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WordWhile level building: more tools for finding novel words

Today I discovered SkELL (Sketch Engine for Language Learning), a great online resource provided by Lexical Computing Ltd. (makers of Sketch Engine ).  It indexes billions of words of corpora and lets you look up usage examples (for single words and phrases), similar words and collocations by part of speech. I came across it while read more

Why you should think before you click “made for kids”

When I first released WordWhile on the Apple App Store, I thought “Hey, I put a lot of thought and care into making this a game that kids, albeit bookish kids, could safely play.  Why not check the box that includes it in the kids category?”  Well, now I know why not! To start with, when read more

Still more tools for making WordWhile challenges

This online ngram search engine is fantastic: http://www.anc.org/data/oanc/ngram/ It is based on the Open American National Corpus, which consists of about 15 million words of spoken and written American English.  With the search engine, I can look for, for example, all the occurrences of “dreadful *” (i.e. “dreadful” followed by any word) to give me read more