Category: Hacks & Tutorials

Hacks & Tutorials

How To Quickly Change Dictionaries on The New Kindle Paperwhite

UPDATE: Aparrently, the latest Paperwhite firmware (after 5.3.9) doesn’t offer this function anymore. UPDATE: I have a Kindle Paperwhite 2 here, running firware 5.6.1.0.2 and it seems the feature is back! Find out how you can use the new Kindle Paperwhite to quickly change between custom dictionaries. I’ve already talked a lot about Kindles and dictionaries on…

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How To Create Doodle Videos For Language Teaching

Did you know that Doodle Videos can be a great way to teach languages? We don’t learn a language only by reading, or only by listening. Learning a language is a multi-sensory process. Looking at a text or listening alone is not enough. We need to listen, speak, read, write and observe in order to acquire…

Books

How To Add a German-English Dictionary To Kindle on Your iPad or iPhone (iOS)

One of the great benefits of using ebooks for language learning is the ability to use custom dictionaries. Instead of having to search for each unknown word in a dictionary you can get instant translations while reading your book. If you own a Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Touch and have installed a dictionary (see here…

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3 Writing Tools You Aren’t Using Yet

If there’s anything I’ve learned over the course of the last 15 years of writing, then it’s probably the fact that writing is a craft like any other. Listening to one’s “muse” and getting inspired is all great, but ultimately, if you don’t control the writing, it controls you! And even beyond the mere mechanics…

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The Easy Way To Sell Digital Downloads From Your Website

Have you ever considered selling digital products such as books, tutorials, videos, etc. from your own website? After all, blogging is hard work. Why just rely on advertising fees to support your writing when you can sell your own digital downloads? When I first tried this two years ago, I had a PDF version a…

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How To Create Ebooks With Open Source Software: #4 The Cover

[PART #1] – [PART #2] – [PART #3] Welcome to the fourth part in our short series about creating ebooks with open source tools. (If you missed the last one, click here). Today I’d like to talk a bit about cover design. To many people design is a matter of taste, but it’s much more than that….

Books

Learn German On Kindle With Free Books

Free Kindle books to learn German: Classic Literature Learn German on Kindle With Modern Bestsellers Use Your Kindle To Learn German Through Storytelling Use A Dictionary To Help You Learn German With Kindle Not long ago I wrote a post about how to use your Kindle to learn a foreign language. Since then I have been…

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How To Create Ebooks With Open Source Software: #3 Conversion & Preview

[PART #1] – [PART #2] – [PART #4] Welcome to the third and final part of our short ebook creation guide. After going on and on about the importance of styles, today I’ll finally show you how to get your ebook converted to MOBI or EPUB, files that you can easily upload to the Amazon…

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How To Create Ebooks With Open Source Software: #2 Structure & Flow

[PART #1] – [PART #3] – [PART #4] Welcome back to the second part of our little ebook making course. For those who missed it, here’s a  link to the first part: # 1 Manuscript Styles Some of you might wonder why we started out by talking about styles. Maybe they seem to make certain formatting tasks a…

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How To Create Ebooks With Open Source Software: #1 Manuscript Styles

[PART #2] – [PART #3] – [PART #4] We live in a time where almost anyone on the planet can create, publish and sell books (or other media) without any insurmountable technical or financial preconditions. There are already many tutorials out there how to make ebooks. Each one has its own approach. In this short series, I would like…

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10 Steps To Your Online Teaching Website

We all see dozens of websites every day. There are many great ones and even more not so great ones. Especially when it comes to online teaching websites I found that many online teachers are needlessly complicating and cluttering their websites, whereas a more user-centric approach can do real wonders in increasing student engagement and…