Help Please: What do you do? Software Update!

I think you might like this! 🙂

I’ve just updated the “What do you do?” software.

And for VIP Members, for a very limited time,  in exchange for helping me double check everything (e.g. playing through the songs, games etc. to spot any mistakes!) you get the update for free!

What’s changed:

– New graphics (What do you think?)
– Improved sound
– Extra voices
To install:

1. Safely back up your Download Pack / USB ( because you know *something* will go wrong somewhere!)

2. Right click and select “save as” on this link http://genkienglish.net/clipart/WHATDO.SWF

3. Copy the file into your Download Pack / USB folder (overwriting the previous version)

Please write up in the comments if you find any mistakes, or if you don’t, to let me know it’s all OK!

And what do you think of the new graphics?

It’s always * really * stressful for me releasing new software so please let me know how you get on with it!

Be genki,

Richard

P.S. Any other themes you want remixing like this?

P.P.S. Those of you on the homework programme, just wait a day or two till we get the OK on here and then ask your students to bring their USBs to class so you can give them the free update.  Parents *always* love getting extras!

Richard Graham

Hello, I'm Richard Graham. And when I was a kid I found school to be sooooo boring... So I transformed my way of teaching. I listened to what the kids were really wanting to say and taught it in ways they really wanted to learn. The results were magical. So I'm sharing it all with you now...

27 Responses to “Help Please: What do you do? Software Update!”

  1. Bea

    Spelling and games good as far as I can tell.

    When you play the part songs, right at the end it’s like it wants to do the chorus but then it cuts it… apart from that looks/sounds good!

    Cheers!

  2. Bea

    Well, thank you! Now I have to figure a way to include this in my curriculum 😀

    BTW Love the shark at the dentist!

  3. Janet Gray

    In the U.S. we don’t say “maths”. We say Math or Mathematics. Your book for the student says “maths.”

    The rest sounds and looks great!

  4. suzanne

    Thanks for the free update. I didn’t notice any problems.

    One request, though… In the Words and Words2 sections, one of the voices pronounces “singer” as seen-ger (rather than seeng-er). I’ve always taught that seen-ger was an incorrect pronunciation. Any chance the seen-ger pronunciation could be removed in those two sections? Or do some native English speakers really say it that way?

  5. Carla Chazottes

    It’s ok, but I can’t save the new one it says it is not allowed to open….

  6. Darina

    I went through the update with my little daughter –
    didn´t find anything wrong with it – everything works fine – graphics are great – I personally like it much more than the previous one… as always: thumbs up for all the work you do, Richard!

  7. richard

    Thanks everyone for the great feedback!

    @Carla: You can just run the theme as normal from the Download Pack menu. (It probably won’t run just on its own)

  8. Mikaela

    Great work!
    I really like this version better than the previous one. 🙂 The graphics are beautiful. All of the links work correctly. I liked the new voices for the game; however, some of them spoke very quickly. Maybe for next time have them speak a little more slowly. One more thing…the star animations around the doctor makes him look kind of like a magician.
    Thanks for all of your hard work!

  9. Nena

    Great! I just love the new animation and graphics!
    Can’t wait to use it in class! The previous was a bit flat…especially the pilot and the dentist! I didn’t find any mistakes. I

    I’ve done 2 lessons on jobs. In the last one I asked them to draw what they want to be…some came up with incredible stuff..including jobs that we didn’t cover in the lesson for example: a designer, a stylist, a lawyer and a “serial killer”. Don’t worry, he doesn’t have any serious problems he just likes to be a silly clown!
    I had them come up to the front and show the art work to the class.
    Hi/ Hello, my name is ……
    I want to be a ……
    and they would place their picture on m desk.
    Once they all finished, I shuffled them all and call each child to the front and had them take a picture from the pile and say…

    Look!
    This is Francesco’s picture.
    He wants to be a ……

    They really enjoyed it! Considering that they’re in 4th grade. I was fantastic lesson.

    Thanks Richard for all your work!
    Nena

  10. Nuria

    Wonderful work, Richard!
    Only in the vocabulary, there is a question mark, if you can put a sound to be fun to click on it.

    From grammar point of view, it says: I´m a police officer. Then “police officer”, It doesn´t have “a”. I´m not sure if students might think that´s an exception to the rule.

    Congratulations, great job!

  11. Gumby

    Hi Richard,
    I love the graphics, especially the dentist. Great stuff. I didn’t find any mistakes other than Bea’s comments about the song. When you click on the song, the end of each section could be cut better.
    Otherwise thank you for making the English memorable and fun to learn for the students.

  12. richard

    UPDATE:

    1. Just updated to change the “maths” to something more suitable! 🙂 (Of course both UK and US versions are in the School Subjects lesson)

    http://genkienglish.net/clipart/WHATDO.SWF

    2. Took out the “sin – ger” pronunciation. Some people do say it, but yes you’re right that it shouldn’t be in here!

    Endings of the short songs I couldn’t do anything about, but they were put in the 2008 update and it worked pretty well with the kids.

    Police officer as well, so far (we’ve been testing the song for 10 years now) it’s not been a problem. Just had to chop the “a” off as there were too many syllables! 🙂

    With the fast phrases in the games. These are what let the kids understand other speakers (other than their teacher!) straight away without having to go through the s-p-ea—k s–l—ow—l—y stage! 🙂
    Don’t worry, the kids are totally fine with it!

    (Actually if you do the computer race version, where two kids race on difference machines, they begin to get the answers before the speaker has even finished!)

    Thank you again for all the feedback. The fault finding ones help us make it better for everyone (and I’m completely blind having played through this so many times!)

    And the positive praise ones make all the hard work worthwhile for me – it has been a looooongg few weeks working on this! 🙂

    Thanks again and enjoy!

    Richard

  13. richard

    P.S. You gotta love Nena’s “Serial Killer” – kids come up with the craziest stuff!!! 🙂

  14. Momal

    We really liked the new version, however we were unable to save.  Thank you  

  15. sussie

    Looks great to me! I haven’t done any lessons on jobs yet, but with this update I probably will!

  16. Rinaldo

    I liked the new voices for the game; some american pronunciation there, sweet man! Way to go! In the game, the language used in it was clearly understandable. Awesome. I wish all of them would be just like this one! Wow, really loved those. was about to say the same thing about the “seen-ger” thing but then as I can see the problem has already been solved. Thank you Richard! I played this song last week and then to review I’ll show them this new one, I’m sure they are gonna love it as well as I did.

  17. Rinaldo

    I liked the new voices for the game; The american pronunciation and all. Wow! Sweet man! The game was great,I was about to say something about the “seen-ger thing” but i see it’s already been resolved. But Man! I wish all of the other would be just like this one! Really cool! Awesome graphics! Really cute! All of them!

  18. Ruth

    Great. Tried it and love it. Thanks!

  19. Janet Gray

    I see you fixed the “maths” to “math”. Great!
    The only thing I see is all the jobs repeat as “a”____. Except “a police officer” isn’t the same. It shows as “police officer”. I know that’s a mouthful, and maybe that’s why you did that.

  20. Izolda Kovac

    Unfortunately it’s not working for me. I updated the previous version as it’s written above. Just a blue sky with clouds can be seen when I click on the song in the MENU. What can the problem be? Or I missed an important step?

  21. richard

    It probably just didn’t fully download. Give it another try and hopefully it should work!

  22. richard

    @Janet:

    I see you fixed the “maths” to “math”. Great!

    Changing it to “math” wouldn’t be “fixing” it, it would be breaking it! 😉
    (I changed it to something else entirely! 🙂 )

  23. Jennifer

    I can not download the new version

  24. richard

    Hi Jennifer,

    If you’re on a PC just right click and select “save as” to download it.

    Or if you’re on a Mac, press the Apple key and click on the link to download it.

    Does that work OK?

  25. Julia

    Hi Richard!

    I’m glad to be here again!

    All things are said but I’d like to confirm your words about ‘speak slowly stage’.

    Kids learn to elicit needed information from the first lesson. They make mistakes of course, but they are not afraid of it if they see they can try again. They like solving puzzles and are so happy when they succeed in it.

    And this is what GenkiEnglish helps them do!

    Julia

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