on 31 December 2003
I consider the CD-Rom you get with the dictionary the best on the market. Each entry has IPA symbols as well as two clickable loudspeakers, a red one for the English pronunciation and a blue one for the American. A microphone icon let you practice all the words. The feature I like using every day is the QUICKfind, with the automatic sound, for you just point the mouse at a word and the software speaks up its pronunciation for you. Just imagine all those foreign language university students preparing for an oral exam, having to read loads of poems aloud and explain the meanings of the words. With this feature they can open their Word documents or even surfing a website and hear and practice all the pronunciations, and also have their meanings on the QUICKfind window still present on their PC screens. What a lot of time saved!
The main window of the software has three other interesting icons, i.e. exercises, pictures and study pages.
Among the Exercises you have Word exercises (adjectives and adverbs, affixes, homophones, irregular and problem verbs, noun forms, suffixes, verbs meaning 'perform') and Picture exercises (animals, back, birds, body, car interior, car exterior, cars and trucks, clothes, flowers... till vegetables).
Among the Pictures you have around 100 different tables of content, just point the mouse at a drawing and you'll get its meaning.
Last but not least, you have the Study Pages, among which you can find useful explanations in PDF format (A. Vocabulary, Grammar and Pronunciation; B. General information).
I would give this product six stars if only I could! Highly recommended to everyone who uses a PC and wish to improve his English.
on 1 January 2004
I consider the CD-Rom you get with the book the best dictionary on the market. Each entry has IPA symbols and also a red loudspeaker icon for the British pronunciation and a blue one for the American. A microphone icon let you practise your pronunciation.
The feature I like using every day is the QUICKfind with the automatic sound. You just point the mouse at a Word document or at the text on a web page and the software speaks up the sound for you. While listening to the sound, the QUICKfind let you have a small dictionary window open on the screen with the meaning of each word you are pointing the mouse at, and the two loudspeakers with both English and American pronunciations are still there. Just imagine all those foreign languages and literatures university students who are going to prepare for their oral exams and have to be able to read aloud loads of poems with a perfect pronunciation and also explain the words’ meanings – what a lot of time saved with the aid of this software!
The main window has three other useful icons, i.e. Exercises, Pictures and Study pages.
Among the Exercises, you can find Word Exercises (adjectives and adverbs, affixes, homophones, irregular and problem verbs, noun forms, suffixes, verbs meaning ‘perform’) and Pictures Exercises (animals, back, birds, body, car exterior, car interior, cars and trucks, clothes, flowers, foot, fruit, hair, hand, hats, head, in the kitchen, in the office, kitchen equipment, office equipment, phrasal verbs, planes, ships and boats, skeleton, sports, vegetables).
Among the Pictures you can find about 100 tables of content with colourful drawings. If you point the mouse at a drawing, its word appears, whereas if you click on the drawing, its meaning appears.
Among the Study pages you can find very useful documents in PDF format, divided into two categories, i.e. “Vocabulary, Grammar, Pronunciation” (a guide to pronunciation, determiners, homographs, homophones, irregular verbs, modal verbs, phrasal verbs, prefixes and suffixes, punctuation, regular inflections, regular verb tenses, relative clauses, word building) and “General Information” (common names, common symbols, computers, geographical names, letter writing, measurements and quantities, money, periods of time, relationships, sounds and smells, telephoning, varieties of English, work and jobs).
I would give this item six stars, if only I could! Highly recommended to all those who need a very fast desktop companion, for it’s a real pleasure to work with, and once the software is saved into your hard disk, you won’t need to run the CD any more.