WordByWord - A vocabulary trainer
WordByWord is a simple vocabulary trainer that takes an ordered list of words in two languages and presents you the words in random order. You may guess each word and then display the solution. WordByWord supports several modes for learning: you may just display the words, answer multiple choice questions or input the correct translation for the given word. Learning the lessons included in the packages you may also listen to the pronunciation of each word. The audio files were created with Linguatec Voice Reader Studio
WordByWord uses YAML
input files and is based on the Qt Framework
. The program is written in Python
. So WordByWord is platform independant, in fact I wanted it to be usable on the Nokia N810 internet tablet
in the first place. See the screenshots below to see WordByWord running on a desktop and on the tablet.
The software is licensed under the GNU General Public License
You need to install the following packages to run WordByWord (note for Windows users: everything you need is contained in the setup package below, you don't have to install anything else):
- - Python (Nokia N810 packages are here)
- - PyQt (Nokia N810 packages are here; do a "apt-get install phonon*" to install Phonon on Maemo and to enable audio for each word)
- - PyYAML (is included in the Maemo download package)
This package contains the Python source of WordByWord (and for Maemo a copy of PyYAML). So everything is included to start the program on any platform, including the Nokia N810 internet tablet.
On Windows you just install the software by starting the .exe package you downloaded above. An entry in the start menu will automatically be created.
On Linux you have to unpack the package and change into the created directory:
$ tar xzf wordbyword-0.2.0.tar.gz
$ cd wordbyword-0.2.0
Then, to start the program:
$ python wordbyword.py
Three sample files
for vocabulary learning (learning Portuguese and Russian for Germans, learning Minderico
for Portuguese) are included in the package. Just open the file "courses/de-pt.yml" and see WordByWord in action.
The sample file shows the how lessons and words are organized in YAML, you may extend the file or write new YAML files according to the format in the sample file.