Learning how to conjugate verbs is one of the most difficult parts of learning any language. Even when you are a good speaker, there are still times when thinking of the future subjunctive of the third-person plural is a bit complicated, especially if the language isn't one you use every day. Verbix is a great program that will doubtlessly help you out in times of grammatical crisis.
Verbix is a complex tool that includes 312 languages and countless numbers of verbs - 11,179 in English and 3,856 in Swahili, for example. The interface is not particularly complicated - you chose the language and pick your verb (either by typing it in the search box or browsing through a list) and Verbix displays all the conjugations it contains. It color-codes the various endings and changes, and allows you to modify these elements to make them easier to recognize. All of the verb parts are well marked, and Verbix even includes a list of verbs that are inflected in the same way.
To make the experience a little more fun, the main Verbix interface also contains some tabbed options - access to Amazon books related to the language you are searching for, a limited number of translations for the verb, and a map option - although I couldn't find a language that activated it. You can also print results from Verbix and copy them to the clipboard.
Verbix allows you to configure grammatical rules for some languages, such as specifying the tuteo or voseo in Spanish. You can also add and translate the more unusual language extensions that are automatically included in the installation, although some are far from complete. It is also worth bearing in mind that some of the pre-installed languages vary greatly in how many verbs they include, even if they are widely spoken. Some languages simply have more verbs than others, but it is obvious that some verbs are missing from Verbix.
Verbix is a great verb conjugation tool, especially for those learning or working with multiple languages.
- This new major version of Verbix software has been upgraded to now work better in Windows Vista, the latest Windows operating system from Microsoft.
- Verbix 2008 is faster than its predecessor Verbix 7.3 for Windows. More than that user can select what information is available along with the selected language and verb -- this also has immediate impact on speed.
- Verbix 2008 contains manu usability fixes and it's designed in the way that usage is more straight-forward than in earlier versions