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FAQ
This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about using iSpellWell.

  1. How do I enter my child's weekly lessons into iSpellWell?
  2. Some of the words I enter do not sound right. What can I do to make them sound better?
  3. I cannot hear the Microsoft Agent Characters speak.

How do I enter my child's weekly lessons into iSpellWell

iSpellWell was designed so that adding new lessons is simple. From the main window, click on the Administration menu then Wizards, then New Lesson. This starts the New Lesson Wizard. To see the online documentation for more information about using the New Lesson Wizard, click here.

Some of the words I enter do not sound right. What can I do to make them sound better?

iSpellWell uses Microsoft Agent to read spelling words and phrases. This technology sometimes has a difficult pronouncing single words. You can improve the sound of problem words using several "Tricks". The word "your" for example is pronounced without any difficulty when used in a sentence. When used as a single spelling word, the technology does not pronounce it correctly. You can get around this by using the Phonetic Field of iSpellWell. When you enter a new lesson, you have the option of entering a Phonetic spelling of a word. If the spelling word is "your", enter "yore" in the Phonetic Spelling field.

Single syllable words are sometime hard to understand. The word "bed", for example. Try adding a period, exclamation point or question mark at the end of the word in the Phonetic Field. For the word "bed", enter "bed!" in the Phonetic Field to improve the performance of the output.

iSpellWell is distributed with all four Microsoft Agent Characters: Merlin, Peedy, Genie and Robby. Merlin seems to be the most understandable of the agents. If you are having troubles with a particular lesson, try using Merlin. Click Administration, Edit, Lesson to edit lessons. Click here for more information about editing a lesson.

I cannot hear the Microsoft Agent Characters speak.

You may have to reinstall the software that allows the Microsoft Agent Characters to speak. Please visit the following site for additional information: http://www.microsoft.com/msagent and consult the trouble shooting guide.