Flikkt is a language learning app for iPad and iPhone that allows users to read eBooks and learn English with immediate, human-applied, context-sensitive translations of difficult words into their native language, and definitions in English. Get synonyms, pronunciation, parts of speech and other useful information. The personal glossary, or Flikktionary, allows users to save words for practice. Users can also keep track of reading and learning progress via language exercises and the ability to make comments about the words they need to learn or the books they are reading. They can aslo share their learning experience with friends via Facebook or email.
There is one free book available (The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde), which enables you to try out the system. If you want more books, you'll have to pay anything from one to six euros. At the moment, there are some English classics and some easy-reader books from Cambridge University Press. As well as the iPad version, there is also a Web-based version of Flikkt. This has added classroom functionality for teachers to track their students’ reading and language learning. The good thing about the translations and definitions in Flikkt is that they are not machine-generated, but done by language experts and translators. So when you read a book in Flikkt, you learn the correct words in context.
The offer is currently rather limited (only 10 books), but this is definitely an app worth checking out if you want to read for pleasure while improving your vocabulary.