FAQ2017-08-14T14:04:21-05:00
When trying to add a new song, why are the songs from Apple Music missing?2017-08-20T19:04:37-05:00

Only songs that are purchased and downloaded into the user’s iTunes music library can be imported into Languages by Lyrics.

Songs that are DRM protected, such as those from Apple Music, cannot be used in the application.

 

How can I type an accented foreign language letter when I am using the third advanced learning exercise?2016-04-17T14:16:57-05:00

If the foreign language text uses accented letters such as “ñ” or “è”, these letters must be entered with the correct accent in order for the answer to be scored as correct. Sometimes this requires adding a setting in the Mac OS X Preferences -> Keyboard in order to be able to more easily type in the accented characters for other languages.

What is the Pro Version of the program?2017-08-14T14:04:21-05:00

The Pro Version provides three additional song learning exercises that guide the user into mastering the song lyrics. These three additional exercises are significantly more difficult; however, once completed, the song may then be listened to with greater understand of the meaning of the song.

The Pro Version can be purchased In-App by selecting a song and clicking on the Learn Song button. The sheet that appears allows selection of the desired learning exercise. If the Pro Version has not been purchased, information regarding the Pro Version and a Purchase Pro Version button will be visible. Clicking the button will initiate the process with the Apple App Store.

 

What are the three advanced learning exercises included in the Pro Version?2017-08-27T10:08:15-05:00

All three advanced exercise are available with the Pro Version of the application. The Pro Version can be purchased In-App.

The first advanced exercise involves listening to the song and selecting the correct translation. During playback, four translations from the song will be shown as each lyric is being played. One of the translations will be correct. This exercise differs from the basic exercise in that the lyric original language text will not be displayed. The user must click on the correct translation prior to the start of the subsequent lyric. If this is not done, song playback is interrupted until the correct translation is selected.  Once done, playback will restart. The translation is scored correct if the first attempt to select an answer is correct. The purpose of this exercise is to connect the spoken foreign language words with the correct translation solely by listening without reference to the foreign language lyric text.

The second advanced exercise involves listening to the song, reading the foreign language lyric, and entering the translation by keyboard into a text field. When the entered text matches the correct translation, song playback continues. There is an option to repeat the lyric playback if desired. The translation is scored as correct if the first attempt is correct. The purpose of this exercise is to master the translation of the song lyrics. It is significantly more difficult than just selecting the entire correct translation phrase.

The third advanced exercise involves listening to the song, reading the translation, and entering the foreign language text by keyboard into a text field. When the entered text matches the correct original lyric then song playback continues. There is an option to repeat the lyric playback if desired. The lyric is scored as correct if the first attempt is correct. The purpose of this exercise is to master the original language text of the song lyrics. It is significantly more difficult than just selecting the entire correct lyric phrase.

What are the two basic learning exercises?2016-04-17T14:23:08-05:00

The first basic exercise involves listening to the song and selecting the correct original lyric. During playback of the song, four lyrics from the song will be shown as each lyric is played. One of the lyrics will be the correct lyric that is currently playing. The user must click on the correct lyric before the next lyric starts. If this is not done, song playback is interrupted until the correct lyric is selected, then playback will restart. The lyric is scored correct if the first attempt to select an answer is correct. The purpose of this exercise is to connect the written foreign language words with the sounds of the words as they are sung, as well as familiarization with the lyric text.

The second basic exercise involves listening to the song, reading the original language lyric, then selecting the correct translation. During playback of the song, four translations from the song will be shown as each lyric is being played. One of the translations will be correct. Additionally, the lyric original language text will be displayed as the lyric is playing. The user must click on the correct translation prior to the start of the subsequent lyric. If this is not done, song playback is interrupted until the correct translation is selected. Once this is done playback will restart. The translation is scored correct if the first attempt to select an answer is correct. The purpose of this exercise is to connect listening and seeing/reading the foreign language with the correct translation.

Is it possible to split a lyric into two separate lyrics?2016-04-12T14:09:29-05:00

Select the lyric to split and click on the lyric text field. Insert a “|” symbol into where the lyric text should be split. Click on the translation text field and do the same.

Select the menu item:  Lyrics -> Split Into Two Lyrics.

Is it possible to combine two lyrics?2016-04-17T14:25:05-05:00

To combine two adjacent lyrics, select the first of the two lyrics to be combined. Then select the menu choice:  Lyrics -> Combine With Next Lyric. The lyric texts and translations will be automatically combined with a comma and space inserted at the transition point.

How can the lyrics database be moved from one computer to another?2017-08-14T14:04:22-05:00

On the source or old computer, select the menu choice:  File -> Backup Lyrics Database. Select an easy to find location for the backup file.

Transfer the backup file to the destination or new computer. Launch the Languages by Lyrics application and select the menu choice:  File -> Restore Lyrics Database. This will overwrite any existing database and will import the backup file.

Is it necessary to periodically save the lyrics database file?2017-08-14T14:04:22-05:00