5 Easy Steps To Better Stimulate Your English Bilingual Brain While Reading eArticles

Camil By Camil, 6th Apr 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Machine learning can revolutionize Education if it becomes more widely available on the Web to self-directed learners. Vokabee makes a difference by offering a free online resource for English Language Learners who want to improve their vocabulary with their favorite content.

How To Better Stimulate Your English Bilingual Brain With Machine Learning?

Do you sometimes mentally search for words in English without much luck? When a word comes easily in your mother tongue but fails to translate to your common language, you can try to switch quickly to a synonym and the linguistic trick will go unnoticed if you are lucky! But if more than one word is missing from your multilingual brain storage, you might struggle to engage in more complex conversations. This can impact your ability to develop meaningful relationships with your international colleagues. Or worse still, you might end up putting yourself at risk in a professional context. When this situation is a real handicap for the non-native speakers operating in English-speaking environments, it becomes a significant challenge for almost everyone who needs to compete in English as the lingua franca of our globalized World.

It is possible to fill those English linguistic gaps as a self-learner. However, you can still remember from your school days that trying to think directly in a foreign language takes quite a strenuous linguistic leap because two languages tend to compete for “space” in a bilingual brain and between the two of them, your mother tongue will always claim the lion’s share. As a result, you may find yourself at a serious disadvantage with a non-native English speaker in comparison with your monolingual British or American friends for instance. But if you think of your brain as a muscle, working on your bilingual gymnastics can be extremely beneficial according to neurobiological science as it stimulates areas of the brain that plays a significant role in executive function, problem-solving, multi-task coordination and filtering information. This results in your brain being more complex, active and it can even prevent or delay some diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia!

There are many ways to give your bilingual brain a good workout and upgrade your English vocabulary. As a self-learner, reading remains a very effective way to teach yourself new words and improve your cognitive switch from your native language to English. This is where new machine learning technologies can actually provide online help... Now that you are properly warmed-up, let us show you how online articles can feed your multilingual brain in a few easy steps that will cost you absolutely nothing.

Step 1: Sign Up For Free On Vokabee

Vokabee is a translation website created by an Edtech Startup using innovative machine learning technologies to help people learn new words in English for free. The online portal is powered by an algorithm that processes digital media in English and defines the most valuable words to learn while providing translations in your native language. To start using this learning technology, all you need to do is to go to Vokabee and click on the Signup button.

Next, create your user profile. It’s important to mention your first language because Vokabee will use this language to translate difficult English words. You should be able to find your mother tongue among the long list of nearly 30 languages available, from Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Tamil, Thai to Spanish, Portuguese or French just to name a few.

Finally, take a quick test to calibrate Vokabee’s algorithm to your English bilingual level. This information will be used to identify the words that you may need to learn to improve your bilingualism. Once this is done, you are ready to process your first online article.

Step 2: Process Your Online Article

Whilst you could not choose your training materials when you were a student, you are now free as a self-learner to pick the subjects that you like most. From Sport, Arts, Food to Travel, Politics or Business, there is a vast world of content to stretch your multilingual brain!

Besides, it is now extremely easy to access free content online for whoever wants to stay informed and learn new things.

Once you found a suitable article that you’d like to read, copy the article’s URL from your browser. In our case here, let’s get some practice with a free article about trekking in Nepal and give our bilingual brain an exhilarating visit to the Himalayas.

Go back to your Vokabee’s homepage, Click on the “Links” button and paste the URL in the indicated search bar of the website. The “Process it!” button will appear almost instantly. Just click it to get Vokabee’s algorithm to decode your article in a few seconds.

Step 3: Read Your Bilingual Article

Now that your article is processed, click on the “Read document” button to start reading and learn new words using Vokabee’s machine learning technology.

The Vokabee’s algorithm translates words according to your bilingual profile putting those words it thinks you may not know in blue along with the translation into your native language. This allows you to read any article faster and with understanding on a single screen as you don’t need to search for translations by opening new tabs and windows in parallel.

The system may put words in blue that you already know. In this case, click those words individually and choose “I know this word” to help Vokabee refine its algorithm to your bilingual profile. Alternatively, if you have a better translation for a word in your native language, you can edit the translation as Vokabee is a collaborative tool that learns with its users.

In addition, for any word colored black that you do not know and has not been identified, click and select “I don’t know this word” to have instantly translated.

Step 4: Improve Your Cognitive Switch With Personalised Word Lists

Now that you have fully read your bilingual article, you need to memorize the English words that you did not know. This is going to take some repetition as you will have to review those words multiple times before they get embedded in your bilingual brain.

This repeated effort over time will improve your cognitive ability to switch between languages. Vokabee makes things a lot easier by generating personalized word lists out of the articles that you have processed: just click the “Words” button to access. There are certain dropdowns to present the words in various categorisations: two of them include “Highest Value Words - General list” that lists words in order of importance taking into consideration the value of words calculated from 100’s of thousands of articles and books, and “Highest Value Words - Personalized list” that skews word value more towards your own uploaded content ie. a medical student that uploads many medical journals will get a word valuation skewed towards medical words.

A definition in English is also provided beside the translation in your native language. You also have the option here to remove any word from the list when you know it and edit the translation in your mother tongue.

In this way, you do not need to manually enter new words in a notebook with their definition and translation - which you will most likely fail to keep constantly updated anyway.

Step 5: Read, Learn, Repeat

And this is how your multilingual workout program begins! As you read more, your bilingual brain expands and ultimately your ability to switch between your mother tongue and English is improved. Note that you can also process e-books, txt files and movie subtitles. You can then build up a broader library of bilingual grey matter to keep brain active and healthy: live long and prosper!

Note that at the time of going to press a word memorization function is soon to be launched. This will make it even easier to learn the most valuable vocabulary.


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author avatar Camil
I am CMO/Co-founder of Bamboo Labs, an ED-tech startup that developing natural language processing/data analysis technologies. Driven by the will to use innovation to bring progress through education,

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
6th Apr 2017 (#)

One special not for your readers. This may assist understanding English, but please do not publish translated articles. This is a breach of copyright.

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