Speak N Spell for Mac is compatible with Snow Leopard (10.6) and higher.
Speak N Spell for Windows is compatible with Win 7 and higher.
Speak N Spell was developed to help you practice your spelling abilities.
When you first launch Speak N Spell, the default word set of over 47,000 words is used. You can open the Word List window from the menu bar and revise this list (add or delete words), use your own list (clear the table and add words), or load a plain text file with words. You can also save the word list to a plain text file. Make such a file one word per line and save the file with a ".txt" suffix.
Version 2.0.0 for Mac and Windows is a major upgrade with many new features.
The five levels of difficulty are:
a. Easy - Uses only words with three letters
b. Medium - Uses words with four to six letters
c. Hard - Uses words with seven to ten letters
d. Hardest - Uses words with more than ten letters
e. Mixed - Uses all dictionary words
Blue buttons can be clicked by clicking the "Enter / Return" key. Press the "Say Word" button or "Enter / Return" key when it is blue to hear a random word with the selected Level of Difficulty. Type the word and click the "Enter / Return" key (or click on the "Enter" button). If you are correct, you will hear a response selected from the Options menu bar (Sound - Applause / Comments / Silence). If you are not correct, you will be prompted to try again. After the number of incorrect entries selected from the Options menu bar (Wrong Answers - 1 to 10), the word will be displayed for a short time in red font. You can try again or get a new word. You can click the "Say it Again" button to hear it again and you can click the "Show Word" button if the "Show Word" is selected to be displayed from the Options menu bar (Show Word - Yes / No). The word disappears after a few seconds.
Above you see Speak N Spell being used at the Mixed level of difficulty (all dictionary words are used). The word "collectively" has been typed. Pressing the RETURN key (or clicking on the "Enter" button) will input your answer.
If the word is spelled correctly, "Correct" is displayed for a short time. If Options - Applause is selected, you will hear Applause. If Options - Comments is selected, you will hear a random encouraging comment. Nothing will be heard if Options - Silence is selected. Press the RETURN key (or click on the "Say Word" button) to hear the next word.
If the word is spelled incorrectly, "Incorrect" is displayed for a short time. If Options - Applause is selected, you will hear nothing. If Options - Comments is selected, you will hear a random challenging comment. Nothing will be heard if Options - Silence is selected. If Options - Wrong Answers is set for 5, you will have that number of chances to enter the correct spelling before the correct spelling will be displayed for a few seconds. Then you can press the RETURN key (or click on thee "Say Word" button) to hear the next word.
You decide whether to display the "Show Word" button or not from Options - Show Word - Yes / No. If this button is displayed, you can click it to display the last word.
Above you see the Word List window. From this window you can select the Default Word List of over 47,000 words, clear the list and enter your own word list one word at a time, load a plain text word list, or save the current list.
The Default Word Set may be appropriate for adults but it is suggested that the user make his own word list with familiar words for children. Students can make their own word set to practice their spelling assignments. It's easy and it's fun!
Score is not kept.
The System Voice and Speaking Rate are set in Text to Speech.
Option settings, Level of Difficulty, and the current Word List are saved between sessions.
Help information can be printed from the File / Print Help menu item.