Language Engine for Pronunciation
The Language Engine for Pronunciation teaches you all the speech-sounds of your chosen language. It gives you the accurate, professional definition of each sound, and also a more familiar and everyday description. It lets you listen to all the sounds, test your recognition of them, record yourself pronouncing them, and listen to your recording so that you can see how close you were. And it prints you a certificate when you reliably recognise them all!
All languages make up their words from a small inventory of sounds, usually about 30 or 40. Since the whole language is made up of these sounds, you don't need to know any more sounds than this. But you do need to know them all, because using a different sound will make a different word, as in English sheep and ship, or French oui and huit. Knowing the sound-inventory is the essential first step in learning a foreign language.
Language Engine for Grammar
The Language Engine for Grammar has two types of module: morphology, which teaches you all the forms of the principal content-words (nouns, verbs) in the language, and syntax, which teaches you to build phrases. These apps provide virtually unlimited practice, as well as allowing you to learn at your own pace and to follow your own route through the material. They give full explanations of all features.
Language Engine Phrasebooks
The Language Engine Phrasebooks are a fast, new way to start a language - interactive apps with audio support. The vocabulary has been specially selected to enable you to quickly create new phrases for yourself, so extending your command of the language. And the audio support means that you can listen to any phrase in isolation.
The phrases have been selected to give you the most important words in six categories: nouns (words for people, places, drinks); pointing (that one, one of those); numbers up to 12 (so you can tell the time); days of the week; pronouns (me, you, he, she); prepositions (in front of, behind, after, before, next to). These are all words that you can recombine easily to create new phrases: after Tuesday, three coffees, eleven o'clock at the station. Making up new phrases is the way to become fluent in a new language, and presenting the material in categories helps you to remember it.
The French mini-phrase-book was spoken by Claire Buet-Charlwood. Her book Skeleton French (with David Mort), is available in internet shops.