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My Word Coach (Nintendo DS)

by Ubisoft
Nintendo DS
 Ages 3 and Over
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Play with words and letters with 6 Core Training Exercises:
  • Missing Letter (Words are missing letters: find back the good one to succeed.)
  • Split decision (Choose between several propositions the good definition for a word.)
  • Pasta letter (In this speed challenge, spell out words from letters sinking in a soup.)
  • Block Letter (In this Tetris like, spell any of the listed word with the block. When a word is correctly completed, it blocks are removed.)
  • Word Shuffle (Fill in the spot the definitions corresponding to the correct word.)
  • Safecracker (A word is the code of the safe. From the definition, write it as fast as possible & defeat your opponent.)
  • 3 difficulty levels.
  • Over 16,500 words and definitions using the Official Cambridge Dictionary.
  • Developed in collaboration with Tom Cobb-Mac Gill & Quebec University Linguist.
  • 4 different personal coaches to choose from.
  • Save the data of 3 people so the whole family can play.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000RK2P8I
  • Release Date: 16 Nov 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,045 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

  • Over 16,500 words and definitions using the Official Cambridge Dictionary
  • 3 difficulty levels
  • 4 different personal coaches to choose from
  • Save data for 3 people so the whole family can play
  • 6 Core Training Exercises:
  • Missing Letter - Find the missing letters. In harder levels words have an incorrect letter, replace it with the correct letter.
  • Split Decision - Choose the correct definition for a given word.
  • Pasta Letters - Spell out words from letters sinking in a soup. In easy levels, letters are displayed in the right order before being mixed in the soup. In harder level, only the definition will be displayed and you will have to figure out the word which needs spelling.
  • Block Letter - In this Tetris like exercise spell any of the listed word with the blocks. When a word is correctly completed, it`s blocks are removed.
  • Word Shuffle - Choose the correct definition for a given word. You will then be given a new list of words and must find the correct word for the definition.
  • Safecracker - A word is the code to a safe. Using the definition you must write the correct word as fast as possible to beat your opponent.
     

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good game but with a few bugs 29 Dec 2007
By Emma
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game was received along with brain training & big brain academy & a sparkling new ds for christmas.

I really like it & have played it daily. The game unlocks new mini games as you progress & gives you an expression potential every day based on how well you are doing. It also has a high score table so you can compare your scores against family or friends that have played using the same cart.

However, it doesn't always recognise letters (same as brain training here) & one of the games block letters needs it turnng sideways, not allowing a left handd version .

The games are fun & new aspects get introduced as you crack a harder level like blowing into the soup while retrieving the letters in pasta letters.

V happy with this game.

There's not a lot of multiplayer either - but block letters played competitively with my husband was insne & fun - it's quite cool that if you remove a word & he is halfway through selecting the letters to make that word on his ds they disappear from his screen aka a bomb blast & he groans - not quite so funny in reverse though!)

I don't know how much it is improving my vocabulary as I knew a lot of the words already, but it is fun & is improving my reaction times.

It also gives you a test at first to pitch the words correctly so my 8 yr old has been playing it at an appropriate level for her.
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109 of 111 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Warning to UK users : American vocabulary! 30 April 2008
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
For me this game is ruined by the use of the American spellings of words. For example:

'jewelry' rather than 'jewellery'
'program' rather than 'programme'
'traveling' rather than 'travelling'
...and so on.

Also the game includes several stereotypically American words such as 'condo'. This wouldn't be so bad, but it doesn't explain that it is actually an abbreviation. One more example- I don't think I have ever heard a British person use the word 'peewee' (with the exception of it being part of the name of Peewee Herman).

The game has an option for selecting the user's country which includes the USA, Canada and the UK but this doesn't seem to have any noticeable effect on the spellings used.

Of course it would be easy to argue that American spellings are becoming the dominant form, and if you can agree with this then the game is reasonably enjoyable and some of the games are quite fun (but then some are a bit annoying), but as I am British I would not give this to a child growing up in the UK.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A goos brain stretcher! 8 Jan 2008
By Merry R
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Bought this to try and improve my (dreadful!) Scrabble skills and I've really enjoyed it. It's a great rendition of the brain train type game and remarkably compulsive. I've been totally hooked (and my Scrabble is slowly improving) for the last week and I still am.

I nearly didn't buy it after reading one review on left-handed problems with the game. It would be great if it did swap over, but I've been left-handed for 34 years and I haven't found it to be any more difficult to cope with than most of the rest of the right handed world! It's perfectly acceptable on that score.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Competent, but predictable 5 Dec 2007
By mosta67 VINE VOICE
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Another title in the vein of the Brain Training titles, but with the focus on vocabulary, My Word Coach will be familiar to those who have any of the aforementioned mental agility games.

After registering yourself (there are 3 save slots), filling in date of birth, etc, and choosing a tutor (gladly, there's no irritating Dr Kawashima or grey faecal lump with mortar board from Big Brain Academy in sight) there is a test to rate your base vocabulary level.

From this point, the training activities are introduced from a 'fill in the missing/incorrect letter', to word definition games, spaghetti soup anagrams (the letters sink, on higher levels), beat the computer: code wheel and word tetris.
All games utilise the stylus, letter recognition, choosing the correct definition, dragging and dropping alphabet soup, or spinning the code wheel. The interface is practically faultless in this respect.

It's all quite well done, with enough new words to keep you interested as you improve your ratings, which are percentage and vocation rated (e.g. lawyer, psychologist), though not sure if 'tabloid reporter' or 'vice-president' are available.

After each activity is completed, the list of words and definitions are given, if you're serious about learning; there are the usual graphs and stats provided to chart your progress.

It's fun for a few days, though I'm not sure about long term appeal.
In this respect, Brain Training has a greater variety of activities, which is to be expected given the broad scope of that title.
'My Word Coach' will suit the commuter with a few minutes to spare, and is a worthy addition to the DS list of 'grown up kids' titles.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars My Word Coach 11 Mar 2008
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I was really intrigued with this game to start with and played it regularly. However, unlike Brain Training and Sight Training I have found it to be very limited and repetitive, irrespective of whether letters sink in the soup! Trying to get through the requisite number of words in order to "stamp" the day becomes very tedious.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good bit of fun...but.... 29 Jan 2008
By Mrs. C. J. Cubbon VINE VOICE
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I am another left handed player and it is a pain that they did'nt think of allowing for it like they do for braintraining - I mean, it's a bit of a 'no-brainer' is'nt it. My son (who is hyperlexic and so loves words and numbers) likes this game but also gets frustrated at the poor letter recognition (as do I at times)there are some useful words in there but some that...yes, you just would'nt use and some seem so simple it is annoying. I have a fairly good vocabulary and after just a few days have advanced well into the game - not sure how long it will last me. One game just does'nt seem to work properly but is it 'user error?' hmmm...worth the money but please get the silly words out and all the american type words - we want useable words...come on now...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
It arrived and it was not in english and had trouble trying to return it
Published 15 days ago by jjustjack
5.0 out of 5 stars my kids love it
After initial encouragement my kids love it. 9-10 yo kids use this as their extra homework, they love it! Good fun for grownups too.
Published 2 months ago by Snowtiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and Helpful Game
I loved this game it was really good, it was fun and enjoyable and also helps you to concentrate more and focus. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lesley Michaeli
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
I use this everyday with my learners they this the DS is great and it really helps develop the brain and is an activity different to paper based English
Published 13 months ago by Clare Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Nintendo
Bought as a gift for my wife who likes her puzzles, this has been extensively used so must be good.
Published 13 months ago by Peter Joiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Good at building vocabulary
Want to go to Uni, however have never been an academic. This has helped me learn some new words to help me sound a little more intelligent. Read more
Published 17 months ago by carly hawks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ds Game
I bought this my hubby to play on his ds to help with is english, it did it's job & now it helps my sons so all good.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. K. Thacker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
Bought this game to help my son with his English and spelling as he is always on his Nintendo DS. He enjoys this game and it has helped him with his English.
Published 19 months ago by ms leigh griffiths
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Game
Good game, although I think overtime if played a lot it could get a bit boring and repetitive, but I play ita few times a week, in between playing others and I still enjoy it and... Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2012 by emma.louise89
3.0 out of 5 stars to hard for 5 year olds
i bought this game hoping that it would help with spellings for my 5 year old,why put age 3 on it i don,t know,this game is more for teenagers to adult.
Published on 11 Jun 2011 by julie
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