On the bottom left of the screen we have the first set of controls. These controls are on the left because they are assessable by your left hand when using the keyboard. You can see that  “Dcr” next to “Fact Delay To Answer” is underlined.  This means that when you press the “F” key on your keyboard which has a small notch or underline under it will activate this control.  All of the other controls are oriented around this. For example the “G” key on your keyboard will increase “Fact Delay To Answer”, “Q” will activate “Pause”, “W” will activate “Replay” and “E” will activate “Reply Slow”. It is very important that you get familiar with this concept because when you start using the program it will be much easier to use the keyboard when going through large numbers of facts.  If you keep your hand on the keyboard with your index fingers on the “F” and “J” keys you will find it very easy to access the controls without having to memorize any shortcut keys.

In case you are still not sure which key activates which control, hover your mouse over the control and it will tell you it’s associated keyboard short cut.

The controls in this section are mostly self-explanatory. But there are a few that need some extra discussion.

Pause –Pauses the audio and timers in in the current fact.

Replay – Replays the fact.

Replay Slower -  Replays the fact and any audio/video contained in the fact will be played at a slower rate. This is useful if the audio is a little too fast and you did not catch some of it.

Fact Play Speed Track Bar  - Here you can adjust the speed at which the audios for the current fact play. Drag track bar to the left to slow the speed, drag to the right to increase the speed. This setting will be remembered for your future reviews of this fact.

Show answer – Shows the answer to the fact if the fact has an answer.

Priority Track Bar - Drag this to left and the card will be reviewed more often, drag it to the right and it will be reviewed less often. Each priority has a review schedule which you can customize. We will go into more detail about this later.

Fact Delay To Answer – Pressing “Dcr” decreases the time you have to answer the current fact, selecting  “Inc” increases the time you have to answer the fact. This is remembered for your next review of this fact.

< - This button skips back in the audio currently playing. Let’s say you are listening to an audio which is 10 seconds long and you missed one word in the audio you can quickly skip back in the audio by pressing this button. You can specify how many seconds this skips back in the program options.

Next – Skips to the next card.

Finish Fact – If you no longer want to review this fact you can click “Finish Fact” and it will no longer appear for regular reviews, but you can still access it later if needed via the overstudy mode which we will go into later.

Suspend – If you come across cards which you do not want to study you can suspend them.

Fact Time To Display Answer – Here you can decrease or increase the time in which the answer for this fact shows on screen before the program moves to the next card.

Never Show In Learning Mode or Take Out Of Learning Mode – Every fact first displays in the “New” mode only one time then it goes into the “Learning” mode where you can practice it as much as you like till you are familiar with it. Once you do feel familiar with it and feel that you will be able to remember it in a number of days time you will take it out of the learning mode by clicking this button. This will put the fact into the “Review” mode.

If the fact has never entered learning mode the button will be titled “Never Show In Learning Mode”, if the fact is currently in learning mode the button will be titled “Take Out Of Learning Mode”.

On the right of the left hand controls you have the Show Answer / Next button. This button will either be titled “Show Answer” or “Next” depending on the state of the current fact. This button is activated by pressing the space bar. This buttons allows users to easily cycle though facts just by pressing one button\key.

Next to the right we have the right hand controls panel which contains controls that are accessible by the right hand when placed on the keyboard in a touch typing position. I.e. your right index finger being placed on the “J” key on the keyboard.

As you can see the “Record” button is underlined, this means that it is activated by pressing ”J” on the keyboard. You will use the right hand controls less often than the left hand controls. Never the less you will still use them and should understand what they do.

Overall Delay To Answer – Drag this to the left to decrease the “Delay To Answer” for all facts displaying. This does not change the facts themselves.  You may find this setting useful if you are completing reviews while carrying out another task say cleaning your house and want to give yourself extra time to answer the facts.

Mode – In “Learn” mode you will be given a specified number of new facts and will be able to repeat them until you are familiar with them. You will then take them out of learning mode by clicking the “Take Out Of Learning Mode” button.   Review mode allows you to review what you have learnt over a long time frame which may be 6 months or even a couple years. In “Review” mode you will only review facts that have been put though and taken out of the “Learn” mode. The “Review” mode will only be available if you have facts due for review. If no facts are due, the program will automatically switch to overstudy mode.

In “overstudy” mode you can review your facts before they become due. This is useful if you have some extra time to study but no facts are due for review.

When you change the priority on the priority track bar while you are in review mode you will be asked to specify when you want your next review to be. The program will try to calculate the most suitable time for you automatically. When changing the priority in new or learning mode you will not be required to input when you would like your next repetition.  

You can do this all without using the mouses. Please see the shortcut keys listed at the bottom of the screen.

Overall Answer Display – This increases the time that all facts answer displays on screen. This does not change the individual facts. You may find this useful if you are doing some reviews while doing something else like cleaning your house or even checking your email. You are more likely to adjust these overall speed and delay settings when you use overstudy mode.

Play Selected Audio Slow – You will see that when a fact contains an audio or video that there is a number next to the audio. If you press that number on the keyboard that audio or video will play. If this box is checked the audio/video will play at a slower rate.

Record – This allows you to record your voice and compare it to the voice of the person who created the deck. You can also do this by clicking the record button directly under each audio in the question/answer panel. But you cannot access that button via the keyboard.

Play – This plays your recorded audio along with the audio in the deck so you can compare your pronunciation.

Edit – This will take you into a new screen where you can edit the current fact. You can change almost anything about the fact in the edit screen.

Delete – Deletes the current fact. If you delete the fact it will be gone forever. You can use this option if you never want to see the fact again, perhaps because you already know the contents contained on the fact.

> - This button allows you to skip forward in the current audio. You can specify how far it skips forward in the program settings.

Overall Audio Speed – This adjusts the speed at which all audios in the all facts are played. Again you will probably only use this setting if you are using the overstudy mode.

Fact Stats – Gives you details about all the reviews or repetitions of the current fact.

Filter Facts – This allows you to selectively display certain facts. You can use this to display only certain fact/exercise types. You can also selectively display facts by concept or tag. You can add a tag to special facts that you may want to review together.

Overstudy Settings – This takes you into the Overstudy section in deck options. Here you can easily adjust what happens when you overstudy and which order facts are displayed when you overstudy.

Volume – Here you can increase and decrease the volume of all audios. You can use the “+” key to increase the volume and the “–“ key to decrease the volume. The right shift key enables / disables mute.

Left Click Menu

If you simply select any text within a fact or within a note a menu will popup. You can also access this menu by selecting text and right clicking.

This menu will be very useful to you and you are going to be using it often.

Get Translation – This menu options tries to translate the selected text to your native language. This uses an online service to get the translation so it may not be perfect and only should be used to give you some guidance. You can use this function to look up singular words much like a dictionary. The translation will appear above the fact. You can easily add this translation to notes by clicking “Add As Note” which is located to the right.

Get Images – This menu options will attempt to find images related to the selected word. In this example the word looked up means beautiful in the Thai language. You can add these images to notes by simply clicking on them. Click more to display more images.

Text To Speech – Use this option to hear a computer voice read the text. This will only work for a limited number of languages.  When using this function a small panel appears between the bottom left and right hand control panels which allows you to repeat the TTS audio and listen to it at a slower rate or add it to your notes.

Add Selected Note To Text – Creates a new note with selected text.

Custom Look Up Dictionaries – In the section below “Copy” you can add your own websites to look up words or phrases. To add your favorite on-line dictionary to this list please take a look at deck options which we will cover a bit later. When you click any of these menu items a new browser window will open up and display the definition in the dictionary you selected. This section can be prepopulated by the deck author.

Glosbe Multi Lingual Dictionary - This is a free multi language online dictionary. You can chose to lookup the select word and have the definition in your native language or the language you are learning.

Remaining options – Allow you to look up words in a couple of English dictionaries and a thesaurus.

You may want to go over these instructions a couple times to ensure you are very familiar with the program. Once you have please move on to the next section "Modifying the Program Settings".

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