5 apps to make living in a new country easier

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Thanks to the world of technology, there is now a wide range of apps that can help make life in a new country that bit easier.  Whether it’s finding your way around a new city, making new friends or learning the local language – there is an app for just about everything!  Here are our top picks.
Want to learn how to speak like an Aussie?  Duolingo is a free app that helps you to learn the local language through easily digestible 5-10 minute lessons and games.  This fun approach to learning can be great when you’re getting to grips with a new language.  The app is designed to keep you engaged, rewarding you with points for correct answers while slowly reinforcing your vocabulary over time.

Finding your way around a new city is never easy.  Google Maps gives you access to real-time navigation with traffic conditions and ETAs included.

As well as up-to-date and well-designed maps, it also features photos and street view, comprehensive detail on footpaths, bikeways and public transport.  You can even discover local restaurants, events and activities. 

With offline access, even if you’re low on battery or conscious of your phone data, you can easily search and navigate without an internet connection.

When you first relocate abroad, it can be difficult to meet new people, particularly if you work long hours or don’t enjoy going to bars. MeetUp is a great tool for making connections in your new city by offering you the ability to search for local groups of people who enjoy a certain activity or hobby, helping you reach out to individuals who share similar interests with you.
This app gives live exchange rates of more than 170 countries and can be used even without an Internet connection. The currency converter is particularly useful while you are still getting familiar with the currency in Australia.
If you want to keep in touch with family and friends, Postagram is a fun app that allows you to send personalised postcards straight from your phone. All you need to do is take a photo with your smartphone camera (or choose one from your Instagram or Facebook account) and with the click of a button, it’ll make sure a glossy high-quality postcard of your photo will drop through your loved one’s letterbox, with whatever 140-character message you choose.