Chapter 5. Vocabulary Editing



Setup

Before you start using a vocabulary collection or create your own it is helpful to understand the different elements in Parley and configure them accordingly. The next sections will guide you step by step through this process. There are several locations in Parley for settings:

  • FileProperties This is the place for the General Document Properties, meaning some information about your vocabulary collection and yourself.

  • EditLanguages Find here settings around the languages you use

  • PracticeConfigure Practice Here are settings how you practice your vocabulary. Depending on what you want to do during the specific learning session you change them on the fly.

  • SettingsConfigure Parley For more general and display settings

About the Collection

Entering meta data like a title and your contact info is relevant if you plan to make your collection available for other people. Use FileProperties to edit the data.



Vocabulary Columns

Depending on what your learning sessions are going to be about it can be relevant to have further Vocabulary Columns show up in your edit section. To choose these columns select View from the menubar and then Vocabulary Columns. There you can determine if the columns for Pronunciation, Word Type, Synonym, Antonym, Example, Comment and/or Paraphrase are to be shown.



Languages and Grammar

Set up some grammar details to let Parley help you. Use EditLanguages to pull up the grammar dialog.

Articles in English are simply the which is the definite article and a as indefinite article. Most other languages have more articles which can be filled in at the articles tab.

For conjugations the personal pronouns should be filled out. Most languages do not have different conjugation forms for he/she/it, in that case, you should not check Male/Female have different conjugations! Simply enter the pronouns for all three forms.

Table 5.1. Personal Pronouns in English

 SingularPlural
1st PersonIwe
2nd Personyouyou
3rd Personhe/she/itthey


Tenses: Depending on the language, you can enter the right tenses which you later want to learn how to conjugate. Examples are: Simple Present, Simple Past, Future I etc.

Btw. by clicking on the Add Language button you can add an additional language to your collection.

Let's Have a Closer Look at Spanish

On the General tab the basic language settings, like here

  • Language = Spanish

  • Name = Spanish

  • Keyboard layout = de (for German)

You can leave Keyboard layout empty if you are not sure about what you are using. Parley will then simply take the standard layout of your computer.



Let's have a look at the Articles tab: Spanish knows only male and female nouns, therefore the field Neutral remains empty.



Spanish Personal Pronouns have multiple forms for 3rd person singular and 1st, 2nd and 3rd person plural. To remain consistent, the possibilities should be entered with a / between the two forms.



Under Tenses you will find the various tenses that are available for a verb form. You can add to the tenses that are already there by clicking on New, modify with Modify or in case something does not actually exist simply Delete the tense after having it selected.