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Spanish Word Find

By Componica, LLC

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Description

"Spanish Word Find" helps you learn Spanish vocabulary while having fun! Made for English speakers learning Spanish, "Spanish Word Find" provides a list of words and challenges you to find their translations in the puzzle.

FEATURES

• More than 1200 Spanish words
• Three board sizes
• Includes audio pronunciations for each Spanish word
• Choose either Spanish or English puzzles
• Randomly generated puzzles - never see the same puzzle twice!
• Choose from categories such as "Entertainment", "Food", or "Business", or create a puzzle using words from all categories
• Keeps track of your best times
• Fun and addicting!

Be sure to check out our website for the latest updates and other Spanish Learning products:

http://www.memorizewords.com/

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Customer Reviews

Creative way to learn spanish!

I am very happy with this app, if you can't remember the spanish word, it will give you a quick hint and it will also show you all the words in english before you begin the word find. Love it. Please make one in french and italian. thanks for the great app!

Fun to play

This is a nice way to refresh your memory of some vocabulary. I'm not sure how effective it is as a learning tool but it's fun to play.

quite good for the price

DESCRIPTION: This is a word search that presents you with a list of words in English and asks you to find the Spanish equivalents in a grid of letters. Alternately, you can change the settings so that you are given a list of words in Spanish and are asked to find the English equivalents. In this way you can learn Spanish words. However, it should be noted that you cannot learn how to form coherent sentences--that requires learning syntax and grammar, which you will find difficult to extract from a $1 Word Find. As such, this app is best used alongside other forms of learning.

WORDS: So far, the words used by the app are things I previously learned in my very early Spanish classes. There are 21 categories of vocabulary, which can be accessed by an icon in the upper right that looks like an "i" inside a circle. You can choose any single category's words to search from, or you can choose any combination of categories's words. The categories are: Animals, Business, City, Clothing and Accessories, Color, Days and Months, Education, Emotions, Entertainment, Everyday, Family, Food, Health, Money, Nature, Number, Profession, Sports, Transportation, Traveling, and Weather.

OPTIONS: Upon starting a "New Game", you are allowed to set the following options:

[1] "Board Type" -- This lets you choose "English" or "Spanish." If set to English, you are given a list of Spanish words and a board in which to find their English equivalencies. If set to Spanish, you are given a list of English words and a board in which to find their Spanish equivalencies.

[2] "Board Size" -- This allows you to choose "Small" (7x7 letters), "Medium" (10x10), or "Large" (13x13). Even the large board works pretty well on the iPod Touch--I only occasionally pick out the wrong letter, and there's no penalty for doing so.

[3] "Allow Backwards" ("On" or "Off") -- This setting allows you to control whether or not words appear in a 'backwards' orientation in the puzzle (that is, from right to left or from bottom up). If you are new to Spanish, you may find it hard to recognize Spanish words backwards. As you become more and more familiar with Spanish word formations, it will become easier to recognize words, forwards or backwards.

PRO:
- very low price; the game works and it's $1, you can't very well go wrong with that
- minimalistic application makes for easy navigation (with notable exception of the vocabulary lists, which are easy to overlook)
- clear pronunciation of words as you find them
- good for beginner students as a study aid; good for intermediate/advanced students as a game + review of words not seen since Spanish 1 class

CON:
- the vocabulary lists are difficult to find; if I had not known they were there, I would not have found them (note: look in the upper right for an "i" inside a circle and press it)
- cannot listen to iPod music while playing
- no way to turn off or hide timer

RECOMMENDATIONS:

[1] Make the icon that leads to the word list menu larger and more obviously associated with vocabulary lists. The "i" icon isn't a good one; it makes me think 'information' or 'help menu', not 'integral option to the usefulness and enjoyment of this game.' If all else fails, the Word Find Settings menu (reached upon pressing New Game) has plenty of room for a more wordy link to the vocabulary lists. In my opinion, this is the only significant design flaw in your app (taking into consideration that I paid $1 for it).

[2] Music is central to the iPod market, but this game plays mostly in silence. I notice another app of yours, Memorize Words for Spanish, lets me play music while using its Word Find; it would be quite nice if you brought that feature to this app, as well.

[3] Add an option so users can add new categories in the vocabulary lists. Such a feature would make your app more appealing to a wider range of Spanish learners. For example:
[[A]] A nurse who needs to learn Spanish for his job can add a category called "illnesses" and another called "tools" and fill these with the words he needs to know to communicate with his patients.
[[B]] A student who has a test coming up on Dec 1 can add a category called "Dec 1 test" that is filled with the vocabulary he needs to study.
[[C]] A Spanish major who has made it past the days of vocabulary tests can add a category called "kittens and mittens" and fill it with vocabulary on her favorite things, so she can learn the vocabulary needed to read and discuss topics of interest to her.

[4] With very minor adjustments, you could make a version of this app that could help Spanish speakers learn English vocabulary, in much the same way it can help English speakers learn Spanish. The only thing that needs to be addressed is the menu interface and the audio clip that plays when words are found (English Language Learners wouldn't benefit greatly from hearing a word spoken in Spanish).

Spanish Word Find
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  • $0.99
  • Category: Games
  • Released: Apr 27, 2009
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 8.7 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Componica, LLC

Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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