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6 Ways of Bookmarking Sites Without Adding Them to Your Favorites

6 Ways of Bookmarking Sites Without Adding Them to Your Favorites

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    Bookmarks are a time-honored tradition on the internet. It doesn’t matter if you are using desktop browsers or mobile browsers, you very likely have some bookmarks of your favorite sites. But did you know that there are other ways aside from bookmarks to access your favorite sites? In some cases, they can actually be faster than bookmarks. Let’s take a look at them.

    1. Mozilla Firefox Keyword

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    Firefox keyword bookmarking sites

      The Mozilla Firefox keyword is actually a little bit of a cheater on this list because it does involve bookmarks. Here’s how it works. You create a bookmark. Then you find it, right click on it, and click Properties. From there you can set a keyword for the website. In our screenshot above we used ‘lforg’ for Lifehack.org. Once that keyword is set, you simply type lforg into the address bar and the site will load on its own. This can be a great way to just type a few keystrokes and get to the sites you love faster.

      2. Google Chrome Search Engines hack

      Chrome Search Engine hack bookmarking sites

        Google Chrome can do something similar to Firefox’s keyword trick but it takes a little more set up. If you go into the address bar, right click, and click to Edit Search Engines, you’ll be taken to the screen you see in the screenshot above. Add any website with a name and a keyword. From that point forward you can type that keyword into the address bar and the site will automatically pop up just like the Firefox example.

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        3. Text Expansion

        Text Expansion bookmarking sites

          This one is a little obscure because not a lot of people use text expansion. Here’s how it works. You download an application like this one for Windows. Using this software you can set the application to replace a phrase you type with something else. For instance, if you set ‘lforg’ to be replaced with the web address for Lifehack, the app will automatically replace that keyword with the site address whenever you type it. You can do FB for Facebook, GPlus for Google+, or whatever takes your fancy!

          4. Use your own web history

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          Search History bookmarking sites

            Once you’ve done some web browsing, sites you frequently visit will pop up once you start typing them in the address bar. As you can see above, when I type the letter P, Google Plus, Google Play Store, and PayPal pop up. If I were to type F, then Facebook would pop right up. Based on the sites you visit, just typing a couple of letters can bring up prior pages that you have visited in the past. This a fun way to keep your bookmarks clean and set up is very easy. Simply browse the web like normal and the browser does the rest!

            5. On mobile, turn sites into icons

            Mobile add to homescreen bookmarking sites

              On iOS and Android, you can take any web page and turn it into an icon on your home screen. The process for both is pretty much the same. On iOS you click the action button and then click Add to Homescreen. That website will become an icon on your home screen that you can tap and get to at any time. On Android, it’s a matter of using the menu in your browser to do essentially the same thing. Bookmarks on mobile aren’t as rich or easy to organize as desktop bookmarks, so this is a great way to save your favorite sites on mobile.

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              6. Chrome pin tabs

              Chrome pin tabs bookmarking sites

                Google Chrome pin tabs is one of the most unique ways of saving sites. Instead of closing out of tabs, you right click them and click Pin Tab. As you can see in the screenshot the tab is minimized into a much smaller version of itself where all you can see is the website icon. These pinned tabs stick around when you close and re-open the browser, making them extremely useful if you’re on the same websites all the time.

                Wrap up

                We don’t anticipate bookmarks going anywhere anytime soon. With some proper management, they can still be a very efficient way of organizing your favorite sites. However, if you do want to try a new way, these solutions can offer similar efficiency and help you stay a little more organized.

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                Last Updated on November 5, 2019

                5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

                5 Best Language Learning Apps to 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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                  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.

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                      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.

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                        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.

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                          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.

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