Top 6 iOS Apps to Improve English Vocabulary and Learn New Words

Gaurav Bidasaria

English is an international language and forms for one of the most basic skills you would need to survive in the world today. It doesn’t matter which part of the world you are in, you may need to learn English to communicate and succeed in your corporate workplace. Most of us find it difficult to compete with others with a better grasp of grammar and vocabulary.

Apps To Improve English Vocabulary And Learn New Words


Don’t worry! There are plenty of apps available on the App Store that you can install on your iPhone or iPad to improve your English vocabulary and learn new words. We have already compiled a list of Android apps to learn English and improve vocabulary.

Today, we are sharing a list of iOS apps to help you improve English vocabulary and learn new words. Let’s begin!

1. Memrise

Memrise is not just good for learning and improving English vocabulary, but also other foreign languages — up to 200 of them. Memrise uses several tactics to make language learning an enjoyable process. There are many interactive games available. In each level, you will be taught about a new topic. Difficulty levels will increase as you climb up the ladder. Click on Audio icon to hear the pronunciation. Don’t forget to check your points in the profile.

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Another feature here is object recognition. As seen in the screenshot below, it recognizes the keyboard. You point your camera at an object, and the app will tell you its name in your preferred language. Not always accurate, but fun.

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There are also interactive chatbots for you to practice real conversations with, thousands of videos in different languages, offline mode, and a pro version to unlock these features. A monthly plan will cost you $8.99 while a lifetime plan will cost $99.99. It is suitable for travelers who want to learn the local language of the place they are visiting.

2. Word of the Day

Word of the Day will help to improve your vocabulary one word at a time. The app sends daily notifications with a new word, or you can use the card style layout to flip through new words. Read or heard a new word? Use the search function to find its meaning on Google which works right inside the app.

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You can set a time for the daily notification and choose the voice of either a female or a male. There are a few countries to choose your preferred accent (US, UK, India, Canada, and Australia). This will help you learn the pronunciation in your native tone. Another fun feature is the ability to share a word with your friends and challenge them to fill in the missing letters.

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3. Magoosh

Magoosh is a popular platform with several apps focused on teaching you new words, improving your grammar, and helping you prepare for exams like GRE, TOEFL, GMAT, etc. I would suggest Vocabulary Builder app. Learning new words and their meanings is one thing, applying it to construct sentences is another. This is why Magoosh also shows sentences as examples.

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There are many levels to unlock, and as you progress, the words get more difficult. Finally, there is a Play option where you can challenge someone to see who gets more words right. That will help you spend more time with the app, and you will end up learning more words.

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4. 7 Little Words

Crossword puzzles have always been a great way to learn and teach new words. 7 Little Words is a cool crossword puzzle with a simple idea. Each puzzle will leave you with 7 words, 7 clues, and 20 letters. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find those words using the clues with the given block of letters.

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You will get two new puzzles every day for 14 days after which you will have to subscribe to continue receiving more puzzles. They also have a catalog of thousands of puzzles and new ones are added every month to the list. Subscription begins at $29/year.

7 Little Words is a fun and engaging game for kids as well as adults.

5. Vocabador

Vocabador is built to help you improve your vocabulary and learn new words in a graphical and interactive interface. If you aren’t sure what’s with the theme of the app, learn about Lucha Libre, a form of wrestling prevalent in Latin America. This new style makes the app fun to use. There are two modes to choose from. One is Vocab Training where you will be learning new words in flash cards.

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The other is Vocab Challenges where you will be facing Lucha Libre wrestlers in 12 different avatars. Choose your opponent and fight well. Each wrestler will throw 36 unique words/punches at you. You need to guess/dodge them. The app will cost you $1.99, but it is completely worth it.

6. Hello Talk

Hello Talk is not just a language learning and vocabulary app, it is also a community of users who want to learn and improve their English (or any other language). You can talk to the real native people via chat or audio messages. This way, you also learn the appropriate pronunciation in the native language.

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Hello Talk believes that the best way to learn is communication and not curriculum. I think that makes a lot of sense. You get real-world experience with frequently used words and phrases from real people. While creating your profile, it is mandatory to have a profile pic and choose your language level or proficiency. The app also has chatbots and lessons in case you are feel shy to speak with real people.

The app is free to download and try, but you will need a membership plan starting from $4.99/month to access its different features.

Become a Wordsmith

The apps mentioned above will help you improve your vocabulary over time. You would need enough practice with these apps and books to communicate effectively with your peers and friends. Of course, these apps merely provide supplemental value to help you brush up and hone your language skills to get you through your day easily in the office or foreign land.

Next up: Are you looking for some Android apps to learn English pronunciation? Here are 5 of the best to help you out.

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Gaurav is a tech enthusiast who loves talking about new gadgets and innovations. He dropped out of CA because he found the work life boring and monotonous! He recently started working out but mostly, you will find him on the couch either Netflix-ing or gaming.