. There are lots of apps but the one I like it is Word Power IELTS. I recommend this app.

Soumis par Asni le jeu 19/11/2020 - 21:58

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I've got installed some useful apps for learning English on my phone and tablet. Apps for learning English idioms, phrasal verbs, short stories in English, vocabulary, etc...I find them very practical and useful because I have my phone wherever I go. When I'm in the car, especially, for trips that last more than one hour, they are my way of entertainment. I must confess that I don't have the good habit of reading books, so in such situations, I just open some app and start learning some new words or expressions, which, I think, is a great way to avoid wasting time or getting bored.

Soumis par iamloïs le mar 17/11/2020 - 08:48

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My favourite app to learn new things is Quizlet. Indeed, this app permits us to memorise new things thanks to flashcards: on the one side, you put a french word for instance, and on the other one, behind, you put its translation to English. It is very practical because you can revise what you learnt everywhere and when you want, and for me, I do it in the subway !

Soumis par nialataria le lun 16/11/2020 - 08:59

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Maybe some apps connected with learning English.
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Soumis par javibuendi le ven 06/11/2020 - 10:02

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I think this is not an app but a website, but still I choose LearnEnglish as the tool that is helping me to learn English the most. I find the Listening section very useful. Its listenings have an accuracy vocabulary and speech for each level, and especially the first task helps you to realise if you actually understood the listening. From here I want to thank all your magnificent work. Cheers from Madrid.

Hello Javi,

Thank very much for your feedback. It's always nice to know that our users find our website useful, and it's also very helpful to know what people like so that we can continuously improve.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par vsanchez75 le sam 24/10/2020 - 14:25

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I used many apps to learn and practice English, some of them are british and others americans, Let me share some of them Duolingo All ears english Cake ABA BBC Learning english Sounter Rosetta Stone Quiz your English Maybe The problem is when you dominated the app, it could be boring

Soumis par Ugulhan le mar 20/10/2020 - 09:19

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I would like to say as a learning app I have been using a wide range of Language platforms like the British council, Futurelearn, and Engvig. I think they have been offering numerous English lessons with tasks. You can come up with an idea of doing tasks on the platform, and solve your problem in English. Students can meet their needs there in the field of English. Platforms can speak for itself in each task, and you readjust the task. I think we should secure the lesson's own desktop of computers for accessing all of the time. Overall, these platforms will offer a range of services.

Soumis par Sulagna Das le dim 18/10/2020 - 17:55

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The app I am using right now for learning English and improving grammar is British Council Grammar. This not only makes our grammatical skills strong but helps in improving the concept of sentence construction.

Soumis par habibao.medo le sam 17/10/2020 - 08:43

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actually i don't have something like favorite app or any thing else i don't even have space on my phone :)

Soumis par VeraN le lun 12/10/2020 - 14:46

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I do not have a particular app for English language although I read a lot of local and international newspapers. For sometime, I have been using the YouTube to learn from good English scholars. I won't forget to mention the use of this website "learn and watch series" which has indeed been helpful.

Soumis par l.jiang. le sam 10/10/2020 - 03:05

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Recently, I usually use an app that called Duolingo, I think it is my favorite tool of study within five years. You can find each area about english to learn and same as exam, it also has limitation when you test. The Duolingo help me to improve my reading and listening and writing, I will use it for a long time.

Soumis par Lilly098 le jeu 08/10/2020 - 05:14

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My favourite app for leaning is Duolingo. Because it is easy task to do daily and very clear to see your progress. This is the best app for those who are looking for studying new languages in their own spare time. It is addictive in a good way. In fact, it has been 5 years since I started.

Soumis par Cami le ven 02/10/2020 - 11:57

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My favourite app for learning is BBC Learning English. Trough it anyone can hear a lot of interesting contents improving his hearing's skill. I suggest anyone wants to improve his hearing's skill to use it. It is also free.
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Soumis par danisep le mar 29/09/2020 - 19:11

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I used to use apps to learn english, when I started I used duolingo but after a long period of time it becomes a lot repetitive and I tried to find something more difficult, and I found learnenglish website, this page is really good but is a little difficult to me study grammar here, I think that the best way to improve your grammar is doing a lot exercises and in the section grammar there is two or three tasks that is few to me, to study vocabulary I'm using anki, creating my own word cards.

Soumis par senes19 le dim 27/09/2020 - 18:33

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Frankly I have to say I didn't use any app in my Englisch learning process. I use only British Council. I don't think these apps aren't useful for the learning but most of them enlarges your wort treasure und your listening skills. When I come up with speaking, best solution is to create a contact with people who are speaking English. It is best way to contact to join different organizations which are not bored. You should attend like these organizations that you will improve your speaking talents. If we return again apps, I believe their contribution of your language skills are quite limited.

Soumis par katyatorres le mar 22/09/2020 - 19:54

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I have some resources that are my favorites. For instance I use an English app called Cake, It's a really good and useful app for learning new vocabulary. Also I use Coursera and ABA English which are perfect for improving your english skills, and learn something new about any topic.

Soumis par wirzan le lun 21/09/2020 - 07:17

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for me, I usually use youtube for learning English specially listening section, watching movies, and practice by own self. and I think this app so supportable for who wanna learn English every where.

Soumis par Rafael Balderas le mer 16/09/2020 - 18:25

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I dont know applications that teach English, I have only used duolingo, however, its an easy to understand.

Soumis par GillianSoMa le lun 14/09/2020 - 23:48

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I used a lot of English apps to improve but my favorites were Cake and Duolingo.

Soumis par Mariana Pot le lun 14/09/2020 - 14:02

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for English I don't have an app but if it is something related to medicine it would probably be lecturio

Soumis par Gabrieljimenez1 le lun 07/09/2020 - 07:58

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Actually i don't use an app to practice english, the only thing that i do it's watch series in english and that's it.

Soumis par ajesusmc le ven 04/09/2020 - 21:57

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Up to now, Duolingo has been my favourite app for languange learning. It's free and easy to use, although it's not practical to read it into the smartphone.

Soumis par Andrea Hernandez le mer 02/09/2020 - 12:04

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My favourite app for learning is Coursera, which is very useful and has different types of courses. I like this app because I can find many interesting topics from important universities. The courses allow you to practice and join the forum for more information. Also, I've used Aba English app to learn English. In my opinion, this app is useful and different from other apps to learn languages because creating real situations and put you in different contexts. You can practice listening, pronunciation, and reading. However, this app can be very repetitive and be in a long time boring and also you can't practice speaking.
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Soumis par Hennadii le lun 31/08/2020 - 14:17

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Honestly speaking, I don't use any app for learning. I used to use some of them to learn English some years ago, mostly on my way home or to work, but now I don't them at all. They are quite helpful in certain cases when you don't have much time at home and can't spare any time at work but I think if we're discussing e-learning, it's much better to use your desktop or even a laptop. In this case, you can rely on a much bigger screen, faster internet, and better sound. As for me, I like to learn at home and use all actual devices to meet my goals. On the other hand, our smartphones are great helpers to those who like to learn outdoor or in transport. You can spend your boring commute time with a profit. Especially, if you practice your listening skill. Just use an app for listening to different topics, dialogs or so. Another good point - watching the serials on your target language to practice. I think it's much easier to learn anything nowadays. You can also use your phone as a dictionary instead of the paper ones. It's a huge help for everybody!

Soumis par Huynh Nguyen le lun 31/08/2020 - 05:49

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My biggest problem in English is speaking. I believe there are so many apps for learning English these days. But my top favourite is ELSA SPEAK. 2 years ago, when I was in high school, I thought that my pronunciation was great until I got a job which is I had to communicate with a lot of foreigners. People rarely understand me. Then I realized my English was not good as much as I think. I considered pronunciation as a key to speak English with great fluency and confidence. So I found this wonderful app. I use this app as a means to improve my pronunciation and vocabulary. ELSA is just an AI machine, hearing me and point out whether I'm right or wrong. ELSA will nerver overlook your every singal mistake. Once ELSA understand me, I believe 90% people out there will understand me