No input-spaced repetition
Spaced repetition is a system in which information is reviewed over an ever-increasing time span. For example, if you learnt something new today it would be reviewed tomorrow, then in 2 days, then after 5 days, 10 days, 20 days, 2 months, 3 months, and so on. This system helps to ensure that the information you have learnt does not have a chance to disappear from your memory.
We find that the biggest problem with other spaced repetition programs is that they require the learner to rate exactly how well he remembered an item and when he is likely to forget it.
There are a couple of problems with this. The first is that most people find it quite hard to determine exactly when they will forget a piece of information. The second is that you review the information when you have almost forgotten it. In our experience, it is very important to increase the speed and ease of recalling information when learning a language. You do not want to be struggling to recall vocabulary when having a conversation; you should be able to blurt it out almost effortlessly. The review system in HighSpeedLanguage helps you improve your recall speed with every review.
We also think that when studying a language one hundred percent of your effort should go into concentrating on the content and not trying to gauge when you will forget what you have learnt.
Other spaced-repetition programs use complex algorithms along with user input to determine when information should be reviewed. We think that not everyone’s memory works in the same way. It is for this reason the review schedule in HighSpeedLanguage is totally customizable. You can specify exactly when and how many times you want to review what you have learnt.
The program allows publishers and students to create review timelines. A deck may have three or four review timelines also called priorities. Below is an example of three timelines.
Timeline 1: Review after 1.5 days, 3 days, 8 days, 20 days, 40 days, 70 days, 150 days, and, finally, 300 days.
Timeline 2: Review after 2 days, 5 days, 20 days, 40 days, 100 days, 200 days, and 300 days.
Timeline 3: Review after 2 days, 9 days, 40 days, 80 days, 200 days, and 300 days.
If you are not very familiar with the content, you should keep it on priority/timeline 1. If you are very familiar with the information, you could change it to priority/timeline 3.
Vast array of exercise types
There are over thirty preprogramed exercise types and publishers can create their own. The pre-specified exercises ensure a multifaceted approach to language learning. Students will practice reading, comprehension, speaking, and writing. For more details about the exercise types, click here.
Customizable learning mode
Other spaced-repetition systems do not have a specific learning mode. This is because they have been designed to review information which students have already been introduced to. HighSpeedLanguage includes both learning and reviewing modes. When you want to learn new information, you simply switch the mode to Learn. This will introduce you to new information that you can become familiar with before it is moved to one of the review timelines. As we are all unique, the learning mode has been designed to be fully customizable.
Wide range of overstudy options
Once you have completed all of your scheduled reviews, you can still keep studying. In fact, you can use this time to focus on reviewing specific content. You may want to do an extra review of all the recently learnt content, or you may want go over the items that you have not reviewed in months. The overstudy mode lets you do this and more.
You can even use the overstudy mode to review some content while you are doing the washing or other household tasks. You can specify if you want this time spent in overstudy mode to affect the scheduling of your regular reviews or not. This mode is very useful to review what you have learnt while you are doing other tasks.
Sit back and concentrate on learning
With each review, you are given a specific time to answer. This time is determined by you. When the new information is introduced, the delay in which you have to answer will be more than you need. You simply press a button to reduce this to a length with gives you a comfortable amount of time to answer. The next time this fact comes around for review you should have ample time to answer. You will find that you can further decrease this delay as you become more fluent with what you are learning. With other spaced-repetition software, it can be quite a hassle to move to the next card. With HighSpeedLanguage, you can just sit back and concentrate on reviewing what you have learnt without having to provide any input at all.
Adjust play and delay speeds
You can easily change the speed at which audios play. When we first learn new words and sentences, they may seem too fast. With HighSpeedLanguage, you can just click the play slow button to play the audio at a slower rate.
Easily look up unknown words
With HighSpeedLanguage, you can easily look up unknown words; simply right click on the word and look it up in your favorite dictionary. You can customize the dictionaries and also add other services like image or web search.
When new reviews become available, you will be notified by a small popup on the screen. You can customize it when you get these notifications.
Record and compare your voice
You can easily record your voice with HighSpeedLanguage and compare it side-by-side with a native speaker.
Publishers and students can add notes to every piece of information.
If you have a question about what you are learning, you can post it for the publisher and other users to see while you are in the program. When someone responds to your comments, you will be sent an email.
Support for all languages