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BrillKids Software => HOW TOs and FAQs => Topic started by: Leanan on June 08, 2011, 02:48:57 PM

Title: How to override sound sets for all sessions of a LM semester?
Post by: Leanan on June 08, 2011, 02:48:57 PM

I would like to use LM in English and 3 other languages.

Can I use the override function to change the sound sets for a full semester of lessons?
And if so, can they be saved as seperate files so that I do not have to change the language back to English when I want to use English sound sets?

Is there a "How to" on overriding the sound sets for the LM Sessions?

I thought I got it but after some trial and error I can clearly say I didn't  :blush:


Title: Re: How to override sound sets for all sessions of a LM semester?
Post by: Kezia on June 09, 2011, 09:57:19 AM
Hi Leanan,

Yes, you may use the Override function to quickly "toggle" the sound sets played along with your Little Math lessons. These sound sets, which you will need to create separately, are actually saved as individual media sets in your Little Math. The Little Math screen you'll need to work with first is the Numbers Library screen (select the "Sounds" tab).

In the Numbers Library > Sounds screen, you may edit the pre-existing sound sets if you'd like to change the recordings, or simply create new sound sets for the languages you want to teach (note that you need to record your pronunciations for the numbers via a separate software first). However, if you also have Little Reader, you may access the Easy Voice Recorder included in it from your Start menu, and use that when you record anything for Little Math.

You may read more about how you can create your own sound sets in the "How to Use the Numbers Library Screen > The Sound Set Tab" section of the Little Math manual -- just click on the HELP button in Little Math, or go to this link:

Take note that since you want to teach different languages, you need to create a new Word Set for every Sound Set that you have, as these are done separately. Simply refer to the "The Word Set Tab" section (it's right after the Sound Set section) for more information.

Once you've set up your sound and word sets, the next step is to apply these via the Override settings. All you need to do (aside from turning Override on) is to enable the override settings for these sets -- the sound set options are in the "Display" settings group, while the word set option is in the "Words/Numerals" settings group for both the Numbers and Math tabs. You may read more about the Override function in the "How to Use the Playback Screen > Play Panel > Override" section of the manual.

So whenever you need to switch to a different language, you just need to update your Override settings to the sound and word sets that you want to use.

I hope this helps! Do let me know if you need further assistance. :yes:

Title: Re: How to override sound sets for all sessions of a LM semester?
Post by: Leanan on June 15, 2011, 06:15:39 PM
Thanks so much for your help Kezia.

I created the word and sound files and thought I used the right settings but it did not work out.
The next day however it worked fine. No idea what I did wrong but it works now.

Anyway, maybe my aproach is not that sensible anyway?
After all the values, operations and symbols are the same just the words for numbers and operators are different for each of the languages.
Does it make more sense to do LM in English only so that DD learns the concept of numbers, counting and math in general and at a later stage just teach her the words in the different languages?

Title: Re: How to override sound sets for all sessions of a LM semester?
Post by: Kezia on June 16, 2011, 03:55:29 AM
Hi Leanan, I'm glad to hear you were able to figure out how to create and use sound/word sets :)

I'd like to inform you that there are many other members like you who want to teach different languages to their children, both for reading and math. You may start teaching math in English now, and choose to introduce the other languages later, but there are also some who started teaching different languages at the same time -- some would have a learning schedule where they use language A on certain days of the week and language B on other days, or use different languages at certain times of the day. There are also some who try to use language A when speaking with daddy, language B with mommy, etc.

There is no single approach for teaching different languages, so you may want to try a few methods first and see which one works best for your baby and the whole family.

To help make your non-English lessons more effective, I suggest that you also record a translation of the operators in the languages you want to teach, since I assume you would like your child to learn how the numbers and operators are called/pronounced in different languages.