Assuming you have opened a vocabulary lesson(D- - 8) with words that meet the selection(3- 40) criteria (otherwise the Nothing Opened or Selected(3- 38) dialog takes over), Smart Characters begins the three stage drill by drawing the flashcard(6- 2) window, the history(3- 40) window, the status(3- 40) window, and the select word stage(3- 41) menu.
In the select word stage you can Quit, Rescore the last word, go back to a Previous word, or proceed to the Next word. In the question(3- 42) stage, Smart Characters selects and displays a word or phrase and starts the stopwatch. You try to recall and verbalize the word's pronunciation and meaning until you run out of time or give up. See the examples beginning with Learning the Lesson (Chinese)(2C- 22), (Japanese)(2J- 16).
Pressing any key or running out of time stops the stopwatch, displays the answer, and invokes the Scoring Stage(3- 42) menu. Optionally, you can select a Second Question Stage(3- 42) to display the pronunciations, but not the translations.
When all answers have been displayed, you read the answers, decide whether you
were right or wrong, and press a corresponding key. Smart
Characters calculates and displays the word's new score, and returns to the
stage to begin a new cycle.
The flashcard window consists of three lines: one question line and two
answer lines. In the forward drill, the question line typically shows
Chinese characters. The first answer line is the same word or phrase written
with alphabetic characters only. The third line shows a brief meaning in
English (or French, etc.). The lines are shown according to the stages in the
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