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5 Tools for a Better Online Reading Experience

5 Tools for a Better Online Reading Experience

The internet is changing the way people acquire information. People’s excessive reading and exposure to blogs, online magazines, and social media have created a culture of instant information.

We are obtaining data at a fast rate, probably way more than our brains could handle. Many researchers are quite pessimistic about this since it is believed to be a contributing factor to our shorter attention spans, poor memory, and decline of verbal communication skills. Despite these, people are still more inclined to read and seek information on the web.

If the internet is a big library, how can you read as many books you want in a short time? The following are tools to help you manage your online reading experience:

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1. Feedly

Feedly

    The hottest RSS reader in town, Feedly lists all recently updated articles from your followed websites so you never miss a post. Feedly isn’t only for websites, you can also follow YouTube shows, Tumblr blogs, podcasts and more. Organizing your content is easy. Feedly has an organize button that lets you drag and drop feeds and reorder categories according to your preferred layout. A bookmark icon can also be found at the top of each post for later reading.

    2. Pocket

    Pocket
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      Found a great article while surfing the web during work? Save it for later reading with Pocket! With its sleek, minimalist design, and wide compatibility across platforms, pocket is easily becoming one of the best reading management apps loved by digital bookworms.

      Unlike Feedly which shows every content from the sites you followed, pocket stores your hand-picked posts for later reading. After you read posts, there is an option to ‘archive’ the post which makes it readily available the next time you may need it. Now, you can hoard all the content you want!

      3. Readism

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      Readism

        Feeling like you’re spending too much time reading online? With Readism, you can now calculate the average time you need to finish reading an article. Readism is a chrome extension application that features a small reading time indicator at the bottom of the screen of each article you open. You can also customize the size and the length of time you want the pop up to appear on every page.

        Take note that Pocket displays the average time a reader will likely finish an article. If you want a more accurate data of how long you may need to finish an article, you can visit the app site and take the series of tests to determine your reading speed.

        4. iSpeech

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        iSpeech

          Bring your reading anywhere, even when you are doing something else! iSpeech is an amazing text to speech tool that will let you indulge in your favorite readings while still having time to do your dreaded home or office work. Now you can read while you drive, work, cook or break a sweat in the gym. iSpeech lets you “read with your ears” as it converts web content, documents, and articles to speech. It currently supports 20 languages and is available for major mobile platforms like Android, iOs, and Windows.

          5. Spritz

          Spritz

            For those who wish they could read faster, Spritz is a great speed reading tool that will drastically increase your reading skills. Spritz’ technology allows users to read without the need to move their eyes. It presents texts in a layout where users are able to read content one word at a time.

            Spritz reading methodology is acquired based on the premise that our brains search for the OPR or the “Optimal Recognition Point” of a word before it starts to process its meaning. With Spritz, reading becomes more efficient, since the time spent searching on each word’s ORP is reduced.

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            Published on January 18, 2019

            Best 5 Language Learning Apps to Easily Master a New Language

            Best 5 Language Learning Apps to Easily Master a New Language

            Learning a new language is no easy feat. While a language instructor is irreplaceable, language learning apps have come to revolutionize a lot of things and it has made language learning much easier. Compared to language learning websites, apps offer a more interactive experience to learn a new language.

            The following language learning apps are the top recommended apps for your language learning needs:

            1. Duolingo

              Duolingo is a very successful app that merged gamification and language learning. According to Expanded Ramblings, the app now counts with 300 million users.

              Duolingo offers a unique concept, an easy-to-use app and is a great app to accompany your language acquisition journey. The courses are created by native speakers, so this is not data or algorithm-based.

              The app is free and has the upgrade options with Duolingo Plus for $9.99, which are add free lessons. The mobile app offers 25 languages and is popular for English-speaking learners learning other languages.

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              Download the app

              2. HelloTalk

                HelloTalk aims to facilitate speaking practice and eliminate the stresses of a real-time and life conversation. The app allows users to connect to native speakers and has a WhatsApp like chat that imitates its interface.

                There is a perk to this app. The same native speakers available also want to make an even exchange and learn your target language, so engagement is the name of the game.

                What’s more, the app has integrated translation function that bypasses the difficulties of sending a message with a missing word and instead fills in the gap.

                Download the app

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                3. Mindsnacks

                  Remember that Duolingo has integrated gamification in language learning? Well, Mindsnacks takes the concept to another level. There is an extensive list of languages available within the app comes with eight to nine games designed to learn grammar, vocabulary listening.

                  You will also be able to visualize your progress since the app integrates monitoring capabilities. The layout and interface is nothing short of enjoyable, cheerful and charming.

                  Download the app

                  4. Busuu

                    Bussu is a social language learning app. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS. It currently supports 12 languages and is free.

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                    The functionality allows users to learn words, simple dialogues and questions related to the conversations. In addition, the dialogues are recorded by native speakers, which brings you close to the language learning experience.

                    When you upgrade, you unlock important features including course materials. The subscription is $17 a month.

                    Download the app

                    5. Babbel

                      Babbel is a subscription-based service founded in 2008. According to LinguaLift, it is a paid cousing of Duolingo. The free version comes with 40 classes, and does not require you to invest any money.

                      Each of the classes starts with with a sequential teaching of vocabulary with the help of pictures. The courses are tailor made and adapted to the students’ level, allowing the learning to be adjusted accordingly.

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                      If you started learning a language and stopped, Babbel will help you pick up where you started.

                      Download the app

                      Takeaways

                      All the apps recommended are tailored for different needs, whether you’re beginning to learn a language or trying to pick back up one. All of them are designed by real-life native speakers and so provide you with a more concrete learning experience.

                      Since these apps are designed to adapt to different kinds of learning styles, do check out which one is the most suitable for you.

                      Featured photo credit: Yura Fresh via unsplash.com

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