A business interview

Listen to the business interview to practise and improve your listening skills.

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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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Submitted by Polad Samadli on Thu, 07/04/2022 - 18:17

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I love Discord for practicing English with other people. Coursera is also good for learning.

Submitted by MartaS82 on Tue, 29/03/2022 - 13:58

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My favorite apps to learn english are lyrics training, Anki and all the apps where I can listen to podcasts like Spotify or iVoox. I think the funniest app is Lyrics Training because you listen to music while learning new vocabulary and expressions. I find Anki useful for learning and remembering vocabulary. Finally, I think listening to podcasts you can learn about different topics while practicing your listening.

Submitted by Rocio Ambriz on Mon, 21/03/2022 - 18:51

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In my experience, I prefer the easyer apps that can help me improve my skills, and I prefer to use it in my phone more than my desktop

Submitted by jmajo on Fri, 18/03/2022 - 14:25

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I might have not a favourite app for learning because I prefer the websites or webservices to help me learn, but I used to have installed the LearnEnglish Grammar (British Council) app to help me practise grammar and improve my vocabulary though, I used it mostly when I to traveled by bus to work, nowadays I ride my bicycle to get to work and I don't use it very often.

Thanks for the episode.
Great site!

Submitted by delgado1984 on Tue, 15/03/2022 - 21:33

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In my experience, I did find the Anki app very useful. Anki is a desktop app with which you can create a set of flashcards from zero. The algorithm which regulates how many times you need to study and review your sets is very well done. Then, in addition to this, sometimes I use Italki on which I can practise my speaking skills. On it, you have plenty of teachers who can help you to improve drastically your fluency and make you feel comfortable speaking. That's how I set my learning journey up.

Submitted by ammar.aljabobi on Tue, 01/03/2022 - 22:03

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Actually, the best app for learning languages is Duolingo. It is very useful to learn any language you want. In this app, you can learn more than 20 languages and the way to learn is very effective and allows you to learn gradually. Learning through this application is fun and there is no boredom as if you are playing your favorite game.

Submitted by ninaals on Tue, 22/02/2022 - 17:21

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One of my favourite apps is quizlet, as it let's me create my own flashcards and search for other already made up sets of cards.I also enjoy doing the activities that cambridge provides, for instance the image quizzes, they help me learn while having fun trying to guess.

Submitted by younes01 on Sat, 05/02/2022 - 06:47

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my favorite app or website actually is the British council because it offers a lot of topics to practice with to get dozens of vocabulary in multiple subjects

Submitted by Ssm on Mon, 17/01/2022 - 20:10

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My favourite app is Quizlet. It really helps me to expand my vocabulary.

Submitted by misty on Sun, 09/01/2022 - 23:53

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I am from a non English country, so listening to native English speaker is quite hard for me to comprehend. For an instance, talking to my colleague. I have to ask them to repeat it few times for me to understand, if not I will just pretend that I get what they mean by, "nodding." The app that I have been listening to improve my English are Ted talks, IELTS app, and word of the day.

Submitted by Windy on Sun, 19/12/2021 - 10:00

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I have many favorite apps for learning. As I am from non English speaking country, I always try to improve my English. I have many apps on my phone like Cake, BBC app, VOA English and British council podcast….. Among them, what I like most is BBC learning English app because in that app, you can listen British accent, learn vocals and learn latest news.

Submitted by burak on Thu, 16/12/2021 - 21:05

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1) My favourite app is Adobe Scan these days. It enables to scan all hard copies. So I could transformed all my hard documents to electronic forms. Therefore I can reach everything I need in any time and anywhere. This kind of efficient and revolutionary apps make me more productive and eager to learn.

2) My favourite phrase from this article is become 'When it comes to' which I just learned by you.

One more thing, could you control my writing so I can learn something new in English :)

Hi burak,

Sorry, we don't correct comments here, but we are very happy to answer any questions you have about specific words or structures so feel free to ask :)

Jonathan
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by vuhoap on Wed, 08/12/2021 - 13:47

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My favourite app for learning English is called by Elsa Speak. Because Elsa is the best way to improve my English speaking skills and pronounce through real-world conversations. I always spend 10 minutes every day for speaking on Elsa and track my improve progress.

Submitted by mmdiego on Mon, 06/12/2021 - 15:33

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Well, The Cambridge dictionary app on my mobile is accessed the most by me. I would say I am a big fan of it as whenever I have any doubt about a new word, I just open it and search for its meaning. I find this app useful and pretty easy to deal with; however, I should point out that not always the app save your searching for a later re-check, for instance. That is not very pleasant because even after you have logged in with your personal account, something happens and the app does't present your history or it stops working suddenly.

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Submitted by Asolwis220 on Sat, 04/12/2021 - 14:57

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What's your favorite app for learning and why?

My favourite app is Tandem because It´s pretty useful for practice my speaking, and inside that app you can find differents tools as traductor, share among others. Also it has differents rates if you would like to enroll with the objetive, you can find other peoples in your zone.

Submitted by ceehinh on Mon, 22/11/2021 - 10:23

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What's your favorite app for learning and why?
Personally, I feel it's difficult to absorb knowledge from school because it's boring and I have a short memory. so I have looked into numerous apps. And an app that is about learning Ielts vocabulary is useful, it's IELTS Vocabulary. For me, the app will help you learn vocabulary in an amenity way. When it uses space repetition method and vocabulary which is common vocab in IELTS. I am used to learning the app for 1 hour a day. It's particularly useful for me.

Submitted by Grace on Tue, 26/10/2021 - 22:08

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I don't have any app to learn English because In my opinion, the best way to learn a language is in a schoolar academy. what I mean is depend of the level you want to have for that language. So, anyone can learn the way they considerer are the best for them.

Submitted by danielbacelar on Fri, 22/10/2021 - 00:44

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My favorites apps for learning are:
- Lexilize Flashcards (for memorize words, conjunctions and expressions);
- Google Podcast and Bibo English Listening (for listening training);

My huge difficulty is listening, this disturbs me in the conversation.

Submitted by Tinelli on Wed, 20/10/2021 - 18:22

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My favorite app for learning is Anki - a software that, through flashcards, helps you not forget anything. The main reason for my decision is because of what I've just said - through algorithms, Anki sets up your revisions about certain content on the right day. For instance, if you have added a flashcard about the Roman Empire but you didn't remember much about it, then Anki is going to bring it back to you soon. On the other hand, if you have added a flashcard about the U.S history and it was easy to remember, then Anki won’t bring it back really soon. Therefore, I recommend for anyone try Anki, whether you are studying History in high school or studying Economics in college.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Sun, 10/10/2021 - 15:33

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I'm not learning English on any app. I learn from a website name British council.

Submitted by _louixwtt on Sat, 09/10/2021 - 00:57

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When it comes to learning a foreign language, what make an app useful for me, it has to be competent and has a compelling teaching method, for instance, Busuu is usually being used nowadays. For others sort of stuffs is completely rare myself just pick one up, since I am freak for amassing apps.

Submitted by monaaltyyar on Tue, 28/09/2021 - 08:16

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in current days, I'm practicing and improving my english language by cambly application. whetever, I uesd alot of applications but i didn't benefit and notice any progress except cambly app, its cost the lowest fund and consist of specailist tutors and native speaker . in my opinion , it is sucessful project for who concern in english

Submitted by mahmoudrahaf on Sun, 26/09/2021 - 14:57

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After completing this lesson, how can i move to the next lesson?

Hello mahmoudrahaf,

The pages in our Skills section are not presented in any order and are instead in a list, as if they were on a bookshelf in a library. If you want to continue practising your listening skills, I'd recommend going back to the B2 listening page to choose another page.

You could also move to the Reading or Writing sections to try a lesson there as well.

Our subscribers have access to our courses, which are arranged in a particular order and where your progress is tracked.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Javier Antonio Seco on Tue, 07/09/2021 - 12:39

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Hello All, At the moment I am working hard to improve my English speaking skills so I am using an app called elsa. This app is helpful for this goal. I really enjoy using it ,even though I got frustrated when I can't get the perfect sound

Submitted by gdinunzio on Sat, 04/09/2021 - 10:59

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I gave some try with babbel and duolingo but they didn't fit well to me. Then I have found out BBC learning english that is more effective. Last year I often used the learning website globalenglish, which is useful for professional and business workers. Now I've just signed up the british council subscription. It seem to me similar to globalenglish.

Submitted by Paula Bermúdez… on Fri, 20/08/2021 - 14:59

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These days I have used a lot of learning apps due to the virtual approach. However, I always practice with language apps because I would like to improve my English and German. So, I use apps such, Duolingo, Movie Method or Ewa (they're really good).

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Tue, 17/08/2021 - 23:55

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My favourite app is BBC bitesize for learning because , this app is worldwide and easy for me to build and improve my existing knowledge.

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Thu, 08/07/2021 - 20:40

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Actually, I have a lot of different apps for learning. I recently downloaded a new app which is called Freedom; it is very useful because it blocks some apps which are very distracting such as Whatsapp, Messenger, etc for a period of time. I mean you can choose the apps you want to get blocked and how many hours you want the app to block other distracting apps and it will do it for you; permitting you to focus on your homeworks or whatever you need to do for a period of time. On the other hand, I have Kahoot app which is one of my favorites. It permits you to look for a topic and choose a quiz of the topic that you looked for on the app. Personally, I think it is pretty useful. However, sometimes you cannot find the quiz that you want to get. Finally, the others apps and websites that I use for improving my English skills are: British Council, Cake app, TOEFL listening and grammar quiz. They have been helping me a lot since I started to study English

Submitted by jonancbr on Fri, 02/07/2021 - 15:08

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I don't have a favorite app to learn, I tried duolingo, and some from learnnenglish, but I lost interest because I didn't get any additional feedback with my progress, it's difficult and now I'm dealing with tutor interaction to find these specific feedback. In my case I had problems with the skill to listen and I did not find an application with this theme, the lyricstrainning are very good, but it does not provide any specific comment for you.

Submitted by italfredo on Fri, 23/04/2021 - 22:18

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I don't actually use any app to learn English. I've tried some apps for a couple of days, but without success. I rather like working at my computer.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Tue, 20/04/2021 - 07:57

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I don't use any app but I use website such as British Council and Basic English speaking. I like this website. It help me lot since sixth month. So I very grateful to this website. It's a good for everyone to visit the website and solve and doing exercises.

Hello Suraj paliwal,

We're so glad to hear this! Thanks for letting us know and keep up the good work!

Best wishes,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by jeison0894 on Mon, 05/04/2021 - 15:54

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I used to practice and learn English with many applications such as hellotalk, duolingo or cake but I found a best learning method that fits perfectly with my tastes and methodologies and it's by watching videos on youtube.
I watch movies with subtitles in English to listen and read at the same time, but to be honest writing is the skill I have more troubles with. I guess is for the lack of practice.

Submitted by Frank Cuello on Sun, 04/04/2021 - 01:00

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I have enthusiasm on learning to play the keyboard. Easy Piano is an app that has been very helpful with this desire of learning to play a musical instrument.

Submitted by RazielJose on Sun, 28/03/2021 - 02:39

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I don´t know many apps to learn by my self, but if I need to chose one I will chose Duolingo to learn about languages.

Submitted by German on Fri, 26/03/2021 - 01:24

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I used to have apps on my phone for learning languages like Busuu, British Council, English Listening and others. Now actually I don´t use those apps and I prefer to learn with another ways. There are manyapps in the market but I think that each one must think and check what is it want to learn and search and choose the better option
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Submitted by cassiamattos2013 on Mon, 22/03/2021 - 10:35

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Well, I have some difficulty to learn on line. But I'm trying to user the LearnEnglish plataform.

Submitted by angeloptrp on Sat, 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!

Submitted by ABRAHAM EMMANUEL on Thu, 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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Submitted by Ulbester on Wed, 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

Submitted by cittàutopica on Sun, 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.

Submitted by marlio96 on Sun, 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.

Submitted by Karen Aguilar on Mon, 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!