5.4 Making Resources
(word lists, knowledge books, dictionaries and apps)
- Your Language Journey Workbook -
In this exercise you will learn how to export all of your language data from your Miromaa database to allow you to share your work with others in a variety of formats. We are going to go through 8 different formats you can share your work in. This can be very helpful in servicing language requests from schools, community organisations or health centres.
Each of these exports can be done in a matter of minutes!
The formats include:
- A basic wordlist
- Language to English
- English to Language
- A detailed wordlist with extra information
- Language to English
- English to Language
- A wordlist filtered by category and subcategory (such as Wildlife > fish)
- Converting your language into table format for easy analysis
- Extracting specific information from your database such as a list of your library sources
- Creating a full colour picture dictionary
- Creating a full colour interactive lexicon with sound
- Creating an app for use on iPad and iPhone
The Word List Export Screen
The wordlist export screen can be found in the main menu under Tools > Wordlists
We will use this screen to create resources 1-5 on the following pages:
- Basic word list
- Detailed word list
- Word list filtered by category and subcategory
- Table Format
- Specific information from your databases such as sources
1. Basic Word List
2. Detailed Word List
3. A Word List Filtered by Subcategory (Such As Wildlife > Fish)
4. Table Format
5. Specific Information from Your Database Such As Sources
The Dictionary Export Screen
This screen allows you to package and export your language data to create full colour dictionaries in print and in a interactive format with sound as well as Apps for iOS.
It can be found in the main menu under Tools > Dictionary
6. Full Colour Interactive Lexicon with Sound
7. Full Colour Print Dictionary
8. App for iPhone and iPad
The Miromaa Community Dictionary Maker
The Miromaa software program has for many years helped you share your language in various forms including basic word lists. Until now, to make a picture dictionary or lexicon, Miromaa has packaged your language entries and exported them into other programs like Toolbox, Shoebox, FLEX or Lexique Pro. Now that has all changed with the introduction of the Miromaa Community Dictionary Maker!
The Miromaa Community Dictionary Maker comes as a new feature built right into the Miromaa software program. That means all you need is a valid Miromaa license and the latest version of Miromaa installed on your computer to be able to produce high quality, community dictionaries in just a few clicks.
The MCDM allows you to produce dictionaries based upon categories (such as wildlife, body parts and plants) library items, people, and many other alternatives. If you make a mistake, find a new word or want to reprint for any reason it can all be done right in Miromaa.
This App is derived from the language documentation and digitisation efforts which you do within our Miromaa software program.
It is one of the resources which you can produce from that extensive work alongside of producing a dictionary and other learning resources.
We have developed this App template which is a fantasic environment to introduce and aid the learning of language for people of all ages; children, youth, adults and Elders. The App template can be customised with your chosen opening screen, look and feel with colour selection, your own home screen icon and acknowledgement and credit page. The actual words, images and audio are all entered into Miromaa by you and when you are ready you perform an export out of Miromaa to send to us for App preparation.
You do all of your work within Miromaa, when ready you do an export which will package your data up for us, share with us via dropbox and then we build the app for you.
Unfortunately we only develop for Apple devices at present. We do not have a Android version as of yet. The App is designed for iPhones, iPads and iTouch devices.
It is a simple but powerful learning environment which has been professionally developed in house by our own development team who have brought you the Miromaa software program. The learning environment is based upon the flashcard method of teaching and learning. It is very, very simple to use and extremely powerful.
It is also a very cost effective method for promoting your language and the value of your language to not just your immediate community, but throughout your wider community and the world.