“Which apps have you used for English?”
That was the question I asked you Monday and Tuesday.
201 students replied.
Most, 78.5%, got poor results.
They said they improved, “a little” or “not… at all.”
But 21.5 of you said you improved “a lot.”
And for those who bought an online program from a teacher, not an app, the success rate jumped to 37%.
The most popular app was Duolingo.
The most popular online program by a teacher was To Fluency.
But there wasn’t one app or one teacher that clearly rose to the top.
So what did all the successful students have in common?
The answer is, they actually used the app.
For the successful students, twice as many said they used the appp “often” vs. those who said they used it “a little.”
This is called having the right strategy.
Let’s talk about the difference between tactics and strategy…
In war, a tactic is tanks vs. airplanes.
A strategy is to command the air or to command the sea.
Tactics change often.
Strategies seldom change.
Many tactics can bring you success.
Often, there’s only one strategy that will result in success.
For English, an app is a tactic.
Following a daily English routine is a strategy.
You can try many apps. Some may be good, some not.
But if you don’t have a good strategy, then they will all fail.
So while many of you tried many different apps, it sounds like the successful also had a strategy of daily practise.
So what is the killer app for learning English?
I say it’s simply the internet itself.
For many of you, it would be almost impossible to get fluent without the opportunities to read, watch, listen to and even speak English that are available online.
Now combine the internet with a solid strategy, like going online daily to read, listen, watch, write, and speak English, and you will surely conquer the language.