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Principal function(s): Flashcard creators
Vocabulary.com turns learning new words in English into a game. A series of flashcards, at times with single words out of context or with words being used in a phrase, is presented to the user. Then four different definitions of the word appear and the user must decide which one is most correct according to the context. If the answer selected is correct, an explanation with other possible meanings and uses is provided (also in English). The difficulty level varies and the software provides statistics that show your progress. Users can compare their scores and compete with one another.
Evaluation: Vocabulary.com is user-friendly since the flashcard system is intuitive. The process of signing up and starting training vocabulary is simple. As the tool learns which words users find more difficulty memorising, it adapts the selection. The explanations provided are all in English. The tool already has many English lists with easy-to-understand dictionary definitions. It is not for other languages and is best for advanced learners, even native speakers. A downside is that the program follows the logic of a game, allowing users to compare themselves with others in a ranking and track their achievements: this can be a source of motivation for some learners, but it could cause anxiety to less-competitive users.
Cost: Free. Educational paid plan available.
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task
Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction
Tailorability (If so, how?) Possibility of the tool to be used for a range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool)
No. You need to follow the software’s logic.
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows, Linux, MAC, Android, iOS
Other technical requirements
Playphrase (Tool to find the pronunciation of words from movies
Playphrase is a tool that searches specific words or phrases out of movie snippets from a database of audiovisual media with over 60,000 phrases. In this manner, it provides real-life examples of words’ and sentences’ pronunciation. Users just have to type specific phrases, watch them being used naturally in context within popular movies and TV shows, and listen to their pronunciation. Playphrase works mainly with English. Playphrase is not open-source, but it is freely available. It does not require setting up an account or signing in.
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