Monday, 10 March 2014

Now progress in vocab learning is easy to track

At Lexicum we are making vocabulary learning progress visual. We've introduced this, along with several other improvements, to make language learning easier. Read further to find out how.

Track your progress

The visual cues we provide help you feel the progress that you make, regardless that new words cannot be memorised in a day. Many factors influence the time it takes you to learn a new word. Some of them are the meaning of the word, its spelling, the references you make to it and your own habits.

Track your progress - image

Every time when you complete your quiz we tell you how well did you do. Some more difficult words might stick for longer in your learning queue, but you see how much progress you have made overall. You will start seeing that this is tied to the nature of the words you worked with. Easy sets of words will give you a quicker satisfaction for learning. More difficult ones will challenge you, but will also give you better gratification.

At any time you can see how the bulk of your vocabulary is developing. Memorising words for the long term is not an easy task. That's why we provide more tangible feedback for you to feel progress even when you make the small steps necessary for you to become comfortable with new words.

Add new meanings of a word

Translations depend on the context. A word is not just a word, but a shorthand for what you know. Because of this, with Lexicum you can now personalise your dictionary. You can use this by adding both further interpretations to a new word, or notes that make it easier for you to remember the new word.





















One way to do this is on the spot as you add new words. Try adding references to the time, people or place that led you to encounter each word. Put your own personal touch as you add new words and we guarantee that this will make it easier for you to memorise these.





















Also, very commonly, with time you will think of new ways to interpret a word. It could be adding new meanings or documenting further encounters. It could also be notes about when not to use it, what are possible synonyms or antonyms. Anything that you might consider relevant.

Find translations in both directions

On top of that, in case you haven't noticed, it is now very easy to search for words in both your native language and the language you learn. Try clicking on a translation you get to drill down into its meaning and explore what possible nuances it might have, thus getting more of the implicit connotations that come with it.


















What do you think of the new features? Do you have any ideas how to make Lexicum even better for you? Let us know by using any of the feedback channels on lexicum.net.

Finally, coming up next are some competitions with prizes for the best learners. Stay tuned for details. And most importantly - keep improving your language skills.

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