15 Best iPhone Apps for English Majors

By   |  September 24, 2009

Reference tools for correct grammar usage, rhyming tools and even handy quotes from classic literature are some of the things that you could have at your fingertips. Whether you are taking an English class or writing the next great American novel, here are some noteworthy English and literary apps for your iPhone or iPod touch.

Photo by: Howdy, I’m H. Michael Karshis on Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by: Howdy, I’m H. Michael Karshis on Flickr Creative Commons

#1 Grammar 1 -$0.99
Brush up on your subject nouns, adjectives, adverbs & articles. Refresh your memory on basic parts of speech. If you need to improve your grammar skills as well as your grammatical syntax, Grammar 1 is the perfect tool.

#2 The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms -$14.99
Literature students and readers will benefit from this comprehensive text that provides helpful and sometimes witty insight to almost 1,200 confusing literary terms. If you need help understanding the ancient dithyramb, the social realism of Stalin’s era or the magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez for example, this app will help put it in terms you understand.

#3 Wurdle -$1.99
Have some time to kill before your next class? Play this word game to pass some extra time and you may expand your word knowledge. Identify as many words as possible by connecting letters on a word letter grid in a limited amount of time.

#4 The Hundred Best English Poems $0.99
Compiled by Adam Gowans, this eBook contains the text of “The Hundred Best English Poems” published in 1904. The compilation includes what Gowans considered the best work of British poets from the 16th to 19th centuries.

#5 Perfect Rhyme  $0.99
Poets and lyricists will always have the right word with this rhyming dictionary. Find words that rhyme with other words searching a database of over 130,000 entries including common acronyms, names and plural forms.

#6 VocabDaily $1.99
Everyone could benefit from a larger vocabulary. Learn new words daily and save the words that you like using the special bookmark feature. With a very intuitive interface, this app is the most popular and easiest word of the day program in the App store.

#7 Official Shakespeare Audio Insulter $0.99

“Thou puny, weather-bitten, mammet!” This $1 app is iPhone’s spin on the Shakespearean insult generators found on the internet. Touch the picture of The Bard and he will dish out his most creative words of abuse. iPod touch owners will need a pair of headphones to hear Shakespeare’s slams.

#8 Grammar Up $4.99

Grammar is extremely important for English majors -no matter what your level is. Take the quizzes in this app which contains all major grammar topics drawn from a huge question bank. With over 1,800 questions, it is the complete solution for learning or brushing up on English grammar.

#9 Pocket Quiz: Classics of World Literature $1.99
If you like trivia-type games, you can find this app in the game section. Get quizzed on everything worth knowing about world literature such as Hamlet, Faust, Baudelaire, Don Quixote or Proust. This app comes with a two player mode and offers detailed answers that include background information and interesting illustrations.

#10 Stanza $FREE
Stanza is like a library for your iPhone that stays open 24/7. Browse more than 50,000 books available to download for free, and even more for purchase. So before buying The Art of War, The Prince or other required reading for English class, it may be worth downloading the book from Stanza. Not only will it be free, but it could be more convenient to have a “pocket edition” handy when you are on the go.

#11 Wordbook English Dictionary and Thesaurus $1.99
Let’s face it; having a good dictionary is essential. And electronic dictionaries are a dime a dozen. However, for 2 bucks, this could be the best iPhone app in its category. With more than 150,000 entries, a Thesaurus, relevant web links and spoken pronunciations, this app could be your most indispensable tool as an English student.

#12 Ambiance $0.99
Have you ever been distracted by too much noise when you write? Not everyone can afford to take a writer’s retreat in a secluded cabin or beach. But put your earphones on and Ambiance can take you there with a host of ambient noises. Listen to the soothing sound of the ocean’s waves while you’re writing in a noisy cafe. Ambiance is perfect for those who want to block out unpleasant noises but do not want to listen to distracting radio or music.

#13 WordTwiddle $1.99
If you need some creative inspiration, try this three-slot customizable word generator. Choosing your own word lists (emotions, mythological characters or objects to name a few), WordTwiddle can help you create unlikely connections that help with all aspects of creative writing including blogging, marketing or storytelling.

#14 iBlueSky $9.99

Most people who are serious about mind-mapping won’t mind the price. When you make the most of this app, it can help you organize your thoughts for problem solving, breaking down tasks, risk management, SWOT analysis, brainstorming, project and event planning and of course, screen writing. You can also use it as a study aid for learning complex information which requires diagrams and maps.

#15 Collected Works $0.99

Get these classic works on the iPhone: Alice in Wonderland, Anna Karenina, Around the World in 80 Days, Crime and Punishment, Don Quixote Volume I, Don Quixote Volume II, Madame Bovary, Oliver Twist, Scarlet Letter, The Three Musketeers and War and Peace. Now you can read or reference these classics on your iPhone or iPod.

And finally, if you are tired of living in the stinky dorms or your roommate is driving you nuts, you can always download Apartmentguide’s iPhone app which lets you search for thousands of apartments sorted by location, price and amenities conveniently from your iPhone or iPod touch.

April Lentini writes for apartmentguide.com

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    Key Features:

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    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-basics/id383092696?mt=8

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    http://www.iquestionbanks.com

  7. I work for the Survey of English Usage, a linguistics research group based at University College London.

    We have just released a new iPhone / iPad App for teaching the concepts of English grammar. We’d be very happy if you wished to review it.

    Called The interactive Grammar of English (iGE), it is a proper reference grammar, including a searchable glossary of grammatical terms, and a structured course with dynamic exercises.

    The Lite version is free, and the paid version goes for $6.99, so feel free to download the Lite version before you part with your hard-earned cash!

    The home page for the App is at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/english-usage/apps/ige.

  8. Help! Ican’t find an app called “grammar 1.” I am an ESL teacher, and would like a grammar reference app. What do you suggest?
    Thank You!

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    and
    2)I am an English major

    What better combination could there be to relate to this post? Thanks for the helpful apps. I will be sure to download the Official Shakespeare Audio Insulter as soon as possible.

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