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Beginners Improve English Proficiency in 3 Months with Voxy

You might be wondering: How long does it take to improve my proficiency level with Voxy?

Based on our current research findings, 79% of 0-Beginners—or learners who have little or no prior experience learning English—are able to improve their proficiency level after just three months of using Voxy.

Depending on your current level, we recommend studying between two and five hours per week. For beginners, do your best to fit in about two hours. For intermediate to advanced learners, we suggest spending at least four hours on the Voxy platform every week.

Need some advice on how to fit practicing into your busy schedule? Visit the Learner Support Center and check out this special video for tips from Voxy experts!

Idioms of the World

Idioms of the World

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We use idioms to pepper our speech and writing, often without even realizing we’re doing it. These odd little phrases are used to express a sentiment other than their literal meaning. It doesn’t really rain cats and dogs, as the world and his wife knows.

I’ve always been fascinated by foreign idioms; they give us a unique insight into the culture that uses them. Did you know that in German you can say “to live like a maggot in bacon” instead of “to live the life of luxury”? Idioms can tell us a lot about what matters to a nation. They’re a window to the soul.

We wanted to explore the world in all its linguistic glory, so we asked artist and illustrator Marcus Oakley to draw some of his favorite idioms from across the globe. We hope they inspire you to learn the local idioms next time you travel.

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Voxy web and mobile engagement data featured

Are language learners more engaged on mobile?

Voxy’s Chief Education Officer, Katie Nielson, and Senior Research & Assessment Associate, Rebecca Jee, traveled to the 2015 Foreign Language Education & Technology conference (FLEAT) earlier this month to present Voxy’s latest research on mobile learning.

Their goal was to understand how the use of mobile devices affects the engagement of second language learners using Voxy. Do learners complete more activities on a mobile device than on the web application? Do they engage with the Voxy platform more frequently?

Nielson and Jee looked at Voxy learners who used just the web or mobile application and learners who used a combination of both. Let’s take a look at the data to see how learners are actually using Voxy.

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These results show that one platform isn’t necessarily better than the other in terms of engagement—learners who took advantage of both platforms were more likely to be engaged. What’s more is that learners who used both platforms used the web application more often than the mobile app. Future research will consider exactly what learners are doing with their mobile devices and how their mobile usage affects their proficiency improvement over time.

As technology advances and the use of mobile devices continues to grow rapidly worldwide, perhaps the learning capabilities on mobile will surpass those of the web. But these data show that mobile phones aren’t replacing computers just yet!


#FF: Voxy’s Top 5 Twitter Feeds

Voxy is headquartered in New York City, but millions of learners have used Voxy all around the world. So how do we stay connected with all of them? Social media allows Voxy to talk to learners and industry followers anytime, from anywhere—just like our web and mobile platform allows you to learn English whenever and wherever you want!

Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite Twitter feeds focused on language learning and edtech to help you keep up with the latest industry news:

  1. The Guardian’s Case for Language Learning
  2. KQED | Mind/Shift
  3. add.a.lingua
  4. EdSurge
  5. TED Ed

Do you have a favorite Twitter account you think we should follow? Share it in the comments section below!


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How Sentence Difficulty Affects Reading Comprehension

Reading proficiency is one of the most important ways Voxy measures language competency. But to make learning effective, it’s essential that the difficulty level of a text closely matches the reading proficiency levels of learners. As a result, Voxy needs to determine the difficulty level of a text as well as the difficulty level of sentences within it to provide the most effective learning experience possible.

While it’s well known among educators that a learner’s comprehension of sentences affects his or her ability to understand a full text, very little attention has been paid to the difficulty level of individual sentences. Voxy recently conducted an experiment to gain a better understanding of what makes a sentence difficult, comparing conventional measurements to more complex sentence features.

Voxy discovered that traditional non-syntactic features—elements like sentence length, total number of words, and the number of low frequency words and syllables which appear less often—may provide a more accurate assessment of difficulty than syntactic features, which are more complex. Syntactic features include who/what/why/where phrases, dependent clauses, and coordinate phrases that include words like “and,” “but,” and “so” to connect different parts of a sentence.

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