How technology can improve your word skills


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Whether you play Words With Friends or are looking for ways to improve your or your student’s spelling abilities, there are apps that work wonders for word skills. The following five apps function on smartphones and smart speakers — most of them are also free.

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1. Alexa skills

Alexa skills are apps that can be downloaded to Echo devices, and some of them are useful spellcheckers.


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Word Lookup is an Alexa skill that plays back definitions and synonyms. It can also teach you a random word each day. Another Alexa skill, Spelling Teacher, can recite lists of words aloud.

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2. Google Home

Google Assistant is a bona fide spellchecker by default. You’re already set if you have a Google Home, a Google Home Mini or a Lenovo Smart Display. Just say “OK Google, spell [word].”

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3. Spelling Monster

Spelling Monster allows you to create your own word lists and even track how your children are doing at their own spelling tests. You can also share words with other users.

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4. contains more than two million definitions, synonyms and pronunciations. It also includes a Word of the Day feature to help you expand your vocabulary.

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Spelling Notebook

This app can be tuned to multiple English spelling variations, including American and British English. You can add your own words to the app, create lists and even record definitions with your voice. In addition, between its 100,000-word variety, spelling tests and its ability to email test results, it’s a solid option for both students and casual users.

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