How does a girl from Chicago’s south side become a Trekkie? In a word, reruns. No, not classic Star Trek. Not even TNG. Voyager? Please. Deep Space 9? Uh, nope, but all have had their day in reruns so there are not many episodes I’ve missed.
For me, the turning point was Enterprise, the series starring Jolene Blalock as T’Pol (seriously, she was the reason people tuned in, not Scot Bakula), which got me interested in learning a foreign language, and what could be more foreign than Klingon?
For any Mac user who desires to learn a foreign language then you know the two steps. Vocabulary and immersion. The former can be practiced anywhere, the latter requires you to move to where the language you want to learn is spoken. To improve vocabulary for any language, all you need is the Vocab app. Think flash cards for words.
Vocab runs on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, so once you’re set up with a vocabulary for the language of your choice, the vocabulary drills go where you go. Not only is it customizable, it tracks your learning progress with drills and quizzes, and the whole shebang is synced between devices using Dropbox.
Vocab comes with access to a large online database of dictionaries (from Quizlet.com; couldn’t find Klingon, but I’m sure there’s one out there), an online pronunciation database, and the dictionaries can be customized.
Vocabulary lessons can be organized how you see fit, so you’re not married to a single language, and the dictionary can be edited. Vocab is smart enough to track your progress and words you learned months ago will show up again to make sure you remember.
Vocab for the Mac is priced at a lunch rate, but the iPhone and iPad versions are much less, and more mobile.