To get started with the program click the HighSpeedLanguage icon on your desktop or from within your start menu.

This will take you into the “Load Deck” screen. In this screen you will be presented with a list of decks. A deck is a file that contains many cards. A card can also be referred to as a fact because it presents a piece of information.  Cards/facts usually have you learn information by completing an exercise which you will see in a moment.

The “Load Deck” window gives you information on the number of cards contained in the deck and what state those cards are in. The “Load Deck” window will display decks that you have already opened. When first using the program the “Load Deck” window will contain the sample decks.

At the bottom of the “Load Deck” screen you can download premade decks from the internet, open decks which are located on your computer, create new deck as well as modify the program settings and update the program.

To open a deck simply click on the title of the deck. This will take you into the main HighSpeedLanguage screen which you see below.

A bit later on we will explain what each of the elements on the screen do, but first we will show you a number of different examples of card/fact types which will give you a feel for what the program does.

Examples Of Some Of The Fact Types

Select the Pic For The Audio – Here you simply click the picture related to the audio. The answer already has a green box around it as it is displaying for the first time. When a fact is displayed for the first time the answer will usually be given to you.  When a fact displays for the first time it is said to be in “New” mode. The buttons directly below the word “Dog” allow you to replay just that audio at a slow, regular and fast pace and also let you record yourself and compare your voice to the audio contained in the deck.

Picture Comprehension – In this exercise you will see a picture and be asked a question about the picture. You must answer the question. Again here the answer is shown because this card is showing for the first time in “New” mode.

Picture Name The Common Concept – Here you will see a number of pictures with a common concept which you must name.

Picture Name The Antonym – Here you will see a picture and must name the word which is the antonym of the picture. In this picture we see an image which is just the color black. The antonym of black is white.

Picture Situation Question - Here you will be shown a situation and asked a question about the situation. You will respond in whatever language you are learning.

Type the Translation – In this exercise you must type the translation of the word you see / hear.  You can also use your mouse to answer by clicking the letters in orange to type the answer using the mouse rather than the keyboard.

Audio Select The Related – Here you must select the related audio associated to the first audio. You can select the answer by clicking on it, or pressing the number twice associated with it which you can see to the left of the text. Just pressing the number once will play the audio.

Audio Translate Foreign To Native –Here you translate the foreign audio to your native audio.

Type What You Hear – Simply type what you hear in the language you are learning.

Video Comprehension – Here a video will be played and a question will be asked about the question which you must answer.

Pronunciation Video – Shows you a video of a word or sentence being pronounced.

There are many more fact/exercise types which you can see in the sample decks provided with the program.

We will now go through the screen elements which you see on the main HighSpeedLanguage screen.

Across the top of the screen you will see drop down menus which allow you to save and modify your deck as well as adjust the program settings.

Bellow the drop down menu there is room for a chart which shows you when you will review the facts that you are learning in your deck. This area is empty in new decks as there is nothing to review.  Once you start using a deck it will look more like the below image:

On the vertical axis are the number of reviews, and on the horizontal axis are the days. So here we can see that at day one we have about 25 reviews to complete, that means we have to review 25 facts which we are in the process of learning. You can also see 2 darker vertical lines on the chart. These shows us when the current fact being displayed will be reviewed. So according to this image the current fact will be reviewed once at about day 220 and then once more at about day 440.

To the left of this you have “Deck Stats” which tells you how many cards are contained in your deck and what states the cards are in.  We have taken these images from decks which have already been used and contain facts in various states. We will explain what these states mean a little later.

Below this on the left hand is a section called “Fact Repetition Counts” This section tells us how many times the current fact will be seen in the future and how many times it has been seen in the past.

Next on the right you have “Gap and Priority”. The gap is the number of days from the last review to the current review.  The priority determines how often a fact should be reviewed. A fact with a lower priority number will be reviewed more often than a fact with a higher priority number. We will talk more about this later on.

To the right of this you have “Speed And Delays” which tell you how fast any audio or video in the fact will play, 1 means it will play at its native rate. A number lower than one indicates it will play faster than its native rate and a number higher than one indicates it will play slower than its native rate.

The next section to the right is titled “Fact Repetition Dates”  this section tells you when you last reviewed the fact, when it became due for review and when it will next come up for review.

Below this we see “Picture Name The Related Word”, this tells you what type of exercise the card/fact contains. To the right of this you see “New” this tells you what state the card is currently in. As this is the first time we have seen this card it is in the “New” mode.

Below this we can see a picture of an apple, this is the front of the fact/card and as the exercise type is “Picture Name The Related Word” we must name what we see in the picture which of course is an apple.

In the panel directly below the question we see the answer to this question which is “apple”. You can see some buttons under the word apple which allow you to replay the recording of the word “Apple” more slowly or at a faster rate. These buttons also allow you to record yourself and compare your voice to the speaker’s voice. The “TTS” button means Text To Speech and this allows you to hear a synthesized voice read the text.

As the above fact/card is in new mode it gives you the answer right away.

The left of the front and back panels you can see the section “Notes / Hints”.

In this section you can add your own notes about the fact. For example if you were unfamiliar with a word in the fact and had to look it up in a dictionary you could add the definition to the notes / hints section.

You can easily create new notes by dragging text or images from your web browser onto the notes panel. You can open, add new notes and scroll though the notes using your keyboard. All keyboard shortcuts are listed in a section in the online help.

To the right of the front / back panels of the fact you will see a section for public comments. This section is only available for decks which have been uploaded to the HighSpeedLanguage website. If you have a question about the contents of the fact you can post your question in the public comments and others can see and reply to your question. You can also help others that may have questions.

Directly above and below the answer panel there are two thin bars. These bars are timers. The top timer show how long you have to answer the question presented on the card. The bottom timer shows you how much time you have before the next card is displayed.

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