Pocket Reader/Language Player Overview

  

System Requirements

  Windows OS 95, 98, 98SE, NT 4.0, ME, 2000 or XP and the following free software programs:
  Note: If you have 98SE, 2000, or ME you already have everything needed except the Adobe
  Reader and the Pocket Reader.  All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

- Internet Explorer 4.0+ (it does not have to be your default browser.)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0+ (free from Adobe Systems Inc.)
- Windows Media Player 6.4+  (it comes with IE 4.0+ or may be downloaded free from Microsoft.) 
- Pocket Reader/Language Player 1.0+
  (Our free downloadable software that is used to display and interact with Pocket Modules.) 

Click here to go to our Download page and download any free programs you need.

Pocket Reader

The Pocket Reader™ is used to catalog Pocket Modules and their content.  The Pocket Reader window is shown below. As shown in the example, the Pocket Modules are organized by the user's language (American English), then by the publisher (Travel Science), and then by specific Pocket Modules (e.g., PM01 World-1 10-Series)  In this example, PM09 European Portuguese has been selected which causes the display of its contents in the right frame. The Portuguese language module when double-clicked will cause it to be opened by the Language Player.  The Portuguese PhraseCard, and License Agreement, when double-clicked, will be opened by the Adobe Reader.  
  

Language Player

When you double-click on a language module (e.g., Portuguese file), it is opened using the Language Player.  The user interface looks like this:
 

Shown at about 80% actual size

 
Window Contains Description
Left  Phrase List All words and phrases are contained in a master, alphabetical scroll list. Replies are grouped with questions, as well as, appearing separately in the list. There are three categories where certain words and phrases are duplicated to make it easy to find. The three categories are: Greetings, Directions and Numbers. Clicking on a word or phrase in the list will select it for display in the Main Window.
Center 
Main Window

English - displays the word or phrase in English.
Natural Phonetics - displays the phonetic pronunciation.
<Language> - displays the text for the word or phrase in the second language.
Notes - Shows any notes associated with the word or phrase.
Play Sound
When clicked, the native speaker says the phrase at normal speed which is then repeated at slow speed, one syllable at a time.
When clicked, the native speaker says the phrase at normal speed.
When clicked, the native speaker says the phrase at slow speed, one syllable at a time.
Previous.  When clicked, the previous word or phrase in the scroll list above the presently selected one is selected.
Next.  When clicked, the next word or phrase in the scroll list below the presently selected one is selected.
Volume You can control the volume using normal PC methods: (1) the volume control knob on your speakers, (2) the desktop Volume control icon, or (3) via the Windows Sound or Multimedia Control Panel.
Right  Help Help  Clicking this button will bring up the Help Window.
Pocket Module Help

Clicking the Help button in the right frame of the Language Player brings up the Help Window. You can move it around your desktop or minimize it without interfering with using the Language Player.
SECTION 1  
The Layout Explains the Language Player display layout.
Play Buttons Explains the play buttons.
How To Use Describes how to use  the Pocket Module to learn a language and gives advice on practicing with native speakers.
Print Explains using the Adobe Reader to print out a pocket-sized PhraseCard.
Feedback Asks for your feedback to make improvements.
SECTION 2  
The Language Explains where the language is spoken and other background information.
Web Sites Has direct links from the Help window to other web sites where you can find more information about this language, including other online lessons and translating dictionaries. 
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