OLSN makes reading easier. Learning to use OLSN is so easy that you will be using it in the next few minutes.
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TWO MODES: OLSN can give two kinds of help: help for learning to recognize words, and help for learning to understand words.
|Click to recognize.
|To understand click
MODE 1: Using OLSN to help recognize words:
Click as Needed! Whenever you hesitate trying to read a word you should click it. Clicking on a word causes OLSN to pop-up with the word in its small blue box. If the word has a lot of letters, the word will appear broken into smaller and more easily readable parts. For example, click on the following word: segmented.
Did you notice that the word was shown in 3 segments?
Now, click it again, and this time after it appears in the box, click it again (segmented). Did you notice how the ‘e‘ was gray and the ‘n‘ was bold and OLSN‘s voice said “N”?
Now click it for a third time (segmented). Did you see and hear the word sounded out? This way of changing the looks of letters so that they can better telegraph their sounds is called PQs (for “pronunciation cues“). PQs are like “phonics clues” and “sound-out hints” that will help you learn how to recognize unfamiliar words. OLSN uses PQs to help guide your mind into getting good at reading.
Important Note: You can learn all you need to learn about PQs by just using OLSN. You don’t have to learn PQs before using them to read with them, however, if you want to learn more about PQs, click here.
MODE 2: Using OLSN’s Word Explore button to help understand words.
Step 1: Whenever you encounter a word that you don’t know the meaning of, you should click the word to open OLSN (just like you would for a word you don’t recognize).
Step 2: Once OLSN opens with the word in its box, click on the Word Explore button to open the Reference Panel. Once the Reference Panel opens, select from a number of types of references for helping you understand the word:
Step 3: If English is your primary language, click on the Dictionary or Synonym button to see the word’s definitions. If English is not your primary language, click on the Translator button to see translations in your language. Note: if the Translator is not set to your primary language, click on the Translator Menu button to select it.
Important Note: You can click on any word in the dictionary, synonyms or roots reference panel (for example “embarrassing” below), and OLSN will help you to read (recognize and understand) the word.
Now that you know how to use the two modes of OLSN, practice using OLSN with some of the words in the table below. Start by using OLSN on unfamiliar words: Click a word, Watch and listen to OLSN, Try to read the word again, Repeat as needed. Once you feel comfortable using OLSN to help you recognize words, click on the Word Explore button, and use the Reference Panel, to get help understanding words. Keep practicing until it seems easy for you to use OLSN to help you recognize and understand any word you encounter.
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