The Learning Structure
French BYKI is structured simply. The program is straightforward and easy to figure out; even better, it's customizable. You can delete or add vocabulary words from lists, add your own images, etc. But even if you don't customize the program at all, but simply use the information already in the software, you will learn a lot of new vocabulary. Though this isn't a complete coverage language learning program, the vocabulary it will teach you will become an important part of your fluency in the French language.
Before You Know It uses the flashcard method of vocabulary teaching, and gives four basic steps for learning and reinforcing the vocabulary words/phrases on each card. The words and phrases are divided into lists by category (remember, these lists are also customizable by user); and the words/phrases on each list are displayed on virtual flashcards that the program will guide you through in order. Here are the four basic steps by which you will learn the material on the virtual flashcards:
Step One: Look at the French word and hazard a guess as to the proper pronunciation The program will also pronounce the word for you in natively spoken French.
Step Two: Look at the French word and type the English equivalent (obviously, you'll need to be familiar with the word before you can guess or answer correctly, so you will be given opportunity to review and try again until you know the word well).
Step Three: In this step, you will be given the English word, and have an opportunity to guess the pronunciation of the French word. However, be aware that although this program listens to your pronunciation and tries to give you an accurate score, it is really not that accurate. (The only way to really know for sure how good your pronunciation is, is to have a native speaker give you feedback and fine language coaching or honing of your accent.)
Step Four: Finally, in this step, you will be required to not only know the pronunciation of the French vocabulary word or phrase, but you must know the correct way to write it, proper accent marks and all.
Through these four steps, your understanding and memorization of French vocabulary words should increase dramatically!