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Latin Flashcards for iPad

SPQR Latin Dictionary and Reader

SPQR Latin Dictionary and Reader

SPQR has flashcards built into the app, which means you can either create decks by typing words in as you'd expect, or by selecting words while you're reading a text and choosing "Add to Flashcards…". You can create as many decks as you want, each with as many words as you want, then share them with others by email — perfect for classrooms.

When you're ready to start using a flashcard deck, SPQR presents an attractive realistic wood and paper user interface, with the card flipping over between question and answer. If you get an answer wrong, you can ask the app to put the card back into the pack for another try, which can really help jog your memory.

Pros: Total customization, and it's very easy to share decks.

Cons: None.

Price: $6.99 / £4.99 — View on App Store >>

Latin Flashcards +

Latin Flashcards +

This is a cut-down version of SPQR that focuses specifically on the flashcards section of its larger parent, and thus is a smarter purchase if you don't want the complete package. Helpfully, flashcard decks created with SPQR are interchangeable with those created using this app, which means it's possible for teachers to have SPQR and their students to have Latin Flashcards + and share decks.

As with the SPQR version, this app presents you with a lovely wood and paper user interface, with card flips taking you between question and answer. It also intelligently delays incorrect answers so that you need to reach beyond your short-term memory to continue.

Pros: Easy to share decks, and a very low price.

Cons: None.

Price: $0.99 / £0.69 — View on App Store >>

Intense Latin

Intense Latin

We're on the fence about this app. It's not cheap, it's not customizable, it has no iPad support, and hasn't been updated in two years — which tells us it may never see an update again. But on flip side, what's there is actually quite good: it comes with 1500 words built in, split across a variety of categories including author and skill level.

Its deeply uninspired user interface doesn't do this app any favours, and the lack of updates doesn't bode well, but if you're desperate to master a particular selection of words then you could do worse.

Pros: Comes with 1500 words built in.

Cons: Not customizable, not updated, not iPad-compatible, and not cheap.

Price: $4.99 / £2.99 — View on App Store >>

Collins Latin Dictionary

Collins Latin Dictionary

Sitting alongside the main dictionary is a flashcards mini-app. It comes as part of the app, rather than as an extra in-app purchase, which is welcome and helps to justify the high cost of the app. However, it feels strapped on at the last minute — don't expect an attractive user interface, and certainly don't expect it to monitor your progress.

Pros: Comes free as part of the Latin dictionary.

Cons: A poor attempt at flashcards.

Price: $9.99 / £6.99 — View on App Store >>