What’s more important than a good vocabulary? It’s part of a good education, and a founding member of intelligence, right? How do you improve your vocabulary?
If you’re learning a new language then you know how important a growing vocabulary can be to your progress. I’m teaching Spanish to my children and just started to use digital flash cards for my oldest who is learning to read. For either objective, this is the way Mac users should improve vocabulary.
Point, Click, Test, Progress
My family always subscribed to two versions of Reader’s Digest so we grew up speaking English and Spanish at home, and, thanks to the word section in RD, had regular vocabulary drills at dinner.
It was a fun, natural, and always entertaining way to improve vocabulary.
Our family today is smaller and life is more hectic than previous generations. There are more distractions so teaching multiple languages to a household of little girls presents a challenge.
My tool of choice for the oldest pre-schooler is Vocab, an elegant app that helps Mac users learn new words in nearly any language.
Using Vocab is a breeze. Add words or grab words, definitions, and part of speech from any source.
Vocab stores the list of vocabulary words and provides a flash card-like testing method. Set up the tests using a time limit, random order, added hints, or specific filters.
Performance measured is performance improved, right?
Vocab pops the word up on your Mac’s screen. Enter the definition in Vocab and click Check to move forward. Vocab displays the time remaining in the test, and the number of each word from the total.
Now the fun begins.
Vocab is a progressive measuring app which lets you measure progress over a period of time. The results are measured in attractive charts.
Vocab comes with a bunch of handy extras, too.
A floating window lets you grab and change language specific accents. There’s a Dashboard Widget which can help you revise words.
The preferences settings let you select specific languages, customize the tests, track results through the logging system, and set up the Dashboard Widget.
I would like to see an option to drop in a graphic image to match vocabulary words.
That would open Vocab to a much younger audience (my four-year-old is beginning to read, but the other two need images to help improve vocabulary.
Vocab would also work well with a spoken language option.
Vocab seems to work better for learning or refreshing a foreign language. For me, Spanish was easy, but digging into the French I learned in high school and college was a major challenge.