The main screen of the Windows Version
Choosing a drill - shows a sample of the drills which have been created
The main screen of the Macintosh Version
Imagine my horror at discovering that Peabody required all students to take 2 years of a foreign language. I began to panic. But then, just like an engineer, I thought "is there a computer program I can write? And this is how the Italian Drill program came into being.
It is now 5 years later, and the program has grown into a pretty comprehensive drill program. It covers the entire first year and about half of the second year of a college level Italian program. It is wonderfully patient, and will drill you forever on verb conjugations or vocabulary. For me, other than being married to a native Italian speaker, this is the best way to learn a language.
Note: This program follows the structure (chapters and lessons) of 'Adesso!: An introduction to Italian' by Marcel Danesi (in case you want to follow along).
P.S.I ended up getting an 'A' in both years of Italian.
After extracting the contents of the zip file, you should have a single folder, called "Italian Drill". Inside the folder double-click on the "lang_drill.exe" program to run the drill.
After opening the drill, be sure to use the "Help" button to learn how to use it.
Drills are pretty easy to create. All you need to do is edit text files in the "Drills" sub-folder. In each text file there is one question per line, with the Italian answer on the left, then a vertical bar (as in "|" ), and then the English answer on the right.
It starts to get tricky when you want to create optional words (in Italian, most of the subject pronouns are option), or to allow for various simple synonyms. The drill files have a special syntax for these situations (and others), all of which is described in the PDF file.
The Macintosh version should run on any Mac OS X operating system equal to 10.2 or better.
I am posting this software in the hopes that it will drive more traffic to my website. So, if you want to help me out, then please link to http://www.pnelsoncomposer.com. The link to the partwrite software can be found at: http://www.pnelsoncomposer.com/software/italiandrill.