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7 apps to keep your vocabulary updated

Would you like to improve your vocabulary? Like most people, you would like to work on your vocabulary and sound more confident when having a conversation with your friends or colleagues, but do not have the time and/or money to enroll yourself into a professional crash course.

You can now use your smartphone as a powerful tool to learn new words, increase your vocabulary and strengthen your hold 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.

1. Vocabulary.com

This awesome learning tool and game allows you to either 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 so that your vocabulary skills are top notch.

2. PowerVocab

PowerVocab is another definition matching game similar to  arealme qiuz. This game was popular on Facebook games a while ago. also you can play a similar game on Free Rice. freerice donates rice to the world food programme to help end hunger, so the more you play it the more you help(the site claims to donate rice to the said programme, we have not verified this claim).

In these type of game, players match words against multiple-choice definitions with the added elements of competing against other players and playing against the clock. (Android only.)

3. Magoosh Vocabulary Builder

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This quiz app is similar to PowerVocab but is specifically aimed at improving scores on the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) used for entry to graduate schools. Magoosh is an online prep company that helps graduate school applicants do better on the GRE and other exams.

4. A Word A Day Widget

From the people who brought you PowerVocab, A Word A Day Widget puts a new vocabulary word on your device’s home screen every day. Android only, but for iOS, try Word of the Day Widget.

5. 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.

6. Words with Friends

This highly successful game from Zynga (the company behind Farmville) has been around for years and still appeals. (I’m a recent convert myself.) 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. Available for Windows Phone as well as iOS and Android.

7. Penny Dell Crosswords

Doing crosswords is a great way to increase your vocabulary and Penny Dell Crosswords offers a free daily puzzle. But there are many other crossword app options out there, including the venerable and challenging New York Times crosswords, if you’re willing to pay for the subscription. Doing a crossword puzzle on a mobile device can be a lot more appealing than doing one with a pencil or pen–no worries about illegible letters or having to erase a wrong answer.

So pick an app, download it and get playing. Your vocabulary will be bigger before you know it. And once your vocabulary is perfect you can be more confident about yourself around your friends and colleagues.

Thank you for reading!

Theshoutblogger

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