My three curtain climbing, carpet crawling pre-school children have become quite verbal. Their vocabulary grows daily, both in English and Spanish.
I’m guilty of helping them along the road to one-to-one communication and future parental irritation by showing them how to use a Mac. What was I thinking? First, it was simple games to teach numbers, colors, letters. Then digital flash cards. Now I’m into expanding their vocabulary with yet another free digital tool.
Dictionary, Vocabulary, Language
Learning a new language seems to be easier for pre-schoolers than for adults. My crumb grabbers have mastered the art of point and click, animal names, numbers, alphabet, but not the art of keeping peanut butter and jelly remnants off the keyboard.
My latest digital tool of choice is for the almost pre-schooler in our midst.
She’s learning words by the dozen, some of which I don’t use, so I want to have a way to help control and manage her vocabulary—both English and Spanish.
Allow me to praise my fellow Mac360 sisterhood, Natalia Nowak who works in a school and finds all the cool Mac apps that have anything to do with children. Her Mental Case flash card find is a wonder. So is Que.
Gems Are Usually Hidden, Right?
Valuable Mac apps that no one knows about can be found. The truth is out there. Diamonds are not lying around the cactus plant. Que is a simple, elegant, easy to use tool that helps you improve your vocabulary, including non-English.
Que starts with a dictionary which is good for improving vocabulary and specifically for learning additional languages. Add words to Que in English or whatever language suits you. Que stores the dictionary and provides a quiz.
The quiz portion helps improve your memory and definition recall. Questions with wrong answers can be repeated. You simply type in the answer and Que takes over.
It’s easy to add new words, new languages, new dictionaries. Using Que a few minutes each day helps to improve your vocabulary in any language that Que supports.
The trick is building a dictionary, but Que helps by importing words from other apps, and sharing your dictionaries with others. Words within a dictionary can be organized into files and folders.
Que is straightforward and usable right away. It’s also free. But free comes with a price. Dictionaries are needed for at least a few languages because building your own is tedious. Once you have a dictionary you’re required to focus on Que’s oddly boring interface.
Where’s the flash card module? Flash cards are a proven method of learning, especially for new languages and children. Also worthwhile would be the ability to record a voice for playback of vocabulary words.
Que is useful, not bad for free, but once you use it, you want more.