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EWA: Learn English Language

By Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Movie-inspired, fun lessons for teens best for practice.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android Free to try Education
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Great courses

Learning English from popular series - really cool
age 18+

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Movie and TV show enthusiasts will find this English language learning platform engaging and entertaining, though definitely more appropriate for an older crowd. Many of the video clips and GIFs add humor to the learning process. Kids trying to tune into pronunciation or just needing to hear things a bit slower will appreciate the turtle icon that slows down speech in the clips. The word game practice allows kids to reinforce what they're learning and presents information in different formats, keeping learners on their toes. It also offers a range of topics and scenarios, most of them practical. The app also includes colloquial phrases with the intention of exposing learners to how English is commonly spoken. Kids will learn phrases like, "So, what do you wanna do now?" Although this approach recognizes the diverseness of language, it may also be confusing for those who are paying attention to grammar, spelling, and/or trying to determine the appropriate context for certain phrases. It may also contradict more formal structures learned in a language class. Another thing to consider is the fact that many of the lessons and word games emphasize translation, which arguably isn't the best method to learn a new language.

The collection of books and articles in the app's library is awesome. Kids will have a variety of reading options at their fingertips. Books are also labeled by level of difficulty, making it easier for readers to figure out which books they're ready to for. The app gives kids full control of how text is presented; they can either read the English text on their own and click on words for automatic translation or they can access the audiobook feature. Families considering EWA: Learn English Language as an educational tool should know that the app has a significant amount of mature content. It may appear in video clips as partial nudity, violence, innuendo, crude humor, or flirting. Courses, especially those under the Love and Romantic Relationships category and those addressing body parts, teach explicitly sexual and suggestive words and phrases. Other lessons teach phrases that use mild swear words or crude expressions. Although mature content can be turned off in settings, without a parent wall there's no guarantee that kids won’t have access to it. Overall, EWA: Learn English Language is an entertaining tool to practice and reinforce English acquisition. It relies heavily on translation and memorization, which are components of learning language, but not comprehensive. The library of books and articles is definitely the highlight of the app. So, for teens who might need an engaging incentive to practice English, this is a solid option.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : letter or word recognition, naming, reading, speaking, spelling, vocabulary
  • Skills: Self-Direction : effort, personal growth, Communication : conveying messages effectively, speaking
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (free trial then subscription ranging from $8.49 - $119.99)
  • Release date: September 7, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Lithium Lab Pte Ltd
  • Version: 5.3.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: February 14, 2020

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