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Cell English tutorial

Our constant publications under the heading "ProDigi" superfluous once prove how progressive the market of applications for mobile devices is also developed today. Particularly amusing is the fact that among the numerous programs, the lion's share is occupied by domestic developments, it is also doubly pleasant that most of them are distributed on a disinterested basis. A striking example of this is the free assortment of Java MIDlets1 by Konstantin Knizhnik.

Each of the programs presented on the website of Konstantin certainly deserves a single review, and we will try to get back to them more than once in the future to measure our abilities, but for now we will focus on the mobile English language tutorial - MobiTutor, which allows you to not only pass the time on a long trip, but also combine business with pleasure.

The author, in order not to offend his users in any way, expands the program in pairs of versions that differ only in the capacity of dictionaries: for powerful devices, a midlet of 348 kbytes and also with a capacity of 25 thousand words with a hook is recommended, but the compact MobiTutor (95 kbytes; more than 6 thousand words). As an alternative download option, you are allowed to use the WAP-site ( of the developer. The address is undoubtedly a little too big for remembering also entering the phone into the browser, but the torment is worth it (in extreme cases, it is also allowed to put a bookmark - for the future).

Installed, now run.

Before the source of work with MobiTutor, you need to choose the desired learning mode - translate English and / or Russian words from one language to another. After this, the program will randomly select one expression from the dictionary and also advise four translation options, from which it is necessary to choose the only correct one.

In the case of several incorrect answers, MobiTutor will remember the word with which there are difficulties, and after some time, it will again offer it to the user for translation. Thus, the return on labor with a self-instruction manual is somewhat increased.

If an unfamiliar word is encountered, it is possible to switch the program to dictionary mode and also familiarize yourself with the translation, thereby relieving yourself of the absurd and often unproductive guessing of an error-free version.

Naturally, all good things have an unpleasant feature that sometimes end. So also, MobiTutor dictionaries with the active use of the program will soon lose their former relevance. In such cases, it’s time to recall the available source code of the tutorial, using which, together with ingenuity, you can recompile the midlet with new dictionaries and get a fresh tool for further study of a foreign language, and not just English.


1. An important note: for each Java midlet, a file with the program source code is available. In my opinion, there is simply no way to find a selected tool for beginning programmers.