Audio FlashCards
Japanese Edition -
Help File

Table of Contents
 
An Outline
 
Questions and Answers:
1. How do I start learning Vocabulary using Audio FlashCards?
2. What are the benefits of registering your copy of Audio FlashCards?
3. How can I register my copy of Audio FlashCards?
4. How do I configure my Pocket PC device so that I can see the Japanese characters?
5. Is there a Windows version of Audio FlashCards?
6. How do I get additional word-files?
7. How do I install downloaded word-files onto my Pocket PC device?
8. How do I reset my Exercise scores?
9. What is a "learning-list"?
10. How do I change the size of the learning-list?
11. Where can I get further help?
   
 


An Outline


Audio FlashCards is an audio-based vocabulary flash-card program. The program has been designed to help students learn a large number of words as quickly as possible in a systematic but fun and simple way. The program includes an audio feature that uses voice recordings of a word's pronunciation to aid the learning process.

The program includes a flashcards feature a well as a number of exercises which help with the memorization of words and to test the student's progress. Exercises include word multiple choice, meaning multiple choice, listening multiple choice, and a Spelling/Typing exercise.

Words are grouped into word-files and the flashcards and exercises are undertaken on the basis for these word-files. The program comes pre-installed with a number of word-files and many others can be downloaded from the Declan Software word-file archive and installed manually. Upon release word-files totalling over 3200 of the most frequently used Japanese words - each with a sound recording of its pronunciation - were available for free download.

Word-files are studied based on a learning-list. The learning-list feature allows the student to concentrate, at any one time, on a smaller sub-set of the larger word-file. Only after a word in the learning-list has been mastered will it graduate from the learning-list and another word from the word-file replaces it. Words graduate from the learning-list if they are correctly answered consecutively in each of the exercises. One incorrect answer and the word's consecutive answer counter is reset to zero. This process of words graduating through the learning-list and being replaced continues until all the words in the complete word-file have been learned. Then it is time to move to the next word-file.
 
 
Questions and Answers:


1. How do I start learning Vocabulary using Audio FlashCards?


Audio FlashCards comes preinstalled with a number of vocabulary word-files that allow you to access the functionality of the software. To start learning the words in these word-files simply select a word-file in the "Installed Word-files:" list, review the words by clicking the "Review List" button and then start the exercises by clicking each one of the exercise buttons in turn.
 


2. What are the benefits of registering your copy of Audio FlashCards?


Unregistered copies of Audio FlashCards are limited to word-files containing up to 25 words. This limitation is removed once the program is registered.
The program comes reinstalled with two demonstration word files. Many much larger words can be downloaded from the Declan Software word file archive (see question 6 for further details).
 


3. How can I register my copy of Audio FlashCards?


Audio FlashCards can be registered and the trial version limitations removed by visiting our Pocket PC software homepage at:

    http://www.declan-software.com/pocket_pc/

Using a credit card, registration details can be purchased almost instantaneously.

Alternative methods of registration include by PayPal, telephone, postal mail, fax, cheque, GlobalCollect invoice and money order.
 


4. How do I configure my Pocket PC device so that I can read kana and kanji (the Japanese letters and characters)?


Help with setting up your Pocket PC device so that you can view hiragana/katakana & kanji is available at this site:

   http://www.declan-software.com/japanese_ppc/

Alternatively, help is available through the "About" menu in Audio Flashcards.
 


5. Is there a Windows version of Audio FlashCards?


Yes, Declan Software has a Windows flashcards program called "Declan's Japanese FlashCards" - an audio-based vocabulary learning tool for Windows 2000/XP. Please visit our homepage for details:

   http://www.declan-software.com/japanese/
 


6. How do I get additional word-files?


Word file can be downloaded from:

   http://www.declan-software.com/pocket_pc/japanese/wordfiles_japanese_ppc.htm

 


7. How do I install downloaded word-files onto my Pocket PC device?


After downloading a word file (XWF file) onto your PC, the XWF file needs to be copied to the

    
/My Documents/AFCJ

folder on your Pocket PC device. This is most easily done using an ActiveSync connection between your PC and Pocket PC device.
 



8. How do I reset my Exercise scores?


To reset the scores of all the words in a word-file so that you can start to learn a word-file from the beginning again, click the "Options" menu item and select the "Reset WordFile Scores" item.
 



9. What is a "learning-list"?


Learning lists are a feature of Audio FlashCards that makes learning large word-files more manageable. It allows users to concentrate their efforts on a smaller sub-set of a large word-file at only one time. Only when a word has been mastered does it leave the learning-list and another word from the word-file replaces it.

Word-files words are divided into three categories:

(i) Learning-List -- words currently being learned (we recommend learning-lists of between 10 and 20 words).
To pass through the learning-list a word needs be answered correctly in all exercises consecutively - getting an answer incorrect in any exercises effectively resets the counter to zero and all exercises need to be reattempted.

(ii) Completed Words -- words that have passed successfully through the learning-list by being answered correctly in all exercises consecutively.

(iii) Unlearned Words -- The balance of words in the word-file that have not yet made it into the learning-list. Once a word in the learning-list has been answered correctly in all exercises consecutively, it is moved into the completed-words category and a word from the unlearned-words category replaces it in the learning-list.
 


10. How do I change the size of the learning-list?


Word can be manually added to or removed from the learning-list. This has the effect to modifying the size of the learning list for that word file. Thereafter as word graduate from the learning-list, they will be replaced so that the size of the list remains constant.
 


11. Where can I get further help?


Further assistance is available at the Declan Software support forums:

   http://forums.declan.wired-hub.net

or by emailing a message to:

  support@declansoftware.com