iOS 8 has text-to-speech in 27 different languages, but Apple didn’t include the high-quality voices like you would have on a Mac. With good reason, because including all those Enhanced Quality voices would make the system 4 GB heavier.

The HQ voices have to be downloaded in your phone’s Settings app. But it’s easy. Just follow the steps below.

What’s New in Version 2.0.1

  • We included samples of all the text-to-speech voices (26 languages) in both ‘standard’ and ‘enhanced’ quality. (Check the ‘Info’ screen)
  • Switching off ‘Also speak small text’ sometimes brought confusion when a card only had small text; it was like the speech function didn’t work. So we changed it to: ‘Speak all text’ which means: “When there’s big + small text: speak it all!”
  • Squashed a few small bugs.

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A few years ago I was living in Buenos Aires and picking up Spanish. (Fluent now, thank you.)

I needed a tool to build vocabulary, something to help me gather and remember all those strange new words. So I tried a few flashcard apps, and ended up trying all of them and putting up that information on a website.

After seeing and experiencing what works and what doesn’t, I decided to make the app that I thought was still missing, the app I would like to use myself:

An easy-to-use app for learning as fast as possible only the words that you personally will use.

If you stop speaking English now, you will eventually completely forget it.

It might take several decades of you not uttering your native language, but at the same time it’s normal: What you don’t use will be forgotten. It will vanish, as happened with all those important history dates you had to learn in school. (We had to memorize plenty, but I can only recall just a few.)

But there’s a flip side: when you will forget something can be predicted. And that’s how Vocab Ninja lets you study just enough, reviewing cards only when you’re about to forget them.

When learning a language, you will arrive at that stage where you know some expressions and have a grasp of the basics of the grammar, but there’s something missing for being able to move on: words, vocabulary.

You still make mistakes while speaking, but people seem to understand you, and you could say so much more if you just knew all those missing nouns, adjectives, verbs…

You’re in the “Words! I want words!” stage.

Zombie looking for ‘words’, not brains.

iOS 7 has text-to-speech in 26 different languages, but Apple didn’t include the high-quality voices like you would have on a Mac. With good reason, because including all those Enhanced Quality voices would make the system 3.7 GB heavier.

The HQ voices have to be downloaded in your phone’s Settings app. But it’s easy. Just follow the steps below.