A business interview

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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 donlearn le lun 24/08/2020 - 19:29

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I have used plenty of apps for learning. In today's world, we have a range of learning services offered by many apps, especially after the pandemic. Though online learning has been there for a while, it has attained the peak of its popularity in recent times. To name a few, Udemy, course era etc are the leading players in this sect.

Soumis par Jackson Nicola le mar 18/08/2020 - 19:41

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My favorite app is Cake. I use to practice in English. It is successful app because it provide daily conversation with video and it is quite short and everyday it shows me a new video.

Soumis par abudo93 le jeu 13/08/2020 - 18:26

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My favorite app is Zamerican English due to make you enjoying with learning of English and it has more useful information.

Soumis par tlemos le lun 10/08/2020 - 12:43

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I've used many apps since I started to studying English, but I think Anki and Duolingo were the most useful. However, only by using apps makes it too dificult, I think that other ways to improve English must be used. Sometimes, I say to myself: "Well, my English journey is far from over", because I know it's hard to reach this goal.

Soumis par macevedosalas le sam 25/07/2020 - 19:15

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I've used some different apps and I've found good options for learning english, but it depends on what you want maybe listening, grammar or vocabulary, among the online alternatives, youtube is the best option as you can get a lot of examples and lessons to learn about teachers around the world, exactly you could compare their methodologies and you'll follow someone in their channels to grow the knowledge up. Also I've recently watched a video on phrasal verbs and I love it.

Soumis par Jeyk Gama le jeu 23/07/2020 - 19:16

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I have been trying numerous apps, one of my favorites is the British council and 6-minute English app by BBC, its easy to use and helps me to improve in learning English.
I didn´t know 6 minute English, I´ll try it. I am using Duolingo and British Council free also ABA English (My company pays for it).

Soumis par María Nieves le mer 22/07/2020 - 17:56

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Well, i usually employ duolingo to improve my english. I know that is a very simple app and the sentences and grammar are quite easy, but i think it's better because i have a goal everyday and i have to strive to reach it

Soumis par Aljawhara le jeu 16/07/2020 - 00:25

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I sometimes listen to E podcasts. Recently I’m trying British council, hoping to get to the advance level.

Soumis par Sharon Torres le ven 10/07/2020 - 03:16

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Actually i don´t have any particular app for learning english. I practice not only through different kind of apps such as this one but also watching movies in english or listening to music in english as well. Even though i don´t have a favorite app, BritishCouncil is one of the best websites i´ve practiced in.
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Soumis par Simonida Vukobrat le mar 07/07/2020 - 01:17

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I am exploring the British Council and I find it very interesting, so I hope to improve my English!
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Soumis par Liz le sam 04/07/2020 - 14:09

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My favorite app for learning is six minutes english our wordbite. I can listen an interview, then answer some questions. It's very helpful

Soumis par wahbi baklouti le ven 03/07/2020 - 20:32

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my favorite website, not app is youtube I can find anything I want to learn for my study or my work. and also I can from it solves many problems I face it.

Soumis par Forgiven Angel le ven 03/07/2020 - 01:57

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I recently started using some apps to learn English, but I found this British Council platform and it's great. I loved it!

Soumis par Hanan Ibrahim le mer 01/07/2020 - 23:25

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I really do not have any particular app, I use many apps in my learning journey.

Soumis par Liosegura22 le mar 30/06/2020 - 03:31

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Well, I don't have a favourite app. I really think that we can improve our skills and to increase our knowledge through many apps and websites like britishcouncil. Lately i've learned English through various tools: YouTube, Britishcouncil website, practicing with my friends... I hope be better in the future.

Soumis par BlaiChan le dim 21/06/2020 - 14:54

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Personally, YouTube is my favorite app at the moment to improve my English skills. Also, I learn from Instagram especially for vocabulary, grammar tips, slang words, etc. For my opinion, social media apps are great to use for reminding of what we have recovered. That's all what I have been studying English with.

Soumis par Sergio F. le dim 21/06/2020 - 12:41

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Good day everyone, I like to listen radios' app from USA. For me is very interesting because I can practise my listening an be update about the news. Thank you! Stay home! Stay safe!
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Soumis par caroara le ven 19/06/2020 - 01:42

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I like other ones use you tube for learn a lot of things I need, I can resolve problems also with the help of youtube.

Soumis par Adedeji Omowunmi le lun 15/06/2020 - 21:22

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My best app for learning is you tube , this avail me convenience in term of time, dictate by my personal schedule. More also it gives both visual and audio sections which aid learning and understanding.

Soumis par Hai994 le jeu 11/06/2020 - 01:51

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Actually my favorite app right now is youtube, I use it to watch videos to improve my English especially in vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. Also, I use twitter to be connected with the world.

Soumis par JCM26 le mar 09/06/2020 - 02:27

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My favorite app for learning are Youtube and App, there, I can find videos on many topics: verbs, phrasal verbs, pronunciation,... but also films,...
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Soumis par OlaIELTS le lun 01/06/2020 - 15:08

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My favourite app for learning is 'Opera Mini'. The reason for this, is due to its efficacy.

Soumis par mouna99 le sam 30/05/2020 - 11:17

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My favourite apps for learning are: All the british council apps for learning English and youtube

Soumis par Wen_Koala le mar 26/05/2020 - 23:45

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I use different apps to help me improve my vocabulary, grammar and writing skills. I have used Reverso, Grammarly, LDCE, even the Johnny G app. Each one offers distinctive characteristics which are useful for me, as I progress with my studies.

Soumis par rosemary le dim 24/05/2020 - 21:43

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I have many favourite apps for learning english on mind, for intance Cake is a great app where you can learn and practice your pronunciation and English course offers pretty good explaination about grammar. But in my personal opinion, if you want to learn english you need to be in a learning mood, that means to be focus so it is better to study in the computer not in the phone. And this web is the best for that !!!

Soumis par POOJA SEHRAWAT le sam 23/05/2020 - 14:17

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My favourite learning app is British Council, as it offers variety of fun filled activities to help learning English better. It also assess the level of the learner and suggest the activities accordingly. One can find activities, audios, videos, quizzes, forums etc. covering all the important aspects of English- reading, writing, listening and speaking. To conclude, it's a complete English learning package.

Soumis par xxxwilxxx le jeu 21/05/2020 - 16:45

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Excuse my user name, I'm William. My favorite app for learning languages is "Lingo Deer". It is far superior compared to "Duolingo", although it is not as popular. Lingo Deer offers a vast amount of information via its user-friendly interface. It presents a humongous database of knowledge, from a broad range of languages such as German, English, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Italian, and many more. Unfortunately, you need to purchase the application; however, there's always the option of illegal downloading/pirating (I do not support this, but neither do I condemn it).

Soumis par Andrés le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:50

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Well, this was an interesting assignment, brought to us by our teacher, Mr Eduardo Campos. Thank you teacher.

Soumis par AlArath le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:40

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1...started the company and manages it now. 2...is for students who want to find a tutor. 3...don't have the time or knowledge to help with their children's homework. 4...offers live online support from tutors. 5...often charge lower rates. 6...is already popular. 1....a problem 2... and idea 3...a need 4...itself 5...funding 6...the range of services Duoling because it is very easy to understand the language with all the exercises

Soumis par juliettevaldes le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:39

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Kahoot is my favorite app for learning because is a great way to keep students engaged, it focuses on social learning and makes it fun. Also is easy and quick to use, you can use it from any device and it's free. The students can create their own quizzes too, so they can learn and have fun at the same time. Students are encouraged to be leaders by researching, creating and presenting quizzes. Kahoot saves the result of every quiz played over the platform., it's like a competition which also makes the app fun.

Soumis par lcruzmore le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:38

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I use different apps for learning. Some of them are Duolingo, Youtube and Skillshare. You can access to different courses online. I feel is very convenient using online apps to clear doubts about homework. I would like to know if there are other great apps as well.

Soumis par KevinXiao0618 le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:36

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Recently, Im studying Chinese language in an app called Super Chinese. This app is very efficient and very complete and understandable!

Soumis par Astrid le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:36

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My favorite learning app is Duolingo because it helps me learn new languages. I have learn with it several languages like, french, and italian. I like the fact that it is free, unless you want to get exclusive things. The only thing I dislike are the ads after each lesson. But in general, I loves this app and will recommend it fully.

Soumis par Tommy Zhuo le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:36

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What´s your favorite app for leaning and why? My favorite app is British Council cause it have like a broad more variety than other apps as it have tutoring and practices including business learnings, while the other apps have only practices and games. However, I would like if this app could have some sort of like a definition system that you can look for words you don´t know.

Soumis par Kelly Wu le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:36

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I don’t really have a favorite app for learning, but I love using kahoot. Because is a learning platform where we can create questionary for learning or improving our knowledge in the that subject. Where the student are participant.

Soumis par Lourdes Victor… le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:35

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My favorite app for learning is Elevate. Elevate is an app that helps me expand my vocabulary, my grammar skills, my reading comprehension, and my mental math by giving me daily activities, in the format of games, to train daily my english and brain. I really enjoy this app because it´s not only teaching me but the games and points make me very competitive and encourage me to improve myself.

Soumis par maria.miranda le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:35

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My favourite app to learn any other language is Duolingo although I don't necessarily use it to learn english. I'm actually using it to learn Italian since we are in quarantine. It's actually very easy to use it while others are kind of hard. The app its very dynamic which helps you learn. I really like the app I would definitely recommend it unless you want to stick to other one.

Soumis par Elis le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:35

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well...I don't really use an app..but I communicate with others, see videos, and learn by myself...

Soumis par erickaber07 le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:34

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What's my favourite app for learning and why? Hello, My favourite app for learning is duolingo, it is a very complete app that contains the required information to learn a new language. One of the things I like the most about the app is that it gives you as many practices as possible to be able to understand everything correctly. Besides it's an app that I highly recommend.

Soumis par acamargo20 le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:34

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Hi, my favorite app for learning is google classroom. It is a nice app for the interaction student-student, student- teacher and teacher-student. Teachers are able to post assignments, homeworks and reinforcing material with the extra of having a personal space for the turn in of the assignments.

Soumis par Ethan Sauri le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:33

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What's your favourite app for learning and why? As for learning app options, there's a huge variety. Apps which go from podcasts and audio books, to videos, to reading based apps. As a favorite option i would pick the Khan Academy App. Free courses of a variety of topics. Mostly used for mathematics based topics.

Soumis par acamargo20 le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:32

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Hi, my favorite app for learning is google classroom. It is a nice app for the interaction student-student, student- teacher and teacher-student. Teachers are able to post assignemnts, homeworks and reinforcing material with the extra of having a personal space for the turn in of the assignmients.

Soumis par laurach26 le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:32

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My favorite app for learning is Youtube. Because is an app where you can find any methods of learning, since audiobooks to very detailed diagrams. In Youtube there are many channels that create content of people explaining a topic or a problem with all its procedure. Also its vert easy to access and to use.

Soumis par dianacaparicio le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:32

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Although learning may seem complicated through an app, I believe my favorite, for educational purposes, is Quizlet. Here, I’ve found flashcards that have helped me study for all the subjects. Not only have I been able to shed light on topics I didn’t understand, but also, I’ve practiced for exams. It has helped me with memorizing, understanding and homework itself. Quizlet has given me access to thousands of study plans so that I could have everything I need to know before a test.

Soumis par Madeline le mar 19/05/2020 - 19:31

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My favorite app for learning languages is Duolingo. It is very easy to use, it motivates you to continue. It also has every type of exercises from listening and writing up to speaking and translating. It is actually very effective and you can spend just 5 minutes if you don´t have time, or maybe a whole day if you want. You can also learn several languages at the time and still learn correctly the languages.

Soumis par jsanchezv le lun 18/05/2020 - 16:57

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Hi dear all, with respect to the question, my favorite app for learning (Languages) is maybe Duolingo, but, sometimes it is stressful since you can't interact with other people by the cellphone (I mean, I know that exist the app in the computer, but, it is easier to use the phone instead PC) In the case to learn other subjects such biology, maths among other, I don't have an app, since when I learnt these subjects I didn't have access to internet and for this reason my way for learning was only by reading books and by personal classes. Greetings to all!

Soumis par Janiere le lun 11/05/2020 - 20:56

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Well. I already used one APP to communicate me with other people. When I need more information about some subject, I search on internet or Youtube.