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Ultimate Vocabulary Review

Ultimate Vocabulary 2007 is an advanced vocabulary software tool designed for a wide variety of people. Whether you are a student, business professional or someone with a keen interest in vocabulary, Ultimate Vocabulary is customizable for your needs.

User interface

Ultimate Vocabulary has a stylish, professional and intuitive user interface – it’s the best we’ve seen in a vocabulary program to date.  The interface is based on the latest Microsoft Window’s theme and it’s easy to quickly learn where everything is.

Word database and core words

What separates this program from the others is the enormous word database.  With over 140,000 words in Ultimate Vocabulary’s database, it leaves the competitors behind (Power Vocabulary Builder has 2200 words and WordSmart has 400). What’s great about this database is that as well as offering the recommended “ultimate words” for you to progressively learn, you can also look up just about any word you want to know the meaning of.  Every word is explained in great detail with extensive usage examples. Ultimate Vocabulary can also function as your dictionary.

eLearning educational framework

Ultimate Vocabulary has an advanced eLearning framework that is the most learner-focused software we reviewed.  It offers structured vocabulary building through a series of ten levels with the words getting progressively more difficult. The words chosen in the levels are of high quality and have great practical application – they’re the kinds of words that you read in newspaper articles and business reports.  

Once you have mastered a level you can move onto the next one.  Each level provides in-depth information on the words, including pronunciation, usage examples, synonyms and antonyms.  But it doesn’t stop there – Ultimate Vocabulary presents powerful interactive eLearning features including Flash Cards, Synonym Memory, Word Antonym Memory and Multiple Choice tests. These tools provide the solid learning framework you need if you're serious about improving your vocabulary needs.

Usage examples and other features

The best vocabulary programs provide good word usage examples. Let’s face it, without understanding how a word can be used in context, you won’t know how to use it. For every single word in Ultimate Vocabulary there are 50 word usage example sentences, and these have been gathered from expert sources. Ultimate Vocabulary also has other advanced learning features:

  • 50 Power word examples – high quality examples
  • Word Explorer – a visual tool that lets you see how a word is related to other words
  • Etymology – the history of each word and its origins
  • Wiktionary  - the official definition  affiliated with Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia – more information about each word sourced directly from Wikipedia

These great features facilitate the best information and understanding of a word you can get, and they're all integrated seamlessly into Ultimate Vocabulary’s appealing interface.

Customization and flexibility

Ultimate Vocabulary is the most diverse and flexible of the programs reviewed.  A unique benefit of the program is that you can compile your very own custom word lists. Just say you are reading a business magazine and stumble on some new words that you want to learn.  Instead of looking them up in your old dictionary, go to Ultimate Vocabulary for a rich and complete interactive understanding of the words.  Then use the program to add your new business words to your very own custom word list.

What’s brilliant about this program is that the Multiple Choice Tests, Flash Cards and other tests that are part of the program then automatically appear as testing methods for your very own word lists. This really is a huge benefit and was not found in any other vocabulary building tool we reviewed.  Unfortunately for Mac users there is currently no Mac version of this program.

Overall Verdict

The people behind this great program have done their work flawlessly. From expert user friendliness, advanced eLearning features, customizable word lists and a 140,000 word database, the product really is the best out there.  What’s more, Ultimate Vocabulary is excellent value for money. At $67 you get significantly more for your money than Power Vocabulary Builder or WordSmart. Ultimate Vocabulary is an advanced educational software tool which should be on every serious vocabulary builder’s computer.

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