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Use Your Cell Phone

Published: 10.01.2012, Updated: 04.03.2017
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Your cell phone can be a powerful tool for learning words. There are apps that can help you. On Android-based phones, you can download one of the following apps:
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PowerVocab   has several word activities. You can select the correct definitions for words, work on the spelling of the words that appear and play word search games.

Words, Words, Words  can either be used to familiarize yourself with the words or to quiz yourself. In addition the app offers audio to help you with pronunciation.

Vocab Builder  offers two ways to play: match definitions to words or match words to definitions. The words in this app are fairly challenging.

If you own an iPod touch, iPad or iPhone, the WordSeek HD app can be fun to play – find the words hidden in the jungle of apparently jumbled letters.

The app Wordfeud can be downloaded for free on Android and iOS devices. This is a Scrabble-style game that can be played against a friend or a random stranger. It's great fun and an excellent way of using and developing vocabulary skills.

Quizlet lets you create and share word sets, that is lists of words and their explanation or translation. These sets are turned into flashcards, various tests, and even a game, which means that you can choose what works best for you to learn. There are lots of existing sets on many topics for you to use as well, but you learn quite a lot by making them yourself. You can download the sets you have made on a smart phone – that means you can learn new words wherever and whenever you like. You’ll find Quizlet apps for the operating systems iOS (Apple) at Quizlet-Powered iPhone Apps and Android at Android Apps for Studying Quizlet Sets.

Merriam-Webster and both offer great free apps for Android and iOS that have many useful features that you will benefit from.