A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn vocabulary, specifically the correct use of commonly confused word pairs like "amuse" and "bemuse." Each word in a confusing pair is defined and used in a sentence. Kids will also get tips for determining which word to use. The definitions are thorough and easy to understand, and the example sentences are interesting and helpful. The app tracks kids’ mastered words, which can be shared via social media. WordWit can help older kids improve their vocabulary and brings a little fun to the endeavor.
Ease of Play
A user guide explains the app's features, which include a searchable list of all of the words, a favorites list to which words can be saved, and the quizzes to "master" your knowledge. Mastering words wins points, which at a later date may be redeemable for apps and merchandise from the developer. When playing the mastery quizzes alphabetically, the same quizzes repeat often, since the words are often close in spelling (and may have multiple tenses). There are occasional glitches in the app, but these do not inhibit play.
Violence & Scariness
A few sentences mention violent acts such as crime (finding "blood stains"), war, and ravaging a town.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few quotes and sentences refer to sex, mentioning "lustful visions" of a woman without a swimsuit, brothels, and lovers meeting for an illicit affair.
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The language is generally intended for an adult audience, particularly the example quotes. One of the example included "asses," in the sense of "Get your _____ in here!"
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few sentences mention drinking alcohol and smoking, but in ways that do not promote these activities.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that WordWit is a vocabulary tool for teaching and testing commonly misused words. It is best for teens and particularly useful for non-native English speakers, but can be enjoyed by anyone wanting to improve their language skills. The app presents over 100 pairs of commonly confused words. Kids can read a short definition of each word, an explanation of the difference between them, and read quotes that use the words in context. Sentence completion quizzes also test kids' knowledge. Completing the quizzes wins points, which may be redeemable for items from the developer at a later date. Word pairs and quiz progress can be shared on email, Facebook, Twitter, or Linked In. Several of the quotes and sentences mention mature material, such as going to war, having affairs, getting tipsy, or smoking, but not in ways that promote these behaviors.
Is It Any Good?
WORDWIT stands out by providing clear, approachable explanations of commonly misused words. The quotes provide real-world examples of the words in context. The mastery quizzes are good for reinforcing learning because they recycle questions until you answer every question correctly. However, the quizzes are best done randomly rather than alphabetically, otherwise you'll face the same quiz more than once in a short period. The spinning and trends features to see word pairs give the app some color and pizzazz, but are not very useful.
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