Tools ~ Learning Latin / Fact!

Download Learning Latin: Ver 1.0 (latest build 08 Jan 2019)

Download Fact!: Ver 1.0 (latest build 08 Jan 2019)

Learning Latin and Fact! are in reality one and the same program, with exactly the same functionalities, but with slightly different interfaces. As its name suggests, Learning Latin is geared towards Latin / English vocabulary learning (also Latin / English constructions, phrases, idioms etc.), whereas Fact! is open-ended and caters for any type of Q&A learning experience.

The two programs are similar to the Arnega learning system, with some important differences – they come without a built-in editor, and are text-based (no graphics capabilities).

What you need to know: the underlying text files

Each program relies on a unique text file, located in the same folder as the program, and respectively named Latin.txt and Fact.txt. The questions and the answers (in the case of Learning Latin, the ‘English’ and the ‘Latin’), are arranged under ‘Sources’ within the text file. In the text file, each Source is simply a line of text, prefixed with an asterisk (*), and on a line by itself. Each Question/Answer set also appears on a line by itself, with an asterisk between the Question and the Answer.

In the example below, you will see that there are TWO sources (North and Hillard, and Latin Notes), each containing THREE Question/Answer sets. The format must be strictly observed: each line must contain a single asterisk, and there are no blank lines. It is assumed, in the Learning Latin program, that the English comes before the Latin (see below); and in the Fact! program, that the question comes before the answer.

*North and Hillard

All of us*Omnes nos

The rest of the army*Reliquus exercitus

The battle was fought*Pugnatum est

*Latin Notes

To inform*Certiorem facere

It is agreed (well known)*Constat

At my house*Apud me

The text file can be edited using any plain text editor (e.g. Notepad, or Notepad++). If the expected text file is not found in the same folder as the program, a sample text file will be created automatically. The Edit button in the program will open this text file (for editing) in the default text editor.

Note that the text files supplied are themselves ‘works in progress’, and simply represent the sort of questions / answers that you can create for yourself.

Learning Modes

The three different learning modes (drop-down box) require a word of explanation:

Learning: Questions and answers are presented openly, without any hiding of the answer. Sequential and random sequences allowed.

Practice: Answers are initially hidden behind a panel. Click on the panel to reveal the answer. Sequential and random sequences allowed.

Test: Similar to Practice mode, except that each question is presented only once, and the final ‘score’ is presented in a separate dialog at the end. Only random sequence allowed.

Time to fly solo!

It is best to learn a program by experimenting with it. Download either program and try it out with your own data / question and answers. The Esc key can be used to cancel a search operation, or to cancel a Test (i.e. return to Learning mode). Press PgUp and PgDn to move quickly through the entries. Click on the image of Cicero (or the pile of books) to play around with a few colour and other customisations. Each program can handle up to 50,000 entries, so you shouldn’t run out of space ;-)

Happy learning!