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American English

American English

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App Description

The following description comes from the Google Play Store description of the app:

Content from American English at State Department plus the super-fast biNu app platform = a powerful new way to access English as a Foreign Language learning resources, on the go or in the classroom!

Students: study English anytime, anywhere. Learn on your own or with friends using integrated social media features like Facebook and Twitter.

Teachers: use the app to bring content into your classroom or to encourage students to practice English in their free time.

Get access to these great American English resources:
- E-books: graded readers for learners, resources for teachers, and the Worldreader library
- Audiobooks: available to download by chapter
- Music: positive messages through hip hop, jazz, children’s songs, traditional songs, and more
- “Trace Word Soup”: a fun vocabulary game already played over 3.5 million times around the world
- Voice of America news feeds for English learners
- A variety of language, news, social media content, and more!

[Note: "Trace Word Soup" is not yet compatible with tablet-sized devices; download the "Trace Games" app from the Google Play Store to enjoy this game.]

The app is free; however, users are responsible for the data usage costs charged by their mobile provider.

This app was designed for teachers and learners of English as a Foreign Language living outside of the United States.

For troubleshooting and answers to frequently asked questions see biNu's FAQ: http://www.binu.com/faq/

Learn more about American English at State: http://americanenglish.state.gov
Learn more biNu, an English Education Alliance member: http://www.binu.com

biNu Pty Ltd developed the American English application based on its award-winning biNu mobile app; American English at State provides its open source language learning content through the biNu app platform; as such, biNu's privacy policy is provided via the link below.

Permissions Information: Users may see a permissions warning stating the app could "directly call phone numbers...This may result in unexpected charges or calls" or "send SMS messages...This may result in unexpected charges" The biNu app can display phone numbers as a link so that if the user clicks the link, it directly calls the number from the phone. Any links to the phone's calling functions are initiated via user input and in no circumstances can calls be initiated without the user's knowledge. The SMS feature is used to send the user's PIN reminder directly from the phone. Again, this feature can only be accessed via a user-initiated click of a link within biNu, where it is clearly explained. biNu will never send SMS directly from the phone without the user's knowledge or consent. See the Privacy Notice below for additional details.

Sensitive Permissions Used By This App
Permission What Why
Full network access Can access the internet It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Read your contacts Can read user's contact list (phone book) and phone call history Internal
Send sms messages Can send SMS messages Internal
Read call log Can read your device’s call log, including incoming and outgoing calls Not analyzed yet
Take pictures and videos Can use camera or flashlight on the phone Not analyzed yet
Modify or delete the contents of your usb storage Can write to your phone's USB storage Not analyzed yet
Directly call phone numbers Can call phone numbers Not analyzed yet

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