Friday means it’s true confession time. First, I read Reader’s Digest. The print version. Totally old school, I know, but an inexpensive way to wile away the time doing, uh, um, other things. And, as everyone who reads Reader’s Digest know, it helps to improve vocabulary.
Second, I’m trying to learn a new language, which, oddly enough, also requires a vocabulary. In this case it’s French because one day I hope to spend a summer traveling about in France, and the French being what they are and how they treat Americans, knowing French might help (and, it might hurt, depending upon how good or bad my French turns out to be).
A new language and an improved vocabulary require flash card. Here’s a flash card app for the Mac. It’s called Wokabulary. As in woking words, I guess. Wokabulary is free for one language and has options for others, plus you can sync between Mac, iPad, and iPhone so the Wokabulary vocabulary has legs and goes where you go. Everything you need to get started is displayed on a single Mac app window.
Different memory levels are tracked in the left sidebar. The toolbar comes with tabs to view the entire vocabulary, quiz you on what you think you know, then display statistics on your performance based on answered questions from the digital cards.
The Pro version gives you additional options, including multiple languages, the iDevice syncing (with Dropbox; my preferred method over iCloud), and more. The digital flash cards work much like the paper cards you may have used in school– flash a card on the screen, enter your answer, move on. If you need more words then Wokabulary integrates with the word-list database at Quizlet.
What’s not to like? I said free, right? Caveats? Not really. There’s also an iPhone and iPad version from the App Store.
Wokabulary is a great way to improve vocabulary and practice vocabulary for a new language. It starts free, is east to setup and use for a single language, and the in-app purchase upgrades to the pro level features and more languages. What I would like to see is a tier in-between. Few of us need access to every language, but it’s worth a few bucks to get access to two or three languages without all the pro features. Otherwise, nicely done and very useful.