Because breaks and especially sleep will empty your short term memory, you will get the best results by practicing for short periods of time, but often. Half an hour every day of the week gives much better results than two hours on two days of the week.

If you don't know or can't guess the answer, try these:

  1. Translate
    • You can translate the answer at any time without affecting your results.
    • Translating tells you what exactly the item you are learning means. It is especially recommended if you have seen the picture several times and still can't tell what it represents.
    • However, it is not recommended to use Translate every time. Using Translate only when it is necessary has the benefit of making you think more and more in the language you are studying. If you are an advanced student, you may want to change the user interface to your target language as well.
  2. Listen
    • Learning by listening and writing will enhance your language skills quickly. It can also give you Correct by listening "points".
  3. Guess
    • If you can think of something that might fit, write that in the Answer field.
    • Learning is largely a subconscious process. Let your subconscious roam and write the answer that comes to your mind without thinking too much. After only a few repetitions, you will be able to learn even the most difficult words.
  4. Look at the answer
    • See the correct answer by clicking Try.

The WordDive method is based on forming a strong connection between the picture and the study item in the long term memory. Repetition is essential for establishing this connection. For this reason, you will learn much more by listening to or looking at the answer after a few seconds than spending a long time pondering it. Relaxing and letting go bring the best results.

Though we are constantly improving the study items, all of them can't be answered correctly on the first try. This is not the intended goal either. The most important function of the first few tries is to connect the picture you see and the word you are practicing.

Soon you will find that the picture brings the word to your mind directly in the target language, not in your native language. This way, you learn to think and act in the target language, which is the most natural way to learn and quickly leads to better language skills than the traditional, native language-based way of studying.

Even if you don't understand everything, listen to the voice models and repeat them aloud. Listening and speaking strengthens the image further in your memory and speeds up your learning.

Using WordDive when you are very tired is not recommended. Intensive studying just before bedtime can also make it difficult to fall asleep.

Parts of speech

The point of the icons is to give a hint about the part of speech of the study item. There are small differences in how parts of speech are taught in different languages, but on a general level, these are the ones used:

IconPart of SpeechExamples
name of a thing
la manzana (apple), el niño (boy), Nueva York (New York)
a quality of a thing
What kind?
rojo (red), redondo (round), curvado (curved)
a substitute for a noun or an adjective
El niño corre. El tiene once años.
The boy is running. He is eleven years old.
¿Quién eres? Who are you?
number or amount
How many?
uno (one)
cien (one hundred)
quinto (fifth)
doing, being or happening
What is happening or being done?
correr (run), saltar (jump), llover (rain)
adverb, particle or adposition
adverb: Ella lo hizo rápidamente. (She did it rapidly.)
particle: rojo y azul (red and blue)
adposition: al otro lado del puente (across the bridge)
shortened form of a word or phrase
PIB (producto interior bruto, GNP i.e. gross national product)
IVA (impuesto sobre el valor añadido, VAT i.e. value added tax)
typical way to express something
¡Hola! (Hello!)
¿Cómo estás? (How are you?)
¿Cuánto cuesta esto? (How much is this?)
a rule of the language
el mejor (best, superlative of the adjective ’good’)
los dientes (teeth, plural of the noun ’tooth’)
a letter, syllable or meaning
a (Latin letter ’a’)
ф (Cyrillic letter ’ef’)
あ (hiragana character ’a’)
字 (kanji character ’JI, aza’)
uncountable noun
a word meaning a substance or a concept, can't go together with a numeral
mjöl (flour), musik (music), kärlek (love)
  1. It is not necessary to know all the parts of speech when starting to study a new language. This is why smaller parts of speech have been combined. Here is a short description for those who are interested:
    • Adverb modifies the verb or the whole sentence. Typically, an adverb describes time, place, reason, manner or method.
    • Particles are function words (such as yet, however, anyway). In WordDive, interjections (hi, hello) are included in expressions, even though they are particles as well.
    • Adposition expresses the relation of a thing or being to another thing or being. An adposition that comes before its complement is called a preposition (before Monday) and an adposition that comes after its complement is called a postposition (the storm last night).
  2. Character, abbreviation, expression and grammar are not officially parts of speech. They are specific to the WordDive service and are meant to facilitate learning.


Listen first

When you do not know the answer or answer incorrectly, the correct answer will be shown to you. This is the easiest way to learn to use the service.

When you have gotten off to a good start, we recommend changing the First empty answer setting to Listen to answer on the Settings tab. This way you will only hear the correct answer after the first empty answer, but you will not see it written. Answering on the basis of what you heard will make learning more effective and give you Correct by Listening points. After the second empty answer, the correct answer will be shown just like before.