两个学习外语的网站

学习一门外语时如果没有语言环境的话,当然离不开多听多看了。今天介绍两个很好的网站,一个是专门用来听的,另一个用来看(当然也包括听)。

第一个:Listen and Write

这个网站是专门用来做听写练习的。

举例说明,单击这里打开一个练习,首先会下载音频,完成后应该会跟下图所示一样:

Listen-and-Write-example可以看到,有两个播放按钮,第一个(Click play to listen all audio at once下面的)用来听全文。第二个(Click play to start dictation…下面的)用来做听写练习。操作其实非常简单,需要注意以下几点:

  • 开始听写后,你只需在下面的小方框里输入你听到的句子就可以了,不需要输入标点符号(有点不好的是像I’m都只需要输入im,我觉得不利于培养初学者正确的英文输入习惯)
  • 它会自动逐个字母地进行检查,如果输入错了它会自动删掉,如果正确的话会一个单词一个单词地显示在上面的大方框里
  • 在当前听的句子全听写完之前,音频会自动循环播放
  • 听写完成后,会在播放完当前这一句之后再播放一遍当前句,之后自动进入下一句
  • 以上说的是在默认情况下。你也可以更改一下如Auto Repeat和Auto Complete之类的选项,让它更符合你的需求。

Listen-and-Write-example注册后还可以查看自己的得分记录等等,也可以自己上传音频并且分段成练习题,和大家一起共享。

第二个:TVWeb360

这个是个在线看电视的网站,前面那个网站可以用做精学工具,而这个就可以作为泛学工具了。

你可以选择不同语言的节目,或者不同国家的节目,也可以根据不同类别来选择喜欢的节目。除了电视节目之外,还有一些地方的摄像头,你可以看到那些地方的实时画面。当然由于种种原因,可能有些节目可能收看不了,那就换台吧。

TVWeb360

Using a computer without a mouse and a monitor

Can you believe it? It’s not so hard to achive that. We just made it today.

I have been keeping a computer under my desk for nearly a year. The mouse is broken. I think I’ve sold the monitor. I plan to buy a widescreen LCD someday. But today I asked Jack to help me with the book writing things and we don’t have an extra computer. He reminded me that I could use the TV set. Fortunately there is a VGA socket on my TV.

Jack borrowed a VGA cable. I just connected the computer to the TV and booted it hoping everything’s fine.

But there came another problem. Because the screen resolution is too high for the TV there’s nothing showing up on the sceen. I knew what I needed to do is to adjust the resolution, but how?

I pluged in the headphone and looked at the screen of the laptop(It’s David’s laptop and was brought in by Alfred). Firstly logged off the Laptop to the Login screen. Then started pressing the "tab" key several times to see where the cursor moved to. And did the same simultaneously on the keyboard of the previouse computer. And when the box for password is activated, I typed in the password and then "enter".

When I heard the windows login music I waited for a moment for the softwares start with windows. Then I think you know what I did:

"win key" -> "win key"+"d" -> "Menu Key" -> "r" -> "shift"+"tab" -> "right arrow" for several times -> "tab" 3 times -> "left arrow" for many times to make sure the resolution is the lowest -> "alt"+"a" -> "y"

win key (left) & menu key (right)

If you don’t understand those steps just try them out. You’ll get it. That was the exciting moment. The desktop appeared on my TV!

The next problem is that althought most of the operations we do with a mouse can be done with the keyboard, some poor programmers develop softwares that can’t be used without a mouse. Like the IP-COM wireless connection management software. I plugged in the IP-COM USB wireless adapter and installed the driver and application. This application disabled the function of the system to manage the wireless connections. I was forced to use its own application. But the buttons of that application can’t be pressed using the keyboard! What a stupid software!

Now I have to use a mouse but I don’t have one. It occured to me that there’re some options to enable the user to use the keyboard to act like a mouse right after I said "I give up". I remembered that it was something with accessibility in the Control Panel. So I was just like "Check it out!"

"win key" -> "c" -> "tab" for several times to select "Accessibility Options" -> "enter" (-> if you are in Category View you need to press "tab" for a few more times and select "Accessibility Options" under "or pick a Control Panel icon" then "enter") -> "shift"+"tab" -> "right arrow" for three times to select "Mouse" -> "tab" -> "space" to check the checkbox before "Use MouseKeys" -> "enter"

OK, now you can use "num lock" key to turn on or off the MouseKeys function. How to use it? You can use your numeric keypad as a mouse.

You can use 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 to move the pointer to those eight direcitons. Pressing "5" on numeric keypad is equal to press the left button of the mouse (click). Pressing "+" on numeric keypad is equal to press the right button of the mouse (right click). Amazing, huh?

But the pointer seems to be moving so slowly. You can open the "Accessibility Options" again. On the "Mouse" tab click "settings". Now you can adjust the speed of the pointer and I like to check "Hold down Ctrl to speed up and Shift to slow down".

That’s it. Now we made it. To use a computer without a monitor and a mouse.