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Extend your German vocabulary with Vocalex

Innovative Swedish software can help you expand your German vocabulary rapidly, using words and images.

Extend your German vocabulary with Vocalex

It is generally accepted that the best way to learn any foreign language is by living in the country in question. However, it is not always that simple, especially these days, where many Germans not only speak English fluently, but all too often want to use you as an audience for their linguistic talents.

So even if you are thinking moving to Germany, or are already here, simply immersing yourself in the daily life of the country will not be enough. Luckily, help is at hand, in the shape of Vocalex, a new form of teaching software from Lingusoft.

Quite simply, learning a new language shouldn’t be a chore, it should be fun. Thanks to Vocalex language learning software, it can be.

The company has developed a tailor made software called Vocalex, which helps you expand your vocabulary using words and images. As the ‘student’, as well as being able to see pictures of the words you are learning, you can also hear a native speaker pronounce it for you, giving you two different ways of picking things up.

It is this novel approach, built on pictures rather than words, that differentiates Lingusoft’s products from the more traditional learning tools on the market. Vocalex works in effect as a visual dictionary, where all words are explained by way of illustrations instead of just straight translations. This makes it easier to pick up and remember vocabulary, as Lingusoft developer and founder Thomas Ingeborn explains:

“Pictures help you remember things much better. We wanted to build on the

theory that the best way to develop this product would be by keeping it

simple, making sure anyone can use it and most importantly, actually learn

something. Using pictures was one way of doing this, another was by

emphasising the benefit of repetition. We put them together to create

Vocalex.”

Vocalex offers a broad dictionary with thousands of words to picture and memorise. Exercises start easy and get harder as you go along. They follow a logical progression, in which you have to complete every exercise to be able to move to the next level. Advanced users can choose for themselves which exercises to do, meaning the software suits learners at all levels.

Whether you are learning German, Spanish, French or any other language with Lingusoft, the focus is on making it easy, effective, good value and fun.

Vocalex contains over 1600 words and illustrations with voice recordings showing correct pronunciation, where all the words are presented by teachers working in their native language. Language teachers, educationalists and experts in human-computer interaction from Stockholm University have been closely involved in the development of the software.

All too often, a foreign language is taught purely for academic rather than practical reasons. If you are on your way to Germany, or you have arrived and are looking to get a good grasp of the language without needing or wanting to do so in a classroom setting, Lingusoft will give you the best possible start… and best of all, you will have fun doing it.

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Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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