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Last Updated on September 26, 2017

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 September 20, 2018

              8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

              8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

              You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

              Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

              When you train your brain, you will:

              • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
              • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
              • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

              So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

              1. Work your memory

              Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

              When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

              If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

              The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

              Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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              Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

              What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

              For example, say you just met someone new:

              “Hi, my name is George”

              Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

              Got it? Good.

              2. Do something different repeatedly

              By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

              Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

              It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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              And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

              But how does this apply to your life right now?

              Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

              Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

              Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

              So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

              You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

              That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

              3. Learn something new

              It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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              For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

              Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

              You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

              4. Follow a brain training program

              The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

              5. Work your body

              You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

              Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

              Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

              Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

              6. Spend time with your loved ones

              If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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              If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

              I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

              7. Avoid crossword puzzles

              Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

              Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

              Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

              8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

              Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

              When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

              So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

              The bottom line

              Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

              Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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