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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Upper intermediate: B2

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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!

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,...

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).
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