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This Language Tutorial explains how to use the 200 Words a Day! excelerated learning foreign language courses and explains some of the different Learning Systems that are built into them.
The thing to remember is to have a play around with the various settings and see which ones you like, and which suit your learning style.
For this tutorial, we take most examples, icons and pics from the 'Learn French 200 Words a Day!' Courses.
The main principles are identical for the Learn Spanish, Learn German, Learn Welsh courses.
From the Main Menu you can progress by simply pushing the 'Enter' key on your keyboard. . .
... but as you gain familiarity with your 200 Words a Day! Language software course, there are numerous 'Excelerated Learning' Tools and Settings to use, to further boost your learning and re-Study.
The Tutorial has 4 pages, and covers the main features of the 200 Words a Day! software packages.
Check out the menu on the right hand side of the page for the topics covered on the respective Tutorial pages.
There is also on-screen help available on your program accessible by right-clicking the mouse.
Enjoy your 200 Words a Day Foreign Language Courses!
Loading your 200 Words a Day! Language Learning CD-Rom onto your Personal Computer
It's easy and automatic...
Once it is installed on your Hard DriveFrom your Windows Start Menu the click sequence is:
Program Files - Exceltra French - 200 Words a Day! French.
On your 200 Words a Day! language CD-Rom you can also find a pdf file (portable document file) from which you can read the instructions, that you can access from the Windows Start Menu on your PC.
Click on Programs - Exceltra French - How to Use this Course.
You will need some form of pdf reader to read this file, such as Adobe Acrobat.
To get set up and logged in follow the on-screen instructions. You'll be asked for your name, and if you want to add a password.
To see the next screen during your course, you can simply press the Enter key.
Language Tutorial - Main Menu & Lessons
A Quick Look at How it all WorksThe Main Menu is like the central point from where you navigate to other parts of the course.
Here is a screen-shot of the Main Menu.
Notice along the bottom are a selection of icons that will take you to different parts of the course. You can click on them to go to the desired section.
The icons are:
Dictionary: This lists all the words in the course that you have. You can select a word here, and it will bring up the word's definition and pictures, Memory Triggers.
Build a Lesson: This allows you to build your own lessons from the words in the Dictionary.
Test: You can select a Lesson on which to test yourself here.
Review Progress: Here you can:
Help: This is a glossary of the course help. (You can also get on-screen help at any time during your foreign language tutorial by right-clicking the mouse on the screen).
Exit: Here you exit the programs and go to the Main Menu from where you can select the different courses. Various courses 'plug-in' to each other, and you would select them by clicking on the Exit icon, where you would be presented with another Menu.
Schedule: This Menu tells you what Lesson you should be up to in sequence, and what Test you should be doing. It will also tell you that you will need to repeat a Lesson at certain optimum intervals after you have done the Lesson.
In other words, a day after doing a Lesson you should review the Lesson again, and repeat the Test.
Likewise do this again after a week, a month, 3 months, a year. But don't worry - the program will tell you when these times are.
To take yourself from screen to screen you can just press 'Enter', or click on the 'Next' icon - the right-facing arrow.
If you keep pressing 'Enter', the program will take you through the Lessons, Tests & Reviews in a logical sequence.
So to restate that in simple language.
You do not have to be too computer savvy to work your way through the course. In most cases, when you are stuck, you can push 'Enter' and it will take you to the next logical step.
Next icon: is an arrow in the colors of the flag of the particular country's language.
So for the French lessons the arrow is a red, white and blue one as used in this Language Tutorial;
For German Lessons it is Red, Black and Yellow, Spanish, is red, yellow, red and for Welsh it is green and white.
or. . .. . . if you prefer, start from the Main Menu where you can select Lessons from the Lesson Menu by clicking on the Professor icon.
If you click on the Professor icon it will take you to the French Lesson menu which allows you to . . .
Choose a French Lesson . . .
…and easily navigate through the French lessons available…and this is what the Lesson Menu looks like . . .
Each French Lesson is grouped by category. Choose a lesson from the list. On the right are two columns.
Left-clicking your mouse in the:
Learning or Lesson Pages in the French Lesson
…where each page teaches a French word or phrase one at a time…
…and the page will look like this:
In the above picture the word being learned is shutter. The French word for shutter is le volet, which sounds like VOLEY. So we have a picture of a man bouncing his VOLLEY ball against the shutter.
And of course, with a man as the main character in the picture, we have a Gender Trigger © indelibly printed in to our brain simultaneously, with no extra effort.
First the English word appears, then the French word which is voiced by a native French speaker. Then comes the spoken and written Memory Trigger ©.
Repeat the word, phrase or sentence aloud after hearing it.
Each word also has a Memory Trigger, a way of remembering the word. This is a:
Repeat icon: To see and hear it again press the repeat icon which is the semi-circular arrow on the bottom right-hand corner of the Lesson page.
Also in the picture there are a number of things to enhance your learning, retention and recall. For example . . .
Characters match the Gender of the Word
Masculine characters for masculine words; females for feminine charactersAll nouns in French are either masculine (le) or feminine (la) .
Masculine nouns feature:
Feminine nouns feature:
We call these Gender Triggers ©.
For French nouns beginning with a vowel…For Masculine words the word for 'the' in French is le.
This abbreviates to l' before a noun starting with a vowel (a-e-i-o-u). e.g. l'article (m).
For Feminine words the word for 'the' is la.
This abbreviates to l' also before a noun starting with a vowel (a-e-i-o-u). e.g. l'orange (f).
Gender Learning in other Languages
In Spanish the masculine word for 'the' is el, and the feminine is la.
In German the masculine word for 'the' is der, and the feminine is die.
Welsh language also uses masculine and feminine genders.
If you are genuinely interested in properly learning and speaking these European languages you must learn the genders. Because the adjectives change according to genders and, also with plurals.... and every time you refer to something you don't call a 'he a she' or a 'she a he'.
If you just want a handful of basic words for a short trip it is not that important to get too tangled up in learning the genders. You'll be understood.
German Neuter Gender is made Easy
. . . remember the Smoking Animal. . .
There is a further gender in German which is neuter, and the word for 'the' in the neuter gender is das.
There is often no rhyme nor reason as to why something is neuter. For example a little girl in German is a neuter word. ... as is a young woman! They're not feminine articles but take the neuter article!
We have invented a unique, and as yet unbeatable Gender Trigger © for the Neuter gender in German, and this is the smoking animal. So our pics with a neuter gender will incorporate an animal smoking a ciarette, cigar or pipe. Very simple and very powerful.
In the following example we use the German word for age which is das Alter, and is neuter. The smoking ape is asked his age at the ALTAR.
Famous people make it easier for you to remember the character, the word, the gender!
Where possible we use famous people to help you remember the words, the trigger, and whether the word is masculine or feminine.
It is easier for us to remember famous people!These might be celebrities, pop stars, actors and actresses, people from history, politicians etc, etc. Here's an example:
Be careful on the pronunciation of this one - listen to the native speaker. It sounds more like 'shong'.
So with hundreds of celebrities and famous people from history etc you'll more easily remember Memory Triggers and the associated words and genders.
Over the different courses we have you'll encounter the likes of:
You can continue learning about the features of the 200 Words a Day! Language courses, and how to use them, in the continuation of this Language Tutorial on the next page. Next
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