Learn That Word

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Learn That Word is a website that calls itself a “word gym” where you can practice your vocabulary and spelling skills.

First, you’ll need to sign up (with e-mail, FB, Twitter or Google). The free account will allow you to play around quite a bit. There is also a paid premium account.

Next, create a learning goal. Go to the My Account menu → Preferences

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Then, start taking quizzes. Go to My AccountStart Quiz (only the Vocabulary quiz is available with free accounts)

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Most questions will look something like this:

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Sometimes the quiz will be an image, rather than a word, for example:

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Then you’ll see the answer. Sound effects tell you if you’re right (usually applause or birds singing), or a “pop” sound for an incorrect answer .

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Most of the words have example sentences, lists of synonyms and antonyms, limericks (!) and videos that will help you understand the word. You can also click to see a translation in Japanese (or another language; there is a setting for this).

There is a space for visual thesaurus, but it appears to be a premium feature, as are explanations of origins, roots, and conjugations.

There are occasional comments from a tutor, for example (for the word “insouciant”:

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The reward system goes like this:

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With coins, you can watch episodes of a “cartoon classic”, play a game, or earn “learning credits”.

There is a page of video tutorials if you have questions.

Overall, the site is easy to use and is useful to testing yourself on your knowledge of vocabulary, and its usage and pronunciation. The addition of videos is interesting, and the example sentences and synonyms/antonyms can help you remember the words in context. But I wish they’d have a few more of the multimedia features available for free accounts. They do say it’s a non-profit, after all.

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