Vocabulary-Trainer: iPhone App Written Review
In case you thought your iPhone was only good for messaging and playing Angry Birds, may we present exhibit A: Vocabulary-Trainer, by developer Lior Cohen. The app makes it a pinch to learn and memorize various foreign languages, and though it’s not quite a perfect offering just yet (we’re still hoping for more Internet integration) it will easily help you get one foot in front of the other in terms of second language acquisition. Whether you’re serious about learning another tongue, or are only mildly curios, this dollar gem will fix you up in a jiffy. For our full thoughts on this polyglot title for the iPhone, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Functionality
In contrast to an heavyweight application like Rosetta Stone (or even our beloved study buddy Byki) Vocabulary-Trainer does not come packed with hundreds of pictures, common phrases and native-language filled videos to help you master another tongue. Rather, the app allows you to create simple flashcards that can then be used in a multiple-choice style exercise. At first blush, this may seem like a fairly ineffective way to learn a language, but we promise you it’s anything but: By relying on you to enter the information, the app not only forces you to see it multiple times, but also study it before attempting the exercises. That being said, we do wish Vocabulary-Trainer came with a little more Internet integration, allowing us to download lists created by other users, or even enter a word and automatically receive a translation via Google or Bing.
The included exercise itself is simple but highly effective. The app presents the user with a word, and then four options to choose from. The player must select the proper choice, or suffer negative feedback. However, should you answer a question poorly, Vocabulary-Trainer doesn’t penalize you, be instead allows you to return to the word later for a second go-round.
Design and Layout
As much as we were disappointed with the app’s lack of Internet functionality, so too were we slightly put-off by its less-than stellar looks. We did appreciate the utilitarian aspects of the app, such as the option to create multiple user profiles. Likewise, we had no problem creating our own lists, as the process was simple, quick, and curiously fun. However, we would have liked to see a little more in terms of design and eye-candy, a la the glossy interface of Byki for iPhone.
That being said, considering Vocabulary-Trainer costs only a dollar in the App Store, we feel its value can hardly be faulted. The app is perfect for the at-home or in University language student, allowing them to create study lists in any language for perfect use later. The app is simple, quick, and though not the easiest on the eyes, a definite trooper. If you’re learning another tongue, you owe it to yourself to download Vocabulary-Trainer.
Vocabulary-Trainer requires iOS 4.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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