Viv's Vocabulary Database (Version 3.9)


What's new in version3.93?

In the new version, if you want to see some of the letters you got wrong during a test, the reduction of your overall score has been reduced to just one percent. There's now a new option after pressing the 'Print all my words' button. First, you'll be asked if you want to print the contents of your database, If you select 'No', a further option will be to export your database to an Excel file. On selecting this option, a copy of the entire contents of your database will be saved in a 'CSV' file on the 'C:' drive of your computer. Double click on this and it should open as a Microsoft Excel file. The option to cancel when pressing the 'Delete my previous guesses?' button has been added.

What's new in the teachers' version?

If you have purchased the Database Administrator's Key (see link at the bottom of this page), when students start a new vocabulary notebook, any new words will be listed alphabetically according to the section which they are in. This organisation applies to both the 'revise and edit' page and testing.

What is it?

An electronic notebook for learning and testing vocabulary. (see screenshots of the program)

Who is it for?

Language learners of any language which uses the Latin script (I don't know if it will work with Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and other non-Latin scripts. The program could also be used by people studying other subjects

Language teachers can prepare word lists including meanings in the students' native language and context sentences in English. These word lists can be 'locked' so that they can't be edited or deleted, and then tested either in class or at home, providing the students have a copy of Microsoft Access on their computers. Teachers can also set the program to automatically record test scores (These functions are not available in the free student's copy of the program).

How does it work?

Simple! You write the words and expressions you want to learn, along with their meanings in your language and a context sentence. Whenever you want to, you can test all or groups of words, and the program will allow you to record your test scores if you want to. Remembering 60% of your words and expressions is considered a 'pass'. After testing, you can see the words you got wrong, their context sentences and the correct answer.

This program has been designed to be used in conjunction with Viv's notebook organisation, but however your notebook is organised, you will still be able to use Viv's Vocabulary Database to help you learn new words.


You'll need to have a copy of Microsoft Access (part of the Microsoft Office suite 2010) on your computer to be able to use this program. However, you don't need to know anything about using Access to use Viv's Vocabulary Database.

The Free version of the program comes as a Microsoft signed package file 483kb in size. When uncompacted, the size of the file is 788kb. There is also a help file: VVDBHelp.chm (22kb). If you keep this help file in the same folder as your database, you can get help by pressing the 'F1' key.  Disk space isn't a problem with the Vocabulary Database. It's been tested with over 2,000 words and expressions and its size was never more than 900kb. If you've got Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel on your computer, but aren't sure if you've got Access, download Viv's Vocabulary Database and when you open it by double-clicking on the file, it will automatically open Microsoft Access if you have this program. If you haven't got Access, which comes with the Microsoft Office Professional software suite, you can still use your Viv's Vocabulary Database program by downloading a free 'runtime' version of the program from the Microsoft web site. You'll find instructions on how to do this on the Database download page (see below).


Instructions for installing the program are on the download page (click on the link below)

To receive a free copy of Viv's Vocabulary Database (students' program) download page.

To buy a copy of the teacher's/language school version (teacher's version) click on this link

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