A web-clipping app for language learning
Phraseum lets people use a real and natural foreign language with the confidence of a native speaker.
The Web offers huge opportunities to improve a foreign language from news stories, blog posts, comments, online communication and all that content.
Phraseum allows people to clip, save and organize phrases and word expressions they come across while browsing the web to learn and revise later.
By collecting and revising phrases, people - when needed - won’t need to construct sentences with only their own knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, that may result in mistakes, but alternatively, they can search - by keywords describing situations and meanings - and find sentences that native speakers would, and do, use.
How it works
Users can highlight and clip phrases directly from the web through our bookmarklet or manually input the phrase into their phrase collection.
On most browsers, installing the bookmarklet is hassle-free, the only thing to do is drag and drop the clipping button from the web to the browser’s bookmark bar.
Once a phrase has been saved, it can then be organized in private categories to keep handy for when needed – for example - when composing an email, posting a tweet, commenting on an article, preparing a powerpoint presentation, a business meeting or a trip to Paris.
In addition to the private categories, it is advantageous to tag phrases by - for example - situation, place and of course meaning, so that phrases can be searchable by topics and meanings by the author as well as other users.
If you are creating the final slide of the presentation – then search for “Presentation”, “Final slide”, “Conclusion”
The top results will show phrases that match all three tags (AND logic) and phrases matching a lesser number of tags will show up below the red line – general presentation phrases (OR logic).
In addition to working with your own clips, you can also search for and re-save phrases collected by others. The popularity of each phrase is determined by the number of re-saves.
The results can be sorted by relevance, popularity and time.
In each phrase detail, it is possible to re-save or
edit the phrases, look up similar phrases, quickly translate the phrase via
Google translate, share it or refer to the source page to understand the phrase
in its context
How the particular list of phrases work (menu)
Shows phrases you’ve clipped from the web or personally added to the database and phrases re-saved by you from others. It’s the place where you can administrate your own phrases.
The key feature is the Phrase feed - a phrase book automatically curated to your interest. In this feed you can discover and collect new phrases (saved by others) on topics they’re interested in.
Provides all public phrases added by all users. You can search the entire database to find interesting phrases and then re-save and learn them later.
In the search as well as while editing the phrase, the tags must be separated by a comma or can be selected by hitting enter from the autocomplete.
While searching for a phrase, tags can also be selected from the tag cloud below the search box. When the tag is selected, the tag cloud offers only related tags – an easy way to browse the collection.
There are online lessons, dictionaries, phrase books and translators out there that can help you learn or use a foreign language but Phraseum is a new kind of such tools leveraging the opportunities of the online world today.
Phraseum neatly brings together a web clipping app, a phrase book and a social feed.
In order for Phraseum to be beneficial to you, it’s important to start collecting and tagging phrases, either by clipping from the web or by adding them manually to your collection. Then the system will know your interests and will be able to recommend phrases from others on the same topics as the phrases already collected by you – in your Phrase feed.