In the modern world, it’s crucial to speak different languages. The times when you could get by speaking only your mother tongue have gone and won’t likely come back again.
Today’s world requires us to learn cultures and languages of other people. Reji is here to help you with learning languages.
That’s true. However, we are focusing on language learners who want to improve their vocabulary.
Reji won’t teach you grammar rules or entertain you with amusing stories. Reji will be a strict trainer who’ll do its best to make your vocabulary better.
Reji is for people who know how the grammar works but want to give their vocabulary a strong boost: learn words & idioms that will make them sound like a native speaker.
You know the reason why you are learning a language, and you’re motivated? You’re only lacking some discipline to constantly improve your vocabulary? Reji is a perfect solution for you.
Alexis is an American expat in Berlin. To better integrate herself, she’s stuggling to learn such a not easy language as German.
She’s mastered the grammar quite well, so building sentences for her is not a deal-breaker, however she sometimes doesn’t know appropriate words to say something.
That’s why she’s attending a language course and trying to constantly learn the words she’s encountering in her German-speaking environment.
With Reji, she saves words she needs to know before each German class in separate decks. She learns them in the Learn Quiz while commuting to work and during her lunch break.
Reji’s Learn Quiz first teaches her words she doesn’t know yet, and then asks her to repeat them on the next day for the best efficiency.
Alexis is also brushing up on the correct pronunciation in Reji, especially with tricky words like “Urheberrecht” (copyright)!
To get started with using Reji, please refer to this guide for downloading & installing the app.
You only need an iPhone or an iPad with iOS 10 or higher installed on it. At this point, we support only iOS devices.
This is pretty self-explanatory, just download Reji from the App Store.
After you installation is complete, just launch Reji from the home screen of your iPhone. You will see an empty screen like on the screenshot below.
Now, you need to save some words you want to learn. When you save a word to learn, Reji automatically creates a flashcard for it.
A flashcard is a two-side card. On the front side there’s a word you want to learn, on the back side there’s some content (translation, definition or image, for instance).
Reji is flashcard app, so you’ll be learning your words using flashcards built by Reji.
These flashcards are stored in (flashcard) decks. It helps you to categorize your flashcards by topics or situations.
So first, you need to create a deck and then fill it with flashcards. After that you can start learning your cards with Reji’s interactive Learn Quiz.
The whole process actually takes no longer than two minutes.
This is covered in the next section:
So, as we’ve mentioned in the previous section, you save the words you want to learn in the app, Reji creates flashcards for them, and flashcards are stored in decks.
So, a deck is a set of flashcards, in other words. You can conveniently store flashcards for any language courses or life situations in different decks and not shuffle them up.
You can start the Learn Quiz to learn words from any of your decks as soon as you have decks with flashcards in them.
Reji supports 3 types of decks. The difference between them is in the content which is going to be on the back side of each flashcard in this deck. There can be translations into your language, definitions or images/GIFs.
For instance, when you save words in a translation-type deck, Reji builds flashcards with translations into your language on the back side.
If you want to create a custom deck and save your own words in it, just hit the plus button in the very top right corner of Reji.
Are you feeling that creating custom decks and saving words to them is tedious? Or, you just want to quickly try out the app without spending extra 2–3 minutes on creating custom decks & building flashcards? Then you can download decks with flashcards with basic words & phrases on different topics in a few taps.
Just open the Deck Market in Reji by hitting a corresponding button in the bottom bar. Choose the language you’re learning and the language you know well (your mother tongue, for example). Reji will show you available decks for these languages.
If you want to download a deck to your deck list, just tap on it and hit the “Add To My Decks“ button below.
You can edit both downloaded decks and ones created from scratch.
Just tap on the deck you want to preview or edit on the app main screen and hit the “View & Edit” button afterwards.
If it’s a newly created deck, it should be empty, so you need to quickly add words to kick off your vocabulary improvement. If you downloaded the deck, there should be some cards but you can remove some them or add new ones if you want.
More on this you’ll find in the next topic:
So, you have a deck now. It’s time time to save some words (build flashcards) in it to kick off the language learning machine.
To save words, just use the input field on the very bottom of Reji. No matter if you downloaded this deck or created it from scratch, if the deck is empty or not, the input field should be there.
Just type in a word you want to add, and hit the button next to the input field.
As we’ve mentioned before, there are 3 types of decks in Reji: decks where flashcards have translations, definitions, or images on the their back sides. So, depending on of what type current deck is, after hitting the add button, you’ll be proposed with relevant content for the flashcard back side.
Pay attention, how easily Reji allows you to build your own flashcards! You don’t have to look up for flashcard back side contents anymore. Reji does the job for you!
To preview flashcards that Reji created for words you saved, just tap on them. It expands, so you can see all the details, edit or delete it.
Learn more about how to learn the words you now have in your deck:
So, you have at least one deck with flashcards in it. Now, it’s time to learn these flashcards (words). To do it in the most efficient and easy way, you can utilize the Learn Quiz right in Reji.
It allows you to learn & repeat words from your decks. To start it, just tap on the deck you want to learn the words from, and hit the “Learn” button afterwards.
Reji will show you a certain amount of flashcards from the deck you chose. It shows you front sides of your flashcards, and you need to recall the back side, then you flip the card and decide how easy or hard was this for you. If you hit the most red button, the card will be shown to you again until you hit the green button which means you’ve memorized the card properly. The Quiz ends when you learned all words well for today.
When you’re shown with the front side of a flashcard, there’s a speaker button and an IPA/transliteration on it, too. If tap on the speaker button, Reji will speak out the word with correct accent. IPA/transliteration are just phonetic transcriptions of how a certain word sounds.
Reji utilizes a spaced repetition algorithm to teach you flashcards in the most efficient way. A quote from Wikipedia to quickly explain what spaced repetition is:
Spaced repetition is a learning technique that incorporates increasing intervals of time between subsequent review of previously learned material in order to exploit the psychological spacing effect.
In other words, Reji teaches new words & reminds you to repeat those that you’ve already learned to keep everything fresh in your memory.
There’s a limit not to overload you with too many new words per day, because otherwise your memorization performance may plummet. Reji’s goal is to make you remember words & retain them forever!
The limit is unique for each deck. For instance, if the limit is set to 20 words per day and you have 4 decks, you can learn 20 words from each deck each day, which yields us impressive 80 words a day.
You can change the limit in app settings if you’re feeling that you’re capable of acquiring more words, however.
You’ll find more on how to check your knowledge in the next section:
So, you’ve just finished learning a deck. Now you may want to find out how well you can recall of the flashcards (words) in it. Reji’s Check Quiz will help you with this.
Of course, you take the Check Quiz not only right after the Learn Quiz. You can start it at any time. Preparing yourself for a test? Reji’s Check Quiz is perfect way to find out how well you mastered the word list for the test.
Reji will show you a word or a phrase, and you need to match it with the correct answer out of 4. In the end, you will see how many of your answers were correct or incorrect.
Note that there must be at least 4 cards in a deck to start the Check Quiz for it.