Lifelong Learning: There’s an App for That

TED (Free)

TED, the international movement promoting “ideas worth spreading,” has conquered every other medium, and deserves a rightful place on your Apple or Android device. Browse and watch an ever-expanding library of more than 1,400 fascinating Ted Talks—“Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.”

Goodreads (Free)

Goodreads is a must-have for Apple or Droid-toting bookworm. The app learns your tastes and offers suggestions based on the books and genres you like. Check out friends’ recommendations, write your own reviews, keep a want-to-read list and take in more than 2,000 public domain e-books for free. The app opens the door to other resources, too, like online book clubs and literary events near you.

Babbel (Free)

Learn a new language one word at a time—and have fun doing it. The app (available for all devices) acts as a mobile vocabulary trainer, and with its speech recognition, it will analyze and correct your pronunciation. Babbel has between 2,000-3,000 vocabulary words per language (all accompanied by images and pronounced for you by native speakers), and you can use the Review Manager to study the words and phrases you’ve already learned. You can also access Babbel.com for grammar and spelling lessons.

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