Improve English: Word Games

Price: Android - Free

Teacher Overview

For those who are learning English as an additional language, Improve English: Word Games will provide a steady progression of understanding.  It teaches new vocabulary and offers plenty of ways in which to practise.

Teacher Review

Nobody is under any illusions that learning a new language will not be difficult.  New words, their pronunciation, spelling and meaning, need to be memorised.  How those words fit together and modify each other, must be observed and practised.  Rules and exceptions to them must be understood.
 
Improve English: Word Games helps with learning new words, concepts, and phrases and also provides many opportunities to practise.  It is designed for those who have established a basic grasp of English and who are wanting to improve their ability.
 
The app's courses provide tuition by gradually feeding the user new words, new phrases - including idioms, and providing clarity in areas of common confusion.  It employs a combination of content selected and guided by language learning experts with an algorithmic approach to monitoring and developing the user's experience within the app.
 
These courses use a card-style format that presents the word or phrase and its definition to the user.  Each one also has space for users to add their own notes.  When the learner feels that the word is secure, they can select 'got it' and take it out of their learning pack.
 
Language learners will also want to know how to say a word and the app covers this in three ways: by using the International Phonetic Alphabet symbols, a phonetic spelling of the word using English, and an audible pronunciation.  
 
The pronunciation is via speech synthesis and very occasionally this does not quite match the correct way of saying the word.  These are few in number, however, and the developer is tracking them down and correcting with a spoken word.  In the majority of cases, it is a very useful and welcome feature.
 
The practice games that accompany the courses are populated with excellent content.  As with most educational games, they're never going to stand up against pure entertainment apps but they're more stimulating than just working through written exercises.  They are also very useful.  Where the questions are multiple choice, all of the answers are viable phrases or combinations of words but only one fits the given definition.  It is really good to see that they cover idioms, phrases which are used in casual conversations by native speakers, as well as more formal, textbook word combinations.
 
A very occasional undeserved lost mark can happen when a phrase could be corrected in multiple ways.  'We am the best', for example, could be made correct by changing either 'we' for 'I', or 'am' for 'are' but only one of these will be considered correct.
 
Keep in mind that examples of these issues are few and far between and are a result of the app's broad and deep content.   Those considering a language learning app need to be aware that they exist but they are not a significant detriment to this app's usefulness and are constantly being improved.
 
The pro version of this app has a wealth of good quality content that will expand a user's vocabulary and provide excellent practice.  Its tracking will be useful for students to see their progress and for teachers to monitor and use to inform any future support that may be needed.
 
Both individuals and teachers could make good use of this app.  It does suit best an individual with exclusive access to a device but English language teachers could use the games as stimulating exercises to provide a break from written work or to help a newly arrived student quickly raise their English language skills.  
 
The app is available for free and can be expanded through a system of in-app purchases.  The developers of the app are responsive to user feedback and this should see an already good app continue to improve in the future.

 

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From the Developer

Knudge.me aims to help you Learn and Improve English in an easy, interesting and effective manner.

The platform works on advanced scientific algorithms which help you learn and improve English in an effective way. Current courses are designed to improve vocabulary, English idioms, phrasal verbs, homonyms/homophones, common confusing English words that would help elevate your English. 

Current courses:

1. English Section

A) Vocabulary builder - Easy : This wordlist is handpicked by experts. Definitions and example sentences for every word in the wordlist with handy flashcards would help you improve vocabulary.

B) Vocabulary builder - Intermediate : Build your vocabulary with this wordlist comprising 200+ words. A must to improve vocabulary. Definitions, synonyms/antonyms, memory tips and infographics would help to improve english. A good command on these words would also help you achieve good score in entrance exams like CAT / GRE / GMAT / IELTS / TOEFL.

C) Vocabulary builder - Advanced : Entrance exams require high command on vocabulary to achieve a good score. Definitions, example sentences, synonyms/antonyms and infographics would help improve your vocabulary and help achieve a good score. Helpful for exams like CAT, MAT, XAT, NMAT, SNAP, GMAT, GRE, SAT, SSC, CGL, Bank PO, CET, GATE, IAS, IBPS, IELTS, IES, TOEFL, UPSC, JKSSB, PTE, DU JAT, Toeic, NIFT, JBPS, CFE. 

D) English Idioms - Learn around 250 common English idioms. This course aims to improve English and help you keep up in everyday English conversations through the use of common English idioms.

E) Phrasal verbs - This course will help you understand and use more than 200 of the most frequently used English phrasal verbs. Good understanding of these phrasal verbs would help in improving English and excel in competitive exams like CAT / XAT / NMAT / GRE.

F) Common confusing words - More than 200 Homonyms, Homophones and other confusing words. The course helps you get through the most common blunders in English through correct usage of homonyms and homophones.

Games

A) Mix and Match: An interesting time-based vocabulary word game to help you improve reading skills in a fun way.

B) Space Pursuit Game: An interesting word game to help you improve writing skills by eliminating the most common blunders in English.

C) Fly High: An interesting word game that will help build your vocabulary while taking a hot air balloon ride to the sky.

D) Reader's Digest: Improve reading skills by focussing on speed, accuracy and comprehension.

E) Echo: Play this Interesting dictation game to stop making spellings blunder in your writing. This would also help you improve speaking skills.

F) Jelly Fiz: Play this game to improve your speaking skills by learning phrasal verbs in an interesting way.

G) Panda's Trail: Play this game to get better at English grammar.

H) Sea Voyage: Play this game to challenge your reading speed and retention.

I) Word Maze: Play this game to challenge your vocabulary knowledge.

FEATURES
• Spaced learning and adaptive learning boosts your brain to learn & retain lessons.
• Best English vocabulary builder app to learn new words on the go.
• Vocabulary pronunciations.
• Track your progress as you study. Personalised adaptive revision vocabulary test to assess your performance.
• Handy flashcards empower you to revise lessons effectively.
• Helpful for vocabulary based exam aspirants to improve English vocabulary using 'Words a day' concept.
• Interesting word games to learn and improve English in a fun way.

Download Knudge.me app for free and rediscover a fun way to improve English. Now, Learning english on your mobile just got interesting.

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