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March 20, 2006

Spanish-English Vocabulary Drill Media

No regular post tonight. Instead, here's something a little different. I've been studying Spanish for a while, and to help myself study, I wrote a little vocabulary drill program that runs on my PC.

A few days ago, it occurred to me that I could easily convert the program to run on the web so other people could use it, too. Besides, I wanted a reason to learn a little of the PHP programming language since it's hosted on so many web servers. So I set about converting the program to PHP, and the result is available here: http://www.pastpeak.com/spanish/vocab.php.

If you're interested in learning Spanish (or if you're a Spanish speaker learning English), go check it out. You create a "study set" of randomly selected words, then you can step through the set as many times as you need. When you've learned those words, create a new study set. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

At the moment the vocabulary consists of just 250 words, but I'll be adding more words all the time. I like the simplicity of it, but at some point I'll probabably add the ability to pick a specialized vocabulary (words related to shopping, say, or sports) and the ability to say you don't want to see a particular word anymore (because you're sure you know it).

Feedback is welcomed. Have fun, and I hope some of you find it useful.

Posted by Jonathan at March 20, 2006 09:52 PM  del.icio.us digg NewsVine Reddit YahooMyWeb


Cool - it works for me...

Posted by: Big Gav at March 21, 2006 05:34 AM

¬°Bueno! I've been learning Spanish for years. I spent two weeks in Guanajuato, Mexico this winter at a language school and hope to go back. E-mail me if you want more info, or maybe to organize a lefty bloggers' trip to Mexico.

Here's a great web site with lots of useful materials for learning Spanish: http://users.ipfw.edu/jehle/S210.HTM

Posted by: Bob at March 21, 2006 10:06 AM

That's great Jonathan. When will you be taking up Nepali?

Posted by: Charyn at March 21, 2006 03:00 PM

This is good. No-frills vocab drill. I like the example usage as well.

Posted by: Carl at April 4, 2006 06:47 AM