Vocabularians Rejoice. List Learning is Here.

We’re excited to add a new and very useful feature — the ability to learn Vocabulary Lists. This has been by far our most requested feature, and we're thrilled to have it go live.

When you learn a list, you’ll feel like you’re playing the Challenge, only now, you are in charge of the words themselves. We’ll give you questions and, in response to your answers, we’ll focus on the words that you're having trouble with.

Say you have a vocabulary quiz tomorrow in English or want to boost your score on an upcoming standardized test? Plug the words you need to learn into a list, start learning, and you will knock those words out of the park.

Here’s how it works:

You can learn a list that you make yourself (click here to start a new one), or peruse the 10,000+ lists that already live on We’ve added a “Learn” button to show you which lists are ready to go. Clicking on the button will take you immediately to a Challenge that's tailored to the words you're interested in — anything from literary terms to words in the news.

You’ll see that we’ve added a “Learn this List” tab, too. Click on it to start learning. We'll give you a wide array of questions designed to help you understand the words in the list you've selected, and we'll keep challenging you until we're sure you've mastered the words and all their meanings.

The progress bar in the upper right tells you how far you’ve come. The bar will move from 0% to 100% as you get closer to mastering the words on the list. Of course, longer lists will take longer to master, so be patient if you're working through a monster list!

We’ve added some elements to the Review tab as well. You’ll see green check marks next to words we have questions for. (We’re adding new ones all the time.) As before, you can reorder the list alphabetically or based on difficulty, but now you can also sort a list you're learning according to how much progress you've made on each word.

And once you’re playing, you’ll see your question history and progress. Each circle represents a question that we'll use to test your knowledge of a word on the list. We'll show green circles for questions you've gotten right and red circles for the ones you've gotten wrong. Unfilled circles are for the ones you haven't answered yet. It's a handy way to know just how you're doing on each word on the list you're learning.


That's it. You're ready to go. Click here to get started!


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Monday February 6th 2012, 5:52 PM
Comment by: Karen C. (CT)
Thank you so much, this is an amazing tool! I first came to this site to find ways to help my kids study vocab in preparation for the SAT, but now I'm enjoying it myself and I'm finding so many potential uses for the site! Kudos!
Monday February 6th 2012, 6:06 PM
Comment by: FreakenSammy(: (Kerman, CA)
This new feature is so cool and helps me learn
Tuesday February 7th 2012, 12:07 AM
Comment by: yudy S.
its legen.. wait for it..... daryyyyy.
Tuesday February 7th 2012, 3:39 AM
Comment by: Andrew T.
Tuesday February 7th 2012, 3:43 AM
Comment by: Hasan M.
I have been waiting for this for so long.....
Tuesday February 7th 2012, 7:22 AM
Comment by: Priyam (Ahmedabad, India)
AWESOME! This will help us learn better. And we will not have to search through thousands of words for words to learn; we can learn all words in a useful list at just one click!
Tuesday February 7th 2012, 7:11 PM
Comment by: Adam C.
I agree - a terrific new feature. Thanks! My two remaining suggestions to help mastery of new words are: (1) More review questions of previously mastered words. There isn't nearly sufficient reinforcement of past learnings to solidify my vocabulary gains. I would prefer at least 20-30% review each round. Could you find a create a way for students to toggle their review preferences? (2) Questions that are plain definitions and sentence completion, when the answer is displayed, are far less effective than fill-in-the-blank questions when word choices are not given. The more of the latter questions the better please. They are harder and require greater recollection and reading comprehension.
Again, thanks for your help!
Wednesday February 8th 2012, 3:30 PM
Comment by: Elizabeth G. (CA)
This is found treasure!
I am loving it.
Thanks to the creators for sharing the wealth.
Wednesday February 8th 2012, 7:59 PM
Comment by: Denise R.
This is great it's help me with new words..thanks
Thursday February 9th 2012, 5:14 AM
Comment by: Namrta M.
Thursday February 9th 2012, 7:55 AM
Comment by: kishor B.
indeed this is very useful feature.i was in the dire need of this
Thursday February 9th 2012, 12:37 PM
Comment by: Michael S.
Friday February 17th 2012, 5:09 PM
Comment by: Gary M.
I only found this site a few days ago. Expecting a quotidian dictionary website, I was pleasantly suprised to find sheer brilliance! You have obviated the decline of my mind, and reignited my passion for words! Now I know that plebeian has an 'e' before the 'i' - and am aspiring to become a patrician!

Guess which words I have recently learned :)

The list is brilliant, I've marked my words while reading and input them in no time at all. I already know most of them after an hour or so of very enjoyable quizing! I'm going to buy a saturday paper tomorrow (something I haven't done for a long time!) - and going to enjoy marking words I don't know to build another list.

Tuesday February 21st 2012, 8:37 AM
Comment by: Diantha L.
Does anyone know how I can sign up my middle school class for this site? They really need to work on vocabulary building and this would be perfect for them, however, most of them don't have a home e-mail address. Any suggestions?

Thursday May 31st 2012, 2:01 PM
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Tuesday March 11th 2014, 5:08 PM
Comment by: Mrs. Elin (VA)
This is new? How did anyone function without learning lists? I'm new to and I can't imagine NOT having them -- I love them! As a teacher of low-level high school students, though, I would like to see the Learning List include an option to restrict the learning activity to ONLY the words in the list and not introduce any new challenge words during that session. Some of my students who are using like the site, but are getting frustrated when they try to learn an assigned list, because it takes too long. The increasingly difficult words that are added automatically (and were not on the list they were assigned) take extra time for them to process. If they could just focus on the 10 or so words on the list, they could completely learn the words and have more success and less frustration -- I'm dealing with low-level readers and unmotivated students or it would be OK to introduce some challenges, which is why I would love it to be an OPTION to restrict the list. By experiencing more success, I think they would be more inclined to try out the challenge words and not just assigned lists. Thanks for listening! --er, reading.

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