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  • (gentle upbeat music)

  • - Hello everyone and welcome back to English with Lucy.

  • So you guys might not know this,

  • but I love tech, I love tech.

  • I always want the latest gadgets.

  • I always want the latest software.

  • I'm a little bit of a nerd.

  • In this video, I'm going to combine two of my passions,

  • technology and languages, to bring you

  • an amazing compilation of all of the very best apps

  • and technology to help you improve your language skills.

  • So, let's get started.

  • (beeping tech sound) So you will have heard me say

  • a millions times before

  • that one of the best ways of learning English

  • and improving your language skills is watching TV shows

  • and movies in the language you're learning.

  • In English, for most of your cases.

  • This is obvious.

  • It's a no brainer and it's also a really,

  • really fun way of learning.

  • However, the biggest problem that my students face

  • is they can't actually access the resources.

  • TV shows, and films, and apps

  • might not be available in your country.

  • I know that when I promote certain things on this channel,

  • I get loads of disappointed comments

  • from people who can't access it.

  • They have all of the motivation and willingness to learn,

  • but find annoying technological barriers

  • that prevent them from improving.

  • I have teamed up with hidemyass.com,

  • I love that name, and they have kindly sponsored

  • this part of the video.

  • Hidemyass.com provide a VPN service.

  • If you haven't heard of a VPN before,

  • it stands for Virtual Private Network.

  • A VPN keeps you secure, anonymous, and private online.

  • No matter which websites you visit,

  • emails you send or receive, what you buy online,

  • you can keep it hidden from scammers, governments,

  • and even your own internet service provider.

  • But apart from the obvious benefit of security,

  • what I really want to talk to you about

  • is how you can use a VPN

  • to access restricted content and websites.

  • For example, news websites that are

  • restricted in your country.

  • And you can use it to stream movies and television shows

  • from almost anywhere in the world.

  • Perfect if certain channels

  • aren't available in your country.

  • The Hide My Ass network covers 190 countries

  • so you really can connect to streaming services

  • from just about anywhere.

  • I always found it so frustrating when I couldn't watch

  • my favourite Spanish shows when I was living in England,

  • or when I was living in Spain I couldn't

  • watch the English news every morning.

  • Having a VPN has solved all of my problems.

  • I don't even think about it anymore.

  • If you're interested in installing a VPN

  • it is very cheap to do so, just click on the link

  • in the description box and use my code new LUCY20

  • for 20% off an annual subscription.

  • It is such a good way to access restricted content.

  • (beeping tech sound) Number two is Google Docs

  • and Google Drive.

  • Google Docs is honestly one of the best things

  • to ever happen to teachers.

  • Gone are the days of marking pages and pages and pages

  • of written essays that you can hardly read

  • that then get lost, the students don't look

  • at the corrections, they throw them away.

  • Gone are the days.

  • When I was teaching I was pretty tech savvy.

  • I used to make my students write their essays

  • on a Google Doc that they had shared with me.

  • I could then see what they had written

  • and make tweaks so they could see what they had written

  • and how I had changed it, and my explanation why.

  • I could add comments, I could add those corrections,

  • meaning that they can always come back to it

  • and use the corrections for revision.

  • Let's face it, when I was a student

  • I never ever kept hold of my essays.

  • I would lose them and then find them two years later.

  • If you can find somebody who can correct your work

  • ask them to do so on a shared document

  • and keep it neatly in a folder.

  • It will be your best revision resource,

  • honestly you will thank me for it.

  • (beeping tech sound) Number three,

  • this is something I have mentioned

  • in a previous video, but it's so old now I think

  • I need to mention it again because it's such a great tool.

  • It's is the Oxford Learner's Dictionary.

  • I am a qualified teacher, I have been teaching

  • for many, many years, and I'm telling you,

  • this is the best dictionary I have ever used.

  • And when I say dictionary, I mean online dictionary.

  • So why is this dictionary so, so good?

  • Well it basically ticks all of my boxes.

  • It's designed with learners of English in mind.

  • And the most incredible feature in my opinion

  • is that every single word has the IPA transcription,

  • that's the International Phonetic Alphabet transcription,

  • in both British English and American English.

  • That's rare, there aren't many websites that do that.

  • As well as that, for each word they also have

  • two audio pronunciations at the very least,

  • sometimes they do have extra accents,

  • like Australian or Scottish for example.

  • Another really cool feature is that when you search

  • for a word, you can add that word to your word list,

  • so you can create a list of all of the words you've ever

  • had to search for, and that is such a powerful resource.

  • I really would bookmark this website on your computer

  • and use that word list to your advantage.

  • If you use it consistently every single word you search for,

  • add it to the word list, it's only one click of a button,

  • over two years you will have this huge glossary

  • of everything you've learned.

  • You will also hear how it's pronounced,

  • you will see how it's pronounced,

  • you will compare how it's pronounced in different countries.

  • Oh, it's glorious.

  • Aside from the pronunciation features

  • and the word list features, they also have

  • very clear definitions and just lots of other information

  • that might be useful for learners of English.

  • It's top notch, whoever designed it deserves an award.

  • (beeping tech sound) Right, number four is Quizlet.

  • Quizlet is such a powerful learning tool.

  • It has taken off in the past few years

  • and it's really, really incredible.

  • It's basically a digital place to store flash cards.

  • It also offers so much more than that,

  • but at the very heart of it it's a place for you

  • to write your own flashcards, whether it's about English,

  • whether it's about a subject you're learning at school,

  • and then you can look back at them.

  • Teachers can also create flash cards,

  • and you can then learn from them.

  • However, now they've added so many features.

  • There are games, you can pay matching games,

  • you can play spelling games where you hear the word

  • and you have to write it out.

  • You can play writing games

  • where they give you the definition

  • and you have to write the word.

  • There are loads of options, and you can see resources

  • that other people have written for you

  • and that other teachers have written for their students.

  • Try searching IELTS.

  • Try searching Business English.

  • Try searching Photography English (chuckling).

  • There will definitely be something for you.

  • You should absolutely give Quizlet a go.

  • Flash cards have been used for years and years, decades,

  • if not hundreds of years, for language learning,

  • so it only makes sense that we can now do it online

  • and through an app.

  • And the fact that we can share our flashcards with the world

  • and have the world share their flashcards with us

  • is just a blessing.

  • I never want to hit anyone with a computer or a smartphone

  • say that they can't learn English

  • because they haven't got enough resources.

  • Everything is here for you;

  • you just have to educate yourself.

  • (beeping tech sound) Number five

  • is the BBC Sounds app.

  • This is the BBC audio app where everything audio

  • is just included in one app.

  • So that's basically their music,

  • their radio shows, and their podcasts.

  • And when I say there is something for everyone, there is

  • (chuckling) something for absolutely everyone on this app.

  • BBC is a British corporation, so naturally, you're going

  • to have a plethora of British accents at your disposal.

  • You know I recommend the Archers, that is available

  • through this app, but there are so many podcasts

  • and radio shows that will be interesting to you,

  • and will also help you improve your listening skills.

  • You can search by category,

  • so type in a word that's interesting to you,

  • or something you want to learn about,

  • and see if a podcast or a radio episode comes up.

  • Listening to English music will also help you.

  • Definitely check out the BBC Sounds app.

  • (beeping tech sound) And the last one, number six,

  • is Google Translate,

  • and you might think (chuckling), "What?

  • "A teacher recommending Google translate?

  • "Is she mad?"

  • I don't recommend putting all of your essays

  • and all of your homework into Google Translate.

  • I'm more interested in a certain piece

  • of software they have.

  • It's been available for a couple of years now,

  • but I'm always amazed by how few people know about it.

  • You can use your camera on your phone

  • to translate things in real time.

  • Say you're travelling, for example, in a foreign country

  • and you want to read the menu.

  • Instead of having to type out everything

  • into Google Translate, which in some places

  • might be impossible because it's a different alphabet,

  • you can just put your camera over the menu

  • and Google will recognise the characters

  • and translate it into your language for you.

  • Now I wouldn't say this is the best ever tool

  • for learning a language, but it will really, really

  • help you get by, especially in times of need.

  • And the great thing about it is

  • you don't always need to use an internet connection.

  • You can already download the capability

  • of translating a specific language.

  • Right, that's it for today's lesson.

  • I hope you enjoyed it.

  • I hope you learned something.

  • It was a bit different, but I really enjoyed doing it.

  • Don't forget to check out hidemyass.com.

  • Click on the link in the description box

  • and use my code LUCY20 for 20% off an annual subscription,

  • and don't forget to connect with me

  • on all of my social media.

  • I've got my Facebook, I've got my Instagram,

  • and I've got my Twitter,

  • and I shall see you soon for another lesson.

  • (blowing a kiss).

  • (new scene beeping sound) (playful music)

  • Ooh, that sounded good (chuckling).

  • (new scene beeping sound) So you guys

  • might not know this, but I lalalbah.

  • (chuckling) Aargh.

  • Okay, okay okay okay okay.

  • (new scene beeping sound) Someone's just chastened me,

  • asking if I'm doing the filming, if I've done the filming

  • for this; I am doing it, Georgina.

  • Okay (chuckling), right.

  • (new scene beeping sound)

  • Aargh.

  • (new scene beeping sound) And, you can use it

  • to stream movies, mwa ba ba ba ba.

  • (new scene beeping sound) Corner, hua hau hau hua.

  • Um, okay, (chuckling).

  • (new scene beeping sound) I always found it

  • so frustrating at what I couldn't watch, ah.

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  • where you can get 20%, pth pth pth.

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