Language Support

TADP has curated a set of useful language-learning apps and websites. You can contact us to schedule a time to access these materials on our dedicated language laptop, or you can browse this list to find resources to use on your own schedule and devices.

Language Apps

  • Duolingo

    Duolingo (

    Pros: It is free, gamified, and provides vocabulary and grammatical lessons. Users create profiles that can be used for tracking and progress assessments. Has speaking lessons using microphones.

    Cons: Can be somewhat simplistic at first – but can be bypassed with tests. Does not necessarily have the most detailed or comprehensive lessons.

  • Busuu

    Busuu (

    Pros: Similar to Duolingo in gamification and progress. Provides extensive lessons on vocabulary and grammar. Topical lessons involving dialogues between native speakers.

    Cons: Some of the features are behind a pay wall ($17/month; ~$204/year). Also users must create a profile.

  • Babbel

    Babbel (

    Pros: Vocab and talking lessons that has greater amount of free options than Busuu. Specific pointers to important grammatical points about each sentence. Allows students to target specific weak spots in language rather than just overall, general, language lessons. Offline lessons and reminders for daily lessons also available.

    Cons: Some paywalls and some issues with voice recognition (unknown how ubiquitous). Each lesson begins with potentially tedious spelling / vocabulary lessons.

  • Vocabulary Builders

    Vocabulary Builders (

    There are many apps and websites that can help you build your English vocabulary, and this site lists several of them. We also recommend Exam Vocabulary Builder by AccelaStudy, a free flash-card style program only available on the iPhone App Store.

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Conversation Groups

Interested in opportunities to practice your English speaking skills with other people rather than a computer? The International Students and Scholars office offers Thursday Language Circles where you can practice your informal conversational English. A bonus? Many of the domestic students involved are undergraduates, so you’ll also get some insight into the experiences and expectations of your students!

International students can also get one-on-one language practice and support through the different mentoring opportunities offered by GradSuccess and the TADP team.