Would you like a bigger vocabulary? If you’re like most people, the answer is yes. Then again, if you’re like most people, you don’t have the free time to enroll in a course or work your way through the dictionary.
But you can use your smartphone as a powerful tool to learn new words, increase your vocabulary and strengthen your command of the English language without devoting blocks of time to the task. These apps make learning new words painless or even fun, and all you need is a minute or two at a time while drinking your morning coffee or waiting in line.
First, understand why you wish to improve your vocabulary.
Having an expansive vocabulary can do wonders for students’ abilities to comprehend text and communicate well. The days of copying definitions from a dictionary are hopefully far behind us, but a purposeful study of terms is still an important component of learning.
It could be for any of the reasons:
- Clear GRE, SAT, IELTS.
- To enhance your writing ability.
- Skyrocket your communication skills
- You just like learning new words
These 9 apps offer opportunities for everyone at a variety of levels to have some engaging encounters with words:
This combined learning tool and game allows you to both learn and retain words you choose or words the app chooses for you. Vocabulary.com claims to use sophisticated algorithms to customize questions and exercises just for you.
Download the smartphone app for free and answer a series of short vocab questions to reveal a whole new world of words and meanings to decipher.
2. Magoosh Vocabulary Builder – Competitive Exam Prep App
Magoosh is a fun App that is based on the theory that repetition of new information transfers it from short-term memory to long-term memory.
The app is divided into Basic, Intermediate and Advanced words so that you can continue to learn no matter where your current vocabulary stands. Also, the app is segregated based on your purpose of vocabulary development- whether you are preparing for GRE, GMAT, SAT or TOEFL; you are offered a set of words specific to the test.
It has a set of flashcards, quizzes, word pronunciations, and words in context to get you prepared in all aspects.
3. Volt Vocabulary App – Alternate Learning Technique
This app mainly uses the technique of mnemonics, which are memory aids to help you remember new words for longer durations of time.
Mnemonic Device Usage: It uses the technique of associations to help you remember new words quickly. Focused on memory techniques, it offers to learn words by videos, gifs, and visual imagery to memory quicker.
4. 7 Little words
This fun little vocabulary game gives you seven definitions and tiles with combinations of two or three letters on them that you have to arrange into the seven words. You learn as you narrow down your choices from words you do know to words you don’t. I’ll admit to having played many rounds of 7 Little Words myself.
5. Words with Friends
This highly successful game from Zynga (the company behind Farmville) has been around for years and still appeals. Because the only way to win is to find uncommon words, Words with Friends forces you to learn new words although not ones you’re likely to find on a GRE exam. Plus, it’s a nice way to stay in touch with distant friends.
Sort of like a flash card quiz for your android, the PowerVocab app builds your vocabulary with timed mini-tests where players match words with multiple-choice definitions. Even cooler, you can play against other people when you feel like showing off your new vocab skills.
Okay so technically this isn’t going to better your native vocabulary, but DuoLingo will help you learn a whole new foreign language in just a few minutes a day. Filled with everything from reading, writing, and pronunciation exercises, Duolingo lets you learn a new language for free, in less than 10 minutes per session.
This app presented by McGraw-Hill allows users to play vocabulary games individually or with a partner/team. There is also a third mode that allows students to enter into head-to-head gameplay with some exciting challenges that can derail their opponents as they perform at lightning speed. The content can be used at a variety of grade levels and includes work with rhyming words, prefixes and suffixes, synonyms, homophones, adjectives, and more. Over 800 words are included.
Quizlet is the easiest way to practice and master whatever you’re learning. More than 30 million students study with Quizlet each month because it’s the leading education and flashcard app that makes studying languages, history, vocabulary, and science simple and effective.
Teachers, help keep your students engaged and motivated with Quizlet. Create your own classroom sets, collaborate with other teachers and give your students materials to help them learn in a more fun and more efficient way.
These are just some of the Vocabulary building apps available. There are many more. Try these out and let us know how you like them!