Build Your Vocabulary: Ultimate Vocabulary Review

Improving your vocabulary is a great way to communicate better, build your confidence, and blitz school exams. Everyone can benefit from increasing their vocabulary, from primary school children to university students and adults. Even established authors can learn a new thing or two!

Ultimate Vocabulary is a great PC program that can help you do just that (the Mac version will be out in the next year). With a wide range of interactive features, this program makes it easy and enjoyable to increase the number of words that you know and use with confidence.

The words that Ultimate Vocabulary test aren’t unusual or esoteric — no stramineous (worthless) or lexiphanic (pretentious language) words here. They’re words that you will be able to use in everyday communication, whether writing reports at work, composing e-mails, giving speeches, writing essays at school, or composing that great novel of yours.

Just as a small example of the sort of words you’ll find in Ultimate Vocabulary:

         concord (agreement of opinions)

         eminent (standing above others in quality or position)

         supine (lying face upward)

English very probably has more words in it than any other language (such things are very hard to pin down!), due in large part to its predilection to adopting words from other languages. This means that there is generally an exact word for almost every nuance of meaning, and many synonyms and antonyms.

Ultimate Vocabulary helps you broaden your vocabulary in quite a few fun ways. Under the “Learn Words” menu you can use the "Word Discover" feature to — yes, you guessed it — discover new words. You can also practise your new words using the “Flash Cards” “Synonyms” and “Antonyms” features, and find out more about what any word means with the Dictionary feature.

When you feel ready for a challenge, you can put your skills to the test with the “Test Yourself” section. Here you can do a “Definition Test” (match a given definition to one of four words), “Word Test” (match the word to the correct definition), “Synonym Test” and the “Antonym Test”. When you’re really up for a challenge, try the “Word Recall” test, where you type in the correct word to match a given definition, and the “Spelling Test”, where you type a word after hearing it read aloud (by a real person, too, not a computer-generated voice, which is a nice touch).

Ultimate Vocabulary also has direct links to online resources, myEtymology (which brings up the source and history of any selected word), Wikipedia, and Wiktionary.

The “Word Explorer” is an appealing interactive animated graphic portrayal of the connections and links between words, and an enjoyable way of browsing through the English language.

There are many targeted word lists you can access in Ultimate Vocabulary, under the “Ultimate Words” tab. These special word lists cover everything from Grade 1–10 word lists to PhD level vocabulary lists and SAT Exam lists, as well as Words for Life Success. Very helpful for some focussed learning!

There are sets of general word lists of less-common words, starting from easy words and progressing to harder lists of words. You can also create custom words lists, selecting words you’d like to learn, and leaving out those you already have under your belt.

Once you’ve remembered a new word, you can click on a check box to mark that word as “mastered”, and it will no longer be shown to you in tests or exercises.

The interface is clean, uncluttered, and appealing, and the controls are intuitive and easy to use. We really think you’ll find Ultimate Vocabulary helpful if you want to improve your vocabulary — it comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you’ve got nothing to lose! Give it a try today!

Troy and I have agreed to receive a commission from some sales of the Ultimate Vocabulary software because we are happy to endorse that software.



Last modified on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 04:34
English Language Skills (Denise)

English Language Skills (Denise)

I'm a syndicated puzzle writer, with 8 puzzle books to my name, including Word Searches for Dummies and Cracking Codes and Cryptograms for Dummies (with Mark Koltko-Rivera). I have a background in science and graphic design, and am a trained indexer. My favourite puzzles are cryptic crosswords. and my favourite books are murder mysteries and cookbooks. I am also a very keen knitter.

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