Useful English Dictionary Apps for Smartphones

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Duncan McRaeInglés
27 de febrero de 2016
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It is a reality that language is one of the barriers to effective communication. Many of us have English as our native tongue, but there are millions in the Western World who don’t. And even if it is native to us, we could still benefit from tools designed to develop our communication skills. So here are my Top Five English Learning Apps for Android. If English is not the language of your heart, you may find these applications very helpful.

1. Merriam-Webster Dictionary (free) English Learning Apps for Android


In my role as an online English tutor, the Websters Merriam Dictionary is such a useful tool. Often my students ask for clarifying definitions of words and terms that are not defined in the lesson I am teaching or in the vocabulary list that is in that lesson plan. It may be an idiom that is used or a phrase common to native speakers. This app gives you the definition, the word form (verb, noun, adjective, etc.), a sound byte with the correct pronunciation, the origin of the word, and then how to use it. Having the app open on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3, I am able to have instant access to the pertinent information my students are searching for.
  • Ratings: Google Play – 4.5/5 by 297,000+ people
  • Popularity: 10 million downloads
  • My Rating: 4.5/5

2. Advanced English Dictionary and Thesaurus (free with in-app purchases)


English Learning Apps for AndroidFor anyone that does English writing, a thesaurus is an essential tool to have at your disposal. Some of my readers write content for their own websites, so a thesaurus can be pivotal in expanding our vocabulary. While writing, a particular word or phrase may come to mind and we choose to use it. Is it the best one? Could I use a more powerful alternative? Advanced English Dictionary app can show you what these alternatives are. With a little research, our writing skills may be enhanced so that we engage more readily with our readers.
  • Ratings: Google Play – 4.1/5 by 24,000+ users
  • Popularity: 5 million downloads
  • My Rating: 4.0/5

3. Dictionary.com (free) English Learning Apps for Android


Dictionary.com app for Android is another English learning app for Android. In addition to providing all the definitions and usage examples you need, it also has a “Word of the Day” feature. A notification is sent to you each day with a new word or phrase to think about and add to that growing vocabulary list. Today’s word of the day was “penetralia”. It is formed from the Latin verb penetrare meaning to penetrate. It entered the English language in the mid-1600s. What does penetralia, a noun, mean? It refers to the most private or secret things, the innermost parts or recesses of a place or thing. How did I learn all that? Just by clicking on the “Word of the Day” feature and away I went. Dictionary.com also has blogs about various terms and phrases, as well as training slideshows that can be used as teaching tools.
  • Ratings: Google Play – 4.6/5 by almost 800,000 users
  • Popularity: 10 million downloads
  • My Rating: 4.3/5

4. Learn to Speak English (free)


English Learning Apps for AndroidLearning English isn’t just about grammar rules and a large vocabulary. Reading, listening and conversational skills also have to be developed which can be difficult if a student struggles with comprehension abilities. This is where the Learn to Speak English app comes into its own. There are over 900 lessons and 8000 audio files that help the new English speaker learn how to use the language fluently. Each lesson page has a self record tool that allows the student to compare his recording with that of a native speaker. English Basics, Business English, Travel English and Idioms are just some of the lesson categories.

  • Ratings: Google Play – 4.2/5 by 13,000 users
  • Popularity: 1 million downloads
  • My Rating: 4.4/5

5. The Free Dictionary (free) English Learning Apps for Android


Free Dictionary app is a little different to the other apps I have discussed here since it also incorporates games into English learning. These train the new English speaker to think in English and have some fun as they learn. It also has a word of the day feature which includes the synonyms for that word, a pronunciation sound byte and a usage example. I love the spelling bee game that test spelling capabilities, still an essential skill despite our computers having a spell check feature on them.
  • Ratings: Google Play – 4.4/5 by over 230,000 users
  • Popularity: 10 million downloads
  • My Rating: 4.2/5



My Conclusion


These are my Top Five Android Apps for English Learning. There are countless others available. As I discovered, trial and error research is the best kind when it comes to using Android apps. Quite a few were tested before I settled on these five apps.
Improving our English usage is a great goal to have. We are using it every day, whether in relaxed conversation, formal business dialogue, work presentations or written speech. Using technology to fast track our development makes sense. Don’t reinvent the wheel. All the tools we need are available free for our Android devices. Make good use of them and enjoy the benefits of improved English communication skills.

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Teaching English has become a passion of mine in recent times. Spending time with a student and seeing them progress or just seeing how much they enjoy learning English, is a joy to me. I have taught over 2000 students on a world leading on-line platform and met students from many parts of the globe. Verbling gives me an opportunity to help committed students from many other countries. Business English, Hospitality English, Travel English are just some of my speciality subjects. In addition, if you are preparing a public speaking presentation in English, I have had extensive experience in mentoring others as well as doing my own presentations to audiences of over 3000. Why don't we get together for a trial session to see what we can achieve together.
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Teaching English has become a passion of mine in recent times. Spending time with a student and seeing them progress or just seeing how much they enjoy learning English, is a joy to me. I have taught over 2000 students on a world leading on-line platform and met students from many parts of the globe. Verbling gives me an opportunity to help committed students from many other countries. Business English, Hospitality English, Travel English are just some of my speciality subjects. In addition, if you are preparing a public speaking presentation in English, I have had extensive experience in mentoring others as well as doing my own presentations to audiences of over 3000. Why don't we get together for a trial session to see what we can achieve together.

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