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1. Jumpstart Spanish
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2. Instant Immersion 33 Languages
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3. JumpStart Spanish
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4. KidSpeak French
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5. Dora the Explorer: Animal Adventures
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6. KidSpeak Spanish
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7. LEARNING COMPANY Learn To Speak
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8. Vocabulary Builder - LearnRomanian
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9. Educator's Choice Language Excelerator
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10. Instant Immersion Language Lab
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11. The Powerpuff Girls Learning Challenge
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12. Learn To Speak Spanish Version
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13. Instant Immersion 18 Languages
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14. JumpStart Languages
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15. Vocabulary Builder - LearnCroatian
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16. TOPICS ENTERTAINMENT Instant Immersion
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17. Arthur's Teacher Trouble
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18. TOPICS ENTERTAINMENT Instant Immersion
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19. Success Builder Spanish (Jewel
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20. TOPICS ENTERTAINMENT Instant Immersion

1. Jumpstart Spanish
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B000083JY8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Knowledge Adventure
Sales Rank: 56
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (44)

4-0 out of 5 stars Jumpstart Advanced toddler
We bought this as a Christmas present for our son that just turned 2. We were looking for an educational computer game for him and we already had Reader Rabbit Toddler (which he loves). When I first started Jumpstart Adv. Toddler I thought it was way too simple, then I discovered that most activities have 2 levels. Level 1 is pretty basic and doesn't require the kids to do a whole lot...my son was very bored with this. Level 2 is much better...in fact it is more advanced than Reader Rabbit. Most of the activities do not require toddlers to click on the mouse, but if you can click it goes faster. I was surprised by how fast my son figured out the activities. He can do most everything by himself, but he still needs me to help him navigate some. This package comes with 3 cd's - school time, song time and art time. THe song time cd has several fun songs that he just loves. Overall I really like this game and have found it to be very educational. As soon as my son has mastered clicking the mouse we will be getting the preschool version.

5-0 out of 5 stars JumpStart Study Helpers Math Booster
Knowledge Adventure's Jump Start Study Helpers Math Booster... is another real winner for all children in grades 1st-5th - like is partner - Knowledge Adventure's Jump Start Study Helpers Spelling Bee - this program has cute, fast paced, great music and sound three styles of arcade-like games to teach your children their math facts - no more boring math flash cards - learn math on a fast paced pinball machine, or arrange math facts for the the "burpers" or "smack" space ships and and space rocks to get correct answers to math problems - fast and fun - even for an old Grandma, me - all games are controled using the arrow keys and space bar excep to the outer space game where you shoot with a mouse - like the Spelling Bee it has over 800 pre-programmed math problems - all basic subjects are covered - addition, subtraction, muliplication, division, decimals and percentages in SIX different leveals - will auto advance at your child's own speed - on screen instructions for everything - also, like its partner, Jump Start Study Helpers Spelling Bee - you can program your child's "real" weekly math problems in to this program so they can learn their "real" weekly school math lessons in a fun arcade style of learning - you will love it for the small price tag - your children will love it for all of the fun they will have - and you will love it even more when your child brings home a A+ grade on their report card in Math. The [low price] is "right" - please buy it - once again this old Grandma is happy to be able to send my first grader, and my second grader back to school this year with this GREAT study tool. Knowledge Adventure can be very proud of these two programs ther Jump Start Study Helpers Math Booster and their Jump Start Study Helpers Spelling Bee - buy them both and enjoy!
A very pleased Grandmother,
Jacqueline Lee Wilson

4-0 out of 5 stars JumpStart Spanish a winner
My 5 year old loves her new JumpStart Spanish program. She has learned to count in spanish and her colors so far. Very fun games and rewards. She is really picking things up fast. We have not had any real computer problems, it has locked up once, but that has happened on other software as well. The sound works well. For the price I would recommend this as a beginning spanish program.

5-0 out of 5 stars My daughter simply loves it!!!!
My 2 year old loves this set of CDs. I found that it reinforces all the things we are teaching her.... shapes, colors, numbers the ABC. The duck that sings is very sweet to their ear. I found it sooo great I am buying it for my daughter's school so the other kids can benefit as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jump Start 4TH GRADE ADVANCED
I rented this software from the Library. It is a 3 disc program. My 3rd grader (almost 4th grader) loves the Ultimate Field Trips and Mystery Club volume 3. The fundamentals disc is a little too hard for her right now, so it is challenging. I played it because it looked fun and it was fun for me to play. I love the "mystery" tone of the software. I like these programs because there are fun games that do not get boring, and while your kids are playing the games, they are also learning a lot. I am going to purchase this software and the 3rd grade ADVANCED program so my child can review through the summer. ... Read more


2. Instant Immersion 33 Languages
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00009ADF3
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 2108
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Instant maybe. Immersion questionable.
My dad got this for me to supplement a Latin textbook I have been studying for my high school language course. It is quick and easily understandable. You get plenty of words and phrases, which is perfect for a traveler. If you want to learn the language for the sake of knowing it, not travel, however, you'd better get a book to supplement this. It doesn't teach about pluralization, verb conjugation, or other oddities that the language holds, such as, in Latin, the ending -m which implies a direct object. The Latin CD also does not use the dashes over the vowels (ie. â,ç,î,ô,û). Overall, I am very happy with the product and with the price of $39.99 (USD), but I am also quite glad I have my textbook (ECCE ROMANI) to go with it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay for the price
I was hoping this set would contain the first CD or at least part of the first CD in the two-CD Instant Immersion programs, which would have been a great deal, and would have truly given you a good start in all these languages. However, this set only has very basic material for each language, and in fact is more like having a basic CD vocabulary and phrasebook for each language rather than a real mini-course or introduction, which for me is only marginally useful.

The vocabulary sections are divided up into 8 sections: first words, colors, food, numbers, shopping, countries, time, body. The ninth section is for phrases, and one advantage is that they are pronounced individually for you, which you can do for the individual words, too. There are two categories of games, easy and hard, and the program tracks your progress.

If you like to collect lots of phrase books with basic vocabulary, this might be fine for you, as you can at least learn some words and phrases that might be useful, but for me the major shortcoming is there is nothing on the grammar. I would rather invest the money in the 2-CD version of the half dozen languages I'm interested in, and then pay the extra for the 5 and 8 CD advanced Instant Immersion software when I'm ready to progress to the next stage of learning.

Still, for a reasonable price you get 33 languages, including all the main European ones plus things like Swahili, Korean, Finnish, Hindi, Tibetan, Vietnamese, and so on. So if you like to play around with exotic languages this might be the set for you, but you'll need to supplement it with a real language learning course if you're serious about really going anywhere with your studies.

I need to mention one drawback to the CD's, however. I have reasonably fast, 16x read and 48x write speed CD, and the program still runs fairly slowly, although I have a half gig of RAM and a 2.6 GHz system. It's mostly noticeable when using the pronunciation capability, but it spends a lot of time just seeking when you're jumping between sections. It's tolerable on my CD player, but if you have an older, slower one, be advised it's going to be slow.

One solution would be to get Tenebril software's Virtual Drive Manager program which will copy it to your hard disk so you can run it from there. I've tested it on about a dozen programs and it works on most of them. So it's not a sure thing but the program isn't that expensive and it does work for many things. Tenebril can be found on the web, where I bought it. I don't know if their software is carried by most computer stores or not. ... Read more


3. JumpStart Spanish
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00001XDVZ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Knowledge Adventure
Sales Rank: 650
Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

You've probably heard that children have a much higher propensity and retention rate for language learning than adults. Some studies say that if you learn multiple languages at a very young age, you have a much better chance of remembering them over the long term. Programs like JumpStart Spanish are designed especially for children in preschool, kindergarten, and the first grade to make the most of this aptitude.

JumpStart Spanish is easy to install, and it installs Apple QuickTime for the animation features of the program. As JumpStart Spanish can also be used for learning English, learners choose the language they want to learn and the language in which they want their lessons conducted. Once finished, JumpStart Spanish starts itself and students are introduced to the spunky animated rabbit who serves as guide through the lessons.

The main page of this program is a "clubhouse" that includes doorways into the fun, colorful, and musical lessons contained in the program. Kids can click on different rooms in a dollhouse, for example, and then learn the words for all the articles inside. Children can also click on the television and watch different conversational videotapes that teach them how to say "What time is it?" and other useful phrases.

JumpStart Spanish will teach this vocabulary and these phrases in both English and Spanish, helping children recognize words they already know and what they sound like in this new language. Children can learn at their own pace and, when ready, increase the difficulty level of the lessons.

JumpStart Spanish uses music, friendly cartoon characters, and familiar items and situations to relate to small children and teach them a new language. Moreover, if you're not happy with JumpStart Spanish, Knowledge Adventure offers a 90-day 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. So, if you're looking to turn your child on to foreign language and make it fun and alive, JumpStart Spanish is an excellent choice. --Kendra Hayden ... Read more

Reviews (27)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Spanish learning program
My son has been using Spanish Jumpstart from 2 1/2 until 3 1/4 and likes it a lot. It has captured his attention for many hours of fun and learning. I like the diversity,as there are many different activities. His favorite part changed over the months, and he especially loved the mouse that dances with the De Colores song and the monster that has funny things happen to its body parts. I wish there were a sequel or it were even more diverse, as he has gotten bored with it now. It would be nice if there were more than three songs, more conversations between characters to watch, and more interactive games. It is a well designed program, and very user friendly.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good beginner game
My daughter has this software and she loves it. It basically teaches the names of objects we see and use each day. It also teaches some basic phrases like, "My name is...., and What time is it...etc.". It doesn't get into any type of grammer or sentence structures. You can set it so the directions are given in English or other different languages. You can also switch the game and have it all play in English first, then switch it to SPanish. My daughter is 3-1/2 and she can do this herself, so that should say how easy it is for a preschooler to use. It uses songs and music to learn the days of the week, months of the year, numbers, etc. I would definitely recommend this for both English-speaking children who want to learn Spanish, and for Spanish-speaking children whose parents want a good learning game in their own language to help speech development and learning the basics in their own language.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Effective Program
We bought this as an introduction to spanish for our 3yr. old son. I loved the price and was relieved to find such a good program cheaper than the programs advertised on T.V. It teaches vocabulary, games, and cultural information as well. The progress report helps me to know what area he needs help with. I also love how you can earn fish for the fish tank by completing activities. The only down side it that is it too easy for my son to change the levels therefore he'll play the game before learning the vocabulary. I love this product and think it is wonderful!!A must have for all preschool parents and homeschoolers.

5-0 out of 5 stars My kids love it!
I have three kids, ages 2,3 and 8 that literally fight over who gets to play this game. My 2 year old boy would sit and play this game for hours if I would let him, it really captures his attention with the bright, colorful graphics, and catchy songs. My daughter who is 8, gets ready for school extra early just so she and her 3 year old sister will have time to play this game. Not only is it fun for them, they have really picked up alot of Spanish words from playing it. I only wish they would make a Spanish 2!

4-0 out of 5 stars Learning Spanish
My daughter is really enjoying learning Spanish in a very kid friendly way. Since I don't speak Spanish, I am glad she is increasing her vocabulary while having fun at the same time. ... Read more


4. KidSpeak French
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Asin: B0001X6IJS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language, Inc.
Sales Rank: 542
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Features

  • French language learning software for kids of all ages
  • Teaches over 700 words and expressions
  • Enjoyable animation, activities, and interactive games, puzzles, and songs
  • Award-winning software designed and developed by leading educators
  • Includes 12 printable activities and projects to reinforce learning

5. Dora the Explorer: Animal Adventures
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00009EFYM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 126
Average Customer Review: 2.73 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • First game to feature DoraÆs cousin, Diego (who can talk to the animals!)
  • Jukebox for kids to choose their favorite Dora songs
  • English and Spanish counting activities
  • Star catching activities just like on the TV series
  • Three levels of learning

Reviews (60)

5-0 out of 5 stars My 2 year old LOVES it. Great fun!
My oldest daughter loves Dora and took to this game immediately. She loves to sit on my lap and play and our father-daughter time is often spent on the computer. She can't get enough.

The 3 levels offer a nice change for children that are getting bored with the game. Some puzzles she plays at level 1 where some puzzles she plays at level 3.

The game is VERY educational and fun and it follows the same format as the cartoon does. She'll turn 3 soon and she still loves it.

I'd also recommend Dora's Backpack Adventure (they make a trip to the library), Little People Discovery Airport, Winnie the Pooh (where Pooh gathers all the friends for Eyores birthday party) and Mickey Mouse (where Mickey and Minnie stop off at Goofy's gas station / Daisey's diner).

2-0 out of 5 stars Average at best game; Dora only redeeming feature.
Do not buy this game if you are used to the better quality games Humongous software has produced for NickJR characters in the past: Humongous was sold to Infogames, and well, if this title is indicative, much was lost.

This game is saved only by the appearance of Dora. I really feel the two star rating is generous. My daughter is Dora crazy, and even she shows little to no interest in this game (and she loves edutainment computer games).

The program is not well executed, and there is little asttention to detail. One my daughter noticed was that at the begining of the game Dora collects 5 books to return to the liebrary. When she returns the books at the end of the journey, the colors of the books which come out of the backpack don't match the ones put in, prompting my daughter to ask "what happened to the books we put in Dora's backpack...

1-0 out of 5 stars Dora the Explorer takes you a short and boring journey
My 4 year-old daughter completed this game in less than a half-hour. The short-length of the game actually caused her too cry! I was shocked at the lack of depth in the game given that it weighed in at over 250MB for the install.

She's crying as I type this. "I don't like this game!"

2-0 out of 5 stars Atari must really hate paying customers!!
Well I would give this more stars if Atari support weren't so terrible!! The only reason I give it 2 stars is because my daughter loves Dora and likes playing this game because there are plenty of activities to try and places to go. HOWEVER, Atari seems to want to force you (due to their prehistoric copy-protection scheme) to keep the CD-ROM in the drive at all times in order to play the game! How ridiculous! Even though I paid good money for this game and it installed on my hard drive, it does not let you run it from your hard drive. Atari told me that you need to have the CD-ROM in to play it and they "cannot help me get around the copy protection". Well I don't know about anyone else's toddlers, but my 2 year old just loves to open the CD-ROM and take discs out to play with. So this leaves me out of luck if the disc becomes scratched after she's done with it! I think Atari should trust their paying customers a little more and allow them to install the game FULLY to their hard drive... if for nothing else to protect their investment! I will never buy another game by Atari because of this. They have no regards for their paying customers.

2-0 out of 5 stars Boring!
I have a 3 year old, and after a week, she is already bored with this game. For $20, there should be more to do. It constantly repeats itself, and has no real direction. Very limited number of activities available, and really no variety. I would not recommend this game at all. I am currently reading reviews to find something much more interesting. ... Read more


6. KidSpeak Spanish

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Asin: B0001X6IJ8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language, Inc.
Sales Rank: 615
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Features

  • Spanish language learning software for kids of all ages
  • Teaches over 700 words and expressions
  • Enjoyable animation, activities, and interactive games, puzzles, and songs
  • Award-winning software designed and developed by leading educators
  • Includes 12 printable activities and projects to reinforce learning

7. LEARNING COMPANY Learn To Speak Spanish Version 8 (Windows)

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Asin: B00007L9Z8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Learning Company
Sales Rank: 497
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Build your fluency in Spanish using this feature-rich five-CD collection. Learn to Speak Spanish's 100 lessons and adjustable study plan expand your Spanish vocabulary and perfect your pronunciation. Choose from a variety of instructional features, including cultural video clips and a talking dictionary. Learn to Speak's voice recording, playback tools, and speech recognition technology let you practice your Spanish, develop your ear, and hone your pronunciation. A conversational CD completes the collection, adding a final polish to your newly acquired abilities. ... Read more

Features

  • This software offers users a complete, in-depth learning system to achieve all-around Spanish fluency
  • Unique real-world conversation simulations, speech recognition and record/playback enhance your learning experience as you converse and compare your pronunciation to native speakers
  • Four complete courses cover 100 exercises, including -Pronunciation; Vocabulary; Listening; Speaking; Reading; Writing; Grammar
  • Special Features -Advanced Speech Recognition; Voice Recording and Playback; Progress Checks; Talking Dictionary; Cultural Movies; Specialized Internet Lessons

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars A tutor in my own home
I absolutely love this CD-Rom. I've always had a problem learning spanish from a book. For one, I had no clue as to how most of the words were pronounced. With this item, you see the word and hear it spoken. The coolest part is you can record yourself saying the words, and it will play it back for you and grade you on how native you sounded. Plus you can have interactive conversations! Also includes talking dictionary, cultural movies, internet lessons, progress checks, and much more. It's worth the money, and better than any other teacher who's tried to force feed this language down my throat. Move at your own pace and have fun learning for a change. ... Read more


8. Vocabulary Builder - LearnRomanian - For Children 4 & Up
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Asin: B0002BK7J6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 5916
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9. Educator's Choice Language Excelerator Grades K-6
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00008WQ21
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 3940
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A good value for the money
My daughter enjoyed this program. She learned a lot of different words. The animations are clever and she enjoyed completing the spaceship to get Quixel home.
This is a good program to build a foreign language vocabulary.

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware!
I thought this would be good for my students until I tried it out myself. First I tried the Italian. When I discovered that they translated "potato chips" as "microchips", I was surprised. In telling time, they expressed the correct feminine plural but displayed the incorrect masculine singular "il due" for 2:00. Now for the French...I learned that "potato chips" were "eclats" as in "paint chips". Wrong chips both times folks - and good luck in a restaurant! I stopped there. It's a shame they never got a native speaker to check it before releasing this as an educational item. They did get native speakers to read aloud the vocab lists however. That's the one-star part. ... Read more


10. Instant Immersion Language Lab (8 CD-ROM)
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00004TTU5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 4080
Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Instant Immersion Language Lab includes eight full language-learning CD-ROMs in one package. The Talk Now! series is designed for beginners who want to start learning a new language as soon as possible. By hearing and practicing authentic everydayspeech, your natural language ability will develop. The World Talk programs take you to the next stage, offering added dictation, new activities, and a recording section. Topics covered include "the calendar," building sentences, asking directions, and using numbers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazingly easy to learn French course
I never thought that Fench would be as easy as it is. Really amazing French course for novel people into that language. First step in learning. Great multimedia development, in order to improve pronuntiation. If this is your choice for your first French classes, you are right, this is the best choice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good up until the 3rd CD
I've been working with the IM German now for some time (it's part of the 4 CD set). I had fun and learned at a faster pace with the first CD. The 2nd CD was quite a jump. I think you have to do a little studying on the outside before 'mastering' this CD. However! I tried out the Dictionary CD, and it is HORRIBLE!!! I've been studying German long enough now that the speaker isn't even pronouncing the words right. It sounds like someone reading the words for the first time. Be careful this CD can throw you off. If someone has a explanation for this let me know!

1-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't even get past installation
Installation of the German TalkNow module would hang with no explanation on Windows 98SE. I "Opened" the CD next and tried to launch instal32.exe and instal16.exe manually instead of from autorun. Both hanged. When I attempted to autorun the CD again it produced an error message "Astra32 - System Error -5, 12, 0". The only printed documentation consists of a poorly xeroxed page inside the box with installation instructions for Windows 3.1, 95/98, and a Mac.

This product definitely did not impress me.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best and the cheapst!
This program lets you learn 4 languages for $30! If I wanted to d tha at learnalanguage.com, I would have to pay up to $600. Ths is awesome!

4-0 out of 5 stars 'Talk Now' and 'World Talk' deliver as stated
If you want a program to teach you how to speak the basics in a fast, fun, simple way, this would be a good one. If you want a program that will teach you as if you were taught in school, including grammar, writing, and verb conjugation(I did, she saw, we went, etc.), you will probably be disappointed. This program gives you two CD-ROM's per language, one for basics, one for intermediate level learning. The first CD, "Talk Now" gives you excercises in foods, colors, phrases, body parts, numbers, time, shopping, and countries. Under each heading, you play two word games, record yourself speaking and compare it to native speakers(your computer needs a microphone to do this), print vocabulary flash cards, and play a "Memory"-style game with the words you learned. They work on the premise that people remember things better if they've learned in fun situations. Though a bit cheesy at times, it _is_ fun, and you _will_ build your basic vocabulary. The second CD jumps more to full sentences, listening skills, identification, and writing dictation, all still in game-like form. It's a bit of a leap in knowlege, and can be a bit frustrating, but it's a good start for 'learning by listening', much as you would if you were struggling in the actual country, only without making a fool of yourself. At this level, if you have never been exposed to the language, the help/? icon becomes your best friend. Still little in grammar and verb forms, though. To get the most out of it, I would also recommend purchasing a pocket dictionary of the language(s), and maybe even one of those "500 [the language] Verbs" books, so you can actually have a better understanding of your vocabulary and how to form sentences. Overall, these programs are fun & effective as a means of learning to speak, by yourself (or with a friend), on your own time. ... Read more


11. The Powerpuff Girls Learning Challenge 2: Princess Snorebucks
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00009VRG0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 124
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12. Learn To Speak Spanish Version 8.1
list price: $14.99
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Asin: B0000CA1IG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Riverdeep
Sales Rank: 3170
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Features

  • It's a fully personalized learning system that adjusts to your personal needs and interests
  • Develop the important skills you need in pronunciation, vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar
  • Study four complete courses with a total of 100 exercises
  • Use the record and playback features to practice your pronunciation

13. Instant Immersion 18 Languages (Jewel Case)
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B00009ADF5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1262
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars A great start......
This product is exactly what it states it is - "essential vocabulary and phrases in the subjects of First Words and Food".
There are 18 languages covered on 2 CD-ROM's - for 10 bucks!
I read the 1st review and felt I had to respond. You get what you pay for & in my opinion, this is a great deal. The company that publishes this title produce full version programs of each of these languages - and more. If a more in-depth learning experience is what you're after, then spend a little more & buy the more complete version. I'm sorry, but for someone to complain about spending 10 bucks on 2 CD-ROM's - and feel the need to write about it is somewhat confusing to me. I just spent that much on lunch for crying out loud.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not much to it
I was expecting a lot more from these two CD's. It teaches you a few items of food, basic words like "Hello", Please" and "airplane" and even teaches you to ask "Where are the suitcases"... but then that is about it. I was really hoping for more... much more. ... Read more


14. JumpStart Languages
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005KB3C
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Knowledge Adventure
Sales Rank: 911
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Children absorb languages best at an early age, which is why expertsexhort parents in bilingual households to freely use both languages if they wanttheir children to be fluent in both. If only one language is spoken under yourroof and you have guilty visions of your child struggling through high schoolFrench as you did, perhaps JumpStart Languages can help prime some ofthose young neural pathways for future academic rigors.

We have only one caveat before we move on: the lower end of the manufacturer'ssuggested age range for this program is 3 years, and we think maneuvering aroundthis program might be difficult for someone this age unless he or she hasmastered mouse use and has a grasp of how onscreen exploration works. Of course,if parents are willing to run the program for their younger child, computercompetence isn't a concern.

With a world fair theme and pavilions devoted to French, Spanish, Japanese, andEnglish, this Mac and Windows program teaches conversational words and phrasesin a nonimmersion style. Each pavilion houses one character that speaks Englishand acts as an interpreter, and another one that exclusively speaks the languageof that pavilion. The English pavilion is an exception: in this one, Frankie andRoxie both only speak American English, which leads us to believe this programwasn't designed with non-English speaking kids in mind.

Once they've chosen a language to explore, kids will find nine activities insideeach pavilion: a phone teaches numbers, kitchen exploration teaches food andhousehold item names, a coloring activity teaches color words, a puppet showteaches clothing items, and folk songs, art, clocks, outdoor exploration, andfolk tales round out the language-learning mix. This program contains no lettersor characters; your child will learn by listening only. Some of the activitieshave three levels of difficulty--upping a level adds more items to an activity.A challenge mode is also provided, which eliminates English hints and visualprompts, unless you're in Frankie and Roxie's insular pavilion, where theEnglish flows freely no matter what the setting.

JumpStart Languages avoids being one big boring vocabulary list by givinga lot of attention to culture as well as language. Exploration will eventuallyyield artwork by Degas and Remington, instructions on how to make a Japaneseuchiwa (fan), and printable recipes for everything from quiche toguacamole. That puzzling English pavilion probably exists so kids can compareand contrast a familiar culture to unfamiliar ones. Another plus is a decentreward system: successful completion of enough activities enables the player towatch one of a couple dozen video clips of the various countries being studied,which beats a printable certificate all to heck.

This program is a bright, celebratory way to introduce young English-speakingkids to a handful of languages and cultures other than their own. But it won'tgive your American toddler a mastery of French unless you're prepared to put insome hours, and possibly hire a French-speaking nanny. (Ages 3 to 6) --AnneErickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Jump Start Languages
My bilingual 5-year old loves this program! As with all the Jump Start programs, it is well designed with friendly characters and fun games, and is based on solid educational theory. It is a quality program. My son is really motivated to earn "globe pieces" so that he can watch video clips about one of the countries. He has learned the numbers from one to ten in all the languages, as well as alot of vocabulary (clothes and food). He also enjoys the songs in the puppet shows, and has memorized most of them.

This program doesn't teach grammar, only vocabulary and culture. Your child doesn't need to be able to read, as all the games use pictures and instructions are given orally. Some of the games require written number recognition (1-10). And your child should already know how to use a mouse and understand the basics of computer games, such as the "back button".

Overall, I highly recommend this game! ... Read more


15. Vocabulary Builder - LearnCroatian - For Children 4 & Up
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Asin: B0002BK7IC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 9084
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16. TOPICS ENTERTAINMENT Instant Immersion Italian ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B000083KI0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 10023
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Features

  • Listen to and imitate authentic everyday speech, developing your own Italian skills in the process
  • Games and quizzes help reinforce the lessons
  • More advanced activities in World Talk Italian -Build long sentences, recite the calendar and use numbers
  • Dictation and voice recording software for improving your pronunciation skills

17. Arthur's Teacher Trouble
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Asin: B00000JL6D
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 2405
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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With tons of spelling and vocabulary words and silly pictures to click on, Arthur's Teacher Trouble introduces kids to the Spanish language with the help of their favorite aardvark. This interactive storybook form introduces us to Mr. Ratburn, Arthur's new teacher, as he advances to the finals of a spelling bee, trying to win an elusive trophy.

The 24-pagestory can be read aloud with no computer skills needed beyondclicking on the arrow at the bottom of the page and at the start of thestory. (Parents or older children can choose whether the story will be readin Spanish or English.) For children with slightly more advanced mouseskills, every scene has multiple points that can be clicked on for hilariousthings to happen--you never know what you might find lurking in the trashcan! With the graphics so true to the original books' satisfying amount ofvocabulary-related activities, this award-winning storybook is bound to be abig hit with any Arthur fan. --Jill Lightner ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Arthur's Teacher Trouble
Marc Brown creates the Arthur adventure, Arthur's Teacher Trouble with a moral in mind. Also it proves that if you work hard and give it your all, you'll be more successful. The book is told for children to understand that a little hard work gets you somewhere. With no effort at all, you won't come out with your best.

Arthur gets stuck with a hard teacher. The teacher starts out tough on the students, assigning homework right away. Arthur isn't very confident in himself and isn't used to the work and extra effort that he has to give to 3rd grade. With all of his hard work he actually gets awarded with something even better...and by reading this book you'll be sure to find out!

Arthur is my favorite character in this particular Arthur book. He isn't very confident in himself, but we all relate to that. And in the end we sometimes get surprised by unexpected turns.

4-0 out of 5 stars Neat!
This game is great for young computer-users! Each page has at least 15 "interactions" -- i.e. clicking on the salt shakers in the kitchen makes them dance. The story can read itself to you are you can read it silently. Even clicking on one word makes the computer say it. Great for children just learning to read. However, using it TOO many times can get tiring...after all, it is just a computerized book. Great value for the money!

5-0 out of 5 stars I learned from Arthur's Teacher Trouble.
I learned to do my best, but that if my best isn't better than everyone else's best, it is okay. ... Read more


18. TOPICS ENTERTAINMENT Instant Immersion Japanese ( Windows )

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Asin: B000083KJS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 5577
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Features

  • Listen to and imitate authentic everyday speech, developing your own Japanese skills in the process
  • Games and quizzes help reinforce the lessons
  • More advanced activities in World Talk Japanese -Build long sentences, recite the calendar and use numbers
  • Dictation and voice recording software for improving your pronunciation skills

19. Success Builder Spanish (Jewel Case)
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B00006WS71
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 4379
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20. TOPICS ENTERTAINMENT Instant Immersion French ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B0000ALFAF
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 5980
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Features

  • Listen to and imitate authentic everyday speech, developing your own French skills in the process
  • Games and quizzes help reinforce the lessons
  • More advanced activities in World Talk French -Build long sentences, recite the calendar and use numbers
  • Dictation and voice recording software for improving your pronunciation skills

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