3 iPhone Apps to Improve Your English Vocabulary

Whether you are preparing for the TOEIC, IELTS or some other English-language proficiency test or just looking to improve your English vocabulary, chances are you need some help. If you have an iPhone, iPad or iTouch, you have access to hundreds of awesome (and some not-so-awesome) applications that guarantee to enlarge your word list! But do they really work? We’ve done a review of 3 of these apps to help you find out.Whether you are preparing for the TOEIC, IELTS or some other English-language proficiency test or just looking to improve your English vocabulary, chances are you need some help. If you have an iPhone, iPad or iTouch, you have access to hundreds of awesome (and some not-so-awesome) applications that guarantee to enlarge your word list! But do they really work? We’ve done a review of 3 of these apps to help you find out.Whether you are preparing for the TOEIC, IELTS or some other English-language proficiency test or just looking to improve your English vocabulary, chances are you need some help. If you have an iPhone, iPad or iTouch, you have access to hundreds of awesome (and some not-so-awesome) applications that guarantee to enlarge your word list! But do they really work? We’ve done a review of 3 of these apps to help you find out.Whether you are preparing for the TOEIC, IELTS or some other English-language proficiency test or just looking to improve your English vocabulary, chances are you need some help. If you have an iPhone, iPad or iTouch, you have access to hundreds of awesome (and some not-so-awesome) applications that guarantee to enlarge your word list! But do they really work? We’ve done a review of 3 of these apps to help you find out.

1)      SAT Vocab Words You Embed In Your Head by Peterson’s

This application, for me, was the most exciting. I’m a very visual learner and need to see pictures in order to remember new ideas and concepts. Vocabulary Cartoons uses the mnemomic approach to help you retain these new vocabulary words through comics, pictures and rhyming words.

2)      Word of the day App by ThatWith.Me, LLC

For only $1, this application is a steal! It includes an entire year’s worth of new vocab words with definition.  It’s even got a built in function to e-mail the word to a friend or yourself, just for a little reminder. The only drawback? No pronunciation guide!

3)      Intellivocab for GRE and GMAT by Faqden Labs

This app was built by MIT students based on research done in the computer and semantics lab. So, you can imagine there are a few problems, but for being free, this app is pretty darn cool. The highlight of Intellivocab is the practice session that allows you to test out your new knowledge of over 600 words!

To sum up, if you are studying for a language exam, the 1st and 3rd applications are the two that are most geared for exam vocabulary, while the word of the day is a sort of general vocabulary enrichment. There are still tons of other free and cheap vocabulary building applications out there to try, so if you’ve tried one of them, please feel free to leave a review and we’ll add it to the list!

1)      Vocabulary Cartoons by New Monic Books, Inc.

This application, for me, was the most exciting. I’m a very visual learner and need to see pictures in order to remember new ideas and concepts. Vocabulary Cartoons uses the mnemomic approach to help you retain these new vocabulary words through comics, pictures and rhyming words.

The application still has some bugs to work out, for example there’s no way to search for words or to test yourself on the words you’ve just learned. But for only $1, you really can’t go wrong.

2)      Word of the day App by Ethan Productions

For only $1, this application is a steal! It includes an entire year’s worth of new vocab words with definition.  It’s even got a built in function to e-mail the word to a friend or yourself, just for a little reminder. The only drawback? No pronunciation guide! 🙁

3)      Intellivocab for GRE and GMAT by Faqden Labs

This app was built by MIT students based on research done in the computer and semantics lab. So, you can imagine there are a few problems, but for being free, this app is pretty darn cool. The highlight of Intellivocab is the practice session that allows you to test out your new knowledge of over 600 words!

To sum up, if you are studying for a language exam, the 1st and 3rd applications are the two that are most geared for exam vocabulary, while the word of the day is a sort of general vocabulary enrichment. There are still tons of other free and cheap vocabulary building applications out there to try, so if you’ve tried one of them, please feel free to leave a review and we’ll add it to the list!

1)      Vocabulary Cartoons by New Monic Books, Inc.

This application, for me, was the most exciting. I’m a very visual learner and need to see pictures in order to remember new ideas and concepts. Vocabulary Cartoons uses the mnemomic approach to help you retain these new vocabulary words through comics, pictures and rhyming words.

The application still has some bugs to work out, for example there’s no way to search for words or to test yourself on the words you’ve just learned. But for only $1, you really can’t go wrong.

2)      Word of the day App by Ethan Productions

For only $1, this application is a steal! It includes an entire year’s worth of new vocab words with definition.  It’s even got a built in function to e-mail the word to a friend or yourself, just for a little reminder. The only drawback? No pronunciation guide! 🙁

3)      Intellivocab for GRE and GMAT by Faqden Labs

This app was built by MIT students based on research done in the computer and semantics lab. So, you can imagine there are a few problems, but for being free, this app is pretty darn cool. The highlight of Intellivocab is the practice session that allows you to test out your new knowledge of over 600 words!

To sum up, if you are studying for a language exam, the 1st and 3rd applications are the two that are most geared for exam vocabulary, while the word of the day is a sort of general vocabulary enrichment. There are still tons of other free and cheap vocabulary building applications out there to try, so if you’ve tried one of them, please feel free to leave a review and we’ll add it to the list!

1)      Vocabulary Cartoons by New Monic Books, Inc.

This application, for me, was the most exciting. I’m a very visual learner and need to see pictures in order to remember new ideas and concepts. Vocabulary Cartoons uses the mnemomic approach to help you retain these new vocabulary words through comics, pictures and rhyming words.

The application still has some bugs to work out, for example there’s no way to search for words or to test yourself on the words you’ve just learned. But for only $1, you really can’t go wrong.

2)      Word of the day App by Ethan Productions

For only $1, this application is a steal! It includes an entire year’s worth of new vocab words with definition.  It’s even got a built in function to e-mail the word to a friend or yourself, just for a little reminder. The only drawback? No pronunciation guide! 🙁

3)      Intellivocab for GRE and GMAT by Faqden Labs

This app was built by MIT students based on research done in the computer and semantics lab. So, you can imagine there are a few problems, but for being free, this app is pretty darn cool. The highlight of Intellivocab is the practice session that allows you to test out your new knowledge of over 600 words!

To sum up, if you are studying for a language exam, the 1st and 3rd applications are the two that are most geared for exam vocabulary, while the word of the day is a sort of general vocabulary enrichment. There are still tons of other free and cheap vocabulary building applications out there to try, so if you’ve tried one of them, please feel free to leave a review and we’ll add it to the list!

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