Creating Vocab Lists on Accordance

I know most of the people out there with Accordance are far more advanced than I am with the program, and this is old hat for you, but I thought I’d share something I found helpful. I am taking Aramaic from Marty Abegg and I think he knows the program better than anyone. He doesn’t pass out vocab lists for vocab quizzes (a professor from Northwestern Baptist Seminary told him not to), but he showed us a convenient way to produce one with Accordance (given the vocab comes from readings and not from a vocab publication). You start by doing a search for a range of words. This is done by pressing command+shift+A and then command+shift+R. This gives you the following search:

You enter the range of text from which you want the vocab:

This will highlight in red all the vocab from that range (minus pronominal suffixes and things of that nature):

Then you click on the little graph symbol that’s on the left side of the toolbar and click on Analysis in the dropdown menu:

This opens up an extension on the window on the right with each word in the range in a convenient list with roots and definitions (that are mostly correct):

You can highlight this list and export it as an RTF file by going to File – Save Text Selection. Pretty neat, huh? Next class we’ll be learning how to combine individual modules to create custom modules for searching or viewing. How exciting.

3 responses to “Creating Vocab Lists on Accordance

  • James Tucker

    Hey Daniel,

    So glad that you are learning new things about Accordance. I think Marty Abegg’s vocabulary requirements are amiable, and I wish more professors would take this approach.

    Some other things you might want to consider:
    You can remove the frequency number (i.e., = 13) by calling up the Display Options (⌘T) and changing the count to “none.” You can also then import your list to somewhere like mental case ( to study on your iPhone or Touch, although you will need to do some editing to the list for successful import (see Rick Bennett’s videocast on this:

    By the way, if you wanted to make a traditional list of vocabulary (i.e., all BH Verbs whose frequency is ≥ 100), you could so with the [count] search command. However, I think studying vocabulary for a specific passage is to be preferred, as it allows one to move beyond mere vocabulary recognition, to grapple with issues of syntax and polysemy.

    James Tucker

    • Daniel O. McClellan

      Now that’s awesome. Now I don’t have to make dozens of flashcards by hand, I can put them directly on my phone. Thanks for the info!

      • James Tucker

        My pleasure to share. I’ve been using Mental Case for some time now (and very pleased with it too). What I like most is it learns what cards you need to study more often. For example, if it gives you a card you have not had before, but know, and mark it correct, then the program’s algorithm places a low frequency of repetition on the card. Likewise, if you don’t know and mark it incorrect, then the frequency is elevated. It’s a great program to have, especially while grocery shopping ☺.

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