This September, eJOY has launched 2 new features – Vocabulary Analysis and Subtitle Editing that surely will make your English learning more enjoyable and effective. Let’s find out what they are in this article.
1. Why Vocabulary Analysis?
There are more than 60,000 videos sorted by 20 different topics on eJOY Go. With such a huge number of videos, you may sometimes get a bit confused about what videos you should practice with and what words you should learn. Hence, Vocabulary Analysis was developed to help you easily choose videos containing vocabulary that suit your levels and goals. Instead of saving every new word encountered, you can now know which words should be saved and learned first.
2. What is Vocabulary Analysis?
3. How to make use of Vocabulary Analysis to learn English more effectively?
a. Video selection
Before starting to practice English with a video, let’s take a look at Video info in advance so as to decide whether or not you should learn with that video or choose another one.
In Video info section, vocabulary is categorized by:
- Frequency. Videos with too many uncommon or rare words are inappropriate choices because they are less likely to be used in real-life conversations.
- Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR (CEFR), ranged from level A1 to C2. This will identify how easy it is for you to understand the subtitle, based on the level of vocabulary in the video. Remember, the more simple words used, the easier it is to understand.
- Word Collection (TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS, SAT). If you plan to take an international exam such as IELTS, videos with lots of words in IELTS collection will be a good choice.
b. Vocab Build-up
In this step, select Vocabulary Tab to see detailed information of each word, including their frequency, word root, quantity (the number of times it appears in the video), word collection and even the transcript with the words. eJOY allows you to filter vocabulary by frequency, CEFR level, and exam in order to finalize which words you should save for further practice.
c. Let’s take an example of how to choose a video and words for learning.
First, you need to know your current English level and your study goal clearly. For instance, my level is Intermediate (equivalent to CEFR B1) and I want to reach IELTS band 6.5 (equivalent to CEFR B1) in 3 months. I’m practicing speaking with the topic of Travel so I search for videos in the “Travel” category on eJOY Go, then I pick the video The City Closet to the Sun. I choose to learn with this video after taking the previously mentioned 3 criteria into consideration.
- Frequency: Necessary and common words account for 75% of all words in the video.
- CEFR level: My level is B1 so this video (which contains 12% words at B1 level and 23% words at B1 level) matches my level.
- IELTS Word Collection: 18 out of 50 words (almost 40%) in the video are listed in the IELTS word list
There are 80 words in this video. It’s pretty much, isn’t it? So, I use the “Filter” feature to choose words in the IELTS word list.
The total number of words now is just 18. Next, I consider frequency to choose words in level 4 (common) and 5 (necessary) and of course ignore words I’ve already known.
“Play” feature allows me to play a transcript that contains the words I selected, which helps me know how to use words in real contexts, remember words faster and practice shadowing with the transcript as well.
After “Play”, it’s time to save words. For the best result, I review saved words every day with eJOY eXtension.
1. Why Subtitle Editing?
A bunch of videos on eJOY is imported from YouTube. Despite the fact that they are reviewed carefully by eJOY Team, it’s inevitable that some have incorrect subtitles, some with subtitles that don’t seem to match up with what the people are saying. In addition, many of you want to adjust the subtitles earlier or later for Speaking or Listening practice, so Subtitle Editing was created to solve all the problems and cater to all your needs above.
2. What is Subtitle Editing?
3. How to use Subtitle Editing
- First, if the whole sub of the video is earlier or later, you can move the whole sub backward or forward by clicking backward or forward respectively. Select “length” to change timing.
- If you find the incorrect sub, click the transcript, correct it then click “Save”
- If you want a transcript appearing earlier or later, just drag it to the time you expect
- Don’t forget to click “Save” at the upper-right corner after finishing editing subtitles!
- You can now practice listening – speaking – writing on eJOY Go with the video you’ve just edited sub by choosing “Your Transcript”
Now, it’s time for you to try all these new features. Don’t forget to share with us your learning experiences. We love to hear you say.