Play Screen Adjustments

On recent iPhones the play screen adjusts by squeezing the brown (left or right) game frame

Where can I download Audios and Vocabulary Lists?

The podcasts of each Story Level and each language can be downloaded by clicking on PODCASTS above.  Also, under Scene 1 of each Level you'll  see a "Download audio file," the mp3 audio of the Level's six (6) Scenes. Just click on the "Play" and "Play [language]" buttons and you'll see all the Levels and Scenes you have completed or started.

Under each Scene you'll see a "Download PDF file" link, the vocabulary list of the Scene. 

Audio/Recording Problems?

The audios are downloaded as you are playing and older/slower computer (with slow internet connections) sometimes will have trouble "catching up." Closing other applications while you are playing will often help.

We noticed that with Windows XP and Firefox that "Record It" is sometimes affected by the update status of the Flash Player: Even after updating the Flash Player (when a "check Flash Player" or similar window appears), "Record It" will only show the Flash Player window, after restarting Firefox. (It may sometimes even be necessary to restart the PC or Laptop.) At times, when you get a small white window, we have found that just refreshing (the circular arrow) will bring up the Flash Player window. Similar issues have been reported with Chrome and Safari, although less frequently. Also, there have been more reports of Flash Player crashes on Google Chrome. See http://exzibit7.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Fix-Shockwave-Flash-Crashes-in-Google-Chrome for some help.

On MACs there may be two(2) Flash Player plug-ins. They sometimes get confused and result in a white screen with "Record It" and "Recall & Record". Here is a fix: (this comes directly from the Google “Help” page (top right menu icon on the google browser)

Enable or disable Adobe Flash Player:These instructions apply to Google Chrome on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS.

  1. Type chrome:plugins in the address bar to open the Plug-ins page.
  2. On the Plug-ins page that appears, find the "Flash" listing.
    • To enable Adobe Flash Player, click the Enable link under its name.
    • To disable Adobe Flash Player completely, click the Disable link under its name.

Note: If you've previously installed Adobe Flash Player separately, you'll see two files listed for the plug-in. If both are listed as enabled, the version bundled with Chrome will be used. To enable a specific version of Adobe Flash Player, clickDetails in the upper-right corner of the page. Then click the Enable link for the version of Adobe Flash Player you want to enable. The table below shows the filename for the version that is integrated with Google Chrome.

You will likely find two(2) listings for Shockwave Flash 15.0 r0.  We found that disabling what is likely the first, the Google Chrome one, will fix the problem: Play the game again (reload with the circular arrow to the left of the URL bar) and you should see the little Flash Player screen. “Allow” access to the microphone and you should be able to record.

Running Windows XP Version 2002?

We recently heard from a user that she encountered a freeze-up of the "Say It" and "Word Invaders" games. When she restarted the course/game it apparently worked fine again. So far, we have been unable to replicate and correct the freeze-up and invite any users to let us know if they encounter such problem.

Tips and suggestions for iPad users

  • At times when moving rapidly from one screen to the next, the audio may not catch up. An easy fix is to just use the Safari reload button, and the audio should then work fine.

  • Even without a Flashplayer you can still practice words and phrases of the earlier level in "Recall and Record" and earn points. Just click "ok" on the warning panels as they successively appear. (For "Record it," however, you do need a laptop/desktop with a microphone and an up-to-date Flashplayer)

  • It's very easy and tempting on the iPad to click on the correct word or phrase. But, if you really want to learn, slow yourself down and read the foreign word or the English explanations, e.g. hints such as (m), (f), (fam.) (form.) and others, explained in How to Play and Learn.

Which Mobile Devices will work with your program?

Since January 21, 2013 GamesforLanguage courses can be played on Apple devices using iOS6 or higher, including the iPad, iPad Mini, and iPhone. One caveat: Because Apple does not support the Flash Player on its mobile devices, you'll still need your laptop or desktop to record your voice. (Also, a small detail: "rolling-over" the foreign dialog in "The Story" will not give you the English translation.) And, you may have to update your iOS6 device to the most recent OS version.

Our courses also work on Android 4.0 and higher devices, but unless you have the Flash Player installed, the recording feature will not work on most browsers.

GAME/Flashplayer/Recording Trouble?

"Recall & Record" and "Record It" require that you have a microphone installed, otherwise the Flash Player will freeze the screen and the "allow" cannot be checked. We have found that a similar problem also seems to occur sometimes when the zoom setting is not set at 100%. You can reset this setting in Firefox with "View>Zoom>Reset," in Internet Explorer with "View>Zoom>100%," in Safari with "View>Actual Size," Google Chrome click the Wrench icon and "Zoom>100%." If you happen to get stuck because of Flash Player problems, you may be able to skip to the next game by using the "Menu" button, top right. Often when restarting the browser (or in the worst case, the computer) the Flash Player problem resolves itself. If none of these suggestions work, please contact us, let us know your type of browser and operating system and we'll try to help.

What are the best browsers to use with your program?

In principle, all modern, up-to-date browsers should work with gamesforlanguage.com. As the Flash Player is downloaded and updated together with Chrome, Chrome often works best. With Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer 9, etc. you will have to make sure that you have an updated Flash Player version for your voice recordings. Please contact us, if you still have problems, and we'll try to help!

Is the GamesforLanguage program intended for children or adults?

While GamesforLanguage can be used by anybody who can read (which would only exclude young children), it has been designed specifically for Teens and Adults. Each course has 36 lessons consisting of a conversation and games that help you learn the language of everyday life, or propel you to refresh your dormant language skills. We believe that adults can learn a new foreign language best by relating it to their native language, its vocabulary and sentence structure. This is especially true for the European languages with its many shared roots. 

Why is there no sound on my iPad and iPhone when I use your courses?

Unfortunately, interactive audio isn't supported on the Apple's older mobile devices in HTML5, but if you are using an iPad or iPhone running iOS6, you should be able to hear the audio - although the lack of the Flash Player won't allow you to record your voice! (see also above)

Why does "Record It" not work for me?

"Record It" requires a working microphone and the "Adobe Flash Player". If you don't have the latest version, you can download it here. (Also, sometimes, depending on your other audio sessions, you may have to reload your browser, and - see also above - you may have to set your screen to 100%)

Why are there six(6) levels with six(6) scenes?

The completion "bar" in each level is being increased, reaching 75% in level 6. Moreover, different games, longer sentences and recalls of earlier scenes' vocabulary increase the difficulty level. Also, while not aligned perfectly with the story, each level typically deals with different situations and/or environments.

How can I go back and play earlier scenes?

When you see the colored "PLAY FRENCH 1........SPANISH 1" button, click on "see details." All the scenes played to date, including your scores, are shown. You can replay any scene you'd like, by clicking on the little "play" button beside the scene score

After completing the 36 Scenes, what will I have learned?

The story you'll have heard, read and spoken has over 2,000 words. This will enable you to follow and participate in basic conversations. Not only will you have learned close to 700 different content words, but you'll have heard and spoken them in everyday conversations. You'll remember and may be able to use or adapt many of the phrases and sentences without having to agonize over the correct grammatical structure. 

Will you have more advanced courses?

Yes, we are planning to have Level II and Level III courses available in the future. Each course will again let you acquire another +/- 700 new content words. After completing all three levels a player/learner will have acquired about 2,000 content words, which many consider a major benchmark towards fluency.

How can I find out more about word meanings and grammar?

- As we kept any grammar explanations to key points only, we invite you to e-mail any questions directly to ulrike@gamesforlanguage.com. We'll respond as soon as possible.

- Our Dictionary has further explanations for many of the words and phrases in the "Story."

- For further study and explanations of words, The Online Dictionaries are an excellent source. 

- For conjugations of verbs, Verbix is an excellent site.