Q&A (Question and Answer)
What is LP Pattern?

LP Pattern is a specially organized text file (lesson) which contains many carefully selected sentences to highlight some specific English grammar rules. It can teach you (or remind you of) not only about some English grammar but also shows you in many examples, which words you can use in a different subject.

Patterns are also used to show similarities or differences between different kinds of sentences, and to make 'Exercise' lessons.

Why use text to speech?

Nowadays, computers can synthesize sound from the text with great accuracy. It can be very helpful for those who are learning English as a second language if they can see a word and hear its pronunciation at the same time..

Even though modern Windows systems have some voices installed by default, it is highly recommended that you purchase and install a good quality commercial English voice.

One of the best quality text to speech (TTS) voices are IVONA Voices. You can download trial voices and test them for 30 days before purchasing.

What is Automatic mode?

With automatic mode 'ON', you can sit down comfortably and relax or do something else, and at the same time listen to all your selected patterns one by one. Even if you don't know the meaning of every word right now, your mind will learn how to distinguish words in a sentence and what kind of words usually go one after another. You can be surprised how much you can remember only by listening.

How does Priority mode work?

In order to keep in memory your recently learn material, you need to repeat it several times. When something is easy for you, you set 'low' priority for that pattern, and set 'high' priority when the pattern is difficult.

Next time when you switch 'Priority' ON, all patterns in that collection will be sorted according to priority (importance) and the last time they were used. The most difficult and less frequently used patterns will be shown to you first.

What are Collections?

Collections are used to divide all patterns into separate groups - named 'collections'. There are three primary collections - 'All Patterns', 'All Users', and 'New Patterns'. When you click on 'All Users', only patterns created by you will be shown. If you want to use just a small group of your favorite patterns, you can create your own (custom) collection in the 'Select' form.

Custom collections are useful when you use Automatic mode. You can add new patterns or remove older ones from the custom collection at any time you want. You can have up to four different custom collections.

How does 'Exercise' work?

Some patterns are created for exercise (to test your knowledge). When you click 'Play' once, the question will appear on the line [A]. Your goal is to answer the question by saying it aloud (or in your mind), and then click 'Play' a second time to compare your answer with that on line [B].

Note: 'Exercise' feature is switched 'OFF' when you use exercise patterns in 'Automatic' mode.

What is Random Reading?

When 'Random Reading' is 'ON', all records (lines of text) are shown in a different order. It prevents our brain from guessing what will come next and motivate it to remember what we want to learn. It addition to that, you will not be bored so quickly even after many readings of the same pattern.

There can be a situation like learning a poem where random reading is not appropriate. You can always switch 'Random' to 'Continuous' in the Edit form.

What are Groups and Subgroups, and how to use them?

In addition to collections, there are groups and subgroups to further divide patterns for easy searching.Groups and subgroups are used in the 'Select' and 'Edit' form only.

The first box (from the left) shows names of all collections and the number of patterns in them. The next boxes are for groups, subgroups, and names of patterns. By clicking on these boxes, you can sort patterns according to your search criteria.

What is 'Single' and what is 'Double' pattern format?

In a 'single' patterns format, one line of text (a record) is an independent unit of information. It can have a word, a phrase, a sentence, or even many sentences one after another. Because records are usually shown randomly, it is important that even the longest sentence begins and ends on the same line.

A record in a 'double' format has two lines of text separated by an 'empty line' (line without any text in it). These two lines are always shown together.'Double' Pattern Format is used for comparison and exercise. For example, line [A] can have a question, and line [B] the answer.

Can I use the LP program to learn other languages than English?

Yes, you can. Text in LP patterns can be written in most languages that the Windows system supports. You can only use two different voices at the same time in one pattern. For example, if the text on line [A] is in English and the text on line [B] is in French, you need to choose (in Settings form) the first voice in English and the second voice in French.