LEARNING ENGLISH HOW TO USE IT

This page explains how to use Learning English, how it works within your internet browser, and how it uses your sound system.

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ON-LINE WHAT DOES ON-LINE MEAN?
SPEAKING ENGLISH

Learning English is an on-line interactive multimedia English Language learning system. On-line means that you need to be connected to the internet to use it. Interactive means that you have to do things whilst you're using it. Multimedia means that it uses many media: text, audio, video, photographs, diagrams, and animations.

INTERNET BROWSERS WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE?
CAUGHT IN THE NET

To enjoy all the text, audio, and video, you need Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and Media Player 9. Your browser is .

Different browsers and browser versions do not all do the same things, equally well. Although Learning English tests your browser and can make adjustments, some browsers do not identify themselves clearly, so you may have a different browser with very similar features.

START THE MUSIC? TEST YOUR SOUND SYSTEM
FROM THE TOP

To test your sound system, listen to Catrina Makin, a pianist with the Bampton Midi Orchestra playing the Concert Etude No3 in Db by the Hungarian composer, Franz Liszt.

AUDIO HELP
POP-UP WINDOWS HOW DO THEY POP UP?
A VELUX POP-UP WINDOW

You can hold your mouse over green text to see more in a pop-up window. You do not need to click the text. Try it now.

SPOKEN TEXT HOW DO YOU HEAR THE WORDS?
AUDIO CHIPS

If your computer has a sound system, you can hold your mouse over yellow text to hear the words spoken. You do not need to click the text. Try it now.

MOVING FROM PAGE TO PAGE USING BUTTONS
WHERE IS THE WORD I WANT?

To move from page to page, and to play and stop audio and video, you use the blue buttons. They look similar to those on any audio or video system.

Most browsers have a Find item in the Edit menu, letting you search for any word or phrase on that page, helping you locate something quickly, rather than having to read the whole page.

ASK YOUR COMPUTER THE TIME
0:0:0    CHECK IT

Does your computer show the correct time in the taskbar? If not, reset it in Control Panel.

LEARNING ENGLISH THE TECHNOLOGIES
LIFE ON THE INTERNET

Learning English uses HTML, JavaScript, and Cascading Style Sheets, to create interactive pages that work on a suitable browser.

Some of the interactive multimedia effects may not work if you've customized your browser, or set your screen to show fewer than the 211 colours supported by the Netscape and Microsoft browsers.

If the background colour, the text colours, and the text sizes, make reading difficult, you can select text with your mouse, making the colours reverse. Try it now.

As an important part of our environmental care policy, we want to minimise the use of paper. So try to learn on-line, and not make and use a printed internet book.
If you really want to print some of these pages, look at the layout using Print Preview, check your computer print options, and see how many pages there are, before you start printing.

There are no promotional banners, no pop-up consoles, no frames, no adverts, no misleading links, and no counters saying we've been visited by more people than exist.

LEARNING ENGLISH UPDATES
WHAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU CLICK

Learning English is being improved and expanded. To return, later, to Learning English, why not add it to your internet favourites now?

FAVOURITE HELP: CLICK, TO ADD THIS PAGE TO YOUR FAVOURITES

When you return, make sure that you refresh the pages to pick up all the changes, and don't use the old cached version from your internet browser.

We can't tell you, on line, which modules you've looked at. However, if you have a password, you can print a list of all the modules later.

LEARNING ENGLISH MUSIC
MUSIC ON THE INTERNET

An estimated two billion hours were wasted last year, waiting for pages, and their audio and video, to download. So, to deliver music, I've used MIDI files instead of normal recordings.

If you played the music at the top of this page and it sounded like a toy harpsichord or a banjo, you need to change your sound card for one with a better MIDI sound set.

AVOIDING PROBLEMS ON THE INTERNET

Learning English is being improved and expanded. On line, users always get the latest text, audio, and video. This is the preferred service.

Learning English may load slowly on a normal internet connection, so an ADSL, ISDN, or some other fast connection is recommended.

Any modern Windows computer with a Sound Blaster compatible sound system should be OK. Make sure the screen area is set to 800x600, or better.

Internet Explorer 6.0 is recommended. Other browsers still have formatting, coding, and multimedia problems. To enjoy the on-line multimedia effects, do not disable Javascript or pop-ups.

Audio and video are automatically presented by Microsoft MediaPlayer. This is part of Windows, so you should have it.

AVOIDING PROBLEMS ON AN INTRANET

Learning English is continually being improved and expanded. On line, users always get the latest text, audio, and video. This is the preferred service.

If your organisation does not allow users to access the internet, you can install Learning English on an intranet. Create a safe folder to receive, by ftp, all the text, audio, and video. To ftp, we need your IP address, an ftp username, an ftp password, and a folder on your server.

Every night, a server script can virus check the files in the safe folder and transfer them to the users' folder. If you want to give users a desktop shortcut, an icon is included.

Although we can make Learning English CDs, we cannot supply regular updates. So users will not get the latest text, audio, and video.

LEARNING ENGLISH COPYRIGHT
DON'T GET A NIGHT VISIT FROM OUR LEGAL DEPARTMENT

To use Learning English you need a password and a computer with an internet connection. Passwords can only be given to you, or your organisation, by Talking Technologies.

Learning English is protected by copyright. It is not OK to let other people copy any part of it, or use your password.

Other legal issues are explained on our legal page. Please respect our commitment to you. Thank you.

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