The Inspiration for ProfessorWord

By the time I was ten years old, I spoke English better than my immigrant parents did. Every night, as they diligently perused Time, Newsweek, or Reader's Digest in an effort to improve their English, they would stop periodically to ask me for the definitions of the new words they encountered.

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Over the years, I've tried to modernize their approach to learning new words. Although they read online now, they still don't use online dictionaries ("I don't want to leave the page I'm on!") or save their words so they'll remember them ("Takes too long to type them up!").

And so, the idea for ProfessorWord was born. Our free bookmarklet lets you get definitions and save words to a free account (coming soon!) – all without leaving the page that you're reading.

So if you're learning English, consider using ProfessorWord as a study tool:

1. Use the free bookmarklet to get definitions

The best way to learn a foreign language is to immerse yourself in it – read, listen, speak, think, dream in it! It certainly helped me when I lived in France and it helped the students that I was teaching at the time.

So visit English websites. Are you a Glee fan? A Hunger Games fan? A LeBron fan? A NASCAR fan? Read their English fansites instead of the ones in your native language. Our free bookmarklet makes it easy – because the definition of any new word is just a click away.

We're even working on a feature that will show definitions in your native language. Let us know which languages you'd like to see first!

2. Create a free account to save words

You won't be able to remember all of your new vocabulary words after seeing them just once. Coming soon, you'll be able to sign up for a free account to save words to a personalized study list.

And best of all, it's all free. Yes, free.

So get started today!


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