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Type and Learn To learn Foreign Language ...

  1. What is Type and Learn Series?

  2. New Features

  3. Working with:
    1. Using Different Input Methods
    2. Selecting Fonts
    3. Switching from Typing Mode to Learning Mode
    4. Opening and Saving a File

  4. Working with Learning Mode:
    1. Getting Started
    2. How to type
    3. Master a language through typing
    4. Speak while typing
    5. Switching modes

  5. Tips and Tricks:
    1. The Unicode Standard
    2. The Unicode Font Viewer
    3. Find more Unicode Fonts for your application
    4. Working with MS Office 97 and MS Office 2000 and later

Learn foreign language - type and learn series:

Chinese | French | German | Greek | Hiragana

Italian | Japanese | Kanji | Katakana | Spanish

1. What is the Type and Learn Series?

This is a series of learn foreign language applications that let you express yourself in more than a hundred foreign languages and combines Typing, Learning and Speaking modes within a single application.

Whether you are a native speaker of your own language or learning a foreign language, this system is a breeze to master and simple to use.

With this learn foreign language system, you will be able to type letters, business documents, school lessons, e-mail and more without having to learn a new keyboard layout.

Type and Learn foreign language series contains two working modes: the Typing Mode and the Learning Mode.

The Typing Mode is a word processor that allows you several input methods. The Learning Mode is a special tutorial tool that lets you learn to speak a foreign language while typing.

2. New Features of this learn foreign language series

There are several new features:

  • Familiar-looking menu bar and toolbar lets you type in your language instantly.

  • Uses Unicode Standard to support Unicode text format input. With Unicode-encoded text you can easily communicate globally in a single document without worrying about system platform problems. For details, see The Unicode Standard.

  • Using different input methods to type a world of different languages quickly and easily. See Using Different Input Methods.

  • Working with your favorite applications: you can easily cut and paste text into MS Office 2000 and 97. See Working with MS Office 97, MS Office 2000.

  • Sizable Soft Keyboard gives you the options in typing the language you selected. It works together with the physical keyboard.

  • The Character Map let you view Unicode-encoded True Type Fonts and input the text. See The Unicode Font Viewer.

  • Typing tutor teach you a foreign language step-by-step while typing. Once you learn or refresh a language you already know how to type.

  • Text-to-talk technology lets you learn to speak while typing

3. Working with Typing Mode


3.1 Using Different Input Methods

The following input method lets you type as many different languages as you wish into one document. You must first select the Language, Language Input, Font and Font Size from UniWriter's menu and toolbar, then select the input method. Or you may select the input method first, then select the language to type.

  • To use Soft Keyboard:
    • Choose Soft Keyboard from the Unicode menu. Note that Soft Keyboard appears in the UniWriter text edit area. The caption on the Soft Keyboard title bar indicates the language of the keyboard layout.
    • To change the Soft Keyboard layout, select Language Input from the menu or Language from the Combo boxes on the UniWriter toolbar.
    • Soft Keyboard may be dragged to anywhere on the screen. Soft Keyboard may also be resized by dragging the edges of the Soft Keyboard.

  • To use Physical Keyboard:
    • Once you change Language Input or Language from the menu or the toolbar, UniWriter automatically translates the physical keyboard input into the new language layout.
    • The new physical keyboard layout is consistent with the new Soft Keyboard layout. You may use either keyboard layouts to type.
    • After exiting the Type and Learn application, the physical keyboard returns to the original keyboard layout.

  • To use Character Map:
    • Choose Character Map from the Unicode menu or click the Character Map button on the toolbar.
    • Choose the language from the Language Set Combo box in Character Map and click the Go button.
    • Select the font from the Font menu. Character Map will display the character only with the fonts provided.
    • Click the character to see the character's Unicode value.
    • Double click the character to input it into the text editor. Or select the character, then click the Insert button to input it.

  • To use Unicode Value Input:
    • Choose Unicode Input from the Unicode Menu.
    • A form appears in the text edit area for Unicode value input.
    • Type the Unicode value into the text box. UniWriter will turn the Unicode value into a relative character, click the character or click the Insert button to type it into text editor.

3.2 Selecting Fonts

  • When you select Language or Language Input, UniWriter will automatically select the font(s) available for a specific language.

  • To change the pre-selected font, select the font name on the Font combo box on the format bar.

  • To select a font from the font dialog box, click All Fonts... from the Font menu. The font dialog box appears and you may select a font for a specific language.

3.3 Switching from Typing Mode to Learning Mode

  • Choose Type and Learn from the Learning menu

  • Or, click the Type To Learn button on the toolbar

3.4 Opening and Saving a File

  • To Open a text file: Choose Open from file menu or click on the open file button on the toolbar. From the File Open dialog box select the correct file format to open the file. Uniwriter will not open the file correctly if you choose the wrong file format.

  • To Save a new file: Choose Save As from file menu or click Save As file button on the toolbar. From the Save As dialog box select the proper file format to save the file.

4.1 Getting Started with learn foreign language

  • To drill, choose one of the type to Learn levels from the Learning Menu or by clicking on the level up-down button. Choose one of the Drill groups, then click the Start button.

  • When you click the Start button, the computer will randomly generate a letter, phrase, or sentence in the second text box.

  • Using the Soft Keyboard or the physical keyboard, type in exactly the same text in the first text box as in the second text box.

  • You may turn the sound on or off by toggling the speaker button on the toolbar or by choosing the Sound On/Off command from the Sound menu.

  • You may hear the sound again by clicking the Sound button

  • To stop the drill, click the Stop button

4.2 Learning how to type

  • Study the new keyboard layout by clicking on every button on the Soft keyboard

  • Click the Capital key button or Shift key button on the Soft keyboard, then study the new keyboard layout

  • Do the drill step by step

  • To type a combination character, type the base character first, then the combining mark on the keyboard layout.

    You may directly key in the combining character by using character map or by inputting the Unicode value. See Using Character Map or Unicode Value Input.


4.3 Learn foreign language through typing

  • Study how to type. See Learning how to type

  • Try every drill from level one to level four, from group one to group ten

  • Study the notes for each character or phrase while typing

4.4 Learning to speak while typing

  • Turn on the speaker button on the toolbar or choose Sound On from the Sound menu

  • Click the Sound button, listen and repeat

  • Do the drill step by step

4.5 Switching from Learning Mode to Typing Mode

  • Choose UniWriter mode from the Typing menu

  • Or click the Type to learn button on the toolbar

  • Or click the Open button on the toolbar

5. Tips and Tricks

5.1 The Unicode Standard

According to The Unicode Consortium, the Unicode standard "is the authoritative source of information on the Unicode character encoding standard, an international character code for information processing that includes all major scripts of the world.

As well as encoding characters used for written communication in a simple and consistent manner, the Unicode Standard defines character properties and algorithms for use in implementations."

5.2 The Unicode Font Viewer

The Character Map can display characters for all the languages and fonts that are available on your computer. You may use Unicode Character Map as the Unicode Font viewer.

  • Install Unicode fonts into your system's font folder.

  • Start the Type and Learn application, then open Character Map from the Unicode menu.

  • Open the font dialog box from the Font menu by clicking the All Fonts... command.

  • Select the font you want to view.

  • Click the scroll bar in Character Map to view the Unicode font.

5.3 Find More Unicode Fonts for Your Application

There are several good places to obtain Unicode font information: Agfa Monotype, Adobe Systems, Bitstream and Microsoft.

Agfa company is currently the only font company that can supply a font with full Unicode 3.0 support.

Also look in Chapter 8 of The Windows 98 Bible published by Peachpit Press, for more details about fonts and Unicode font. This is one of the best sources you can find on the book market.

If you want to learn foreign language or know more about Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese Info.

Processing, there is one the best book "CJKV Information Processing" you must have. Author: Ken Lunde; Publisher: O'reilly; ISBN: 1-56592-224-7.

5.4 Working with MS Office 97 and MS Office 2000

The UniWriter has adopted the Unicode Standard. It supports true multi-language word processing.

MS Windows NT, MS Office 2000 and MS Office 97 (except Access 97) fully support Unicode characters, providing multi-language support within each font. You have several options to work with your favorite applications:

  • Easily cut and paste text into MS' Word, Excel, or Access documents, and choose the Unicode font to display the text.

  • To save or print "Unicode-Rich Text Format (Unicode-rtf)" documents:
    • Create or edit multi-language document by using UniWriter and save as Unicode formatted text.
    • Open the Unicode-formatted text by using MS Word or Windows 98 WordPad, format the multi-language document, then save the document in Rich Text Format (.rtf). Print the document.

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