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In English, it is perfectly fine to use expressions like "vocabulary trainer" or "grammar trainer" to denominate a certain type of software that offers interactive exercises (often in the form of drill and practice).

The publishing house PONS apparently uses the expression "trainer lessicale" to translate "vocabulary trainer": https://itunes.apple.com/it/app/pons-trainer-lessicale/id452121028?l=it

Interestingly, Google searches for the word "trainer" return very few results that concern the context of e-learning.

  • Does the use of the word “trainer” appear strange in this context?

  • Why do you think PONS chose "trainer lessicale" over "trainer di vocaboli"?

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  • Welcome to Italian.SE! – Charo Aug 16 '16 at 15:51
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    «Does the use of the word “trainer” appear strange in this context?» - Do you mean in Italian? Yes, very much so, because it is not an Italian word, and most people – me included – wouldn't understand it. – DaG Aug 16 '16 at 16:19
  • @DaG: How would you translate "vocabulary trainer" into Italian? – lavolvol Aug 16 '16 at 17:10
  • Since the notion is new, it would be necessary to create a new phrase: “allenatore lessicale” seems the most obvious one, but I am sure someone else can do better. – DaG Aug 16 '16 at 18:00
  • @DaG: Thank you. And how would you translate "grammar trainer" or "conjugation trainer" into Italian? – lavolvol Aug 16 '16 at 19:29
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The most literal (valid) translation, as pointed out by egreg, would probably be Esercitatore lessicale .

But it does sound "clunky".

A more natural (and less literal) translation that I would use is possibly Eserciziario di lessico or eserciziario lessicale.]

For the other two you mentioned, you could use the same schema and go with eserciziario di grammatica and eserciziario di (sulle?) coniugazioni , though the latter is also a bit odd-sounding. Probably sounds better with sulle instead of di in this case.

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