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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
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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!

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              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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              The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

              The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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              No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

              Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

              Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

              A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

              Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

              In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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              From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

              A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

              For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

              This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

              The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

              That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

              Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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              The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

              Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

              But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

              The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

              The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

              A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

              For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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              But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

              If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

              For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

              These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

              For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

              How to Make a Reminder Works for You

              Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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              Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

              Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

              My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

              Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

              I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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              Reference

              [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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