recommend flashcard software for studying vocabulary?
Thread poster: Andy Wright

Andy Wright
Local time: 03:37
Spanish to English
Nov 10, 2005

Dear community:

Can you recommend a free downloadable flashcard program for studying customized lists of vocabulary words?

Here is an example of what I'm talking about, but I don't know if it is the best one:
http://www.byki.com/Default.html


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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VTrain Nov 10, 2005

Andy Wright wrote:
Can you recommend a free downloadable flashcard program for studying customized lists of vocabulary words?


Try VTrain. Here is a review of it (with screenshots):
http://calico.org/CALICO_Review/review/vtrain00.htm

And here is the actual download site:
http://www.paul-raedle.de/vtrain/

He's been promising the "new" version for many years now, but the existing version is equally good.


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xxxMarc P  Identity Verified
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MVT? Nov 10, 2005

It works, though it could benefit from more features. When I have time, I'll add them...

www.omegat.org/omegat/omegatk/mvt-1.0.1.zip

Marc


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Piotr Bienkowski  Identity Verified
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SuperMemo Nov 10, 2005

Andy Wright wrote:

Dear community:

Can you recommend a free downloadable flashcard program for studying customized lists of vocabulary words?

Here is an example of what I'm talking about, but I don't know if it is the best one:
http://www.byki.com/Default.html




I think free versions for DOS and Win3.x can be found. The Win 3.x version will run on newer version of Windows, too.

The smart feature of supermemo is that if you grade yourself honestly, it will create repetition schedules for you to help you memorize even better.

Piotr


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xxxNicolette Ri
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En kijk eens hier Nov 10, 2005

http://www.ondertiteling.net/
Maybe useful.


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xxxMarc P  Identity Verified
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recommend flashcard software for studying vocabulary? Nov 10, 2005

Piotr Bienkowski wrote:

The smart feature of supermemo is that if you grade yourself honestly, it will create repetition schedules for you to help you memorize even better.


MVT grades you automatically and creates repetition schedules. And it grades you honestly - brutally honestly. Come on Andy, try it, and double the number of users.)

Marc

[Edited at 2005-11-10 18:14]


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Andy Wright
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more info? Nov 12, 2005

MarcPrior wrote:

MVT grades you automatically and creates repetition schedules. And it grades you honestly - brutally honestly. Come on Andy, try it, and double the number of users.)

Marc

[Edited at 2005-11-10 18:14]


I have to say, the fact that only one person has beta tested this software is a little scary. Do you at least have some product description page somewhere? Thank you very much!


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Andy Wright
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VTrain does the trick! Nov 12, 2005

Samuel Murray wrote:

Try VTrain. Here is a review of it (with screenshots):
http://calico.org/CALICO_Review/review/vtrain00.htm

And here is the actual download site:
http://www.paul-raedle.de/vtrain/


Tried VTrain. Took me about 30 minutes to get comfortable with it and to import word lists from Excel. It seems like a very good program, with good help file and online support. Thank you, Samuel!


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xxxMarc P  Identity Verified
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Scary? Nov 13, 2005

Hi Andy,

If you're happy with VTrain, stick with it.

MVT was written as part of the OmegaTk project. The idea behind the OmegaTk project was to encourage translators to learn to program using tcl/tk, a programming language which is extremely easy to learn but also very powerful. MVT (Marc's Vocabulary Trainer) is a good example of how a useful tool can be produced with very little code and very little programming experience.

Besides that, my personal reason for writing MVT was to help me to learn Hungarian vocabulary, which is why the small demo file contains Hungarian words.

The OmegaTk idea wasn't very successful: AFAIK, I didn't inspire anybody to learn tcl/tk. A handful of people report having used two other little applications I wrote: Sentseg (an external sentence-level segmenter for OmegaT, now obsolete since sentence-level segmenting has been added to the main OmegaT application) and Extspell, a standalone spelling checker.

There's nothing really "scary" about MVT. It's open source, so you can see the code for yourself. The code is documented in-line, and even if you can't program there's so little of it, and tcl/tk code is so simple, that you should be able to ascertain quite quickly that it doesn't connect your bank account to mine or anything of that sort.

Marc


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