Best apps, podcasts, and audio files for a Cantonese-speaking woman to learn spoken English?
December 24, 2011 9:12 PM Subscribe
My girlfriend and I have bought her mother an iPod Touch. At her request, we're loading it with things to help her learn to speak better English. What are the best apps, podcasts, audiofiles, etc. for a Cantonese-speaking woman who wants to improve her English by herself?
posted by Sticherbeast to Writing & Language (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Right now her English-speaking capacity is functional but not super high. Overshooting her abilities at this point probably wouldn't be helpful. For example, we're starting off with someone good audiobooks of good children's books, entertaining ones written in a conversational style; something like The Wind in the Willows would be too literary and old-fashioned to get much value out of for now.
Also, we would much prefer things in American English, just because switching things up with British English might be unnecessarily confusing.
In case it's relevant, she also speaks Mandarin, but she's not fluent in it. We're genuinely not sure if having a Mandarin-English program would be any more or less confusing than the alternatives.
We've looked at the Rosetta Stone program for iOS, but it looks like you have to pay a monthly subscription for that, and we've all determined that we hate the very idea of that on general principle.
Please don't recommend that she just take classes. She doesn't have the time right now.