14, 05, 2017
Since we now live in a very online world with an abundance of apps to choose from, we may not know where to start downloading. Whether you’re a gamer or just someone who likes to keep well organized there’s pretty much an app made for just about anything and anyone to use to it’s full capacity. Here are a list of my 5 favourite apps that I think everyone also needs to have in their phones.
Those who love to study different languages know that it’s not always easy to practice a language and gain fluency when you aren’t surrounded by it. Aside from language learning apps and finding language exchange friends to talk with, a nice way to keep practicing is through reading and listening. Beelinguapp offers short stories to read in many languages such as: German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Hindi, Italian, and that’s just to name a few. Some stories even offer audio to listen to when you’re reading, which I personally love since it helps me listen to the correct pronunciation better. One con is that not all of the stories are free ($0.99 each), but you really can’t complain because they do have a vase amount of free stories to choose from. As a language learner, getting into books can be very overwhelming, but I can assure you that there are many levels of stories to choose from.
3. Culture Trip
Along the lines of culture, I love to read up on interesting facts and events happening around the world. Culture Trip is like no other website and app I’ve ever encountered that keeps you up to date on the world as it’s truly happening; it’s as if Vice and Lonely Planet had a baby — simply amazing. The ‘Explore’ feature lets you choose what and where you want to read about, from topics in the Art, Music, Books, History, Food, Film, Design, and Travel department. Instead of clicking away through the Google search engine trying to dig out the interesting articles on specific countries and cultures that you’re interested in, it’s all in this one app. I also really appreciate how each article is unique and not typically what you would find in any guide or travel book. Many of the articles written are predominantly underground but with touches of mainstream culture so that everyone had something to enjoy when reading. I love how it’s such a great way to pass time while learning too!
While the VSCO Cam app is a very popular and instant way to spruce up your photos, Snapseed is perfect for when you really want to take control of the way your photographs look. Although Snapseed has filters as well, I personally like to skip out on them and do my own adjustments. So what makes this any different from the other photo editing apps? Let me tell you. One of my favourite tools are ‘Selective’ which lets you pick out specific areas where it needs more readjustments. For example, if you want to saturate your background from your foreground it can be easily done with this tool. One of the features that comes in most use and has always helped me create the perfect photos in Photoshop is the Curves feature, which most instant photo editing apps don’t have or can’t seem to nail it well. However, Snapseed’s Curves feature is exactly what I’m looking for when editing. I know I mentioned that I don’t like to use the filters in Snapseed, but I do have to say that if you don’t have much time to edit but want to post sooner, their ‘Tonal contrast’ filter instantly makes any photo flawless.
5. Podcast Addict
Although I don’t have an issue when it comes to motion sickness, I still have a hard time concentrating on a book when I’m commuting somewhere — that’s why I’ve really come to love and enjoy listening to the podcasts on Podcast Addict. And just like with books and movies, there’s a podcast for anyone of any taste. I personally love to either learn or laugh so my favourite podcasts are usually ones on marketing, languages, philosophy, modern love and relationships. Just to name a few: Invisibilia, Modern Love, Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield, Women Of The Hour, and Stuff You Should Know are my go to listens. Especially in the world we live in today I think podcasts are a good step back to something simpler, and all you have to do is sit back, listen, and learn rather than always browsing through your social medias.