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21. Instant Immersion Mandarin Chinese
$19.99 $14.95 list($29.99)
22. Talk Now! Learn Vietnamese - Beginning
$18.99 list($29.99)
23. World Talk - Learn Thai: Intermediate
$58.68 list($29.99)
24. Talk Now! Punjabi
$34.88
25. XTREMEMAC iLingo Talking Panda
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26. Instant Immersion Japanese 2 CD-ROM
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27. Chinese Now! 8.0
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28. Instant Immersion Japanese 2.0
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29. Learn Chinese Now!
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30. Rosetta Stone Thai Explorer
$29.99 $19.95
31. Instant Immersion Chinese
$19.99 list($29.99)
32. Talk Now! Learn Mandarin - Beginning
$16.99 $8.70 list($29.99)
33. Talk Now! Cantonese
$37.99 list($39.99)
34. Learn Japanese Now!
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35. Rosetta Stone Vietnamese Explorer
$18.88
36. TOPICS ENTERTAINMENT Total Immersion
$29.99 $13.45 list($39.99)
37. Instant Immersion Language Lab
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38. Vocabulary Builder - Learn Cantonese
$19.99 $5.00 list($29.99)
39. Talk Now! Learn Hindi - Beginning
$18.72
40. TOPICS ENTERTAINMENT Instant Immersion

21. Instant Immersion Mandarin Chinese 2 CD-ROM Set (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00005RIQ2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1180
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Learn to speak Mandarin Chinese through complete immersion. The Euro Method is an easy and simple way to learn to speak a second language. Based on the same techniques that allow a 4-year-old child to speak a language long before that same child can read or write, the Instant Immersion Mandarin Chinese CDs teach users to speak Mandarin Chinese quickly. The software provides interactive lessons that truly immerse users in the language. The two CD-ROMs enclosed are from EuroTalk, a European publisher of language-learning software. Talk Now! and World Talk will take users from beginning to intermediate levels using fun and easy-to-follow methods.

Talk Now! Mandarin Chinese is designed for beginners who want to start learning a new language as soon as possible. Whether on a business or vacation trip, or even when meeting a foreign visitor, Talk Now! is the CD to use. By hearing and practicing authentic everyday speech, the user's natural ability for language will develop. The EuroTalk CDs are designed to be fun. The program uses quizzes, games, and stories to help reinforce the lessons learned.

The second CD-ROM, World Talk Mandarin Chinese, is the next level up from Talk Now!, and goes on to the next stage with new activities, added dictation, and a new recording section. Topics covered include the calendar, building sentences, asking directions, and using numbers. With the recording feature, users can hear and compare their voices with those of a variety of native speakers. ... Read more

Reviews (13)

4-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding bargain, but get a dictionary too
This would be a very good price for just the first of the two CDs. Both CDs allow you to listen to words and phrases from a variety of categories of everyday vocabulary such as time, numbers, colors, and food, and both offer quiz games to test your knowledge. I am still working my way through the first so the second is still beyond me, and I'm concerned that I might not be able to understand the second even after mastering the first. Fortunately there is built in help in English.

The first CD allows you to listen to two different voices (one fast and natural, the other slow and careful) pronounce a starting collection of words and phrases, record yourself speaking them so you can compare, and test your knowledge with simple quizzes of 4 levels of difficulty. In about a month I have learned enough Chinese to impress my Taiwan-born fiancee and now she wants to borrow it!

Caveats: You probably won't have enough vocabulary for comfortable conversation by the end of the first CD. But Chinese is hardly a simple language to learn and you will be amazed at how quickly you benefit from the course. Also, the first CD has some inconsistencies; the two voices actually say different things for some of the words. I used a Chinese-English dictionary to decide which was correct. If you are going to learn the language a good dictionary is a valuable companion reference.

2-0 out of 5 stars Okay for speech, but doesn't help with Chinese characters
This software is okay for learning to say a few basic words and phrases. The variety of activities makes it more interesting than a phrasebook. But it won't help you if you want to learn Chinese characters, which are the more interesting and important part of the language. If you want to learn to read Chinese, you'll need a good textbook and maybe a Chinese reading & dictionary software product like Clavis Sinica.

2-0 out of 5 stars keep shopping
re the first cd, talk now: The girl enunciates well but speaks with a tiawanese accent. In one case, (the ankle) the girl gives the wrong (tiawanese?) word for the body part rather than the mandarin word. The guy slurs his word endings a bit. The cd only has a handful of words, perhaps what you would expect to learn in the first week of a standard college class. The cd makers neglected to pay an artist to draw the pictures that correspond to the sentences so good luck there as well. I think they had a not particularly gifted first grader do the scribbles.
The second cd, world talk, does NOT pick up where the first one left you but jumps ahead by an unbridged leap. There is no real help provided. you find yourself learning which picture matches with which sentence without ever learning what they are actually saying. Futhermore, the second cd is boring and not at all engaging. surely there is better stuff out there.

4-0 out of 5 stars Amazon has their reviews mixed up.
The Amazon review is for Talk Now! Mandarin by EuroTalk....but the product is Mandarin Chinese by Topics Entertainment. Ignore the Amazon review.

1-0 out of 5 stars If want to learn 5 words...
I was a complete beginner, and wanted to learn Mandarin. I said LEARN, not acquire four or five phrases or words. I mistakenly bought this cheap software (like said in other review, get what you pay for) to begin my learning process. The CD's proved to be better frisbees than tutorials and are gathering dust on my computer desk. If you really wish to learn a language DO NOT buy this software. Translations are sketchy, explanations non-existant, and pronunciations deceptive. You don't know what words of a phrase mean what, that tones are vitally important to Chinese, and they don't even bother with pinyin. I recommend other means of learning language than this piece of software... ... Read more


22. Talk Now! Learn Vietnamese - Beginning Level
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Asin: B000065936
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 2084
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Amazon.com Product Description

This unconventional language-learning series offers games and quizzesthat make the learning process fun, relaxing, and, as such, more successful.Ideal for beginners, Talk Now! Vietnamese includes such topics as vocabulary,phrases, culture, and more. A handy print and picture dictionary producesentries with both text and pictorial references. This interactive software titlealso features a recording tool, so you can compare your pronunciation to that ofnative speakers (microphone required). Quizzes and a challenging memory game letyou test your newly acquired skills. You can also track your scores and printawards to celebrate. Best of all, you can change Talk Now! Vietnamese's onscreenhelp and menus to the language of your choice. With more than 70 languages fromwhich to choose, this software makes learning Vietnamese accessible to everyone. ... Read more

Features

  • Vietnamese language learning software
  • Study vocabulary, phrases, culture, and more
  • Recording tool lets you practice with native speakers
  • Games and challenging quizzes make learning fun
  • On-screen help available in more than 70 languages

23. World Talk - Learn Thai: Intermediate Level
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Asin: B00006593F
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 5032
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Amazon.com Product Description

World Talk is the perfect language-learning follow-up to EuroTalk'spopular Talk Now! series. In addition to new activities, the creators have addeddictation, worksheets, and a brand-new recording section. Topics are designedfor the intermediate learner and include reviewing the calendar, buildingsentences, asking directions, and translating weather terms and numbers. Theinteractive TV quiz is another useful learning tool, pitting learners againstthe resident champion or one-on-one against a friend. ... Read more

Features

  • Designed for intermediate-level language learners
  • Helps learners speak and understand a new language by hearing and practicing authentic every-day speech
  • Learning topics include calendar, sentence building, asking directions, the weather, and numbers
  • Monitor your progress with dictation, worksheets, and a recording feature
  • Features an interactive TV Quiz

24. Talk Now! Punjabi
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Asin: B0000899QL
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 4999
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars BASIC -BASIC ...VERRRRY BASIC
I bought this CD ROM to learn some practical basic words and phrases to communicate with some friends who speak Punjabi. The program DOES teach some words and phrases (and names of colors, foods, body parts, etc.,) But it only allows you to learn so much. (I was hoping to learn a bit more than "please, thank you, sorry, Where is the bank?" I was hoping for enough basic grammar to put together even something as basic as "The dress is pretty." The program DOES make learning the limited words and phrases fun! I'll give it credit for that.
I just wish it had been a bit more in-depth. Also according to the pamphlet that came with the program, there is no "intermediate" program for Punjabi from Eurotalk. (Attention: Eurotalk!!!) If there were, I'd buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars oy mere paiyo te unade paana
Chukde phaate. Eh cheeg bohth kant hai. This program will help you learn the first two sentences I wrote. So if you are a gabru jaat sher of punjab, definately give this book a learnin'. BRDRDRDRD-AAAAh! ... Read more


25. XTREMEMAC iLingo Talking Panda English Asia Pack ( Macintosh )

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Asin: B0006MZ8IG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Xtrememac
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Features

  • Organized into multiple categories, to find the sentences you need instantly -Greetings, Shopping, Emergency and more
  • Contains hundreds of basic phrases tailored for each country - whether you need to find a tailor in Tokyo or a vegetarian restaurant in Seoul
  • The perfect pronunciations can be replayed as often as necessary, to make you sound like a native

26. Instant Immersion Japanese 2 CD-ROM Set (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00005RIQ3
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 3631
Average Customer Review: 2.83 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Learn to speak Japanese through complete immersion. The Euro Method is an easy and simple way to learn to speak a second language. Based on the same techniques that allow a 4-year-old child to speak a language long before that same child can read or write, the Instant Immersion Japanese CDs teach users to speak Japanese quickly. The software provides interactive lessons that truly immerse users in the language. The two CD-ROMs enclosed are from EuroTalk, a European publisher of language-learning software. Talk Now! and World Talk will take users from beginning to intermediate levels using fun and easy-to-follow methods.

Talk Now! Japanese is designed for beginners who want to start learning a new language as soon as possible. Whether on a business or vacation trip, or even when meeting a foreign visitor, Talk Now! is the CD to use. By hearing and practicing authentic everyday speech, the user's natural ability for language will develop. The EuroTalk CDs are designed to be fun. The program uses quizzes, games, and stories to help reinforce the lessons learned.

The second CD-ROM, World Talk Japanese, is the next level up from Talk Now! and goes on to the next stage with new activities, added dictation, and a new recording section. Topics covered include the calendar, building sentences, asking directions, and using numbers. With the recording feature, users can hear and compare their voices with those of a variety of native speakers. ... Read more

Reviews (6)

3-0 out of 5 stars one good, one bad
The first cd was the perfect beginning, easy, educational, and even entertaining(i love alliteration!), the second on was very poorly made, it does not teach a thing, It could've been great, but it was boring.

4-0 out of 5 stars Instant Immersion Japanese 2 CD-Set
I really enjoyed the CD set. It was very inexpensive, a lot of fun, and easy to use. You don't have to install it onto your computer, which makes it really easy to use on other people's computers or portables. The games and activities make it really easy to learn and is a lot of fun so you actually enjoy studying or learning. One thin I didn't like was that the difference in level between the 2 CD's. The first one is a very beginners one and the second is a little advanced. They kind of skip a level. But after a while of studying, I was able to understand it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Words cannot describe my hate for this product.
The first CD I kind of liked. That was when I was young and innocent. The entire program is a joke. The second CD teaches not a thing. I am disgusted, I hate Instant Immersion Products. Some how they always seem to mess something up. A word of advice DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!

1-0 out of 5 stars Useless to any skill level
The first CD has the feel of a demo of a program more than anything. If all you want to learn is some basic vocabulary than this will serve it's purpose but that's it. There are some phrases(real useless stuff like "is it safe to swim here?") but it doesn't even teach you the individual words and it gives you no grammer at all. You leave the first CD being able to identify colors and a few body parts and then it throws you into the second CD which is etirely in japanese and seems intended for somone who can at least carry on full conversations in japanese. The second CD also has no lessons; it has quizes(none of which are related to the material on the first disc) but doesn't teach you anything that they're quizing you on. You're just sitting there confused as they ask you questions about things you haven't learned in japanese that you don't understand. And if the program wasn't bad enough on it's own, the description of the item says that the discs come in a jewel case which they don't.

4-0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Fun!
The game-style format is great! I had loads of fun and before I knew it, I was learning a lot of vocabulary and answering simple to intermediate questions. It is very well-made and teaches you on a very instinctive level, something not always found in a formal classroom.
Most of my friends agreed with me, and they were learning Japanese, too , by just playing along (they didn't even mean to)! ... Read more


27. Chinese Now! 8.0
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Asin: B00004NHLE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language
Sales Rank: 4169
Average Customer Review: 2.62 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Chinese is one of those languages that demands its students keep using it to maintain their skills; otherwise they forget fast. Learn Chinese Now! will help you combat your brain's sievelike tendencies and keep your Chinese--specifically spoken Mandarin Chinese--fresh.

Using a rigorous conversational approach, this program includes QuickTime video of dialogues between native speakers of Mandarin Chinese. To improve pronunciation, you'll use your computer's microphone to record your voice reading the dialogues and compare your pronunciation to native speakers'. Various other practice modules use communication-gap exercises, crossword puzzles, and guided conversations. You can even slow down the recorded audio and video to ease comprehension. As in all of their software Transparent Language gives each word, as well as each sentence, with its English translation. There is also a basic grammar-help index to look up unfamiliar concepts.

Two criticisms of the software: First, there is no realistic practice with Chinese characters, and at this level, Chinese students should be learning characters and stroke orders and practicing reading. (For this, start here.) Instead, the software uses only Pinyin transliterations (which mark tones, happily). Second, the transliteration style shows the thousands of compound words apart when they might better be written together, such as you lan versus the more logical youlan, "travel."

This software is ideal for students who have already had about one year of Chinese; you should have some familiarity with Chinese vocabulary and terms like "the particle de." Beginners should start with a more elementary system like Kidspeak. Learn Chinese Now! offers a fairly effective audio-visual way to maintain your conversational skills, however, and recording your own voice for playback and comparison is its single greatest strength. --Erik Macki ... Read more

Reviews (8)

2-0 out of 5 stars not too practical
i am not impressed with this cd-rom as other ones that i have tried. Subjects chosen for the instruction are not useful. The voices used in the conversation are boring, unlively, and not play-acting enough to be more exciting. Publisher should choose actors or good readers for conversationalists in CD.
I don't recommend this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Really great software
Okay, first of all I should say that I use version 7.0 on Windows 95. I have very few problems with it, and it never crashes. A lot of people are complaining about version 8.0 crashing. I wouldn't know about that.

The main thing is, I've been using this software to study Chinese for almost a year now, and I'm only halfway through the program! It is an excellent program that I highly recommend. My Chinese friends have shown surprise at how much I know, and have remarked repeatedly on how good my pronunciation is.

Working with the program will get good results, but it takes discipline. I study for about 45 minutes 3 times a week. Here is the study program that I recommend:

1. Listen, read, and speak through 2 of the main sections, or about 80 segments.
2. Play each of the 5 games 3 times. For "Plug and Play", play it 5 times instead. And just play "Vocabulous" 1 time.
3. Do this 3 times per week.

A lot of people doing reviews are complaining about the lack of Chinese character teaching with this software. I think this is ridiculous. Chinese characters are very complicated. Even Chinese children learn to speak Chinese before they learn to read it. To introduce characters while trying to learn basic Chinese would be overwhelming. Instead, the program uses the internationally-used Pinyin system. This system is logical and easy to use. Nowadays a lot of Chinese people learn it too. So don't think that by not memorizing a bunch of characters you are not getting "authentic" Chinese. There will be time to study that later after you learn the language.

There are two things about the software that could use some improvement. First of all, the "videos" are not really videos. They are pictures that they show on the screen. They usually have very little to do with the language.

Second, the program does not teach tongue position for pronunciation. This is critical, and I would not have learned it unless I had studied a college textbook from Princeton University that covers it. The difference between the q, x, ch, z, zh, t, r, and c sounds are very important and are not particularly covered in this course.

In spite of its shortcomings, I do highly recommend this software. It is easy to use. It uses native speakers. The sound is clear. The Pinyin is easy to understand. And with a little self-discipline, the program can work wonders.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very, very poorly designed and extremely buggy
I bought this software because I was desperate to find a any Chinese learning software, so I bought this one an also the Rosetta Chinese learning software.
Chinese now is the worst software I ever used, the user interface is very poorly designed and it crashes all the time.
The software offer you meaningless translations and the speech recognition part is completely unusable recording less than one second of speech, you never have time to finish a word before it's done recording.
My only advice is do not buy this software!, Only the package looks nice. You're much better off with a book and a tape

4-0 out of 5 stars Best available for Mandarin Chinese
First of all, it DOES work under Windows 2000 and I've never experienced a single crash. Second, there is a strategy to the exercises. The repitition and tools for marking words you don't know are good. Just listen to the dialogs until you become comfortable with what is being said.

I've found it extremely helpful. It's no substitute for an instructor, but is a strong supplement.

Overall, it's the best Mandarin Chinese tool available. I recommend it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
Don't bother with this software. It is a really pathetic package. First of all, it crashes all the time. Obviously, this package isn't supported since there is no patch for the crash on their website. But secondly, there is no uniform strategy to their teaching methods. Basically, this is just an engine that speaks chinese along side pinyin text. And a few games are thrown in to the mix. The speech analyzer which another reviewer commented on is useless. I can say entirely different words than I am supposed to and it still indicates I am speaking correctly.

Really, I'm surprised that this package is even on the market. You won't learn Mandarin with it. So it's a waste of time. ... Read more


28. Instant Immersion Japanese 2.0

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Asin: B0008EWS6W
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1898
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Product Description

Instant Immersion™ Japanese Version 2.0 moves you from a beginner to an intermediate speaker with a 5CD-ROM course of study. Including Talk Now!, Talk More and World Talk from Eurotalk, you willfocus on basic vocabulary, phrases and accurate pronunciation through the use of videotechnology features. Supplement your study with the Interactive Picture Dictionary, featuring2,000 word entries. Finally, test your linguistic skills with Who is Oscar Lake, a challenginginteractive mystery game.

... Read more


29. Learn Chinese Now!
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Asin: B0002XYDYY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language, Inc.
Sales Rank: 5369
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30. Rosetta Stone Thai Explorer
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B000059OZ8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
Sales Rank: 3212
Average Customer Review: 2.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Now you can learn a new language with the award-winning method used by the U.S. State Department to train diplomats. Proven effective by NASA astronauts, Peace Corps volunteers, and millions of students worldwide, the Rosetta Stone Language Library teaches new languages faster and easier than ever before.

We all learn our childhood language by associating new words and phrases with the world around us. The Rosetta Stone method replicates this process by presenting vivid, real-life images to convey the meaning of each new phrase. Instead of translating, memorizing, and studying rules of grammar, you actually learn to think in the new language. Vocabulary and grammar are integrated systematically, leading to everyday proficiency. It's the natural way to learn.

The Rosetta Stone Explorer contains 22 lessons for beginning learners with nearly 900 real-life images and phrases spoken by native speakers. It develops all key language skills--listening comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing--while its systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists and drills. Includes previews, exercises, and tests for every lesson, with automated tutorials throughout the program. (Ages 6 and older) ... Read more

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Language Explorer: A Limited Sample of a Good Product
As a foreigner living in Thailand, I have seen a good many resources for learning the Thai language. Some are good, some are bad and a few rare gems shine out from the crowd. The Rosetta Stone method falls into the "good" category and I've found it useful in expanding my vocabulary and working on my Thai grammar. It's a solid method of repetition and continual quizzing that builds your understanding of the language quickly.

The "Language Explorer" product is the first two lessons from the larger 92-lesson "Thai Level I" product also available here on Amazon. It is not a complete Thai language course. It is designed for the learner who wants to experiment with the Rosetta Stone method without dropping over a hundred dollars on the full program.

This program covers the following two lessons: 1-01 Introductory Nouns and Prepositions, and 1-02 Verbs: Present Indicative Tense. As you might gather from the titles, this is the beginning of a serious course covering vocabulary and usage. Because it is so limited, the "Language Explorer" product is not going to be helpful to tourists or anyone seeking to learn quick Thai phrases.

If you're serious about learning Thai and want a helpful computer-based tutor, the Rosetta Stone will fit the bill. However, you might want to pass on this "Language Explorer" product and move right to the full "Level I" product instead. If you need a demo of what the product can do, you can find one at the Rosetta Stone Web site and save your money from the purchase of this product.

I give this product 1 star, not because the method used or quality of the Rosetta Stone product, but because the "Language Explorer" version is a glorified demo and is of limited usage to a student of the Thai language. The full "Level I" product gets a much higher rating.

1-0 out of 5 stars Better off to hit your thumb with a hammer.
What a worthless product. Been to Thailand a few times and I am slowly learning the language. I thought I would improve my skills on the home front. Well.....I guess I have a new coaster.
The lessons start with four pictures, where you hear the Thai translation. It starts with boy, girl. dog ,cat. By lesson 10 you end up with boy petting cat. Or girl under table.
Overall you end up learning 40 words, 35 of them useless. You don't even learn "Hello" or "Thank you" just random words. So unless you have a passion to say "girl inside airplane" in Thai, I would recommend you save your money and learn Thai from a "Tuk-Tuk" driver when you arrive in Bangkok.

5-0 out of 5 stars I was learning Thai easily and quickly, almost immediately!
Definetly worth it! Now I realize just how ineffective a lot of the other books, cassette tape sets and CD-ROMs are that I've tried. With the "Rosetta Stone Thai Explorer", the first day--within the first 15 minutes--I was recognizing basic Thai phrases well enough that I received a 96% correct score, when tested!

One of the way it teaches you is by displaying 4 pictures that are highlighted one at a time, with a Thai phrase that is spoken as each item is highlighted. This is repeated a few times, then the pictures are scrambled up, the announcer speaks one of the phrases and--somehow, you just remember--really without even trying!

Pretty ingenious way to learn--and painless too! ... Read more


31. Instant Immersion Chinese
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00027EQEW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 4172
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Features

  • Start out simply, with the calendar, numbers, asking directions, and other topics
  • From there, you'll move on to more advanced speaking - order food, conduct business and ask in-depth questions
  • Participate in conversations - introduce yourself, discuss the weather and get directions from native Mandarin & Cantonese speakers
  • Built-in Dictation and Recording tools aid students with their pronunciation skills
  • Fun quizzes and games help reinforce the lessons

32. Talk Now! Learn Mandarin - Beginning Level
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0000899QG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 1156
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Features

  • Comprehensive interactive language learning; ideal for beginners
  • Easy and hard quizzes, plus a challenging memory game
  • Compare yourself with native speakers; monitor progress
  • Topics include phrases, food, shopping, telling time, and more
  • On-screen help available in over 75 languages; printable dictionary

33. Talk Now! Cantonese
list price: $29.99
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Asin: 1843520486
Catlog: Book (2002-01)
Publisher: Euro Talk
Sales Rank: 144379
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

This unconventional language-learning series offers games and quizzesthat make the learning process fun, relaxing, and, as such, more successful.Ideal for beginners, Talk Now! Cantonese includes such topics as vocabulary,phrases, culture, and more. A handy print and picture dictionary producesentries with both text and pictorial references. This interactive software titlealso features a recording tool, so you can compare your pronunciation to that ofnative speakers (microphone required). Quizzes and a challenging memory game letyou test your newly acquired skills. You can also track your scores and printawards to celebrate. Best of all, you can change Talk Now! Cantonese's onscreenhelp and menus to the language of your choice. With more than 70 languages fromwhich to choose, this software makes learning Cantonese accessible to everyone. ... Read more

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Talk Now! Cantonese
This program teaches you basic words and phrases in Cantonese. (i.e. no grammar lessons). Some of the phrases are a bit geared towards tourists, such as "Where are the suitcases?" and "Someone's stolen my passport." However, there are many different topics, so you can use it even if you are not a tourist. Some of the topics include: food, countries, colors, telling time, human body parts, and numbers (1 through 20). The games are a great way to learn the words... much better than drills and repetition. I'm trying to learn Cantonese and this software has really helped me build up my vocabulary.

5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful!
I agree with the other reviews...This software is just wonderful. The chinese characters used in the software are traditional not simplified. (Traditional is used mostly in Hong Kong but simplified is used mostly in canton and mainland china). Even with this it is a good investment. The software is very good for beginners. It gets you talking! The other cantonese learning aids (I had a hard time finding many) I have used start off with whole complicated sentences in cantonese which were much to hard to someone who does not have any base knowledge. This gives you a way to attain that base knowledge. An A+

5-0 out of 5 stars One more thing...
I neglected to mention the only criticism I have of this particular software. There is a feature for printing picture dictionaries. This is a wonderful idea, so one can associate an image with a word...much more helpful in real life unless we're blind.

For European languages, putting words written in a latin-based alphabet works pretty darn well, seeing as we can piece together a pronunciation, etc.

Unfortunately, for Talk Now! Cantonese, instead of using a romanized form of the word under the corresponding picture, Eurotalk uses only the Chinese character...

5-0 out of 5 stars Hard to stop using...
Dang. If only all language learning tools were so much fun!!! By far the quickest and easiest way to build up a basic vocabulary. (The program for building an intermediate level is World Talk. It starts where Talk Now! ends and builds from there.) Quickest and easiest because it keeps things interesting. I've been looking for aids to build up my Cantonese vocabulary for a long time...and now I've found a product I'll use no matter what language I'm studying.

Two thumbs and both big toes up! ... Read more


34. Learn Japanese Now!
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Asin: B0002XYDYO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language, Inc.
Sales Rank: 3852
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35. Rosetta Stone Vietnamese Explorer
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00002S9FX
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
Sales Rank: 2187
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Now you can learn a new language with the award-winning method used by the U.S. State Department to train diplomats. Proven effective by NASA astronauts, Peace Corps volunteers, and millions of students worldwide, the Rosetta Stone Language Library teaches new languages faster and easier than ever before.

We all learn our childhood language by associating new words and phrases with the world around us. The Rosetta Stone method replicates this process by presenting vivid, real-life images to convey the meaning of each new phrase. Instead of translating, memorizing, and studying rules of grammar, you actually learn to think in the new language. Vocabulary and grammar are integrated systematically, leading to everyday proficiency. It's the natural way to learn.

The Rosetta Stone Explorer contains 22 lessons for beginning learners with nearly 900 real-life images and phrases spoken by native speakers. It develops all key language skills--listening comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing--while its systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists and drills. Includes previews, exercises, and tests for every lesson, with automated tutorials throughout the program. (Ages 6 and older) ... Read more

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Way to Learn
I tried this software because I felt that learning by the methods taught in books was stale and difficult. This software is everything I thought it would be. I've only been using it 3 weeks and already I feel I'm really learning the language. Vietnamese is a tonal language and speaking and listening are especially important. With Rosetta you do both often and the speaking section, which records your voice and compares it to the native speaker, has been unbelievably helpful. Grammar and vocabulary is never drilled in. You merely pick it up through the natural process of looking at photos of action and hearing the speaker describe the photos. I thought that would be difficult but this method helps the student remember it longer because they understand the reasoning behind the lessons. You see the language used in a practical way. I cannot recommend Rosetta enough. If you really want to learn a language a new way, this is it.

4-0 out of 5 stars better than a book
This software is easy to use and is much better than a book. This is because Vietnamese is a tonal language, so the word "ba", for example, could have several different meanings depending on whether you use an "up tone", a "down tone" or a monotone. Unless you can actually hear the differences with your own ears it's very difficult to learn the nuances, which is why I would always recommend a software program such as this which lets your both see the sentences and hear them over your speakers.

The only thing keeping the program from getting five stars is that you have to exit about four different screens in order to get out of the program. Also, some of the stock photos they use to identify the phrase in question are clearly not Vietnamese people or places. It would have been nice to have seen it be a bit more authentic.

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful
I bought this with a bunch of other language materials so I could learn some minimal Vietnamese before going to Viet Nam.

It was both more and less than I expected.

It was "more" because the training scheme (what I would call "immersive drill and practice") was much more effective than I would have guessed. It was "less" because it makes no attempt to explain any grammar, explicitly define words used or describe things like the Vietnamese phonetic and tone system (they don't even mention which dialect they are teaching. I think it is a northern dialect). Because of this, I suspect you'll need to use this in addition to some other resource no matter what your goal is for learning the language. However, as as supplemental resource it is very good.

The scheme used by this product is pretty simple. Each lesson (there are 22 lessons in this package) involves ten drills which collectively introduce some small set of words/ideas. Each drill contains four things (e.g. drill 1 has "girl", "boy", "cat", "dog". Drill 10 of lesson 2-11 has "The girls are not going to jump. The boy is going to jump", "The girls are not jumping. The boy is jumping", "The girls have not jumped. The boy has jumped", and "The boy and the girls are jumping"), and each thing has a photo, a written form and a spoken form. Basically, you can choose which form you want to be presented with (e.g. the spoken form) and which you want to pick the answer from (e.g. a photo). For each drill in a lesson, you are presented with one of the four things and then prompted with the four possibilities to pick the answer from, then you are presented with another one of the four things and prompted to answer, and so on. This means you get asked 40 questions in each lesson. On the surface, then, this is a simple drill-and-practice package. The drills, however, are organized to build on preceding ones so that you are able to progress from "a girl" to "The girls have not jumped. The boy has jumped." in the span of 22 lessons (220 drills). This also provides all the benefits of computerized drill-and-practice (tireless presentation, easy repetition, tracking of mistaken answers, and so on). Additionally, since this has the benefit of offering written, spoken and pictorial "modalities", it really helps one learn the material. Personally, I found it tremendously useful to be able to click the "play again" button over and over again when I was trying to hear exactly how a particular word was pronounced (something which is exceedingly cumbersome, at best, to do with audiotape). For the audio portions, there are two speakers (a man and a woman) who speak different drills, so you do get a little variation in speakers.

The software also has a "listening" mode where it will play the audio phrases for you and record you saying the same thing back so you can compare your pronunciation with the audio (it also makes some attempt to offer a calculation of how close your pronunciation is, though I couldn't judge how good its automated judgment was). This seems promising, but I found it caused the program to crash on Mac OS X, and the interface was frustrating (for me) on OS 9 because I often misjudged when I was supposed to start speaking.

There are also many features which I would have expected that this didn't have. Someone else mentioned that you can't print out the pictures or the drills as flash cards (there is a PDF file which contains the written sentences for all the lessons, so you can print that out). I was surprised that there was no way to search for words or phrases (e.g. show me all the drills where "red" is used), and they do not support writing/typing (which I know I would have benefitted from). The interface is sometimes a little cryptic (for some reason the company has chosen to put almost no text in the interface, so you need to learn what various strange icons mean in order to use it). It isn't clear to me whether I'll end up buying the Level 1 package, for it's current list price of [$$$] seems a little ... to me.

For [$$$], this seems like a great supplement to a more traditional language text, and you would probably surprise yourself with how much you could learn with just this. Personally, I feel like the price/feature ratio was about right for my needs here.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product.
I would highly recommend this product to anyone who knows no Vietnamese but would like to learn a little about the structure of the language and some basic phrases. I got it two days ago and have been using it obsessively. It's surprisingly fun, and it works in such an intuitive way that you feel like you're learning a lot very quickly. I've tried out other language programs in the past but this is by far the best I've seen.

5-0 out of 5 stars fast learning
This system seems a little aqward at first, but it is truly
amazing what you are learning and don't even realize it untill
you hear Vietnamese people talking and you know what is being
said.

This system however, is not so much for one who wants to visit
but more for the person who really wants to learn the language
in its entirity. ... Read more


36. TOPICS ENTERTAINMENT Total Immersion Japanese 2.0 ( Windows )

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Asin: B0007YEPXM
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 6930
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Features

  • Talk More Japanese has 70 minutes of braodcast material and 10 quizzes to engage novices while developing language skills. Learn multiple phrases for business, in restaurants, on the phone and more. Also features a printable glossary and phrasebook

37. Instant Immersion Language Lab
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00006IKF7
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 2878
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (3)

2-0 out of 5 stars Glorified picture dictionary
I just receive the product and installed the Spanish language program. Basically you are given a menu of sorts which allows you to select a subject area such as "food", "parts of the body", "common phrases" etc. For each area you can browse pictures dealing with the subject area and hear people pronounce each word as you click on it. You can then take quizzes to test how well you recall the words.

While I don't necessarily believe that you need to be able to do 47 conjugations of every verb, (I can't even tell you what a subjunctive imperfect is in English and I can still speak it!) I had hoped for a little more comprehensive treatment of the language. The products from Transparent software although they don't go about teaching in a structured way either at least have the advantage of giving thousands of examples in the context of sentences and paragraphs for those who can learn inductively. This product will teach a bunch of words (mostly nouns) and a few common phrases but not a lot else.

I expect to make use of this product from time to time as a picture dictionary so it was probably worth the $9 I paid for it, but it would not have been worth much more.

3-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, but....
I bought this CD-ROM specifically for the Arabic CD, but thought that learning some German, Korean, Japanese, and Greek would be fun. I already had some exprience with French and Spanish. And had previously bought the Instant Immersion Version of Italian. For the value of all 8 CD-ROMs it is not bad, but not great.

First let me tackle some of the positive aspects of this software. Note I was running this software on Windows XP and encountered no problems running the program. The exercises are easy and basically teach you basic words and phrases you might hear during your travels. So if you run into a person that speaks no English you might be able to remember to ask in Greek, french...what have you "Where is a hotel?" (Now understanding their answer might be a different problem). Each lesson has two tests for you to score points, easy and hard.

Now for the negative, I found that the tests/lessons were elementary...especially for the languages I have had experience with. This is not for people that wish to speak any of the languages in this package. I definitely recommend that you find another program that specifically teaches that one language. Another problem that I had is that when I started the Korean CD-ROM, it showed the Korean alphabet for the words. Yet when I was using the Arabic one, they used the roman alphabet for the arabic words spelled phonicially.

Over all recommendations for this product are: If you want to actually learn a language or have experience with a language, I don't recommend this product. However if your planning a trip to Europe and just want to learn a few words and phrases this product is a fun way of doing it.

5-0 out of 5 stars great help!!!!!!!!!!
I think this software is a help because you can learn more languages. It is important to know other languages in the buisness woeld so you can talk to all clients. ... Read more


38. Vocabulary Builder - Learn Cantonese - For Children 4 & Up
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Asin: 1862211485
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 1926
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39. Talk Now! Learn Hindi - Beginning Level
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Asin: B0000899NQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 2714
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Comprehensive interactive language learning; ideal for beginners
  • Easy and hard quizzes, plus a challenging memory game
  • Compare yourself with native speakers; monitor progress
  • Topics include phrases, food, shopping, telling time, and more
  • On-screen help available in over 75 languages; printable dictionary

Reviews (4)

2-0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile supplement to Hindi study, but seriously flawed
Talk Now Hindi suffers from the flaw which affects most language software. The manufacturer uses an identical engine for all of their languages, so there is nothing in the program which would be unique to the Hindi language, and nothing culturally Indian. This also creates the amusing situation of having animated Europeans testing your Hindi (the blonde woman may be cute, but not the type of person you are likely to meet in an Indian bazaar!)

There are several good features of the program:

-Words and phrases are spoken by a male and a femal voice.
-You can choose from dozens of languages for the help language.
-Some of the games are actually quite fun (such as creating the Frankenstein monster while learning the parts of the body).

But the problems with the program are many:
-Sound is a bit muddy
-You can complete everything in about three hours of work.
-Symbols, pictures, hosts, etc. are all European.
-Because the software engine is generic, you learn a lot of words you would never use in India, or words for which Hindi speakers use the English word. For example, you learn that the Hindi word for "tie" is "tie" and "jacket" is "jacket". Even worse, "Mug" is "mug" and "bread" is "bread" even though there are commonly used Hindi equivalents for these: "pyala" and "roti" respectively.
-Some of the words are wrong or very rare usages. For example, the word given for grey is "bhura", which actually means brown. My guess is that whoever they got to give the Hindi words for things either speaks an odd dialect, or is not a native speaker at all.
-Many words are spelled wrong in the Hindi script. For example, Israel is pronounced "Israel" by the speaker, but spelled "Istrael" for some reason.

This program might be useful for you if you are a beginner at Hindi, and want something amusing to supplement your textbook study. But don't expect to learn all that much.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy this Product!
I bought this CD ROM because my boyfriend speaks hindi, and I wanted to learn to converse with him in his native language. I studied and practiced only to have him look at me and say "What?". The words are not accurate, they only provide the hindi spelling, not the english spelling, so learning the words and their pronunciation is VERY difficult. He laughed out loud when he checked it out. Don't waste your time and money!

5-0 out of 5 stars Talk Now! Hindi is my favorite
I absolutely love this program. They have a female and male speaker, just click on one or the other. It's very uncomplicated interface, easy to use. I think it's clear to understand the speakers. And most of all the games are fun to play. I've got Rosetta Stone which I like a lot, but think is harder and isn't as much fun; Transparent Languages of the World - I don't like the pronounciation but I like the conversational style; Vidyarambham Hey, you wanna learn Hindi which is also very fun excellent for kids, plus really good for writing practice also. Pimsleur is one I haven't tried - too expensive for me, but supposed to be a very good way to learn. Books and audio tapes are boring for me. Talk Now! Hindi is definitely my favorite - good for all ages. I can't wait to finish this and try their advanced World Talk Hindi!

4-0 out of 5 stars good, but i wish they spoke more clearly
I think that it is a good tool, but I wouldn't solely rely on it. The speakers are not completely understandable...i need my boyfriend to correct me when i hear it wrong...I wish they would have a translation of what the person is saying in englsh so i could read it as i say it, but they just have the hindi writing (which i don't understand at all)...it is fun to use and i've learned a bit while just using it for a few days...in the sections of 'phrases' the speakers talk too fast and i have to play it many times to say the sentence once...:-/ so i'm just sticking to the one word sections :-P...i'm just happy to have any software to practice hindi with...:-P...n i'm even learning some stuff my b/f doesn't know...hehe ... Read more


40. 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

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