Workflow to learn new vocabulary from NYT or other newspapers
Reading articles in The New York Times and The New Yorker, and also books, I get confronted with a bunch of unfamiliar words.
As I am always looking to increase knowledge, I thought about what could be the best way to learn these unfamiliar words?
What has simply to be done to learn unfamiliar words – and which circumstances have to be provided in the environment of keeping the flow reading flow?
- The words have to be translated.
- The words have to be collected.
- The words have to be processed in a learning environment.
- Keep on reading the text;)
I tried a lot of different things, which all related to wasting too much time.
I wrote the words done, to check later on for the correct translation, to add them in a learning app. But this workflow had a lot of cons, like getting too often interrupted while reading the text, and not finding any slot to process the words from the paper to the app.
Translate and collect – fast
To do so, I am using the app Shortcut With this I generated a subroutine which works in the simple way that i mark the word and call the subroutine with Siri or Share option.
The word gets transferred to Shortcut, translated with Linguee.de, spoken and shown on the display and saved with a dash between the word and its translation in a list in Apple Notes which I named VOCABULARY.
To learn the words I choose the application VokabelBoxFree. To import my words, the following steps have to be done:
Mark your words in Notes
Copy them, go to Numbers and paste them into a new sheet. The following dialog will open to let you correct your input.
Set your delimiters manually to “-“ and export this sheet as .csv.
Import this file to VokabelBoxFree in the Settings menu under Word list import.
Finished – and ready to learn ;)