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English Reading 1.0.2 Review

Find free reads and pronunciations with this app.

Learning any language can be a tough endeavor, but reading words and hearing their pronunciations can help make the new language stick. English Reading combines classic literature with an audio feature. The app is pretty bare bones, but what it offers will appeal to those learning English and those who are looking for a few free reads.

English Reading's interface certainly won't win any design awards. It features two menu options: News and Books. The News option offers headlines from "Time," Reuters, NBC News, "USA Today," and "The Washington Post" (though it's spelled incorrectly -- a pet peeve of ours). Tapping a specific headline takes you to the actual page. On a few occasions, however, tapping a publication title introduced an alert pop-up, but no other instructions. A few minutes later we were able to access the headlines again without problem. The Books option provides a list of classic books to read, including "Grimm's Fairy Tales," "The Time Machine," and "Metamorphosis." While reading, if you come across a word that you don't know how to pronounce, just tap the Pronunciation button, and copy and paste up to 100 characters into the blank field. A pleasant voice then pronounces the words for you.

That's all there is to English Reading. Users looking for a more in-depth language tool will want to look elsewhere, but if you're looking for cheap reads and a little English language help along the way, you can't go wrong with this free app.

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