Wordbox Vocabulary Lists

Wordbox View

The Wordbox allows you to maintain word lists for vocabulary study. In a wordbox you can create a tree-like structure of word folders and word lists, where a word folder may contain other word folders and word lists. A word list contains word entries.

wordbox path This is the path of the list or folder currently shown in the word list and folder view. In the above screen shot, the path is /Japanese/TV/News, meaning that the word entries shown are contained in the word list News, which is in the folder TV, which in turn is contained in the folder Japanese.
word list and folder view Shows the contents of the currently selected word folder or word list.
wordbox file name The file name of the currently opened wordbox.

When moving through a wordbox: to open an item you can either double tap on it, or select it with the cursor up/down keys and then press Enter. To close a word folder or list, double tap on the ".." parent item shown at the top, or select this item and press Enter. When opening a word entry, the wordbox view will switch to the word card view. Pressing Enter again or one of the up buttons will bring back the wordbox view.

Some PDAs have a controller or shuttle button at the left hand side, which combines cursor up/down keys, Enter and in some cases also Escape. This can be used to conveniently move through a wordbox.

To manage a wordbox, i.e. create, move, and delete folders, lists and entries, a single popup menu is used. This menu is brought up by holding the pen down on to the word list and folder view.

file Save, save as, create a new wordbox
stats Switch statistics in list view on and off.
new Create a new folder, list, or entry. Right after choosing something from this menu, the popup menu will show again with only the paste menu being available. With this you need to choose now where to place the new item.
rename Rename a word folder or list.
cut Copy the currently selected item. It will not be cut from its current location until paste is used.
paste Paste an item before, after, or into the currently selected item. This will only be available if an item has either been cut, created with new, or copied from a dictionary.
level Adjust the quiz priority level of an item. Word folders can only have level 0 (off) or 1 (on). If a folder is switched on, word entries for a quiz can be taken from word lists or sub folders contained in it, provided they are also switched on. Lists may have levels from 0 (off) through 4 (highest priority). Words from lists with higher levels will occur more frequently during a quiz. Word entries have no levels.

Shortcuts & Misc.

  • To directly add a word entry from a dictionary, in the dictionary view hold the pen or mouse button down on to the entry you would like to add. This will open a popup menu with an item add to wordbox... and an item drop in word list. The first item opens the wordbox view. You can then open the popup-menu of the wordbox view to paste the entry into the desired word list. When the entry has been pasted, Babbletower returns to the dictionary view.

    The second menu item will simply add the entry to the end of the word list that is currently selected, i.e. highlit, in the wordbox view. This is convenient when you want to add several entries into the same word list, for example while reading a book for which you've created a special word list. Note that the word list needs to be seleced, not opened. If there is no appropriate selection Babbletower will remain in the wordbox view.

Word Card View

Shortcuts & Misc.


Quizzes can be done by head entry, reading, or translation. You can select the type of quiz in the wordbox view (see above). When a new word entry is shown during the quiz, only the contents of the quiz type field is shown at first. The other two fields are blinded with question marks "???". After you took your guess, press Enter to open the card. (If you selected step reveal in the wordbox view, only the next field is opened. Press Enter again to fully open the card.) Now grade your answer depending on the repetition management (see below) set for the quizzed wordbox.

Repetition Management

Currently, Babbletower offers two ways to manage the repetition of vocabulary:


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