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Climb – English Vocabulary

By Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Expand vocabulary with engaging activities; best for teens.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try Education
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This engaging language tool, ideal for teens and adults, can be used as a study aid or as a fun way to expand vocabulary. Although Climb - English Vocabulary has quite a few features, the interface is user friendly and easy to navigate. It offers more than the typical dictionary by giving users a sense of the word in context through examples of the word in sentences and links to related news articles or pop culture references. The app integrates translation to any language and links to Urban Dictionary, making it an efficient and comprehensive tool. Users will appreciate the ability to look up words from text they read in a Safari web browser and then add the words to their in-app vocabulary lists. The app offers several vocabulary lists organized into fun and quirky categories, but it also allows users to create lists that focus on their personal needs and interests. By incorporating GIFs and finding inspiration in popular movies, TV shows, books, and slang, Climb – English Vocabulary keeps learners engaged. Folks looking for a study boost while preparing for standardized test such as the SAT, GRE, GMAT, or TOEFL will find this to be a useful tool. The practice component, which allows users to practice learned words by combining repetition, visual representations, definitions, and words in context, could be good preparation for such tests. Teens who use this tool to build their English language ability will find the word analyzer particularly useful since it compares words to their current vocabulary level and offers synonyms ranging in difficulty for additional reference and learning. A glaring hole in the app's design is the lack of a search function. Although there are lots of ways to list words, there are tons of words to explore, and finding a word on demand can require significant extra work and recall.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : letter or word recognition, spelling, vocabulary
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : applying information, memorization, Creativity : combining knowledge, Self-Direction : academic development, achieving goals, effort, personal growth, self-assessment
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (Limited content available for free. Subscribe for full access; subscriptions range from $9.99 to $59.99. 7-day free trial available.)
  • Release date: July 1, 2020
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Climb Apps, LLC
  • Version: 1.6.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.0 or later
  • Last updated: September 3, 2020

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