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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B2 English level (upper intermediate)

Submitted by wirzan on Mon, 21/09/2020 - 07:17

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.

Submitted by Rafael Balderas on Wed, 16/09/2020 - 18:25

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

Submitted by GillianSoMa on Mon, 14/09/2020 - 23:48

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

Submitted by Mariana Pot on Mon, 14/09/2020 - 14:02

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

Submitted by Gabrieljimenez1 on Mon, 07/09/2020 - 07:58

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.

Submitted by ajesusmc on Fri, 04/09/2020 - 21:57

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.

Submitted by Andrea Hernandez on Wed, 02/09/2020 - 12:04

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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Submitted by Hennadii on Mon, 31/08/2020 - 14:17

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!

Submitted by Huynh Nguyen on Mon, 31/08/2020 - 05:49

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

Submitted by donlearn on Mon, 24/08/2020 - 19:29

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.

Submitted by Jackson Nicola on Tue, 18/08/2020 - 19:41

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.

Submitted by abudo93 on Thu, 13/08/2020 - 18:26

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

Submitted by tlemos on Mon, 10/08/2020 - 12:43

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.

Submitted by macevedosalas on Sat, 25/07/2020 - 19:15

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.

Submitted by Jeyk Gama on Thu, 23/07/2020 - 19:16

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).

Submitted by María Nieves on Wed, 22/07/2020 - 17:56

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

Submitted by Aljawhara on Thu, 16/07/2020 - 00:25

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

Submitted by Sharon Torres on Fri, 10/07/2020 - 03:16

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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Submitted by Simonida Vukobrat on Tue, 07/07/2020 - 01:17

I am exploring the British Council and I find it very interesting, so I hope to improve my English!
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Submitted by Liz on Sat, 04/07/2020 - 14:09

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

Submitted by wahbi baklouti on Fri, 03/07/2020 - 20:32

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.

Submitted by Forgiven Angel on Fri, 03/07/2020 - 01:57

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

Submitted by Hanan Ibrahim on Wed, 01/07/2020 - 23:25

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

Submitted by Liosegura22 on Tue, 30/06/2020 - 03:31

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.

Submitted by BlaiChan on Sun, 21/06/2020 - 14:54

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.

Submitted by Sergio F. on Sun, 21/06/2020 - 12:41

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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Submitted by caroara on Fri, 19/06/2020 - 01:42

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.

Submitted by Adedeji Omowunmi on Mon, 15/06/2020 - 21:22

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.

Submitted by Hai994 on Thu, 11/06/2020 - 01:51

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.

Submitted by JCM26 on Tue, 09/06/2020 - 02:27

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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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Mon, 01/06/2020 - 15:08

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

Submitted by mouna99 on Sat, 30/05/2020 - 11:17

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

Submitted by Wen_Koala on Tue, 26/05/2020 - 23:45

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.

Submitted by rosemary on Sun, 24/05/2020 - 21:43

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 !!!

Submitted by POOJA SEHRAWAT on Sat, 23/05/2020 - 14:17

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.

Submitted by xxxwilxxx on Thu, 21/05/2020 - 16:45

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).

Submitted by Andrés on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 19:50

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

Submitted by AlArath on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 19:40

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

Submitted by juliettevaldes on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 19:39

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.

Submitted by lcruzmore on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 19:38

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.

Submitted by KevinXiao0618 on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 19:36

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

Submitted by Astrid on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 19:36

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.

Submitted by Tommy Zhuo on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 19:36

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.

Submitted by Kelly Wu on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 19:36

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.

Submitted by Lourdes Victor… on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 19:35

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.

Submitted by maria.miranda on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 19:35

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.

Submitted by Elis on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 19:35

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