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Knoword is a vocabulary game that tests your knowledge of words. You start with 60 seconds and the time counts down while you attempt to guess words based on a clue or definition provided by Knoword. As an added bit of help, Knoword provides the first letter as a hint. There are different levels of difficulty and it’s a fun way to pass the time. Although Knoword is a game, it’s also an educational tool which serves to improves player’s vocabulary and overall knowledge of the English language. Knoword can be used by parents to help teach their children new words with proper spelling, all while having the distraction of a game.
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Twitter got the ball rolling on short links to the point where they are a mainstay in terms of sharing content in a quick, condensed way. Scr.im is a link shortener, but in a very specific way. Scr.im converts your email address into an unrecognizable short link for use on the web. Of course no one wants to post their email address so that everyone in the world can see it, spammers would have a field day. Scr.im takes the worry out of that by transforming your email address into a short link that users can share across the web, whether it be on Twitter, Facebook or anywhere else that public eyes can view it. Instead of posting your personal email address, try using a Scr.im short link and keep the spam bots and email harvesters at bay.
There are a few different ways to learn languages with books, audio tapes and classes to name a few. Skritter is an online web tutorial site for learning to write Chinese and Japanese. Skritter doesn’t help with pronunciation or speaking other languages instead offering the alternative of reading and writing. The online interface guides you through learning how to write characters in the proper manner, provides hints when you’re stuck and remembers what you’ve learned so that you can improve at a steady rate. After only a few short minutes we knew how to write out numbers and several words which we still retain because of the repetition and physical interaction with the mouse. If you have been thinking about learning how to write Chinese or Japanese, then you should definitely start with Skritter.
Converticon is a free, online utility to convert images. Converticon can convert ico, png, gif and jpeg formats into png or ico files. The conversions are output to a high quality exported file for use however you like. There are no licensing issues or trademark problems because the files are provided by the user, converticon just converts them. The process is very simple, just click the get started button and select a file from the local machine and upload it to the converticon tool for conversion.
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