LinguaMatch is a neat little electronic dictionary that translates hundreds of words between any of these languages: US English, UK English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. The words are grouped into a number of categories such as actions, cities, parts the of body, food, interrogatives, numerals, and many more. These categories, in turn, are each represented by a colorful picture that takes up most of the screen. Simply click on "hot spots" on each picture to reveal the word – in any pair of languages of your choice. One thing I really like is that many words are linked to common phrases that show you basic examples of their usage in real life. The on-line help function explains everything you need to know about the program in great detail, and the mouse-driven interface is intuitive and unobtrusive. |
The graphics are pleasant throughout, with plenty of colorful cartoons. Although several pairs of words (particularly US vs. UK English) feel oddly outdated, LinguaMatch packs enough useful words to justify purchase. Overall, LinguaMatch is a great example of a kind of useful application that were sorely needed before CD-ROM dictionaries and later the Internet came about. Recommended!
Note: the Russian version of the downloads page (link below) seems to have more stuff on it, and different stuff as well. Presumably it's in Russian. The first download item is a patch for LinguaMatch that's supposed to allow installing multiple language versions on the same computer. Perhaps your best bet is just to follow the other link instead...
Reviewed by: Underdogs