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The best iPad apps for linguists

Written by  Natacha Cullinan
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You had your hopes set on getting an iPad and the time has finally come - there it lies before you, twinkling away with its brand new screen, the smell of polystyrene washing off your face as you tackle the beast with your fingertips. Except you feel something’s missing - and you’re right - you’re in need of some apps, to make it just that little bit more special, more personal, more you. But, which to choose?

1) Evernote 

Evernote lets you create notes, record your tutor’s lectures and take pics, all in one cool little app. It’s the perfect app for any student worrying about catching all those bitesized quotes all in one place.

2) Dictionary 

Wondering what a word means, looking for a synonym, in need of an encyclopedia? This is the number one app to answer all your linguistic queries. It’s even got a translator. You couldn’t ask for more.

3) Flash My Brain 

Create your own flashcards with this cool new 'Flash My Brain' app, customize them and check your knowledge, spelling and memory for all things big and small.

4) Ultralingua

Choose your favourite app, be it a bilingual dictionary, thesaurus or spellchecker here, with a good batch of languages and options on offer.

5) Dropbox 

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere with you. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! You’ll be able to take everything with you, wherever you go. 

6) Explore Flickr

Make the most of your photographic skills and critiques with this fantastic Flickr app. You’ll be able to swipe through photos, read and leave comments, see pics in high definition and more. Costs about $5 but well worth it.

7) i-Thoughts HD 

The i-Thoughts app allows you to mindmap lesson plans, essays and coursework to suit your personal way of computing giving information. 

8) IM+ 

The one-stop-shop for all your social media, with Facebook, Twitter, AIM and more compatible with this great IM+ app. You can find people nearby with the newer version, making staying in touch just that little bit easier.

9) WordReference 

WordReference.com is the most useful multilingual online dictionary around, so don't miss their shiny new app, currently available for students of French, Italian or Spanish - very handy and intuitive to use.

10) Netflix 

Wondering what to do with your spare couple of hours? Feeling like staying in or sharing a good movie with some friends? Download this app and go through the vast collection of films on offer, from old flicks to the latest film releases, all for a measly membership fee. Who said students didn’t need to relax once in a while? And you could even try searching for some foreign movies, just to get your language fix. How did you ever live without it...
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