Lingocracy : Build Vocabulary Through Having Fun
A lot of people messaged me saying that they wanted a way to build vocabulary. Others asked for more reading material. Here’s the solution to both! I love this website. Read on to find out why and how it can help you learn Japanese.
What is Lingocracy?
Lingocracy is a relatively new website where you can learn vocabulary through reading passages of text in your desired language. For Japanese there are a few examples already up online, but you are also welcome to add your own - simply copy and paste the URL into the site and it will Lingocracy-ize it for you.
How does Lingocracy Work?
After adding or finding an article, it is presented to you as below with the words underlined. By clicking a word you don’t know, it will change it to red. Hovering over it gives the definition. It remains red throughout the article, so as you come across it multiple times you will recognise it as one that you don’t know, but should know!
There are also audio recordings for words so you can simultaneously work on your pronunciation and listening.
Lingocracy then arranges your learned and unlearned words into handy graphs which encourage progress.
How do I learn vocabulary through Lingocracy?
So you’ve found a bunch of words you don’t know in that pesky news article. Then, you use Lingocracy’s practice app to learn it for good! This is my favourite part of the site because it, unlike other services, makes you review vocabulary in the context of sentences. This helps solidify the words even more than seeing them standalone, and can also help with their definition.
The interface is simple, clean and nice. It reminds me somewhat of Memrise but both sites offer a different style of learning. (Memrise doesn’t use sentences/texts).
What things can I read?
Another fantastic thing about Lingocracy is that you can add your own content. This means you can work through NHK Easy News articles in a really effective way using the practice section.
Lingocracy also offers a Chrome plugin where you can instantly import your web pages into the Lingocracy site.
Since Lingocracy is relatively new, the Japanese section is limited. But there are some great things on there already for beginners, and the fact you can add your own content means you can get started with things that interest you straight away. The problem with this is sourcing that content outside of news websites - which may be difficult, especially for beginners.
Lingocracy brings together some features of other websites and a few new innovations of its own to round off a great learning resource. Although not great for absolute beginners, this is fantastic for those wishing to expand and keep track of their vocabulary that they learn while reading materials online.
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