English For You

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English For You – is a simple system for learning English vocabulary. Where the idea of another program of such type came from? (since there are thousands of them in the network). Yes, that's true, but I did not find anything exactly like this one :-).

There are fiches systems, movies with a thousand basic words, dictionaries, but I have not found a programme that would merge the advantages of these systems into one. I would like to have a system similar to fiches, but based not only on sight, but also on hearing. Yea, so that fiches could speak :-).

Well - I've searched and found. The shtooka.net site contains free audio recordings created for the purpose of creating programs exactly like this one.

Now it was enough to use Port3n, develop a database of words and here we have "talking fiches" :-).

How can you use this program?

  1. Like a normal dictionary. From the Set menu you select one of the prepared sets of terms. At the moment there are:

    • The list of about a thousand most commonly used words in English. This is the so-called frequency list, which is a list of words by frequency of occurrence in any given language. I have added some words to this list, which may not often occur in language corpus (due to their age-old traditions), but I think in modern-technological world, they terms would be high on such list (for example "post", "delete" ", etc.). According to me, this is the minimum for a good start.

    • A list of words including vocabulary at level A (A1 + A2) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This classification is quite arbitrary, and by assigning words to individual groups, I have been guided by various sources and opinions, so hence this list is just a proposition.

    • Words list including vocabulary at level B (B1 + B2) (see the note above).

    • A list of words including vocabulary at level C (C1 + C2) (see the note above).

    • List of numerals.

    In the selected set you can select one letter (or all) and you will see the set of words on the screen. Words written in such a color have bundled sound files. You can click on the password and hear its pronunciation. After the dash, you will find his short Polish translation. Once you click on the translation you will be redirected to the corresponding term in Wikipedia.

  2. You can also (and this is the main functionality of progam) go to the learning mode. You choose a set of words as I have described above and then go to the Test tab. The program chooses the random word from the selected set and read it. Your task is to click on the correct meaning (translation) of the word you hear. If you know the translation, you can make the search process easier. Just select the first letter of the word with the mouse (or with the keyboard), and the program will limit the list of responses to those that start with that letter. Also, you can navigate through the answers list using the cursor keys and the Enter and Backspace keys.

    You can also change the default learning options:

    • 6     – enable or disable the automatic read of the choosen word. (Note: some browsers block automatically audio playback when the page loads, in this case click the icon 6     when the page is loaded).
    • u     – enable or disable the display of the choosen term. If you chose the option to not display the word, you will see the speaker icon in the place where it was displayed. You can always see the word by move the mouse over the icon.
    • ?     – turns on or off the display of the correct answer.

    If the word does not have a sound file, the setting for u      is ignored and the program always displays the word.

    The options described above are available to every Internet user.
  3. Registered users have additional functionality. The program remembers the correct answers and automatically reduces the frequency of choice the terms you have answered correctly and increases the frequency of choice that you did not know. You can also see the percentages of the correct answers in each set of terms on the Statistics tab.

I invite you to have fun and share your opinions (office@3n.com.pl).

Stefan Nawrocki

In program has been used audio records from address: http://shtooka.net/download.php:
  1. http://download.shtooka.net/eng-balm-emmanuel_flac.tar – Copyright © 2009 Emmanuel Revah, on license Creative Commons BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/en).
  2. http://download.shtooka.net/eng-balm-judith_flac.tar – Copyright © 2009 Association Shtooka, on license Creative Commons 3.0 U.S (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/en).
  3. http://download.shtooka.net/eng-balm-judith-proverbs_flac.tar – Copyright © 2010 Shtooka Association, on license Creative Commons 3.0 U.S (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/en).
  4. http://download.shtooka.net/eng-balm-verbs_flac.tar – Copyright © Alyson Heimer, Flora Bouillaguet, Charles Bouillaguet, Nicolas Vion, on license Creative Commons BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/pl).
  5. http://download.shtooka.net/eng-wcp-us_flac.tar – Copyright © Dvortygirl 2004-2007, on license Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/en).
  6. http://download.shtooka.net/eng-wims-mary_flac.tar – Copyright © 2009 Bernadette Perrin-Riou, Mary Maury, on license Creative Commons BY 3.0 U.S (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/en).
  7. http://download.shtooka.net/eng-wims-mary-conversation_flac.tar – Copyright © 2009 Bernadette Perrin-Riou, Mary Maury, on license Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 U.S (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/en).
  8. http://download.shtooka.net/eng-wims-mary-num_flac.tar – Copyright © 2009 Bernadette Perrin-Riou, Mary Maury, on license Creative Commons BY 3.0 U.S (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/en).