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EasyReader

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List price: 60
Purchase on IrishForLife.com
Format: PC Software.
Dialect: Standard
Publisher: Oideas Gael
Year: 2004

Product Overview

Software to learn reading, writing and speech. It gives the definition of any word in any text with one click, and explores the grammar of the word with a second click. It allows the user to hear the language professionally spoken in three different dialects and record his own voice with simple and precise sound controls.

Not a teaching product, but an aid for learners
Redwolf, California, USA. 14 Nov 2006.

EasyReader really isn't a learning product in the same vein as the others here. If you don't have any Irish and you're not studying it by some other method, it won't teach you much. What EasyReader IS is wonderful tool to make learning easier and more productive. Its primary goal is to make reading Irish on the computer easier. With the program running in the background, you can go to any page on the web (including IGTF), double click on any Irish word, and the ER dictionary will give you a definition, pronounce the word aloud for you in your chosen dialect, and, with a few mouse clicks, allow you to explore the grammar of the word and see it used in several representative sentences. It even works with inflected forms. For example, if you double click the word "seasfaidh," it will tell you that it's the future indicative form of the verb "seas," which is a second declension regular verb. Clicking on the entry will show you the entire conjugation for "seas" and several sentences in which it occurs. The other nice thing about the dictionary is it's updatable...you can add words as you encounter them (even reading them aloud into the dictionary to supply a pronunciation), and there is a utility to allow you to send your updated dictionary entries to the program developer so they will be added to future updates.

You can also import documents into EasyReader, which allows you to use the spellcheck feature... a handy thing for people who are taking Irish classes and need to hand in papers! Or, if you prefer, you can create a document in Easy Reader...in fact, it even allows you to type fadas and dotted consonants simply by double striking the letter you want to accent!

The only downside of the program that I've found is that it's not intuitive. I had some installation issues (you have to download the latest update before you can complete an installation, which can get a bit buggy). Fortunately, the developer is very accessible and helpful...he even gave me a call when I was having trouble early on! A huge upside, however, is that updates to the program are being made on a regular basis and, as a license holder, you can download them at your leisure.

Teachers of Irish may find the lesson creation help useful as well. I haven't had an opportunity to use it, but it sounds intriguing.

I can highly recommend this as a useful tool for intermediate- to advanced-level Irish learners, as well as for fluent speakers who like having an updatable dictionary at their fingertips.



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