UACALI FLASH! Help

UACALI FLASH! is a context-based, audio enabled flashcard exercise for language learning.  It has been tested on Win95/98/NT4/ME/2000/XP using Internet Explorer.  Unfortunately, there are some Java compatibility issues on Mac and other OS's.

Requires

Java

 

Your Goal

Is to think of the meaning of each flashcard in the 'deck'.  You can use various clues to help you.  UACALI FLASH! lets you listen to audio if the author of the lesson has recorded it.  A flashcard may consist of a word or a phrase from the MAX lesson you have been studying.

 

Initially, the topmost card of the Remaining deck is chosen for you to study. You can click anywhere on the Remaining flashcard deck to move to a specific card in the deck.  When you feel you know the meaning of the flashcard, it can be 'discarded' so that it will not appear again. The Remaining and Discarded decks are shown graphically, giving you a feel for the progress you are making. The lesson ends when all cards have been discarded or you decide to quit.

If you move your mouse over a menu choice, a tool tip shows you more information about it.

Menu Bar

Font: select the font to be used to display the flashcards.  UACALI FLASH! Remembers the last font you chose for each language.

Help: displays this file

Action Buttons

Play: play the current flashcard.
Next: go to the next flashcard in the Remaining deck

Discard: remove the flashcard from the Remaining deck, and place it in the Discarded deck.

Clue Buttons

Show/Hide Example: show an example of the flashcard used in context.
Sentence: play the sentence containing the flashcard (grayed out if audio not available).
<Yourlanguage> Sentence: play the sentence containing the flashcard (grayed out if audio not available).  If this is a translation, and you know the meanings of the other items in the sentence, you can deduce the meaning of the current flashcard.

More about fonts

UACALI FLASH! Supports over 45 languages using Unicode, Java, JavaScript, and Perl.  The first time you attempt to use FLASH!, it tries to load the default font for the languages.  If you do not have the default font installed, FLASH! gives you a list of the currently installed fonts on your system and asks you to pick one.  If the flashcard characters do not appear correctly, please select another font with the Font main menu choice.  UACALI FLASH! remembers (using Cookies) the last font you chose for each language and attempts to set this font the next time you use it.  Here are some language specific tips on which fonts to use for each language:

For Albanian, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, and Turkish

If you see squares instead of characters for the flashcard or in the ShowExample window, you might only have the English version of the Java 1.3 plugin from Sun instead of the International version.

For Chinese

The default font is MS Hei (mshei.ttf).  This is a simplified font.  If you wish to download this font or MingLiu (traditional font) go to Microsoft's Windows Update, select Product Updates, and install Chinese (Simplified) Language Support .

For Japanese

The default font is  MS Gothic (msgothic.ttf).  If you wish to download this font, go to Microsoft's Windows Update, select Product Updates, and install Japanese Language Support .

For Kazakh

The default font is Arial Unicode MS, available at: http://office.microsoft.com/downloads/2000/aruniupd.aspx. 

For Korean

The default font is GulimChe (gulim.ttf).  If you wish to download this font, go to Microsoft's Windows Update, select Product Updates, and install Korean Language Support .

For Other Languages

The default font is Times New Roman, although you can change it to be anything you want for each language.  If you want a font that contains many characters defined in the Unicode standard, try Lucida Sans Unicode available at: http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/wells/lsansuni.ttf