Pocket Module™ Overview
A Pocket Module lets you select, view and listen to foreign language words and phrases spoken by a native speaker. It also lets you print out a pocket-sized PhraseCard to take along on your trip.  When you install a Pocket Module on your PC, it is placed in a special folder. You then use the free Pocket Reader application to display and open the Pocket Module content. 

After you select a Pocket Module, you can open the language module using the free Language Player. This allows you to see and listen to each word and phrase spoken by a native speaker. You have control over which phrases you want to listen to and whether you want to hear the normal, slow, or both types of speech said by the native speaker.  You can also open and print a pocket-sized PhraseCard using the Adobe Acrobat Reader.  It has the same phrases shown in English, Natural Phonetics and the foreign language translation.
    

Free Windows Software
Needed

One-Time Step

Internet Explorer 4.0+

Windows Media Player 6.4+

Acrobat Reader 4.0+

Pocket Reader/
Language Player 1.0+

Install a Pocket Module

 

Download a Pocket Module, or

Buy the  CD-ROM





Use a
Pocket Module


 

Play a language module with the Language Player.

Print a PhraseCard with Acrobat Reader.



 

System Requirements

Windows OS 95, 98, 98SE, ME, NT 4.0,  2000 or XP and the following free software programs:
   Internet Explorer 4.0+ It does not have to be your default browser.
   Adobe Reader 4.0+ Free from Adobe. 
   Windows Media Player 6.4+
  It comes with Internet Explorer 4.0+ or may be downloaded free from Microsoft.) 
The Pocket Reader/Language Player combo are free and may be downloaded from our website. They are a single installer download.  Any Pocket Module CD-ROM purchased also includes a copy of these programs as well as a copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
 
Pocket Reader

The Pocket Reader™ is used to catalog Pocket Modules and their content.  The Pocket Reader window is shown below. As shown in the example, the Pocket Modules are organized by the user's language (American English), then by the publisher (Travel Science), and then by specific Pocket Modules (e.g., PM01 World-1 10-Series) In this example, PM09 European Portuguese has been selected which causes the display of its contents in the right frame. The Portuguese language module when double-clicked will cause it to be opened by the Language Player.  The Portuguese PhraseCard, and License Agreement, when double-clicked, will be opened by the Adobe Reader.  
  

Language Player

When you double-click on a language module (e.g., Portuguese), it is opened using the Language Player.  The user interface looks like this:
 

Shown at about 80% actual size

 
Window Contains Description
Left  Phrase List All words and phrases are contained in a master, alphabetical scroll list. Replies are grouped with questions, as well as, appearing separately in the list. There are three categories where certain words and phrases are duplicated to make it easy to find. The three categories are: Greetings, Directions and Numbers. Clicking on a word or phrase in the list will select it for display in the Main Window.
Center 
Main Window

English - displays the word or phrase in English.
Natural Phonetics - displays the phonetic pronunciation.
<Language> - displays the text for the word or phrase in the second language.
Notes - Shows any notes associated with the word or phrase.
Play Sound
When clicked, the native speaker says the phrase at normal speed which is then repeated at slow speed, one syllable at a time.
When clicked, the native speaker says the phrase at normal speed.
When clicked, the native speaker says the phrase at slow speed, one syllable at a time.
Previous.  When clicked, the previous word or phrase in the scroll list above the presently selected one is selected.
Next.  When clicked, the next word or phrase in the scroll list below the presently selected one is selected.
Volume You can control the volume using normal PC methods: (1) the volume control knob on your speakers, (2) the desktop Volume control icon, or (3) via the Windows Sound or Multimedia Control Panel.
Right  Help Help  Clicking this button will bring up the Help Window.
Pocket Module Help

Clicking the Help button in the right frame of the Language Player brings up the Help Window. You can move it around your desktop or minimize it without interfering with using the Language Player.
SECTION 1  
The Layout Explains the Language Player display layout.
Play Buttons Explains the play buttons.
How To Use Describes how to use  the Pocket Module to learn a language and gives advice on practicing with native speakers.
Print Explains using the Adobe Reader to print out a pocket-sized PhraseCard.
Feedback Asks for your feedback to make improvements.
SECTION 2  
The Language Explains where the language is spoken and other background information.
Web Sites Has direct links from the Help window to other web sites where you can find more information about this language, including other online lessons and translating dictionaries. 
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