Jul 12, 2011
Everyone wants to get smarter, but the best way to make people think you’re brainy is by using long words. It helps if those long words aren’t made up as well, and if you actually know what they mean. We can all slip antidisestablishmentarianism into the conversation, but it’s another thing entirely to do so correctly.
That’s where PowerVocab comes in. Not so much for the antidisestablishmentarianism conundrum, but for other, much more useful words. It’s a game that tests the breadth, width and depth of your vocabulary, throwing words and explanations at you, then giving you points for correct answers.
It’s a neat little system, and one that works quite well, especially because at the end of each round, you’re given the option to review your answers. Get any wrong and you can go back and find out what the word actually means, which in turn means you’ve learnt a new word. Congratulations, you’re a bit smarter than you were before.
The number of words you can learn appears to be pretty large, although in the early rounds repetition is pretty frequent. The app’s not that great looking either, with clunky menus and a distinctly mid-nineties design style. Those are minor flaws though, in what is a fun and helpful little application.
Learning is fun, that’s the message behind PowerVocab, and it’s a message that I wholeheartedly support. Any game or app that sets out to expand a person’s knowledge and horizons should be championed, doubly so when they do it as well as PowerVocab.
It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but for those who want to brush up their speaking and writing skills, it’s a really great download. It won’t make you a genius, but with a bit of practice, it might make people believe you’re a genius.