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3.2 Apps designed primarily for native speakers which language learners can find useful

News apps from the areas where your target language is spoken offer texts, audio and video resources to practise. In addition, they will help you develop your knowledge of the politics, history, and culture of those areas.

Podcast apps will offer you the possibility of listening to (mostly) audio resources on all sorts of topics, and the YouTube and Vimeo apps will provide an enormous variety of video content. Similarly, apps that provide reading material, such as Kindle, will offer access to reading material from literature classics to modern pieces. You can also buy or rent music and films, often with subtitles in the target language at least.

There are also apps available that offer virtual visits to places such as museums. You can explore their collections, view art pieces and read about them. Other useful apps for the language learner include, maps and geography (Geomaster) and geolocated information (Aurasma, Wikitude). Games can also be played in the target language (traditional games such as Scrabble or Hangman, or more current ones like Clash of Clans).