Recommended Apps for learning English (EFL)

 

Rainbow Bridges has researched over a hundred apps for learning English, and the following is a list of the ones we’ve found to be the most achievable and engaging. They also require little modification or explanation on the part of the parents. Just download and play!

 

Information we have included

Level:

This app is most appropriate for students in the point in the curriculum indicated. Please note the corresponding text and unit numbers (where applicable). NFO = New Finding Out.

Platform:

When available we have provided links to two versions of the apps for the major platforms available, Apple and Android. Apple versions are made for iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone, and iPod. Links to these versions take you to the Japan Apple Store. Android versions are made for most non-Apple smartphones, tablets, and other devices. Links to these versions take you to Google Play.

Price:

Prices are set by the store and are subject to change. Please note some apps have a lite version with limited functionality for free and options to upgrade to the full version for a charge.

 

To get started, choose from a category or simply scroll down to browse the list.

 

Categories

Counting, Shapes

Handwriting

Phonics (Listening, Reading, Writing)

Maps in English

Vocabulary, Sentences and More

Adult Students

 

 

 

 

 

The List of Recommended Apps (EFL)

*Apps marked with a star are the most highly recommended.

Counting, Shapes


 

App Name

Level

Description

Platform

Price

Link

Shapes Toddler Preschool app icon

Shapes Toddler Preschool

Explorers, Adventurers (Kids 3-6)

Listen and identify shapes

Apple

Lite Free

More games ¥120 each

GO>>

Android

Lite Free

More games ¥120 each

GO>>

123 Genius app icon

123 Genius: First Numbers and Counting Games for Kids

Adventurers (Kids 4-6), NFO 1, Unit 2-6

Learn English numbers and counting (singular and plural).

Apple

Lite Free

Full ¥240

GO>>

Android

N/A

123 Ninja app icon

123 Ninja - The First Numbers Slicing Game for Kids

Adventurers (Kids 4-6), NFO 1, Unit 2 and up

Listen to numbers 0-99 and tap the correct number on the screen.

Apple

Free

GO>>

Android

N/A

My First Numbers Counting Game

My First Numbers Counting Game

NFO 1, Unit 1-7

Counting in English. Note how plural items are usually identified with an -s at the end of the word.

Apple

Free

GO>>

Android

N/A

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Handwriting


 

App Name

Level

Description

Platform

Price

Link

Tracing Letters app icon

Tracing Letters

NFO 1, Unit 1-6

A very basic app that shows stroke order and lets children practice writing letters. Note: This is the only handwriting app that does not use letter names. For a handwriting app that also includes reading (phonics), see ABC Pocket Phonics: Letter Sounds and Writing + First Words.

Apple

Free

GO>>

Android

N/A

Ollie's Handwriting and Phonics app icon

Ollies Handwriting and Phonics for iPad and iPhone

NFO 1, Unit 1-8

A handwriting app that shows stroke order and lets children practice writing letters, both tracing them and free-writing them. Includes a few three-letter words.

Apple

Lite Free

iPhone GO>>

iPad GO>>

Full ¥360

iPhone GO>>

iPad GO>>

 

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Phonics (Listening, Reading, Writing)


 

App Name

Level

Description

Platform

Price

Link

Things That Go Together app icon

Things That Go Together

NFO 1, Unit 1 and up

Listening and matching vocabulary words that go together.
*Note: In Settings, in the “Library” section, turn OFF “ABC Letter Names.”

Apple

¥120

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Android

N/A

Little Matchups ABC app icon

Little Matchups ABC

NFO 1, Unit 1-10

Phonics listening and reading practice with individual letters. Students also hear English vocabulary.

Apple

Free

GO>>

Android

N/A

Little Reader: Three Letter Words app icon

Little Reader: Three Letter Words

NFO 1, Unit 8

Reading three-letter words.

Apple

Free

GO>>

Android

N/A

Reading Magic app icon

Reading Magic

NFO 1, Unit 8

Tap letters to hear a word read in phonics, then tap the picture to see the word.

Apple

Free

GO>>

Android

N/A

ABC Pocket Phonics: Letter Sounds and Writing + First Words

ABC Pocket Phonics: Letter Sounds and Writing + First Words

NFO 1, Unit 8 - NFO 2 Unit 15 and up

Good phonics app for learning letter sounds, writing the letters, and blending with advanced phonics.

Apple

Lite Free

GO>>

Full ¥840

GO>>

Android

N/A

Simplex Spelling: Rhyming with c-v-c words app icon

Simplex Spelling: Rhyming With CVC Words (three-letter words)

NFO 1, Unit 8

Excellent for helping children learn how to blend phonic sounds together into three-letter words.

Apple

¥600

GO>>

Android

N/A

Simplex Spelling: Phonics 1 app icon

Simplex Spelling: Phonics 1 **HIGLY RECOMMENDED**

NFO 1, Unit 9 to NFO 2, Unit 15 and up

This app is highly recommended. It focuses on listening, reading, and writing. The app says a word, and players try to spell it using their knowledge of phonics.

Apple

¥600

GO>>

Android

N/A

Phonics Genius app icon

Phonics Genius
NFO 1, Unit 9 to NFO 2, Unit 15 and up

Students listen to a word and choose the correct spelling. Practices phonic sounds: listening and reading.

Apple

Free

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Android

N/A

ABC Phonics Word Family (1) app icon

ABC Phonics Word Family (1)
NFO 1, Unit 8-9

First part of a 3-app series for mastering phonics. Listening, reading, and writing 3-letter and longer words. Put together the words by their sounds.

Apple

Lite Free

GO>>

Full ¥480

GO>>

Android

Lite Free

GO>>

Full ¥346

GO>>

ACB Phonics Make a Word (2) app icon

ABC Phonics Make a Word (2)
NFO 1, Unit 8-9

Second part of a 3-app series for mastering phonics. Listening, reading, and writing. Put together the words by their sounds. More challenging than ABC Phonics Word Family.

Apple

Lite Free

GO>>

Full ¥480

GO>>

Android

Lite Free

GO>>

Full ¥320

GO>>

ABC Phonics Spelling (3) app icon

ABC Phonics Spelling (3)
NFO 1, Unit 8 – NFO 2, Unit 15 and up

Third part of a 3-app series for mastering phonics. Listening, reading, and writing. Put together the words by their sounds. More challenging than ABC Phonics Make a Word.

Apple

Lite Free

GO>>

Full ¥480

GO>>

Android

Lite Free

GO>>

Full ¥355

GO>>

ABC Phonics Combo Pack app icon

ABC Phonics Combo Pack

App bundle - ABC Phonics Word Family (1) + ABC Phonics Make a Word (2) + ABC Phonics Spelling (3)

Apple

¥960

GO>>

Android

N/A

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Maps in English


 

App Name

Level

Description

Platform

Price

Link

National Geographic World Atlas app icon

National Geographic World Atlas
NFO 4 and up; adults

Beautiful maps of the world in English.

Apple

¥240

GO>>

Android

N/A

World Atlas 2015 Free app icon

World Map 2015 Free
NFO 4 and up; adults

Simple world map in English.

Apple

Free

GO>>

Android

N/A

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Vocabulary, Sentences and More


 

App Name

Level

Description

Platform

Price

Link

Fun English app icon

Fun English **HIGLY RECOMMENDED**
NFO 1 – NFO 5

Excellent app for at-home learning with 10 lessons, including 70 games. Simple achievable language, appealing artwork, very good voices and music. Study Colors (free), Animals (free), Numbers, The Body, Fruits, Food, Clothes, Vehicles, The House, Sea Animals, School Bag Lesson, and Action Animals.

Apple

Lite Free

GO>>

Full ¥1,600

GO>>

Android

Lite Free

GO>>

Full ¥989

GO>>

Learn English with Epic Language Games app icon

Learn English with Epic Language Games
NFO 2 – NFO 5; Beginner adults

50+ levels of easy English words and sentences. Identify pictures, spell words, arrange words in sentences.

Apple

Lite Free

20 More Levels ¥120

All levels ¥240

GO>>

Android

N/A

Learn English with Lingo Arcade app icon

Learn English with Lingo Arcade
NFO 3 - NFO 5; Beginner adults

Identify pictures and study up to 3000 words and many sentence patterns.

Apple

Lite Free

20 More Levels ¥120

All levels ¥600

GO>>

Android

N/A

Learn English Vocabulary Pop Quiz app icon

Learn English Vocabulary Pop Quiz
NFO 3 – NFO 5; Beginner adults

Learn vocabulary from pictures.

Apple

Free

GO>>

Android

N/A

Touch and Learn - Emotions app icon

Touch and Learn - Emotions
NFO 5; Beginner adults

Listen to over 30 feelings in English and match with pictures.

Apple

Free

GO>>

Android

N/A

Action Words app icon

Action Words
NFO 5; Beginner adults

Listen to about 180 actions and match with pictures.

Apple

Free

GO>>

Android

N/A

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Adult Students (Communicate, Motivate Textbooks)

*Adult beginner students: see also the Vocabulary, Sentences, and More section, as well as the Maps section, for additional apps.


 

App Name

Level

Description

Platform

Price

Link

Word Engine app icon

WordEngine **HIGLY RECOMMENDED**
Adults, beginner to very advanced

Excellent vocabulary building app. Try their free “V-Check” to test the app and check your vocabulary level. For better deals on subscriptions visit the WordEngine website, or get a discount of about 50% off the published price by purchasing an Access Code though Rainbow Bridges. Call the school, speak with a staff member or contact us for details.

Apple

7-day free trial,

subscription ¥480/mo.

GO>>

**Get better deals through Rainbow Bridges - see left

Android

7-day free trial,

subscription ¥480/mo.

GO>>

**Get better deals through Rainbow Bridges - see left

City Pic app icon

City Pic
Communicate 1 and up

Shows 4 photos of a city. What city is it? Guess the city by spelling it from scrambled letters.

Apple

Free

GO>>

Android

N/A

What's the Place? app icon

What's the Place?
Communicate 1 and up

Photo of a place is hidden by tiles. Removing each tile costs points. What place is it? ID the place by spelling it from scrambled letters.

Apple

Free

GO>>

Android

N/A

World Flags Quiz app icon

World Flags Quiz
Communicate 1 and up

Read the country name and tap the flag. No sound, but customizable to record the country names.

Apple

Free

GO>>

Android

N/A

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