Dave's Pick : Pop-Up Dictionary
Tuesday, January 8th 2002 EDT
According to studies, the older you get, the harder it is to
learn a foreign language! So unless you're willing to try the
total emergence method, you're gonna have to make an active effort.
But with the help of the
Pop-Up Dictionary you can have fun learning a variety of
languages on an active basis.
You simply choose your words, set the time interval, and the
program will quiz you on your ability to translate the list of
words. Create a vocabulary list, choose a dictionary, or set up a
word slideshow to make last minute cramming fun. Now, if creating
associations makes remembering words easier, then link your words
to sounds, graphics, or videos.
You can also use the program to aid you in reading texts
written in another language. When you find an unknown word, you
simply select the word, press a few keys, and the program
translates it. You can also mark the word and add it to your
The Pop-Up Dictionary has English, Russian, German, French, and
Hebrew interfaces. There are around fifty dictionaries for
twenty-two languages available on the Web site. But you can change,
add, and create new entries at any time. If you're up to the
challenge, you can always create and contribute a new dictionary
to Ice-LC Software. If it's accepted, not only will your name be
added to the site, but you'll also receive a free copy of the
program. Good luck with your adventures in language my friends!
I'm off to learn some more French, the language of love, of course!
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