[Windows] The other day I spotted this cool app at Snapfiles and I just had to try it out. I’m always looking for good free educational software.
According to the authors:
EasyWords is a free software that helps you memorize words very easily while learning a new language. The program asks you several questions while you spend your time by your pc, and teaches you the right answer if your answer is incorrect.
The software isn’t a big download and should work in XP, Vista and 7. However, it does require .NET Framework 3.5 to run. The installation is simple and does not require any personal information. Once it’s installed and it runs the first time, you will be asked to set the language that you wish to use (as shown below).
Next you’ll be prompted to either choose a dictionary or create one.
I decided to use one of the dictionaries that comes with it by clicking the Browsebutton.
I chose to try one of the German dictionaries to see how well I would do during the testing. After I selected a dictionary, I had to confirm the settings by saving them. At this point you should note that you can make EasyWords run when you start Windows each time. If you are serious about learning, you might want to consider letting it do that.
In the settings, I had chosen to have EasyWords ask me a multiple-choice question every three minutes. Just below is an example of a question that popped up.
When you get a wrong answer, it will show you the correct answer highlighted in green.
After several questions, I was able to open the EasyWords main screen to see how well I had been doing. I don’t know German, and you can see that I didn’t do very well.
Even though I didn’t do so great, I’m sure that if I had this running every day, I’d definitely be picking up German pretty easily. After all, isn’t that why it’s called EasyWords?
Later, I decided to create my own dictionary, just for fun. Here’s what the dictionary creation interface looks like:
Do you know the answer to this next question?
Here’s a hint for you. Which language did I chose to add to the new dictionary?
Would you like to try EasyWords?
Techie Buzz Verdict:
I love EasyWords. It’s easy to use and it’s simple to adapt for other types of testing. I have a feeling that I’ll be getting plenty of use out of it. The only thing about it that I wasn’t pleased with, was the fact that it requires .NET Framework. Even after considering that, I will still give this educational app a well deserved thumbs up.
Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)