“Memorize Words” was designed to resemble traditional flashcards with two phases: reviewing and learning.
LessonTo start with you’ll be presented 20 words to memorize. Tap the card to flip it and see the answer. If you already know this Spanish / French / Russian word, tap the "I know it!" button to try a different card. Do this as often as you like until you see a word you're not familiar with.
Once you’ve seen all the cards, you’ll do a simple multiple choice drill to refresh these new words. As you progress the multiple choice questions become harder as the program starts incorporating words you’ve seen before.
This is an example of an audio-only flashcard to help you understand Spanish / French / Russian in conversation.
ReviewIn the second phase, you will review words you have seen in previous sessions to refresh words you’re about to forget. This is an important part of making “Memorize Words” an effective training tool.
Look at the word(s) on the front of the card and try to recall (or say out loud) the translation, then tap the card to flip it.
Next, grade yourself on how well you remembered the translation using the following criteria:
- A - Perfect. Almost native recall.
- B - OK. You were able to recall the word.
- C - Barely. You remembered the word, but it took effort.
- D - Not Quite. You didn’t remember the word, but you do remember seeing it before.
- F - Forgot. You do not remember this word at all.
Be honest with yourself, and do not simply answer ‘A’ or ‘F’ for every card. Reserve ‘A’ for words that are appearing much too often in daily reviews, and likewise only use ‘F’ for words that are completely unknown.
After review, you’ll practice words that you’ve scored ‘D’ or ‘F’ using multiple choice.
Note to International users: A,B,C,D,F is a traditional grading scale in the United States in which A is the highest mark and F denotes failure (E is curiously missing).
BrowsingBrowsing is a recent feature to browse flashcards in-between review/lesson sessions. Maybe you want to brush up on new words, or maybe you want to go over everything before an exam. Browsing is analogous to grabbing your stack of flashcards and causally zipping through them.
DictionaryA searchable dictionary of translations is available for rapid lookup between English and Spanish / French / Russian words.
Word PuzzlesGames are available for practicing words and having fun in-between review sessions. Words are selected at random but biased towards words you’re least proficient with.
Word FindLetters are arranged in a square grid. The object of the game is to mark hidden words in the grid by touching and dragging over the first and last letter of each hidden word. Words may be placed horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, and (optionally) backwards.
The hidden words are listed in translated form as a twist to help you practice words. Tap the ‘Reveal’ button to see the actual hidden words.
Touch and drag a word on top of its counterpart, removing the pair from the screen. This is a game of speed.
Like the old card game, words and their counterparts are spread across faced down. Tap cards until you matching pairs. This is a game to hone both your spatial memory and word recall.
Practice your spelling with Hangman. A traditional game since the Victorian era. You have six chances to translate a word by correctly tapping all the letters. Miss six times and the person is 'hanged.’