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Shake-a-Phrase – Easy way to learn Vocabulary and Parts of speech

Shake-a-Phrase – is definitely fun and easy way to learn Vocabulary and grammer (nouns, verbs and adjectives). The beauty of this program is learning vocab in context instead of rote memorization.  We have this app for almost 3 months and we use it almost everyweek.  This is similar to NewYork times online version (You click on a word and it opens up Answers.com).  This app covers a lot of vocab this way.  So, you can use this as a 10 min drill in the morning/evening to improve the vocabulary.  While it is displaying the meaning it will also display the parts of speech. This is this apps version of learning mode.

The Quiz-me mode allows you to test the skills learned during the shake- it (or learning mode). It ask the user to ‘tap on the’ Noun/adjective/verb. Again in context so it is very useful.


1. The story starter mode is kind of  tough to understand  and it is not easy  (of course you can use the meanings to understand) but it could be more meaningful.  But they advertise this as wacky sentences so it may pass that test 🙂

The developer did a pretty good job writing the description and their website is very informative. Please check it out.  http://www.shakeaphrase.com/

Overall Impression – Pretty good app for any upper grade/middle school kid. Price is also reasonable.

Developer Notes

Shake-a-Phrase is a fun language app that teaches vocabulary and parts of speech for ages 8+. Perfect for learning and laughing on-the-go, this lightweight app features over 1,700 words and definitions in 4 colorful and engaging themes.

There are 3 ways to shake up a storm of wacky, funny sentences:

• Shake It: creates a new random sentence every time you shake – great for discovering new words. Not sure what a word means? Just tap for definitions!

• Story Starter: shake up the beginning of a story and let your imagination take over.

• Quiz Me: test your skills with adjectives, verbs and nouns. Tap on the right words to get points and gain levels.

The addictive language fun in Shake-a-Phrase will encourage children to:

• Read the silly, entertaining sentences
• Discover the meanings of unfamiliar words
• Create their own writing projects
• Test their knowledge of verbs, adjectives and nouns
• Share language arts fun with friends and family


– 1,700+ age-appropriate vocabulary words, compiled by teachers and parents
– Designed for iPhone and iPad – a universal app
– Story Starter prompts suitable for school projects
– 4 colorful, inspiring content themes: Starter, Animals, Fairytales and Monsters
– Quiz mode tests your knowledge of nouns, adjectives and verbs – or any combination of the three
– Correct and incorrect answers are easy to see
– Correct quiz answers are rewarded with an audible ping and bonus icons as the levels increase – no penalty for wrong answers
– Save the most hilarious sentences to your Faves library
– Email wacky sentences to your friends

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