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My Word Coach - Nintendo DS

by Ubisoft
Everyone
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews) 71 / 100

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Platform: Nintendo DS
Nintendo DS
  • The game evaluates your level, tracks and rewards your personal progression
  • 17,000 words
  • Large variety of games
  • DS-Wii connectivity
  • Includes 5 multiplayer games when linking the DS and Wii

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Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000ME25P2
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,032 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform: Nintendo DS

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My Word Coach, developed in collaboration with linguists, helps players improve their verbal communication and vocabulary in a fun way. Practice with six different exercises to choose between. Players can input missing letters from words, spell out the answers to various definitions, choose which word matches a particular definition, form specific words with Scrabble-like tiles, and more. Three levels of difficulty are available, and the game includes a built-in dictionary of over 17,000 words. Two of the games can be played multiplayer over wireless and five multiplayer games can be accessed when linking the Wii and DS. The data of up to three different players can be saved.

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UBI Soft My Word Coach for Nintendo DS

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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:Nintendo DS
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
While some other "nongames" provide limited access to linguistics-based challenges, this is the first I've seen to really capture the joy of engaging with language. I am seriously impressed with this title, and I've been recommending it to parents and colleagues alike.

The good stuff:
- All six training games are engaging, and they never get old, since the words are always changing.
- Even the games that focus on spelling are simultaneously engaging you with definitions.
- The training games feel intuitive with the DS stylus, moreso than I imagine the Wii Remote might feel.
- The games are physically fun to play. Move, arrange, rotate, or draw objects. It's more than just writing.
- The game has intelligently tracked my vocabulary level; I constantly feel challenged, but not overwhelmed.
- The unlocks come frequently, but the pacing is deliberately gradual to retain words in active memory.
- A great experience for 10-30 minutes a day.

What to watch out for:
- As far as I can tell, there is no left-handed support for the one training game where you hold the DS vertically. This is actually a pretty unforgivable oversight. If you are left-handed, you may want to think twice about this purchase.
- Remember that you can turn off the music in the settings screen, and that you will probably want to.

Another review mentioned the lack of pronunciation guide as a problem. I agree that it's a missed opportunity, but it's not a dealbreaker. The lack of southpaw support might be, though, if you happen to be left-handed.

NOTE: comments below indicate varying levels of comfort/success with left-handedness. Your mileage may vary! Someone I know personally had great difficulty attempting one of the six modes left-handed. That's the only reason I mention it at all.
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as fun as I had hoped.... July 18, 2008
Platform for Display:Nintendo DS
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Okay, I thought that MyWord Coach would be a good way to learn some new words... it wasn't, at least for me. (Although I do read a lot.) Here are my complaints-

1. The game seems to have been prepared for the British market; there are quite a few British words in here that aren't really used in American English. For example, I have had "flypast" instead of "flyby", etc. There are more, but I can't think of them off the top of my head.

2. The game does not have good, complete definitions for many of the words. For many of the words with multiple or more complex definitions, the definition expresses only a small part of what the word can mean.

3. There are far too many short/slangy/common words in here. For example: woozy, snazzy, watermill, porker, ninja, freeloader, etc. Now, it might seem a little odd that I'm complaining about this; however, I thought that since words take up little space as text files the game would probably contain many more difficult/advanced words. Also, my level on the game is pretty high, but these low-level words keep appearing.

4. The games get really boring.

5. There is no pronunciation key, nor audio of the words.

I guess I'm just a little disappointed; when I read about the advanced methods they used and the fact that they worked with the Cambridge dictionary, I just expected quite a bit more.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
By eichned
Platform for Display:Nintendo DS
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
My Word Coach DS (we liked the Wii version so much that we also bought the DS game - the DS stylus makes it easier to write, but my son likes the Wii's fun factor, and the Wii remote seems to keep him more involved in the learning process) - Do you have a kid who hasn't read enough to build a large vocabulary and strong spelling skills OR a kid who finds words fascinating? This game works for both, and provides lots of word practice with a series of different games -- my kid seemed almost surprised at the end of his first series that he had learned so much. There's lots of reading (definitions, etc.) which I think would make it tricky for kids much younger than ten. The game has progress graphs and high score history for encouragement and provides a word review after play. There are vocabulary games (e.g. Split Decision where you match the word on the screen to its correct definition) and spelling games (what could be more fun than grafitti-style spray painting to fill in the missing letter or correct a wrong letter?), with six training games in all and a couple of 'recreational' DS games. There are lots of options to keep a player's interst as the game gets harder -- for instance, both definitions may be wrong in Split Decision. My soon-to-be eleven year old plays until the professor tells him to stop for the day (after he's mastered a profile-determined word list). There's a slight learning curve, but he figured it out on his own without getting frustrated. He intuitively began picking up on clues such as how to guess a word from the definition. My son says it's "lots of fun -- almost, but not quite, like a regular game." I predict libraries and after-school programs will be holding lots of competitions with this game.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Word Coach - Cool Vocabulary Game with Nice Features January 16, 2008
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Ubisoft has created a new line of language games, starting with My Word Coach for Nintendo DS and Wii My Word Coach. The game design is very similar to Brain Age in structure, geared towards a daily quota of game play. These games help you improve vocabulary and communication skills. Despite a few hiccups, this is a very fun game that can be enjoyed by all, including lefties. :)

Pros:
+ Games are well designed to take advantage of the touch screen
+ Great games that stay fresh with frequently updated words
+ A good system for improving handwriting! (This should be required training for all MDs)
+ "Results" charts and scores allow you to track your progress and compare
+ Games and difficulty levels are added to improve and remain challenged
+ Included definitions allow you to learn word definitions, which is especially great for kids
+ 4 Characters which can be chosen through your profile, to guide you through the game
+ Detailed instructions are also great for kids and allow them to go on auto-pilot
+ Customizable, including turning off the music, altering your profile, etc
+ Glossary of words for reference
+ Only takes 10-20 minutes a day to meet your word objectives; play more if you like!

Cons:
- Somewhat long instructions, particularly the first time you play it
- Some of the hand-writing games require some adjustment to have your letters consistently recognized
- The falling "Block letters" game requires you to turn the DS sideways. You might block the words if you hold your stylus left-handed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
This is a fun little game to increase vocabulary. I look forward to playing it more and more! Thanks for fast service and a fine product!
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars My Word Coach - Nintendo DS
My son needed help with english and I do believe this will help. it is already good because it is a fun way to learn new words.
Published 7 months ago by C. Renee Wetherbee
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun but Hopelessly Repetitive
I love learning about new words and jumped at the chance to play a fun game to match.

What I liked

-Good word selection
-Most of the games were fun... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Megan Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars My Word Coach for Nintendo DS
What started out as a game console has actually made me feel younger. Not that I've found the miraculous Fountain of Youth but I think having a better vocabulary and being able to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by A. Ricks
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW.
This game is sooooooo freaking cool. It's worth the price. I got a 90 on the GRE because of it.
Published 18 months ago by Athena
4.0 out of 5 stars DOES THIS GAME EVER GET TO 100%?
Positive points: My family members all think this game is fun. The game includes 16,000 words, including quite a bit of "SAT vocabulary" and the word difficulty level does... Read more
Published on November 16, 2011 by papagena
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game for kids and adults alike
Have had it for a month now. Very satisfied. It allows you to build vocabulary with out unnecessory stress of learning. Read more
Published on January 28, 2011 by skt
5.0 out of 5 stars I heart vocabulary
I'm fan of learning new words and such, and would definitely recommend this to any fellow vocab lovers. It's quite fun.
Published on January 7, 2011 by bookaddict116
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Program
This is an excellent program that helps expand your vocabulary in many different ways. Great bonus to buy it used(so long as its in good condition) and have someone elses history... Read more
Published on August 28, 2010 by Turtles all the Way Down™
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth it!
I have no complaints. It arrived on time, was exactly how I expected it, and the kids have fun with it! Great game...
Published on June 26, 2010 by skyybluemami
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