What are the best vocabulary building apps?

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    #1Memrise

    Memrise
    Memrise is a course site dedicated to help people learn languages and vocabulary quick and effectively. If offers an app for Android and iOS devices to allow you to follow the courses wherever you are.
    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Norma Parra
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "Memrise has been a nice way to kill time on my phone. I like the feeling that I get from building my vocabulary as it makes me feel smart. I have found this app to work a lot better than traditional means of studying."
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    #2PowerVocab Word Game

    PowerVocab Word Game

    This app will help you learn and master English with crosswords, spelling bees and word search, among many other games. While you are playing, you will learn vocabulary, and you will be able to challenge your friends to beat your score.



    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Edward Sanchez
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "English can be one of the hardest languages to master but the PowerVocab Word Game game can definitely help with that. This app provides a lot of different games and exercises for people to complete which is sure to help improve their skills."
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    #3Duolingo

    Duolingo

    With the Duolingo app, you can practice and improve your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills while playing games at the same time. Just answer questions and complete lessons to improve both your vocabulary and grammar skills.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Muhammad Bose
    Written on October 30, 2017
    "Since finding Duolingo, I've been having a really difficult time of putting my phone down. I've always loved learning new languages and Duolingo has such a wealth of languages to choose from. Right now I'm trying to pick up my French since I haven't used it since high school and it's really fun to just play the games while learning the vocabulary words. They have so many languages that I'm trying to figure what else I want to learn. The interface is straightforward which really appeals to me and the fun pictures displayed for the vocabulary words to learn make this really aesthetically pleasing. There are probably other options out there but I find this to be the most addictive and effective in helping me learn those key vocabulary words. To me, Duolingo is probably the best vocabulary building app I've tried is my current go to app for practicing my speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills. I get to do all this while I'm playing the game, what more can I ask for!"
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    #4busuu

    busuu
    Master the basic skills and phrases of the language you want to understand fast with a fully interactive course, anytime and anywhere. You will be helped by hundreds of native speakers.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Randy Jimenez
    Written on November 8, 2017
    "Busuu helped me learn a language. There's lots of languages to learn and it helped me to build my vocabulary in another language. I'm sure it will work in any language that people speak, but for me it worked in what I was learning."
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    #5issuu

    issuu

    With issuu you will have access to more than 20.000 magazines in more than 30 languages, as well as other written content. You can read the publications online or download them. Also, you can select a portion of a publication and share it in your social networks.

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Carlos Alberto Bautista
    Written on October 21, 2017
    "Are you a big magazine reader, like I am? issuu needs to be a part of your world, then. With over 20,000 magazines and other content, this is a treasure trove of information for anyone who wants to expand their horizons. I found it a few years ago and I've probably read thousands of articles and publications since. This site is completely invaluable!"
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    #6Vocab Genius

    Vocab Genius

    More than 800 challenging items are waiting for you in this app, where you will learn English with Brainscape, an algorithm that will provide flashcards in the best possible way to optimize its absorption. 

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Karen Riley
    Written on October 25, 2017
    "First off, I really appreciate the honesty of this app. While I think games are of course useful during the learning process, sometimes you do just need to put in some effort if you want to learn something new, which this app acknowledges. I also how the flashcards also give you the root word. This allows for a deeper understanding of the word, and you can start to understand the logic of English a bit better."
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    #7wurdle

    wurdle

    wurdle is a word game app for iOS devices. You have to find words in a specific time. It's simple and funny game for job breaks or time-out. 

    Games

    iOS

    $1.99

    Jonathan Walsh
    Written on November 16, 2017
    "Wurdle helped me think outside the box when trying to learn more words. Typically, that's a pretty boring process. But Wurdle "gamified" it such that I actually wanted to keep learning words."
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    #8Vocab Builder

    Vocab Builder
    Learn English and build your vocabulary with Vocab Builder, the app that will quiz you about lots of English words that are used commonly on vocabulary tests. The app also features a dictionary. 




    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Thomas Tran
    Written on October 20, 2017
    "This is a great way to improve your vocabulary and have fun at the same time. I really like that it can help you with vocabulary found in the GRE and SAT tests. It would be nice to hear the words spoken especially for non-native English speakers."
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    #9Vocabador

    Vocabador

    This vocabulary building features two different game modes: the learning one, where you will discover new word usage, and the vocab challenge, where you will test your prowess. 

    Apps

    iOS

    $1.99- 0

    Lori Estrada
    Written on November 8, 2017
    "Vocabulary has always been an issue that I try to improve. As the years go on I try to keep improving the way that I speak and write. I came across Vocabador some time ago and have noticed a significant increase in the words that come to mind as I speak on a regular basis. The growth has been nice."
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    #10EngVarta

    EngVarta

    EngVarta is an educational application that lets users connect with live English experts, who are readily available to help improve their communication skills and enrich their vocabulary. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

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    #11WordUp

    WordUp

    WordUp Vocabulary is an educational app developed by Geeks Ltd. for iOS and Android devices. The vocabulary app provides lessons with three concepts namely Most Useful Words, Feel Every Word!, and Remember Forever.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Paymon Khamooshi
    Written on July 29, 2019
    "Video examples"
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    #12Galvanize Test Prep

    Galvanize Test Prep

    Galvanize Test Prep is a learning app designed to keep users entertained through its unique way of testing. It turns vocabulary exercises into fun and exciting games. This app work for both Android and iOS devices.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    sonali chugh
    Written on February 20, 2019
    "This is a fun way to sharpen your vocabulary. In each section, you start by going through the vocab and if you already know the word, you can "test out" by answering a multiple choice question that shows you know the definition. This saves time, not having to review words you already know. Every word is described in detail; they have accurate pronounciations (not a robot), definitions, synonyms, examples of the word in a sentence, different usages, and even etymology charts. I LOVE IT!"
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    #13English Vocabulary Builder

    English Vocabulary Builder

    English Vocabulary Builder helps English language learners to learn new words to improve and expand their vocabulary. It features over 6800 essential words including its audio pronunciation. This app is also functional in offline mode.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Sam
    Written on May 11, 2019
    "There are myriads of apps on the Play store. However, I personally like this app since it easy to use, keeps track of my progress, backup the progress, various themes, mastered words list, and the best part is that I can control the amount of data it displays."
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    #14Vocapture English Dictionary

    Vocapture English Dictionary

    Vocapture English Dictionary is a free mobile application which will help its users to learn the English vocabulary in an easy and fastest way. This includes over 200,000 idioms and phrases, as well as English spelling help. 

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

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Summary

Best What are the best vocabulary building apps
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1MemriseApps 17 Free
2PowerVocab Word GameApps 17 Free
3DuolingoApps 13 Free
4busuuApps 10 Free
5issuu Apps 9 Free
6Vocab GeniusApps 9 Free
7wurdleGames 8 Paid
8Vocab BuilderApps 6 Free
9VocabadorApps 5 Paid
10EngVartaApps 4 Free
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