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Fresh Android Apps for Sep. 20: Learn English with Speaking Pal, EVAC, Coin Drop!

by Ian Black

Feel the chill in the air? There’s still a little time left before you need to winterize so you have my permission to take this weekend off in order to practice your language skills (Learn English with Speaking Pal), bolt from the rat race (EVAC), or play for the big money (Coin Drop!).

Learn English with Speaking Pal (Free)

Learning English or working on your accent?  This app won the Mobile Learning Award for 2011 from the International E-Learning Association.

It cleverly uses the on-the-go aspect of mobile apps by breaking down practicing a language into small segments. The app presents you with common conversation situations – like interviewing for a job – and lets you first listen to a question or statement then read back a scripted response. Along the edge of the video, you’ll get instant feedback on how well you spoke individual words and the sentences overall.

The description says you’ll notice progress with only two minutes a day.

EVAC HD update (Free)

Think Pac-Man on steroids. This neon maze game has been out a little while but this update brings a cheaper price (how does “free” sound?), no ads, and new levels.

It mixes regular arcade with action and puzzle genres so as you guide your player through the maze you must deal with traps, moveable blocks, and other obstacles. Sign-on through Facebook and invite your friends to play against you on the global leaderboards.

The fans of this top-rated app say the soundtrack by Kubatko rocks.

Coin Drop! (Free)

Bad Pennies have invaded the world of coins and captured all the girls. You control the Good Pennies and must destroy the Bad Pennies and rescue the girl coins.

The gameplay reminds me of pinball or pachinko – with a big swig of psychedelics mixed in. Drop, bounce, roll, and shake your way to victory through lasers, magnets, pinwheels and many other color-washed challenges.

Play your way through 75 levels as you bounce along with the upbeat soundtrack. This hit on iOS has finally arrived on Android.

Download the free Appolicious Android app