The BEST free apps for language FLUENCY in 2021! (+ Free PDF & Quiz)

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to English with Lucy. Today, I am going to talk to you
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about the best apps and websites for learning English. And they're not going to be your
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average. I'm not going to recommend the normal Duolingo and Babbel and all of that. These
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are more specific things to help you work on individual skills, skills like pronunciation,
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writing feedback, speaking, et cetera. As always, there is a free PDF that goes with
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this lesson. It contains the full transcript along with key words and their definitions
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as well. So you can use this for listening practise to how metta. If you'd like to download
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the PDF all you've got to do is click on the link in the description box. You enter your
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name and your email address. You sign up to my meeting list and the PDF comes directly
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to your inbox. Then every week after that, you automatically receive my PDFs, and all
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of my news, course updates, and offers. Let's get started with app number one. And
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this one is really rather special. It's incredibly unique. It is something that I think will
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help almost anyone who is learning a language. Now this app is free and it's sponsored this
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segment of today's video. It's called HiNative. Oh, my word, it's wonderful. It's such an
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incredible tool for learners of virtually any language.
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In my experience, one of the most frustrating parts of learning a new language is the constant
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stream of doubts and questions going round and round in my own head, especially when
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you're in an earlier stage, there are just so many questions. And when you get to that
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more advanced stage, the questions you have are so niche and you need a native speaker
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or a teacher to answer them. Why is this like that? Why don't you say it like that? Will
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I sound natural if I say it like this? I needed a teacher or a native speaker around
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me 24/7 to be able to ask them all of these constant doubts and questions. And obviously
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for 99.99% of us having a teacher around 24/7 is pretty much impossible unless you're lucky
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enough to be married to one, I guess. This is especially true if you're learning a really
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popular language like English, because there are lots of other people in the same situation
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who also want a lot of attention. The HiNative app provides the solution here. On their free
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app, you can ask any question about language and native speakers will answer you. They
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support questions for over 113 languages. You can sign up and take advantage of this
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free app on Android, iOS, or on desktop. You enter your own native language and the
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language that you're learning. You can see right here how many questions have been asked.
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And they are receiving a lot of answers as well from native speakers. It's so valuable
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because you're not just learning textbook English, you're learning expressions, phrases,
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and slang terms that are genuinely used by native speakers every day. You enter your
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language and the language that you're learning, type in your email, create a username and
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a password, and you're ready. Now, when you go to ask a question, you choose
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a question template. You can use all of the templates for free apart from does this sound
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natural and foreign language diary. The rest are free. Is so easy to do, even beginners
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can ask questions easily using these templates. Let's give it a go. So let's ask what's the
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difference one. What is the difference between affect and effect? I've waited just a short
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while and look at all of the responses. I really like the premium feature. It does
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just sound natural because you can get your writing corrected by a native speaker. So
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let me write an example sentence like this one, the children are being very misbehaving
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today. It's not any wrong. Then let's see what the native speakers do to correct my
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writing. Exactly perfect correction. What a fantastic resource that does this sound
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natural feature is only available to premium users.
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However, you can upgrade your account for free for seven days. So I really recommend
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you do that. One more feature that I really, really appreciate is that there is no private
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messaging feature. So this can not be used as a dating site, which sadly is a big worry
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for a lot of people who use language exchange services. Users can only communicate with
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each other through question and answer. So it feels very safe. You can study the languages
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in comfort and safety. No one's using it for dating. If you'd like to download HiNative
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and try it for yourself for free, then you can get it on iOS, Android, and desktop. I've
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left all of the links down below in the description box.
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Let's move on to app number two, and this one is an oldie, but a goodie. It is Google
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Docs/Drive. And this is the most wonderful language correction and organisation tool.
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I used to teach group classes and I would always make my students complete their homework
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on a Google shared document. This is so that I could make tweets and my students could
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see where I had made corrections, view what I had changed, the edits I'd made, and see
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my comments that I'd made on them as well. It also meant that my students had neat files,
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a nice organisation system of all of their homework and their essays that they're done
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throughout the years. So they could see their progress and they could use it. They could
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use the corrections most importantly as a revision tool. So if an exam was coming up,
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they could go through all of their past mistakes to make sure that they don't repeat them.
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If your teacher is still making you hand write essays and store them in a folder, talk to
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them, it's time to modernise. Alternatively, if you find someone who's willing
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to correct your work, ask them to do it on Google Docs so that you have this amazing
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resource. When I was a student learning Spanish, I never kept hold of my feedback in my essays.
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They were on pieces of paper, and I'd put them on my bag, and I'd lose them. I was terrible
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at that. When I went to university and started learning Italian, I was really, really organised.
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And I still have these folders and files month by month, year by year of all of my work.
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I promise you this will be your best revision resorts.
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Next, let's talk about one of my favourite, favourite dictionaries. As a teacher and a
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language learner, I can promise you this is one of the best of the best. Well, I've been
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teaching on YouTube for nearly six years and I've used it since the very beginning. It
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is Oxford Learner's Dictionary. And the reason I love it so much is because they have the
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most fantastic IPA transcriptions. Some will offer lots of different accents, but they
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won't provide the transcription. Oxford Learner's Dictionary provides everything
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you need. You can listen to the audio and standard American English and standard British
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English as well as many other accents on some words as well. And the written transcription
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too. It is beautiful. It's a dictionary that's designed for learners in mind. So the definitions
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are really clear and understandable. They have the word origin on most words as well,
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which is really interesting as well as antonyms and synonyms. It's always really, really good
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to look at the synonyms so that you can further expand your vocabulary.
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And something that I think is absolutely fantastic, as a massive advocate for word diaries, you
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can add words to your own word list. Phrase word list doesn't sound that exciting, but
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it gets me going. Every time you search a word, you can add it to your word list. It
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only takes a click. And then at the end of the year, or before an exam, you have a list
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of everything that you've had to research right there for you with the pronunciation
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and the definition, and the synonym, and the origin. Oh, it's just gorgeous. It's the perfect
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vocab acquisition tool and pronunciation tool as well. It just ticks so many boxes. I love
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it. There are lots of other dictionaries out there, but this one is my favourite.
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Let's move on to website number four, this is called Forvo. It's a pronunciation website
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and you search for any word in a lot of languages. It's got a lot of languages, but obviously
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we're focusing on English on this channel, English with Lucy, slight hint. You search
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for any word, let's search for the word old, for example, and you have lots of examples
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of people from different parts of the world. You have a male from the United States.
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Old.
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Perfect. You have a female from the United States.
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Old.
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We have someone from Australia.
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Old.
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Canada.
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Old.
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Yes. We have someone from the UK.
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Old.
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So basically you can compare how words are pronounced differently in different countries
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and in different accents. And you can also contribute audio recordings to your own language
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as well. I might secretly do a few for this website in return is really, really cool if
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you don't want to rely on phonetic transcriptions all the time, you want to hear how a word
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is actually pronounced, or you want to compare two different countries pronunciations. Whoever
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came up with that idea is a genius. Let's move on to number five. It is Quizlet,
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such a good app, perfect for teachers and students. If you want to learn lots and lots
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of vocabulary, but you don't know where to start, this is the perfect place for you.
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On this app and website, you can create flashcards. Flashcards have been used for years and years,
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decades, centuries to learn languages. It's a no brainer, it's a perfect tool. But wonderfully,
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you can also search through other flashcards sets made by other students or other teachers
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as well. They make them public. You can search for anything. You can search
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for politics vocabulary. You could search for gardening vocabulary, whatever you like.
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If you're studying to be a doctor, you could study medical vocabulary. There is so much
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there. They also have some games too, which are really fun. I like to gamify the learning
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process. It's also really nice when you create a set that you're really, really proud of.
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You can share it with other people. Lots of teachers now use it with their students, leave
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them public. So you can gain access to a lesson that you maybe wouldn't have access to before.
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Moving on to number six, this is different to what I've recommended before. I always
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used to recommend the BBC Sounds app as a really good place for audios like podcasts
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and radio shows. But there was one thing that I didn't like about that app. They really
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didn't prioritise transcripts for their audio shows. That annoys me because it's not good
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for accessibility. If somebody is hard of hearing and I've got quite a few people in
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my life that are hard of hearing they cannot access podcasts. And that's so sad because
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there's so much wonderful information in them. It's also not that great for English learners.
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One of the most amazing tools is to listen to something whilst you're reading it because
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your brain makes connections. It helps you learn the pronunciation. It helps you improve
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your listening. It helps you expand your vocabulary. It's just so good. Well, Spotify has now overtaken
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BBC Sounds as my favourite audio app for learning English. They have recently started adding
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transcripts to their shows. At the moment, it is only the original and
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exclusive shows. So the ones that are native to them, I guess. There aren't that many available
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at the moment, but those that are have the transcripts. And it's an amazing learning
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opportunity. I also heard that they were considering expanding this to the rest of their shows
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as well. So I really, really hope they do that. If you're looking for a new podcast,
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make sure it's one of Spotify's original or exclusive ones. And hopefully you can access
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their transcripts. The last app that I have for you is Google
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Translate. And no, I'm not a teacher recommending that you just translate all of your essays
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on Google. I remember marking essays and it being very, very clear who had just put their
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essay in their own language, into Google translate because sometimes they'd make spelling mistakes
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and their misspelt word in Spanish would be in the middle of their English essay, and
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it would be very, very obvious. But that's fine. I mean, they may have been at short
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on time. The reason I'm recommending Google Translate
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is because of the amazing Google lens feature, where you can use your camera to translate
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things in real time. And this is perfect if you're out and about, and you want to quickly
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see something, but you don't have time to type it all up. For example, if I'm in a foreign
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restaurant and their menu is in Chinese or something, I can just hover it over. This
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is just a fun one. It's not necessarily an English learning tool, but it's a really useful
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life tool, I think. And it's something I was just blown away by when I first saw it. I
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just couldn't believe that we're finally living in the future.
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That is it for today's lesson. I hope you enjoyed it. I hope you learned something.
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Don't forget to check out the sponsor of today's video, HiNative. All of the links to download
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the app they're in the description box. I highly, highly recommend it. Don't forget
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to download the free PDF that goes with this lesson. All you've got to do is click on the
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link in the description box, enter your name, and your email address. The PDF will come
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directly to your inbox and then every week afterwards you'll automatically receive my
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lesson PDFs along with all of my news, course updates, and offers.
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Don't forget to connect with me on all of my social media. I've got my Instagram @Lucy
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and my website englishwithlucy.co.uk, where I've got an awesome pronunciation tool. Maybe
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I should have included this in the list, but it seemed a bit too showy-offy. On this tool,
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you can click on a phone name and hear me pronounce the phone name or a word that contains
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that phone name. It's really cool. It's fun to use.
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I, word, no.
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I also have my personal channel where I've logged my life here in English countryside
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and all of the blogs are fully subtitled. So you can use them for listening practise
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and for learning more vocabulary. Thanks bye. I will see you soon for another lesson.
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