Search, Add & Organize with Firefox Smart Keywords

Search, Add & Organize with Firefox Smart Keywords

Firefox has a handy feature that allows you to use your address bar as a dialog box to a search. When you find yourself repeatedly searching a particular site you might as well just search in your address bar from any page, right?

For instance, by default, Firefox uses the address bar to search Google’s I Feel Lucky search, but you can create your own.

add keyword for this search

    At a search dialog all you need to do is Right-Click and hit Add A Keyword for this Search. Then fill in what keyword you want to use. For Wikipedia I use “wiki”, which means when I type “wiki lifehacks” into my address bar, I get the Wikipedia article on Lifehacks.


    But why stop at searches? You can use this as a basic input to a text input for any page. The possibilities are almost endless. Here’s a couple I use:

    1. Google Image Search

    I am always looking for images for posts, this cuts straight to Google’s image search rather than loading regular web results and then navigating to the Images tab.


    eg. “image scarlett johansson”

    2. 30Boxes

    This is where you can get interesting. 30Boxes have a simple Add Item input box where you can add events for your calendar. Because 30Boxes also provide some handy shortcuts like tagging, this process can be quite useful.


    eg. “add meet meg at lounge tomorrow at 8pm tag meg”

    3. Google Reader

    In Google’s online feed reader there is a Quick Add feature you can use to add a feed, quickly. Well why not put that in your address bar? Now when you click on a feed [or the feed icon in the address bar] you can just add your keyword before the address.


    eg “feed”

    It’s a simple hack that essentially just eliminated the ‘middle man’ in certain scenarios. Do you have some clever Smart Keyword hacks?

    What Are Smart Keywords? – [Mozilla]

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    7 Best Language Learning Apps and Websites

    7 Best Language Learning Apps and Websites

    Hola, ahn young, bonjour!

    With so many languages out there to learn, it’s hard to know where to even get started!

    While no one knows exactly how many languages exist, there are several thousands of them (a portion of the Bible had been translated into 2,508 different languages). Just like our own ancestry, most languages belong into different families. Indo-European is the origin of most languages that we speak today, including Spanish, English, and Russian.

    If you have the urge to learn a new language this year, then you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to share the 7 best language learning apps and websites that will help you learn a language.

    1. Duolingo

      Key Highlights: Gamified language learning app

      Duolingo has been leading the trend of gamified language learning, even finding a unique way to monetize their app through translations.


      While just using Duolingo to learn a language is not recommended, it can be a good way to get the ball rolling to learn basic words and phrases of a language.


      2. Busuu

        Key Highlights: Visual app to learn basic phrases

        Busuu has similar features to Duolingo in that it’s a mobile app that has a gamified, visual approach to learning the basics of a language. While Duolingo is certainly in lead in terms of popularity, Busuu is an alternative you can check out.

        3. Babbel

          Key Highlights: Gamified language learning app


          Babbel also sits in the same category as Duolingo and Busuu, but perhaps with more variety in terms of language. Instead of offering live interaction with native speakers, Busuu uses algorithms to teach you the basics of a language in a fun way.


          4. Memrise

            Key Highlights: Simple way to memorize language vocabulary

            Memrise is a powerful tool built to help you memorize anything faster, including language vocabulary. They have categories built specifically for popular languages like Mandarin, French, Spanish, and Italian, allowing you to jump in immediately to start memorizing words.


            5. Rosetta Stone


              Key Highlights: Language learning program to help you learn the basics of a language

              Rosetta Stone is another method that has been around for a long time, which is an online program designed to help you improve reading, writing, and listening skills. Since there’s no real-life interacting with native speakers, improving speaking skills is a little more difficult, especially if you want to learn about a specific culture, like Argentina, France, Colombia, etc.


              6. BBC Languages

                Key Highlights: Quality language tutorial videos

                BBC Languages (from BBC) includes courses, videos, and key facts that you can explore on their website, which includes common languages like French, German, Spanish, and Italian.

                My personal favorite is exploring their “A Guide to…” which shares intriguing facts like “the number of speakers in X language” or “the origins of a language.”



                7. Rype

                  Key Highlights: 24/7 Unlimited Private Language Lessons For Busy People

                  If you’ve ever told yourself that “you’re too busy” to learn a language, then you haven’t met Rype yet. Rype offers unlimited private language lessons (Spanish right now) with professional native speaking tutors available 24/7. By being able to book lessons at any time of the day, any day of the week, you can learn on your own time without interrupting your busy lifestyle.

                  One last point to mention is that since you’re interacting live and one-on-one with native speakers, you’ll get the opportunity to improve your speaking skills much faster versus non-interactive methods. In fact, a study by NTL Institute shares that humans can learn up to 18x faster through immediate real-life immersion versus learning through a traditional lecture setting.


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