5 Best Apps To Improve Your Vocabulary

Improve your vocabulary using your mobile phone any time you have a free minute.


Memrise is an app for competitive people! Great interface and achievement rating will keep you motivated. You can create your own lists or use other participants’ lists. Words can be loaded from docx and xsl files, you can record or add audio, pictures, and video. In addition, Memrise offers its own courses of excellent quality.

2. Anki

Anki is one of the most popular apps among my European students. The interface can be a bit tricky but it’s worth it. The cards can be customized to your taste, you can customize your training yourself. The iOS application is paid.

3. Quizlet

Quizlet is one of the most popular platforms that I often use in my lessons. You can create your own cards and combine them into modules and courses. There is a separate teacher subscription where you can add your media and monitor your students’ progress. The interface is intuitive, offers a large number of operations with words, which allows you to memorize words faster, and the learning process becomes more interesting. When creating cards, words can be loaded with lists, pictures can be added either.

When working with cards, the spaced repetition mode is available only in the paid version, and in the free one, you will have to organize a repetition of the material you have covered by yourself.

4. Duolingo

Duolingo is a great start-up platform, but only for the base. I’m one of those “boring” teachers who think that grammar matters. The list of languages ​​is also impressive.

5. Brainscape

Brainscape – flashcards for serious learners, as the slogan of this resource says. Brainscape can be used not only for memorizing new words but any new information. If you are studying Russian for Specific Purposes, this resource will be doubly useful to you.

You can create your own cards, or you can use ready-made ones. The paid version allows you to download media. Available on iPhone, Ipad, and Android.


I usually use Memrise and Quizlet both for myself and for my students. What apps do you use?