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Principal function(s): Autonomous learningTranslation toolsVerb conjugators
Reverso offers different linguistic tools such as translation, spell-checking, dictionaries, conjugation and synonym tools, and more. It is currently available in 15+ languages. The Reverso Context section offers translations for words and expressions from external sources in context. Reverso can be used in its browser version, installed as a browser section or an device app.
Evaluation: Reverso is a useful tool for learning vocabulary in context. One of its most helpful features is that It allows learners to acquire new words after seeing them in a sentence and not as isolated words. It also allows importing articles, documents or other content into Reverso. After registration, users can save words and expressions into their profile and later memorise them in the app while following their progress. Signing up allows the use of other features.
Cost: Free without registration + premium options 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
Yes, with registration
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)
Yes. Users can introduce their texts and files for translations.
Not for the browser version, yes for the device app and browser extension.
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
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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