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Cool New App: Read Up to 1,000 Words a Minute!

speed readSamsung is releasing a brand new app called Spritz that promises to help us read up to 1,000 words a minute. Imagine the possibilities for book lovers!

Training our brains to read quickly and efficiently could also benefit students’ reading comprehension and help them through reading passages on tests like the SAT and ACT where timing is key.

Learn more about Spritz

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Food for Thought: Vocab Videos SAT Vocab Definition Groups

To make it easier to help our users learn SAT and ACT vocabulary, we’ve illustrated the meanings of words using short, silly videos (check out some samples!). What you might not know until you register for Vocab Videos is that we also offer an array of study tools and resources to help you better understand word meanings. One such study tool is our Vocab Videos Definition Groups List (found under the blue “Study Resources” tab when logged-in to your account).

These category lists group words by common themes. It provides students with a valuable reference and allows for an even more comprehensive understanding of the SAT vocabulary. These definition groups are useful for helping students grasp subtle differences in meanings and when to use particular words.

Take a look at our definition groups and the words that are included in each below (along with some fun”food for thought” images that correspond with each category). To watch the videos for all of these words, learn their definitions, and check out our study tools be sure to register for Vocab Videos!

Bad Blood

ABHOR

ACRIMONY

ANIMOSITY

ANTAGONISTIC

CONTEMPT

DISDAIN

ENMITY

RANCOR

SCORN


BFF

AFFABLE

AMIABLE

AMICABLE

CAMARADERIE

CORDIAL

GENIAL


Chill

COMPOSED

EQUANIMITY

PLACID

SERENE

TRANQUIL


Cocky

BOMBASTIC

CONDESCEND

ELITIST

GRANDIOSE

HAUGHTY

PATRONIZE

POMPOUS

PRETENTIOUS


Cry Baby

DESPAIR

DESPONDENT

DOUR

LAMENT

MELANCHOLY

MOROSE


Eagle Eye

ACUITY

ASTUTE

DISCERN

INCISIVE

KEEN

PERSPICACITY


Feel Better

ALLEVIATE

APPEASE

MITIGATE

MOLLIFY

TEMPER


Fight Club

BELLIGERENT

CANTANKEROUS

CONTEND

IRATE

PUGNACIOUS


Flashy

FLAMBOYANT

FLORID

GARISH

ORNATE


Gone With the Wind

ELUSIVE

EPHEMERAL

EVANESCENT

EVASIVE

TRANSIENT

TRANSITORY


Happy Camper

BUOYANT

ECSTASY

ELATED

EUPHORIA

FELICITY

MIRTH


Hip Hip Hooray!

ACCLAIM

ADULATION

COMMEND

EXALT

EXTOL

LAUD


Killer

BANE

DELETERIOUS

PERNICIOUS

 


Like-Minded

ACCORD

CONCORD

CONCUR

CONFORM

CONSENSUS

UNIFORM


Noise Pollution

BOISTEROUS

CACOPHONY

OBSTREPEROUS

TUMULTUOUS


Overboard

EXORBITANT

EXTRAVAGANT

LAVISH

LUXURIOUS

OPULENT


Party Hearty!

EBULLIENT

EXUBERANT

VIVACIOUS

 


Pig-Headed

DOGGED

DOGMATIC

INTRANSIGENT

OBDURATE

TENACITY


Played Out

BANAL

HACKNEYED

INSIPID

MUNDANE

PROSAIC

TRITE


Road Block

HAMPER

HINDER

IMPEDE

INHIBIT

THWART


Serious Business

EARNEST

SOLEMN

SOMBER

 


Shady

CUNNING

DUPLICITY

GUILE

TREACHERY


Thumbs Down

ADMONISH

BERATE

CENSURE

REBUKE

REPROACH

SCATHING


Trash Talk

BELITTLE

DECRY

DENIGRATE

DENOUNCE

DEPRECATE

DERIDE

DISPARAGE

VILIFY


Wise Guy

CIRCUMSPECT

DISCREET

JUDICIOUS

PRUDENT

SAGACIOUS

SHREWD


X-treme Intensity!

ARDOR

FERVENT

GALVANIZE

IMPASSIONED

ZEALOUS

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Vocab Videos: Vocab Film Festival Winners!


As you may know, Vocab Videos latest contest, The Vocab Film Festival, has officially come to a close. The Festival was a tremendous success with students, filmmakers, and entire classes submitting their very own vocab videos and photos–we received more than 100 submissions! The Vocab Videos team would like to give a BIG thank you to everyone who got involved, whether it was by making your own entry or voting on your favorite submissions and nonprofits organizations. Our four amazing affiliated nonprofits–Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Harlem Children’s Zone, Urban Word NYC, and Year Up–earned more than 3,000 votes!

Because we had so many AWESOME submissions, choosing our grand prize winners was an extremely difficult decision, but the votes are in! A panel of judges including members of the Vocab Videos team (who know their vocabulary!) and a special guest judge in the film-making industry helped choose the big winners. Drum roll please…..check out the impressive winning entries (more…)

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The Vocab Film Festival: Closed but Not Over…

As of June 1st, the Vocab Film Festival is officially closed. The Festival invited students and filmmakers to create their own vocab videos, and participants proved more than up to the challenge. We received 100+ video and photo entries! A BIG thanks to all who participated either through submitting entries or voting on their favorite videos & photos.

But even though the Festival is no longer accepting submissions or votes, a big portion of the contest has yet to come–the GRAND PRIZE CEREMONY! Student and filmmaker finalists are competing to take home the top prizes; a special judging panel will be deciding on the winning finalist entries (with the exception of the People’s Choice Award, which is based solely on votes), and it will certainly not be an easy decision.
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SAT Vocabulary in Style: Get Your Vocab Videos T-Shirt!

Vocab Videos T-shirts are Now Available!

Learn your SAT vocabulary in style in your Vocab Videos tee! Tell everyone how “sinister” or just what a “maverick” you are! The tees are a fun way to express yourself and show everyone just how smart you are, all the while helping everyone around you become a little more knowledgeable about vocabulary.

And the best part? A portion of the proceeds are going to a wonderful cause. $1.00 from the sale of each shirt will be donated to charity. Proceeds will be distributed among the following nonprofit organizations:

*Harlem Children’s Zone

*Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

*Urban Word

*Year Up

(Find out more about the charities above)

Words have power. Use them for good!

> Buy a Vocab Videos t-shirt!

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LAST Month of the Vocab Film Festival: Fun Learning SAT Vocabulary+ $20,000 in Scholarships & Prizes!

Check out this piece on the Vocab Videos SAT vocabulary contest, The Vocab Film Festival:

The Vocab Film Festival: Finally Students Have Fun Learning SAT Vocabulary—Vocab Videos Contest Offers $20,000+ in Scholarships & Prizes
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The Vocab Film Festival has been running since February, and has received numerous video and photo submissions illustrating the meanings of key SAT vocabulary words. Students, teachers, and filmmakers, alike, have found clever ways to help participants and fans understand the meanings of words. Check out one of our winning student video entries (more…)

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Vocab Videos Flashcards on Your Phone: Mobile Flashcards Available through Study Blue!

Vocab Videos has recently partnered with Study Blue to bring Vocab Videos flashcards to your mobile phones! Now, you can study on-the-go with Vocab Videos digital flashcard sets that coincide with each episode!

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Vocab Videos on Myxer!

VOCAB VIDEOS IS NOW ON MYXER!

Look at our Vocab Film Festival widget below, and check out our Myxer channel to watch more of our videos and to get Vocab Videos on your phone!

Myxer: Privacy Policy | Terms – More from Vocab Videos

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SAT Vocabulary Challenge: See it on Vocab Videos!

In an epic battle of vocabulary, people of New York and Los Angeles competed in a war of words. So who has the better vocabulary–the East Coast or theWest Coast? YOU DECIDE!

SAT Vocabulary Challenge: New York

SAT Vocabulary Challenge: Los Angeles

And the winner is…..

YOU DECIDE!!! Click here to vote!

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Free Vocabulary Quiz: Twitter & Facebook Challenge Solutions

*Answers are italicized.

11/5/10:
Q: What does “deleterious” mean?
A:  a) removable   b)  helpful   c) harmful   d) comprehensible

The most deleterious consequence of drug abuse is death.

10/26/10:
Q: What does “rancor” mean?
A:  a) loud noise      b) hostility      c) a stain      d)  selfish behavior

10/5/10:
Q: What does “paucity” mean?
A:  a) a small amount or number    b) bitterness     c) caution      d) solitude

Bob criticized Dave’s argument because of the paucity of evidence supporting his conclusion.

9/23/10:
Q: What does “solicitous” mean?
A:   a) intruding    b) harsh     c) anxious or concerned    d) generous

Dave just had a case of the sniffles, but his solicitous parents made him go to the emergency room.

9/13/10:
Q: What does “penchant” mean?
A:  a) intense dislike    b) a preference or tendency   c) praise   d) a common mistake

Allen has a penchant for strange hats and never leaves the house without wearing something on his head.

9/3/10:
Q: What does “venerate” mean?
A:  a) to respect    b)  to lessen    c)  to improve    d) to make more severe

8/26/10:
Q: What does “ingratiating” mean?
A:  a) cruel      b) unappreciative      c) formal     d) pleasing (especially to gain advantage)

Donna always becomes friendly and ingratiating whenever she’s about to ask me for money.

8/18/10:
Q: What does “harangue” mean?
A: a) a long, angry speech   b) betrayal    c) disposal    d)  a scary story

8/6/10:
Q: What does “austere” mean?
A:  a) bitter-tasting    b) strict or severe in discipline    c) very talkative    d) calm

7/30/10:
Q: What does “assiduous” mean?
A:  a) luxurious   b) hard-working   c) bitter   d) angry

7/28/10:
Q: What does “proliferate” mean?
A:  a) to shrink   b) to create   c) to cease to exist   d) to increase rapidly

7/26/10:
Q: What does “amalgam” mean?
A:  a) a combination of diverse elements  b)  a large family gathering   c) enthusiasm   d) severe criticism

7/20/10
Q: What does “exacerbate” mean?
A: a) to cleanse   b) to make more severe   c) to speak loudly    d) to invent

7/16/10:
Q: What does “acerbic” mean?
A:  a) shy   b) self-satisfied  c) bitter  d) excessively showy

7/2/10:
Q: What does “effusive” mean?
A:  a) overflowing (usually referring to emotions  b) separate; distinct  c) friendly  d) native

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