A web site to rewordify and simplify text

Published: 21st October 2013 11:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st October 2013 11:11 AM   |  A+A-

Recently, I came across a cool web site — Rewordify.com analyzes any text in English, identifies all hard words in the text, replaces the words with easier words, presents the average sentence length and reading level analysis in the form of a graph, etc. In other words, the web site can simplify any text in English and improve readability.

The site has many amazing features that make learning English fun. When we type in or copy-paste any English text in the space provided and click the ‘rewordify’ button, the site instantly simplifies the text and highlights the words and phrases it simplified. The examples below have the original text and the rewordified (simplified) version:

1) Dr Rakesh, a dermatologist, married a cardiologist though he was in love with a neurologist. (original text)

• Dr Rakesh, a skin doctor, married a heart doctor though he was in love with a nerve doctor. (rewordified)

2) We want the new Chief Minister to abjure all the evil policies of the former CM. (original text)

• We want the new Chief Minister to reject all the evil policies of the former CM. (rewordified text)

3) Sheela considers her colleague an anathema. (original text)

• Sheela considers her fellow worker a forbidden thing. (rewordified)

4) The fans of Tendulkar welcomed their hero with approbation. (original)

• The fans of Tendulkar welcomed their hero with approval. (rewordified)

Rewordify analyzes the readability level of the original and rewordified text and gives these details: total number of characters, total number of words, total number of hard words, readability chart, average sentence length, etc. This is a very useful feature for writers and learners as it helps them get an idea of who can understand a writing passage. It determines difficulty of the text largely from a collected database of human wisdom rather than merely calculating syllables and sentence length. It displays a readability bar and a reading level number between 1 and 10. A “1” means the passage is very easy, and a “10” means the passage is very difficult.

The settings section has many options. If the user selects the Loud option, hard words will be reworded to easier ones, the rewordings will be highlighted, and by hovering the mouse over the rewordings original hard words can be seen. If the user selects the Reverse Loud option, hard words will be just highlighted and by hovering the mouse over the highlighted words easier words can be seen. The Inline option will show the original word in purple and the easier word in yellow in the same line. The Add List option enables the user to add their own custom word list by entering word=definition pairs. Visit the site www.rewordify.com and have fun.

— rayanal@yahoo.co.uk

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