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Improve Your Vocabulary
« on: February 18, 2012, 05:02:03 AM »
I was looking to improve my vocabulary when I found this - it looks really good.

http://www.visuwords.com/fullscreen/


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Re: Improve Your Vocabulary
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2012, 05:58:16 PM »
I'd rather improve my grammar.

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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2012, 10:21:19 PM »
When I first started writing in my teens, I used to "study" the dictionary. I'd open it to a random page, and read the definition of every word I didn't know, and then write a sentence for each word to make sure I really understood how it's meant to used. I haven't done that in years, but I know my vocabulary has shrunk drastically since then. Maybe I should take it up again.
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2012, 03:55:10 AM »
I'm using this when I am searching for an alternative word during the editing process.  But of course for grammar,  you can use your grammar checker in Word for the basic corrections. There are other programmes to help you as well.

I found this link most helpful for a quick reference, rather than get out the Thesaurus each time.

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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2012, 06:19:02 AM »
I use http://wordweb.info/free/  (paid version) for a thesaurus, but they also have a free edition which is rather good. Pops up quick on the computer when I need it.
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Re: Improve Your Vocabulary
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2012, 07:52:46 AM »
I think that Lin's linked site is all cute, but it was hard to read and at least on my screen, the things kept moving around. I've seen things like this before and the novelty is enchanting, but the actual use of the thing left something to be desired. At least for linear me.
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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2012, 08:45:27 AM »
I've been working steadily to improve my vocabulary. It takes another bit of time to be able to use those words correctly and also to meld them into my other words so they don't stand out in the wrong light.

Reading helps. Actively driving myself to pay attention. Studying. I believe the work has enhanced my writing and imagery. Well worth the time.

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Re: Improve Your Vocabulary
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2012, 08:53:16 AM »
Hi Spell Chick

You can scroll in to make the wording very large and that makes a difference.  It shouldn't jump around.  I downloaded a month's trial of Wanderer's link and after a month the message told me I have to pay for it.

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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2012, 10:25:51 AM »
I think they have a nag screen that pops up after a month and they make it appear that you have to buy it, but you don't. At least that is how it worked several months ago. Regardless, the cost to buy it is around $20 USD and well worth it. The paid version (I used the free version for several years) gives you more words and additional features. One unique feature is that you can have the computer pronounce the word. Plus there are some good word searches.

I'd be curious if you really have to buy it after 30 days.....it is possible they did change their TOS (terms of service?).
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Re: Improve Your Vocabulary
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2012, 10:42:35 AM »
I looked at the Word Web again and it appears to still be free. It will ask a question when you open it about how many flights a year you took. Respond with the 'I didn't fly" option and then it will open the program. Leave the program open and all is fine. If you shut down and restart then you will get the question again. Kind of silly, but a minor annoyance for a good free programs  ;) Here is the terms of service link: http://wordweb.info/free/licence5.html

I think it is the best thesaurus out there. Please let me know your thoughts Lin, when you use it.
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Re: Improve Your Vocabulary
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2012, 01:14:13 PM »
Oh okay, you have to cheat a bit eh?  LOL

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Re: Improve Your Vocabulary
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2012, 01:31:10 PM »
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Oh okay, you have to cheat a bit eh?  LOL

It has been that way for years and I have no idea why....probably a "creative" way to put up a nag screen in order to get you to buy the program. I used the free edition for years and it did a great job, and when I went to the paid version it was well worth it. The trial/free/nag screen version does give you a good idea of how it works though.
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