|by Yishar Hurwitz
Not really a training program, but an editor of multimedia (OLE) quizzes with cross references (hyperlinks).
<Not reviewed yet>
|by S. Groß
Freeware vollver.zip 1329 kB
VB 3. Very slow file loading, like in many Visual Basic applications.
Flashcard format: 6 one-line text-only fields, namely: expression, three possible translations, hint, example sentence. Each card can also be linked to a wave file.
Flashcards classified into "chapters". <mdb> files.
Training: Questions can be reversed. Training sessions can be time-limited. You can set how many times a questions may be answered wrong until right answer is displayed.
List of missed flashcards is available for later repetition. Stats (percentage of current session).
List, search, sort. Print lists.
Inconvenient (no shortcuts).
|Selingua 2.1||by Marianne Wartoft 1996
Shareware ($30), seling.zip
Can be purchased online by way of http://www.pik.com
American, British, German, French, Swedish interfaces in the same release, although help file is in English. Any of these languages plus Spanish can be learnt using this program (2000 words included per language in the registered version).
Training modes: single word hangman, 4-word multiple choice, "Tempo": 25-word multiple choice (with a time limit), "10+10": matching pairs with arrows across columns, crosswords, (irregular) verb conjugation. Virtual keyboard available (for input of special characters).
No typical flashcard training :-(, only hangman mentioned above.
A new file can be edited by way of a separate Dictionary Editor (included in the registered user's package), but you must rename your new file to selingua.dct to be able to use it with Selingua :-(. Such <dct> files are compiled files, no plain text.
Keyboard shortcuts throughout. Fairly error-free vocabulary files.
|Sensei 1.0||by Oleg Melnikov (email)
senseisetup.rar 403 kB or sensei.exe 405 kB
This app consists in a small, unobtrusive line displaying words in English and their Russian counterparts, continuously. Sadly, the preferences dialog could not be opened due to an error (under NT). It also produced runtime errors, spontaneously.
|Sign Finder 2.1||by SoftScience
Demo, 719 kB, Windows 3.1
Registered version includes 900 words of the American Sign Language.
|Sistema Nata 2.0
|by Gruppa MDCorp
- Also advertised as Sistema Distancionnogo Testirovanija (SDT) Nata
Test administration tool with networking capabilities.
Demo 2800 kB
<Not reviewed yet>
|SKS Vokabel 1.1||by Keseling
Shareware (~15 Euros)
Includes German/English (79000 keywords), German/French (1500 keywords), German/Spanish (2000 keywords), German/Italian (1000 keywords) files.
Training: answer is shown after max. number of mistakes. Question direction can be reversed.
Print vocabulary lists. Search.
|Smartvokabel 2.1||by Robert Strakovits (mirror)
Windows 3.1 and higher.
Shareware, smartvok.zip, 377 kB
Flashcard format: two sides, one-line text only. <vdb> files.
Training modes: (1) slideshow (user must press enter recursively), (2) text input, (3) multiple choice (possible answers are taken randomly).
Fault tolerance for mode (1): choose between two options. In the looser one, the check procedure is 'case tolerant' and regards partially input words as right.
Editor. List. Print list. Percentage stats chart. List of missed flashcards.
Extras: plain text editor; you can (via a function key) translate the selected word within the text -- provided that that word is contained in the currently open flashcard file.
|Spanish Whiz 2.3||by GB Blanchard
- Other programs by the same author: English Whiz, Spanish Helper.
21-day trial version. $29.95
Teaches Spanish from Spain, not Latin American Spanish (!).
Training modes: 4-option multiple choice, classified into submodes as per parts of speech (incl. verb conjugation). -- Q&A ("fill-in") mode: either text only or "dictation". -- Other sound facilities include vocabulary playback and recording, but not forming an integrated flashcard system. -- New items can be edited (multiple choice and fill-in modes). -- Timing.
Assessment: none of these modes includes score tracking nor selective learning systems (Leitner).
Further capabilities: a searchable "dictionary" (actually a word-to-word glossary). Some grammatical hints about Spanish in the Help file. A Spanish sound CD can be purchased separately ($19.95). Well-working install/uninstall facility.
|Speaking Dictionaries and Learning Words (SD&LW) 2.2
|by Pavel Zapanov
sdlw22.exe 4849 kB
Needs MSAgent speech engine for text-to-speech technology (18 languages available).
Multilingual interface (Eng., Russian, French, German, Spanish), but German and Spanish menus include wrong and even funny translations. Help file in English.
Flashcard format: one line text only :-( Pronunciation not as wave file, but using synthetic speech (MSAgent). Choose font codepage for each flashcard side - Unicode compliant :-) (codepages: Western, CE, Cyr, Baltic, Gk, Vietn., Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew)
Training: Time for each answer can be set. Question direction can be reversed. (1) Manual Practice: plain question/answer style; you have to type in the answers. (2) Random Selection (6-options multiple choice test).
Assessment: 2-stage Leitner system; a card is deleted from the "user vocabulary" after a configurable number of right answers (0-100).
More: 24h schedule. Search function. Recursive translation across all "installed" languages. :-) Support for animated characters (by Microsoft).
User-friendliness: shortcuts throughout.
Conclusion: For taking your first steps in pronunciation, this vocabulary trainer is an interesting option, but the synthetic speech engine will not provide certain shadings (e.g. intonation is too monotonous). The translation across languages is also interesting, but of limited use. Sadly, it is too expensive.
7 files at approx. 750 kB each. Visual Basic :-(
Training modes: Leitner system, Memory game, Hangman.
Editor mode: export, print word lists.
Bugs: installation routine in German. DLL registration errors in Win2k.
<Not reviewed yet. Did not work, due to a runtime error (did not find spr.dat).>
|Stash, the Study Tool 1.0||by Thayer Software
Flashcards can be printed. (Also available for Mac, included in the Productivity Tools kit for primary schools, released by Apple.)
<Not reviewed yet. Not available for download.>
|by Julian Schmitz
Flashcard format: two sides, (plain) multiple line text.
Flashcard files: a single file type.
Training style: user must decide if her/his answer was right or wrong.
Training options: session timing, reverse questions, case-sensitive, learning intervals between Leitner levels.
Scheduling: 6-level Leitner system.
|Student Aid (III) 3.02||by Rick Rojas
Flashcard format: multiple choice, where question is multiple line text, four possible answers are single-line text.
Training: (1) Quiz, (2) Test. Timeout. Skipping questions.
Stats chart for each student / for all students. Options: save scores from quizzes / tests / incomplete training sessions.
Multiuser. Print single questions with their multiple choice answers.
Extras: define work directory; customize look and feel. Basic arithmetic operations generator.
No shortcuts in training session.
Not flexible enough to comply with our requirements.
|Study 1.0||by Joshua J. Cogliati (email) 1997
Written in Turbo C++ 4.5
study32n.zip 317 kB
-Beta distributed as Study Program 1.0 Beta
|StudyMaster Flash Cards 3.01||by Michael P. Cohan 1998
flashh.zip 3089 kB
Shareware (crippled) and commercial versions available ($12-$40)
App. VB4. Windows 3.1 looks.
Flashcard format: "classes" (explanation, example, practice question - more can be added) plus one of the foll.:
(1) question / answer sides, (2) Yes/no or True/false questions, (3) multiple choice questions (2-5 answers), (4) non-exclusive multiple choice ("select all answers that apply", 2-5 choices).
Media: multiple line text (bold, italic, undeline, strikethrough, colors on text - with proprietary "~x" codes), sound, images (bmp, gif, and jpg).
Flashcard files divided into "categories".
Training: (1) Timed slideshow ("CardFlash"). (2) (optionally time-limited) test during which no feedback is given for your answers. Test summary.
Selective learning: three-level Leitner system; cards must be marked as "unmarked", "easy" or "hard" by hand :-(
Extras: Backups. Insert special characters. Shortcuts. Search. Print current card / list of cards. Export to text file (only available in commercial version).
Non-standard help file: simply a list of topics and a pane showing contents.
Uninstall (control panel.) Nonregistered version: it takes 10 sec. to shut down program.
| Study Saint 1.5
||by Mathew Ridyard
Adware, approx. 2.5 MB
This program is offered in two versions, one for learning English and one for learning Spanish (you can switch the language-specific links to online resources that there are in the menus by way of Studybook | Options, but the sample vocabulary files are different in each version).
This is a suite including three "sections", showing as three tabs on the interface: (1) Vocabulary, (2) Notebook, and (3) iText. On the left of each tab you will find an Explorer pane for organizing items in a tree structure.
Flashcard format (in Vocabulary tab): question, answer, and a third field for sample sentence(s) ("Long descriptions"). One line text only :-(.
[Rich text in Notebook and iText tabs].
Training: (1) "Quiz" on Vocabulary tab: Q&A, asks words. In case of failure gives two first letters of the right answer as hint. Not case sensitive. (2) "Background quiz": same, but pops up from time to time. (3) Cloze tool (on iText tab): generates a cloze test on the text in the iText tab. This one seems to choose the words to omit at random :-|
Assessment: (1) "Quiz": you can choose between drilling in the most recent terms, all terms or discard the remembered ones. (3) Cloze test: none.
Edit mode (on Vocabulary tab): a cool feature is the link to an online dictionary: select a word, call the online dictionary lookup facility and paste the translation into your vocabulary file.
Extras: import/export from/to *.txt files. You can "attach" a CD track to the items in the iText tab (for learning song lyrics). Online tools: dictionary lookup (English<->: Spanish, German, French), grammar lookup (either English or Spanish), lyrics lookup.
Print: words, categories or the whole vocabulary list (or the "Studybook") in dictionary of flashcard style (i.e. to obtain single cards). Search.
Bugs: some mistakes in the English-Spanish sample vocabulary, e.g. "skin" translated as "pelo" (hair). The "Enter the word" dialog box in the cloze test gets hung up sometimes.
User-friendliness: mouse is a must (except for the menus).
Conclusion: useful for building vocabulary lists due to the interaction with online dictionaries, but the training mode is poor.
|SunRav TestOfficePro 2.4
Shareware ($60 for a single user license)
Feature-limited evaluation version, srtop23.exe
Multiple add-ons for changing interface language available: Russian, English, German, Latvian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, French, Belarussian.
This suite includes: TestMaker (editor), Tester (training), and TestAdmin (Assessment and user group administration).
Flashcard format: questions, answers (up to 10 options for multiple choice), "conclusions" (machine feedback for each of the answers). A single multimedia file for each question, viewed in a separate window. Rich text format, but one line text only :-( You can include "variants" in questions.
Up to 999 questions in each test file.
Training: Timing and possibility of skipping questions have to be preset from the edit mode.
Assessment: no selective learning, no Leitner system. This application is only good for making examinations, not for training.
Edit mode (TestMaker): Allows creation of Q&A, multiple choice and cloze tests. F2 shortcut from TestMaker leads to running current test in Tester. The tests can be encrypted for networking. Unicode compliant. You can configure certain properties (mostly documentary data) of the test file itsefl.
TestAdmin: comprehensive Assessment and analysis of results. Test reports.
Import of tests from txt, rtf, and xls (Excel) / export into rtf, and test reports into all those formats and csv.
Extras: context sensitive help.
This is a nice application, the edit and Assessment modes are powerful, but the training mode does not fit our requirements. The purpose of it is testing, not training.
|Superflash ?.?||by Richard Jones
Windows 3.1 and later. sf001a.exe, 1 MB
Flashcard format: Plain text, no text format, one image and one sound (you can also record from program itself) for each flashcard. Types of flashcards: (1) multiple choice: one question field, four answer fields (it is imperative to fill them all out :-( ); (2) true/false, (3) text entry (Q&A): answer is one line text only :-(
Flashcard files: combine all three flashcard formats. Divided into sections, each with a max. of 50 flashcards.
Training modes: Multiple choice, true/false, Q&A (fault tolerance: not case-sensitive, blanks are ignored).
Training options: timing (seconds), font size (displayed).
User-friendliness: single-key shortcuts in multiple choice and true/false training modes :-). Editor options only available by way of a wizard, no menu commands for them :-(
Extras: link to spell check feature of standard word processors, background music (midi), feedback voice, password for editor mode.
Comments: no title bar, some remarkable linguistic mistakes ("threw"->through, "supplimentary", "this file exist", ...). Flashcard files can be purchased via the website. Uninstall.
|Supermemo 2000 10.07
State-of-the-art algorithms for scheduled repetitions
Flashcard format: Two sides containing plain text (several lines), images, videos, and sounds, plus flashcard title. Each side can contain several "components" (rectangular panes) for which you can set the font (size etc.) Text can contain hyperlinks to locations within the same flashcard file. Cards can also contain text input components, C++ programmed components, etc.
Training: question, then answer displayed, and user must grade theirself (6 different marks). Questions cannot be reversed during training.
Assessment: No full Leitner system, but "three daily stages". Cards can be skipped ("cancel"). See Scheduling function below.
Selective learning: No manual choice of Leitner boxes, since . See Scheduling function below.
Scheduling function: Automatic scheduling of repetitions (Tools > Wordload) based on complex algorithms that take into account various criteria (importance, investment, recency, etc.). This function is customizable (Tools > Mercy...).
Card list: Neat ("Contents" with 'topics' containing 'items'), in tree form :-) interacts with main window (where card contents are displayed). Can be browsed both with keyboard :-) and mouse. Also, a "History" of most recent viewed elements is available.
Stats: more than you will ever need; as per days and for each card. Performance analysis graphs included.
More options: Verify integrity of collection. "Question of the day" option at program start.
Bugs: Stable in general, but we experienced access violations in edit mode.
Documentation: Help files not included in package (need to be downloaded).
User-friendliness: Leaves room for improvement. Shortcuts to main modes, but not for all functions. Three user modes ("Levels") with different menu bars etc.
|Super MSCE (Quiz Master) 1.0||by Cor de Visser
Free Adware supermcse.zip 180 kB
Edit code with Notepad, for example, in Super MCSE proprietary script, so as to create new multiple choice, true/false or fillin questions. Included are two sets of MCSE tests.
The tests can be administered by this app. Options: asking at random.
||by Image Applications
Prompts the user with a vocabulary question every 1-10 min. One-line text only :-(. Vocabulary listed in <txt> files. No Leitner system, but a nice tool. Causes minor access infractions under NT during installation and operation. Uninstall from control panel.