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Learn a New Language Anywhere at Your Own pace with Wokabulary

Learn a New Language Anywhere at Your Own pace with Wokabulary

If you want to learn a language, the obvious thing to do is to take a class or maybe watch some YouTube tutorials or podcasts. But there are problems with learning a language in this external way.

In a class, or videos or podcasts, teaching materials tend to be a little generic. The teacher behind these materials wants to fit the needs of many people at once. Therefore, your learning progress depends on them and not on your own capabilities. It’s hard to even keep track of your own progress, because the learning process relies on external measures meant to fit the many needs of a broad audience.

With a class setting, it’s inconvenient to self-test your abilities. It’s hard to do in a classroom where you might be taking tests that go to the teacher. It’s also difficult when you’re using YouTube tutorials to learn. With videos, you generally have no way of testing out your learning. It’s hard to fix mistakes when you don’t even know what they are.

When you discover a cool and useful new word in class or YouTube tutorials, you don’t have a way to store the information properly. When you rely on a teacher in charge of a whole class, or a set of videos made by some native speaker in a different country, you aren’t in charge of your own learning. It’s the blind leading the blind. And you may not have the best place to store your notes.

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When the most common learning tools have such big flaws, what’s the best solution?

I want to introduce to you is Wokabulary. This app makes it super efficient for learning a new language. It has a number of features, including fitering and organizing vocabulary of any language, self-testing, and progress tracking. Let’s take a look at some of the key features of the app.

Support different languages

Wokabulary supports every language under the sun. Any characters will show up in the app without a problem, from Russian to French to Korean. When you open Wokabulary, you’ll set up your first vocabulary. You’ll be prompted to select any language you want to learn!

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    Add words that YOU want to learn

    Wokabulary offers you total control over your own learning. This is absolutely one of its best features. It’s a great way to augment the main way you’re learning a language, whether through a podcast or a traditional course or an online class.

    Simply enter the word you want to add to your vocabulary with translation, as well as tags (if you want) and difficulty level. This level of control is ultra-personalized and will help you reach your language-learning goals!

      Quick search and filter words

      As soon as you’ve started entering words into your vocabulary, you can search for them. As long as you added the relevant filter tag, you can find all the related words at the click of a button. This is especially useful when you learn vocabulary in blocks. For example, in a Spanish class you may have learned a large selection of words related to “work” in a single week. This organization can help you augment your vocabulary very quickly.

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        Quiz yourself at your own pace

        Wokabulary offers two kinds of quizzes: the traditional “flashcard” model and the “typing quiz.”

        The flashcard quiz is what you’d expect: the words show up, you recall the translated version of the word, and click to see if you got it right.

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          By contrast, the typing quiz gives you the word in English and you must accurately type in the word in the target language. This kind of active recall forces you to remember words in all their detail: a super effective technique for self-testing.

            Keep track of learning progress

            Finally, what good is testing yourself if you can’t see tangible results? Wokabulary gives you plenty of resources to see your productivity and growth. Under “Statistics,” you can track your daily average words learned, as well as the cumulative total number of words now in your vocabulary!

              Take up a Language and Master It Fast

              Simply install Wokabulary here. It’s free and you can start your language learning immediately.

              You can sync words across several devices including iPhone, iPad and Mac at once, so you are always able to pick up where you left off, whether you’re on a lunch break at work or just chilling at home.

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              Last Updated on July 16, 2019

              6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

              6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

              Have you ever thought of yourself as a problem solver? I’m guessing not. But in reality, we are constantly solving problems. And the better our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives are.

              Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be mundane, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems:

              What to have for dinner tonight?

              Which route to take to work?

              How to fix a project that’s running behind schedule?

              How to change from an uninspiring job to a career you’re really passionate about?

              Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about them other than having to make a decision.

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              No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, you will be judged on your ability to solve problems. Because problems equal hassles for everyone concerned. And people don’t like hassle. So the more problems you can solve, the less hassle all-round, the happier people are with you. Everyone wins.

              Why Are Problem Solving Skills Important?

              Problem is something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task, a situation, or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to problems.

              Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make, and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are all great problems solvers. Good parents, teachers, doctors and waiters all have to be good at solving different sort of problems as well.

              Problem solving skills are for our everyday lives.

              How to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

              Most people believe that you have to be very intelligent in order to be a good problem solver, but that’s not true.

              You don’t have to be super smart to be a problem solver, you just need practice.

              When you understand the different steps to solve a problem, you’ll be able to come up with great solutions.

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              1. Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

              Neuroscientists have proven that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem.[1] This is because when you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

              I’m not saying you should ‘ignore the problem,’ instead, try to remain calm. It helps to first, acknowledge the problem; and then, move your focus to a solution-oriented mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be, rather than lingering on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

              2. Adapt 5 Whys to Clearly Define the Problem

              5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem.

              By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times.

              For example:

              If the problem is “always late to work”…

              • Why am I late to work?
                I always click the snooze button and just want to go on sleeping.
              • Why do I want to go on sleeping?
                I feel so tired in the morning.
              • Why do I feel tired in the morning?
                I slept late the night before, that’s why.
              • Why did I sleep late?
                I wasn’t sleepy after drinking coffee, and I just kept scrolling my Facebook feed and somehow I couldn’t stop.
              • Why did I drink coffee?
                Because I was too sleepy at work in the afternoon, not having enough sleep the night before.

              So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just set a few more alarms and have it beep every five minutes in the morning. But in fact, the problem you need to solve is to quit Facebook surfing endlessly at night so you’ll feel more energetic in the day time, and you won’t even need coffee.

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              3. Simplify Things

              As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be! Try simplifying your problem by generalizing it.

              Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! And we all know that it’s often the simple things that are the most productive.

              4. List out as Many Solutions as Possible

              Try to come up with ‘ALL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS’ – even if they seem ridiculous at first. It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions.

              Coming from 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, it is drummed into you that ‘No idea is a bad idea’ and this aids creative thinking in brainstorms and other problem-solving techniques.

              Whatever you do, do not ridicule yourself for coming up with ‘stupid solutions’ as it’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

              5. Think Laterally

              Change the ‘direction’ of your thoughts by thinking laterally. Pay attention to the saying,

              ‘You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging it deeper.”

              Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way. You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite!

              Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

              6. Use Language That Creates Possibility

              Lead your thinking with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’ These terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions.

              Avoid closed, negative language such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’.

              The Bottom Line

              There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice.

              Try not to view problems as ‘scary’ things! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

              Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it.

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              So try to approach problems neutrally – without any judgment. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

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              Reference

              [1] Planet of Success: Problem vs Solution Focused Thinking

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