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  • Summary: Do you ever feel at "loss for words"? Would you like to express yourself more clearly and with confidence? Want to improve your vocabulary in a straightforward and entertaining way? In your daily life, knowing the right word can make all the difference! My Word Coach offers a fun and challenging way to improve verbal skills through a series of engaging activities and exercises. The game was inspired by ongoing vocabulary acquisition research by Thomas Cobb, University Professor in Applied Linguistics at the University of Quebec. Enjoyable activities include word recognition, spelling challenges, and vocabulary definition, including 16,800 words from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. When you play, My Word Coach assesses, monitors, and rewards your Expression Potential, a score that represents your ability to command and use the English language. The higher the number (out of a possible 100%), the better you are able to express yourself! While the Wii version takes advantage of the Wii Remote through lively mini-games and easy-to-use controls, the Nintendo DS version makes full use of the system’s unique, dual Touch Screen. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Dovetailing off the success of Nintendo's "Brain Age", My Word Coach is about as much fun as you can have while getting a vocabulary lesson. [Feb 2008, p.96]
  2. The game is easily accessible to players with all different vocabulary ability levels, but it won't have any qualms about showing you just how much you need to improve.
  3. As far as edutainment games goes, My Word Coach is one of the better ones I have spent time with and one in which nearly anyone age 8 or older should be able to get something out of.
  4. True, it all feels more like doing homework than playing a game. But the incentive to keep going is you do find yourself learning new words. If that appeals, My Word Coach offers a stylishly presented, relatively entertaining way of doing it.
  5. A genuinely-useful vocabulary-expanding tool, and just palatable enough in its activities for the conditioned gamer. It’s on the dry, academic side, of course - it’s an ‘edutainment’ title, isn’t it? - but it’s definitely challenging, and might even make you sound smarter, or pass the SAT.
  6. We can't see what anyone will gain from this that they couldn't gain tenfold from a good novel and a dictionary. [Feb 2008, p.71]
  7. This is a classic case of a good idea with lackluster execution, making My Word Coach the kind of game that I'd like to see followed up with an expanded and improved sequel.
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  1. JeffreyN.
    Dec 4, 2007
    I have a poor vocabulary, but this will work to improve it. It is a fun game to.
  2. JulianR
    Apr 17, 2009
    I do have quite a good vocabulary and this did help me to improve it but after I unlocked all of the games, it did start to get very boring. Also, the music is dreadful and extremely annoying. However, for the purposes of being an educational game, it scores a seven and is quite fun when you start playing for the first time. Expand
  3. Melissa
    Feb 25, 2008
    Not terribly fun or educational, and gets old quickly. I was hoping for more context-based use of the vocabulary, but of the mini-games I've unlocked so far, it seems that you are expected to learn vocabulary based on 1 short definition for each word. Sometimes I found it hard to think of a way that I could use a new word in a sentence, based on the definition. If it included sentences for each word in future version, I would give it another try. Expand
  4. Chrris
    Sep 17, 2008
    Barely OK: games have 'off' feeling, challenges frustrating, letter recognition chancy sometimes, and worst of all, my rating went to 40% (University Graduate) after a couple of days, but my vocabulary had only changed slightly. The interface is a bit clumsy. While determining your vocabulary initially, it uses a very interesting list of very unusual words which, regrettably, can't be viewed. Improved version needed. Expand