General information on Vocabulary BuildersVocabulary builders are application programs based on the learning-card principle. Such programs are often used for learning vocabulary (language memorization) and are generally known as vocabulary builders.
They are, however, also frequently called learning-card systems. Vocabulary builders were first introduced in the 1980's, and their popularity has been increasing ever since. Modern smartphones, such as the iPhone, have contributed significantly towards this trend.
Mobile learning refers to the ability of being able to learn anywhere, at any time. The Remme Vocabulary Builder takes this idea one step further. It reminds the user when they should repeat which flashcard from the learning-cards that are currently active. Most modern vocabulary builders allow new datasets to be created and existing ones to be imported.
The basic vocabulary for a foreign language at the primary school level contains between 2,000 and 4,000 words. The Remme Vocabulary Builder can handle a collection of words of this size without any problems, and provides a good overview without the need for any manual configuration.
Benefits provided by modern vocabulary buildersThe computer-assisted vocabulary builder provides a number of advantages vis-a-vis paper-based learning cards: Voice recordings for checking language pronunciation and photos for illustrating content can be added to the flashcards and viewed/listened to with the vocabulary builder while learning. This involves your senses, thereby improving the overall learning effect and success! This increase in learning success is most apparent with learners who prefer optical or audio-based learning methods.
Thanks to the utilization of a computer, the vocabulary builder allows alternative learning methods to be used. For example, each flashcard (e.g. one word and the translation thereof) is assigned a specific value (= n), which is increased by one if successful, or decreased by one if unsuccessful. The flashcard is then placed n-positions behind the first flashcard (which is due to be used next). Those flashcards that are answered successfully are therefore not repeated as often as those with a lower success rate, which are repeated a great deal until they belong to the "successful category".
Standard learning-card systems, which utilize such a method, often have the disadvantage that the decision, as to which material is repeated when, is generally made randomly. Modern "vocabulary builders" like Remme therefore offer a repetition option, which "informs" the user as soon as a flashcard should be repeated.
The Remme Vocabulary BuilderThe Remme Vocabulary Builder has been designed in such a way as to ensure the flashcards are repeated when it is most beneficial from a learning perspective. And this is just the case when the flashcard is still in the user's memory. What's more, the learner is always aware of how many flashcards need to be repeated and what percentage of the flashcards in the learning-card system have not yet been viewed. The vocabulary builder can be used in a variety of different ways, and the flashcards can be learned using all of your senses.
This is because both images and sound can be added to the flashcards, which means eyes and ears can be incorporated into the learning process. The Remme Vocabulary Builder is therefore the ideal tool for language memorization. The trick in learning a language is to link the vocabulary, which we initially perceive as an odd jumble of words, with as many things as possible that we already know. By adding images and sound, a bridge can be built between things that are new and things that we already know much more quickly.