Learning English can be very difficult. Voxy presents an interesting way to improve English reading and speaking skills. The system works by helping users learn English as they read news stories and articles that they find personally interesting. These real stories are chosen based on the user’s interests. They can range from politics to celebrities and sports. By providing a natural resource to learn English, Voxy also allows users to adapt to expressions and other nuances of the English language. Voxy also implements fun games that incorporate the stories the user reads to enhance the learning experience.Show more screenshots »
Voxy is a newcomer to the language learning applications available online. The site is still in beta, but promises to offer a great supplemental learning tool for users. Planned updates are mentioned that can help expand Voxy access and capabilities, including iPhone, SMS and Android mobile device access. Voxy was created in 2010 by Linguabyte, Inc, which was founded by Head of Product Gregg Carey and CEO Paul Gollash. The team also includes Chief Technology Officer Rudy Menendez, Head of Development Ed Menendez, Editorial Director Laura Martinez, Director of Marketing Manuel Morales and language curriculum organizer Janet Sedlar.
Voxy is just one of many language learning applications currently available online. The main draw to the Voxy system is the use of real life learning tools. Rather than building a collection of general sentences that are hard to apply to real life situations, Voxy takes actual media and uses it as a language learning tool.
The stylish Voxy homepage includes a bright yellow and white cloud background offset by a solid black header. The design presents a mature, yet cheerful overall appearance. Users can easily learn about the application and begin browsing articles as they learn the English language. As the user reads each story, they can click the highlighted words to listen to an English translation. The user can later take a short quiz to verify their comprehension of the news story.
New users can begin the registration process by entering their email address in the field provided on the homepage. After clicking the bright yellow “Start Now!” button, the user is taken to the registration form. The form asks for a username, password, language the user wants to learn, native language and difficulty level. The email fields are automatically populated. The user can also set customization options such as daily emails, story preferences (news, pop culture and sports) as well as other customizations.
Voxy is currently available to all users for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges for using the application. The tool would work well as a supplemental learning resource, although the user should also implement a primary resource as well. The cost is just right for the application’s capabilities. Users should also note that Voxy is still in beta, so there maybe changes in the future that require a paid subscription or other charges.
Anyone learning a language can appreciate Voxy. It makes a great supplemental tool. The language options are currently very limited (English is the only option), but there are plans to expand into Spanish and other languages in the future. For now, Voxy is a valuable tool for anyone perfecting their English language skills.