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Marie's Words -- Our Family Business Adventure
This article briefly covers my family's journey to create a world-wide English language learning tool. We are now in six continents and on the iPhone, iPad, and Android phones.
My sister and I started Marie's Words Incorporated in 2020. At that time, she was a junior at Carlsbad High School in North County, San Diego, a quiet beach community founded on rolling coastal hills, and like many students her age, she was studying for the SAT. But she was frustrated by her difficulty with memorizing the long list of vocabulary words required for the test. Eventually, she began to draw visual clues to help her retain the word meanings. This new method worked -- she improved her score by 260 points from a 1790 to a 2050! On a plane ride home from a college visit, she asked our dad if she could turn her visuals into a business in order to help other visual learners.
During summer 2020, Marie and I created 550 visual mnemonics (or memory devices). I illustrated and Marie colored. My brother, Michael, scanned and organized the colored illustrations and sent them to a graphic design artist to be vectorized, allowing for them to be formatted to different sizes and resolutions. All of this took about 10,000 hours.
My father, George, created a spreadsheet to organize the text on the back of the 550 cards. In order to provide a fully comprehensive vocabulary flash card product, we hired many professional language and teaching consultants. We wanted to include everything: correct spelling, phonetic pronunciation, part of speech, definition, synonyms and antonyms, and a contextual sentence. I wrote the sentences with my dad, and we had them edited by several professionals. This totaled roughly 5,000 hours.
We also hired a company to design our application for smartphones and tablets. We wanted our business to have a physical and digital presence in the market. With our cards completed, my family and I designed the Marie's Words' "blue box" and hired a local company to begin printing the visual vocabulary flash cards and our blue boxes. We creased, folded, packed, sealed, stacked, stored, and shipped the boxes as we sold them online through our website www.marieswords.com and in person.
My sister and I worked twelve hours a day at fairs and conventions selling our revolutionary new learning product. Although originally created for the SAT, our cards have helped kids as young as 5 years old and have been endorsed for ADD, ADHD, autistic, dyslexic, and gifted learners, in addition to Asperger's, Alzheimer's, and Irlen's syndrome.
Marie and I continue to travel around the United States to sell our box of 550 visual vocabulary flash cards. Our next major stop will be at a toy convention in New York where we hope to introduce our word games to the world!