3. FIRST SENTENCES

Video tutorial

Tutorial

LetMeTalk is a free cross-platform communicator that allows you to elaborate sentences to establish a functional communication. We could consider LetMeTalk as a higher level communicator, because it allows to classify the vocabulary by categories and allows to build sentences from accumulated words, with morphosyntactic structure similar to oral language.

Once the application is started, we have at our disposal a default communication board that has a small selection ofvocabulary. Later, we will see how to customize our board to adapt it to the characteristics and capabilities of each person.

In the initial window,we have three zones:the menu bar in the superios area, the phrase accumulated in the middle area and the lower area, where the graphic resources appear (pictograms, images or photographs).

Let’s create our first sentence. To do this, click on the pictogram “General” and we will observe that it refers us to a new board that contains vocabulary and expressions of frequent use. As we have seen, the pictogram “General” represents a category.

Once inside, we see how new pictograms that make up this category appear. If we click on “I”, we observe that the pictogram appears in the accumulated phrase area.

Now we want to add the “I want” pictogram, but we want tomodify its name, since it appears by default as “I want” on the board. To do this, we press on the pictogram for a long time until the followingpop-up window appears:

As you can see, this pop-up window allows us to carry out a series of actions on the pictogram or the category that we intend to modify, including deleting it from the board. In our case, we are going to rename the image to replace “I want” with “I want”, so that when we select it for the accumulated phrase, the speech synthesizer will read“I want”.

Once the name of the image has been modified, we can now insert it into our board with the corresponding name. Now we have our phrase “I want“, although we want to go back to the initial board to continue adding new pictograms. To do this, click on the upper right part of the menu bar, where the “General” pictogram appears, and we will return to the starting point. Later, we will explain how to automate this process and make it easier for the person using the communicator.

To continue completing our accumulated sentence, we click on the “Food” category.

Once inside this category, we finish completing our sentence by clicking on “breakfast“, “sliced bread” and “butter“. Now we just have to press the PLAY button and listen to our phrase.

If at any time we want to delete the last pictogram that we have added to the accumulated phrase, we can use the delete button found on the top bar and which is represented by an arrow looking to the left with a cross inside.