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81. Instant Immersion German Platinum
$19.99
82. KidSpeak French
$19.99 $17.88 list($29.99)
83. Talk Now! Learn Bulgarian - Beginning
$44.99 list($49.99)
84. Advanced Dvd French
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85. Rosetta Stone Japanese Explorer
$29.97
86. Elementary School Success 2005
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87. Talk Now! Learn Learn Croatian
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88. A+ Italian (Jewel Case)
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89. Instant Immersion Spanish Platinum
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90. Talk Now! Learn Scots Gaelic -
$34.88
91. XTREMEMAC iLingo Talking Panda
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92. Instant Immersion Italian Deluxe
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93. Instant Immersion Russian 2 CD-ROM
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94. Talk Now! Learn Hungarian - Beginning
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95. Talk Now! Learn Serbian - Beginning
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96. World Talk - Learn Polish: Intermediate
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97. Merriam-Webster's Spanish-English
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98. High School Advantage 2004
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99. Talk Now! Learn Romanian - Beginning
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100. Talk Now! Learn Icelandic - Beginning

81. Instant Immersion German Platinum
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Asin: B0002DLO5K
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
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Features

  • German language learning system with portable audio lessons
  • 3-CD-ROM set with 750 hours of instruction and cultural activities
  • 8,000 word audio glossary; 3,600 exercises; 6 workshops
  • 3D animation; S.E.T.S. for correction of pronunciation errors
  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels

82. 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

83. Talk Now! Learn Bulgarian - Beginning Level
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Asin: B0000899M2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 2038
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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

84. Advanced Dvd French
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Asin: B0000899UO
Catlog: DVD
Sales Rank: 15547
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Parlez-vous fran├žais?
This interactive learning experience is fun, colorful and very humorous! It makes learning enjoyable! The only drawback to this program is that it is quite difficult to understand at first. You need to have substantial knowledge of French to be able to catch on to the process; luckily there is an English translation to everything so that you can figure it out. Overall I found Asterix to be a good learning tool in my ongoing effort to learn French. ... Read more


85. Rosetta Stone Japanese Explorer
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00002S9FT
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
Sales Rank: 3389
Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

It is a credit to Fairfield Language Technologies that its JapaneseExplorer is one of the best examples of language-learning software--period. Ifyou are used to the old-fashioned but lamentably persistent grammar-translationmethod of learning languages, Japanese Explorer may surprise you because itinvolves no overt instruction in grammar or lists of vocabulary with Englishtranslations. Instead, it relies on very clever contextualization of Japanesewords and structures with photographs so that you never realize you're learninggrammar. We literally found ourselves speaking and understanding quite a bit ofbasic Japanese in about an hour.

Each graduated lesson works like this: First, you learn a new word by seeing apicture of, say, a man. You then read the Japanese word for "man" (at differentpoints, both in Roman letters and in Japanese script) and hear it spoken. Afterlearning a whole set of words this way, you move into self-quizzing mode, whereyou see just a picture of a man and you have to choose the right word, eitherfrom spoken or written cues. This emphasis on listening comprehension isfantastic and is one of the components that sets the software apart, but thereare also reading and writing exercises.

So how do they cover grammar? Japanese has a complicated system ofcounters attached to numbers. Eventually, for instance, you'll seehitotsu under a picture of one man and futatsu under a picture oftwo men. Later you'll see hippiki under one fish and nihiki undertwo fish. If you are a grammar guru, you might be able to figure out that humansare counted with hitotsu-futatsu, and small animals are counted withhippiki-nihiki. However, the beauty is you don't have to be a grammarguru at all because the software doesn't expect you to state rules like that; itexpects you only to associate a picture of two fish with nihiki insteadof futatsu. Eventually, you get into longer phrases that cover verbs,adjectives, and prepositional phrases. It's amazingly effortless, especially sofor children as young as 6.

Caveats: The CD-ROM includes both Mac OS and Windows versions. Your installationwill include the first-level lessons of a couple dozen other languages for free,too, so you have to know that the Japanese word for "Japanese" is Nihongoin order to select it from the list. Also, remember that software is noreplacement for Japanese-speaking people, so take what you learn and use it inthe world! --Erik Macki ... Read more

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Visual Vocabulary
I picked up this product after hearing great things about Rosetta Stone's software. Apparently they meant Rosetta Stone Japanese Personal Edition. (...)
What to expect with this software is pictures, no explanations. This is fine and dandy if you have someone to clarify with. For example understanding that a dog is pronounce inu is one thing, but formulating the sentence of "Who's dog is that?" is another. That entire sentence is an idea, which is very difficult to get into a picture.
The lesson plans are not made like any class I have ever had. They seem to be a random collection of words with now focus on anything specific. Some related words are together, like car and plane, but that's as close as you get. One section seemed to revolve around "families" but it's hard to say with the cluster organization.
The only good thing about this software is that it supports Romania, kana and Kanji. The Romania support is there for people who don't really want to learn Japanese; they just want to speak it. The kana and kanji support is intended to fully saturate you in the language. This way you can learn pronunciation spelling though katakana/hiragana. Then once you know the pronunciation you can identify that sound with the Kanji for that object/thing/idea.
All in all this software is for vocabulary only, and I think the developers are fully aware of it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Starter!
I found this to be a great first step in the learning process. This Program encourages you to think.....
Think for yourself with Rosettat stone...but this is for beginners!

1-0 out of 5 stars ...err... that's not quite right
This may be a very good product, and (as a professional language teacher) I like what the editorial review has to say about their methodology... HOWEVER, as a speaker of Japanese (I read these reviews while looking for some more advanced stuff), I was a little bothered by the fact that the first example in the editorial review was... well... bad...
Japanese DOES use a system of counters... but you do not generally say "hitotsu... futatsu" for "one person... two people", you say "hitori... futari..." ("ippiki... nihiki..." for small animals is correct, and you can use it for children for a laugh)
It's not a major gaff... and for a beginner, it's great just to make youself understood, but it would be kind of like a non-native English speaker pointing at some one and saying "It is my English teacher".
The software may be great, but I'd be a little bit wary of buying this, since what the editorial reviewer seems most confident and happy with is... err... wrong...
But that may be an error on the part of the reviewer too... It's very easy to overgenalize applications of rules and whatnot... I've otherwise heard good things about the Rosetta Stone stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent approach--unlike typical college class
I found this software extremely effective. Granted, it is a very different approach unlike the typical college foreign-language class. If like me you learned foreign languages previously by memorizing charts of verb declensions and things, this software will surprise you--and if you in fact do enjoy the details of grammar, this may not be a product for you. However, if you give this software a chance, it's very effective. You kind of have to suspend belief that it will work, but if you conscienciously use the software through the first 10 lessons, you'll be surprised at what all you can impress your Japanese colleagues or friends with. I was! I very much recommend it. It's not at all conventional, but it totally worked for me.

1-0 out of 5 stars dissapointed after reading other reviews
After reading the other reviews, I was excited about using this program. However, I am quite dissapointed. Perhaps it may be a good program for kids. However, for this adult learner, I found it quite frustrating. It is both too difficult and too easy at the same time, oddly enough. There isn't enough "meat" to hook one into learning. . .nothing is explained; it's all based on a concept of "natural" learning which may be fine if one wants to know how to say simple words in a new language. If you already know Japanese and need help recognizing speech, it may be handy. ... Read more


86. Elementary School Success 2005

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Asin: B0002QNDGU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 3232
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Features

  • Build kids' confidence in their math skills with 3D adventures that teach about operations, decmals, word problems, logic, graphing, measurement and more
  • Get a headstart on reading, writing and speaking English proficiently with full Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary and Usage & Style lessons
  • Journey to the center of the Earth or to the Milky Way, with Science modules for Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology and Zoology
  • Explore the geography and history of our world in multiple Social Studies exercises -Study Cultures Of The World, Geography and the history of the Americas
  • Learn the basics of Spanish through interactive games and lessons

87. Talk Now! Learn Learn Croatian - Beginning Level
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00005I9O5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 2506
Average Customer Review: 2 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! Croatian 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! Croatian's onscreenhelp and menus to the language of your choice. With more than 70 languages fromwhich to choose, this software makes learning Croatian accessible to everyone. ... Read more

Features

  • Croatian 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

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars do not buy this item
I have given this item 1 star because there is nothing lower. It might be a good product, I will never know. The first thing you will find is that in order to view the product you will need to download a software package costing an additional $15. The next thing you will find is that if you want a refund from Amazon, you will pay the shipping because this is not their fault (even though this is not mentioned in the description). The next thing you will find is that if you delete the program on your computer you will lose shared files.

3-0 out of 5 stars OK, but . . .
Everything said in the editorial review is true. This method is a lot of fun and the interactive bit really helps. The most useful feature is getting to see a picture, record the word or phrase in Croatian, and then playback your recording next to a recording of a native speaker. Obviously, your computer must have a microphone.

So why the so-so rating? I bought this same title for German and there are four CDs. It had a basic CD, a more advanced CD, a mystery game where you used your knowledge to solve the mystery, and a talking dictionary. I thought I'd be getting the same package, but apparently they haven't developed past the first CD for Croatian. And the one CD isn't much cheaper than what I paid for the whole German package.

There are nine lessons on the basic CD, each with about 15-20 words or phases. In two days, I've already aced six of the nine. Obviously, I'm still not quite ready to carry on a conversation. Contrast this to the German edition which lasted me several weeks despite my already knowing a good bit of German.

So while their method is a good one, and the presentation is very professional, I can't recommend this unless you'll be happy just knowing things like colors, food, numbers, etc. ... Read more


88. A+ Italian (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00005RD6K
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language
Sales Rank: 1356
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Step-by-step guide and a tutor who introduces each lesson
  • More than 10,000 words of content
  • 15 easy-to-understand lessons; 3 online quizzes
  • Alphabet reference--learn the letters and their sounds
  • Electronic flashcards; practice conversation with native speakers

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and Easy
This product is the best language teacher I have seen yet. The moment I turn the program on, it just unloads massive amount of information. Plus its user friendly and fun to use, it makes learning a new language fun and desirable. (Hence the name A+ Italian) I recommend buying this program if you have ever had the desire to learn a new langauge at all, you wont regret it. And I recommend buying it from Amazon they have the best prices, they offer very aggressive pricing for quality products and I wouldnt go anywhere else. I also recommend the A+ French program as well. ... Read more


89. Instant Immersion Spanish Platinum
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Asin: B0002DLUH2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 8573
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Features

  • Spanish language learning system with portable audio lessons
  • 3-CD-ROM set with 750 hours of instruction and cultural activities
  • 8,000 word audio glossary; 3,600 exercises; 6 workshops
  • 3D animation; S.E.T.S. for correction of pronunciation errors
  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels

90. Talk Now! Learn Scots Gaelic - Beginning Level
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0000899Y9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 815
Average Customer Review: 2 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 (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars Very exciting, if you want to learn to tell the time.
Well, there's scarcely 10 verbs, many international words in it, like Cola, burgher, a.s.o. .
It doesn't teach anything about verbs, clauses, mutations, prepositions, and all that silly stuff that make you really able to carry on a conversation and to say what you mean.
However, if you want to spend a little time instead of dozing, and don't pretend to learn a language, there's nothing better- save, perhaps, crossword puzzles.
If you know a bit of Gaelic, the only difficuilt game is telling the time, and it's the one that teaches you some phrases you can use ( unless you have bad luck and decide to say I was stolen my passport in Scottish Gaelic- better you don't, anyway you can speak English with cops ).
I admit I said something slightly different in Amazon.co.uk.
As a matter of fact, the more I study Scottish Gaelic, the less I appreciate that game.
If you want to learn Scottish gaelic, try something else- like Colloquial Scottish, by Kathleen Spadaro et al. ... Read more


91. XTREMEMAC iLingo Talking Panda English Euro Pack ( Macintosh )

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Asin: B0006N51LY
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 finda tailor in Rome or a vegetarian restaurant in Paris
  • The perfect pronunciations can be replayed as often as necessary, to make you sound like a native

92. Instant Immersion Italian Deluxe
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Asin: B00009ZLJQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 2121
Average Customer Review: 2.33 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars terrible
Stay away from this product. Besides the software setup being very confusing, the lessons themselves don't seem to be organized properly. A good language software should build the next lesson based on the previous knowledge. However, this one didn't seem like that, it would throw new grammar, vocabulary without ever introducing it before; I found this very confusing, had to click on the dictionary button constantly to figure out the exercise. Because I had some background in Italian before, I was OK for the first few lessons, then I was completely lost. I can't imagine anyone with zero background learning anything from this software. Unless you are trying brush up on what you once knew, I wouldn't recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great way to learn Italian
This software is a great way to learn Italian.

The immersion method used is outstanding. Learning a language is never easy but I liked how the software works. First, you have to listen to the language, try to remember what you heard, see on the screen, then you are the one involved to actually talk to the computer, or do the activities. You come from being a passive learner (just listening and understanding) to active learner (talking, answering,..). It is way better than being in a class!

The progress chart to keep your progress is also very impressive and detailed, it gives you the percentage of activities you did right,and so on.

The activities are very fun and interactive: crosswords puzzles, fill-in-the blanks, word order activities, word ssociation...You learn in an interactive and easy way. I was amazed at how much I learnt.

I found this software very complete as well: there is an amazing speech recognition feature to help you talk and pronunciate right, also written activities, grammar,...

1-0 out of 5 stars This software is not user-friendly
I purchased this with high expectation but was disappointed from the beginning. I found this software to be extremely confusing and not at all helpful.

First of all, the set-up is not very good. The lessons are broken up into individual lessons and there are probably 15 lessons per "section" (date and time, etc.) on each cd (there are 5) The lessons are listed on a Progress Chart (grid-like chart) and its hard to keep track of what lessons were actually completed. Boxes that represent each lesson will be shaded in depending on how complete that particular lesson is. If you don't finish a lesson and click on it again, you will have to complete the whole lesson instead of just finishing where you left off.

Second is the lessons themselves. Its very hard to learn a new language when the lessons are basically various formats of lessons that throw phrases at you and expect you to figure them out. For instance, several of the lessons involve putting a mixed-up sentence (in Italian) into its correct format or matching an Italian word with its Italian synonym. Others involve crossword puzzles. These are all in Italian. If you don't know basic Italian, its very hard to figure them out. For a beginner this just doesn't work very well. I had no idea what these words meant to begin with, let alone try to figure out how to put them into correct sentence format and actually learn anything besides frustration!

Lastly, my help button feature didn't work. I couldn't ask for help if I wanted to. The software didn't include any instructions so lack of help was a definite issue.

Overall, I believe that the software is very confusing and didn't help at all with my learning the language. This software may be fine for an intermediate or advanced "student" but for a beginner very new to the language it just doesn't work. ... Read more


93. Instant Immersion Russian 2 CD-ROM Set (Jewel Case)
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B00005RIQ5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 327
Average Customer Review: 3.11 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Learn to speak Russian 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 Russian CDs teach users to speak Russian 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! Russian 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 Russian, 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 (18)

4-0 out of 5 stars For The Beginner
This is a 2 CD set.

The first CD deals with beginning words and phrases, by playing simple games, such as telling time, colors, articles of clothing and asking questions such as where is the bathroom, how much is this and where are my suitcases. It teaches you certain foods like eggs, fruits, fast foods and eating utensils (including chopsticks!).

This first disc is easy going but a great companion to this program is the book "Beginners Russian Script" a Teach Yourself Product sold here at Amazon.com that helps you to define how the letters should sound. The first disc went much easier after I started reading this book.

The second CD jumps right into it with game playing on a higher level. Which if you haven't mastered the simple basics, you'll be lost.

Before I started this program I knew absolutely no Russian words and now I can speak the very basics. It's a great way to start learning Russian.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad for the Price
This is a two cd rom set. The first one gently takes you through some beginning exercises that are fun and teach you some VERY VERY limited vocabulary that might be useful if, say, you're on a guided tour of Russia with some one else to handle the language for you, and you just want to be able to say a couple of very basic things. (Especially number practice is very well done)

So far, so good. But then when you switch to the 2nd CDrom.. all of a sudden EVERYTHING is in Russian including the game instructions, verbal and written cues plus you're required to do some comparatively sophisticated manipulation of language in the games themselves--skills that the first CDrom did nothing to teach! It's sort of like being moved from first week, Level 1 Russian straight to a 2nd year college class. This produces a lot of frustration. To be effective there should be 4 more carefully stepped CDroms inserted between the 2.

2-0 out of 5 stars Worth the price, but that's not saying much...
I bought this thinking hey, it's ten bucks, what have I got to lose? Well, the answer to that question is ten bucks. If you're broke and want to learn Russian, save your money for food and get a library card. Pass on this.

I'd only give it one star, but I'll give it two because it's so cheap and you could learn something from this if you put forth serious effort. But you'd be better off buying the Penguin Russian course instead for almost the same price.

4-0 out of 5 stars useful tool in your language arsenal
First, to address some practical issues from other reviews:

1) I have XP. This CD works on XP.
2) This company does not make a more advanced program in Russian as they do in other languages. As far as I can tell, this 2 CD set is the full extent of their offerings in Russian.

I found this program very useful in learning some important basic vocabulary and getting more comfortable hearing and interacting with spoken Russian. The first CD is set up as a series of lessons and games on 8 different topics -- basic words (hello, goodbye, excuse me, etc.), foods, numbers, time of day, basic phrases, body parts, countries, and objects you might buy shopping like clothes.

In the lesson, a picture is shown, for example a plane. The word for plane is shown in English and in Russian (in cyrillic) and a Russian speaker says the word. There are two speakers on the CD, with noticeably different accents. It is interesting to compare the two accents and sort of triangulate the standard pronunciation. It also helps when you can't understand one of them, listening to the other one usually clarifies. SO, you see the meaning of the word, you see the word in English, you see the word in Russian, and you listen to a native speaker say the word. This is GREAT! I can't tell you how much of this I retained from all this great linguistic input!

So then there is a game to go along with each lesson, which is basically memory. They say a word in Russian and you have to click on the right picture. Simple. There are four different games you can play of varying difficulty levels. And it's really more of a test than a game, but hey when i graduated from college i got an engraved plaque saying i never had to take another test in my life. Didn't you? Anyways... This first CD was really helpful. I really have retained about all of the words on the CD, which is pretty amazing to me. There is also a speech/pronunciation section, but I didn't use it.

The second CD is a little different. It's more of the "immersion" that the title claims. They start spouting sentences full of words you probably don't know, and you're supposed to pick out like which picture they're talking about based on the fact that you heard the word "red" and "shirt" in there somewhere. But it's a little baffling. I'm going to hold off on doing the second CD until I go through some of my other books a bit more. But it's essentially set up the same -- lessons and then "games" to test and reinforce what you learned.

IN SUMMARY, very valuable vocabulary building. The setup of the lessons lends itself to a high level of retention, and the native Russian speakers are great for self-taught book people to hear. There are no grammar lessons, there are no writing exercises, there is no conversation on your part, there is no instruction in cyrillic, the list of vocabulary could have been a bit more extensive, and you don't even necessarily learn how to spell the words you learn. Therefore, it is only ONE weapon among many you should have if you really intend to beat the Russian language into submission. (just kidding) But it is very good at what it undertakes.

And need I repeat that for the price, you can't beat it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Starter for willing students.
This is a very good program for people who are just starting to learn the Russian language. This program gives students a few basic words and phrases that will help a student get introduced to the language. It is worth the money in my opinion however the program is geared toward a younger age group and does not go very deep into the Russian language. Overall, this program would be a good way to start. ... Read more


94. Talk Now! Learn Hungarian - Beginning Level
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0000899NR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 810
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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

95. Talk Now! Learn Serbian - Beginning Level
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0000899QS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 709
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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

96. World Talk - Learn Polish: Intermediate Level
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00004VUBO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 6561
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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

97. Merriam-Webster's Spanish-English Dictionary
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00009ZL51
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 654
Average Customer Review: 3.12 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 100,000+ translations, including specialized national and regional terminology
  • More than 80,000 entry words and phrases
  • Bilingual; highlights Latin-American Spanish and American English usage
  • Specially developed for all skill levels
  • Installs quickly onto your hard drive for instant access anytime

Reviews (8)

4-0 out of 5 stars A very nice product; but doesn't integrate with browsers.
This is undoubtedly the best dictionary & thesaurus available today. The features that impressed me the most are:

1: You don't have to leave the CD in the drive to use the 'pronounciation' feature. You can optionally install the sound files on your hard disk. (Approx. 532 MB)

2: Multiple pronounciations invoked where appropriate.

3: Installs without a glitch and integrates with MS Word.

4: Has a lot of nice features like 'Spelling Help'.

I hope the 12th Edition will integrate with email browsers, not just with MS Word. Also, I would have preferred the thesaurus invoked automatically in an additional pane instead of switching between dictionary and thesaurus.

4-0 out of 5 stars good word pronounciation
I already owned the Microsoft Encarta World English Dictionary when I bought Merriam-Webster because I wanted the software to pronounce every word, and Encarta doesn't.

Merriam-Webster's main good point:
pronouces every single entry, including various forms of each word, such as "beauty", "beautiful" plus you can copy the whole disc into your computer, so you don't have to put in the CD every time you look stuff up. Can't do with Microsoft.

Other than that, it isn't a very good computer dictionary. It looks like somebody just scanned the information into the computer. The dictionary has limited space, that's why stuff is crammed in the there, but the computer should read with more paragraph separations which costs no more memory. There are few examples.

I also don't like the fact that you have to clear each entry before you can look up the next word, which I don't have to do with Microsoft's.

It is a usable dictionary and thesarus, and has plenty of entries. I think it is particular worth it for someone learning English as a foreign language.

5-0 out of 5 stars Voice helps me a lot!
Three is no other dictionary that I can rely on more than Merriam Webster dictionary. This new edition, 11th, got all updated words used for internet and new high tech terms with accurate vocal sound. I saw some other dictionary with sound, but this dictionary got most accurate sound that I can trust. For some words that have two sounds, it pronounces both of them.
I can not work without this dictionary.

2-0 out of 5 stars great for kids
The Amazon Features: recommended this dictionary for age 9 to adult and this should have been a big clue. Generally 9 year olds and adults aren't looking for the same things in a product of this type. This is a cute program but all of it is freely available on the Web.

My two biggest disappointments were the brief simplistic definitions and that it lacks cross-referencing or hyper-linking within a definition, -- yes, you can easily jump to new definitions from words within a given definition, but, for me, this lacks the learning that comes with hyper-linking.

My last comment is that as of January 04, the reviews listed under this Medical Dictionary are reviews for other Merriam-Webster products, but not for the Medical Dictionary. Read closely and notice the reference to a thesaurus that the Medical Dictionary does not have.

3-0 out of 5 stars Easier than grabbing a heavy hardback
The MW Medical Desk Dictionary's best feature is that it's convenient. It offers you the option to install macros that put an icon on your Word or WordPerfect toolbar that will launch the dictionary. Highlight a word in your document, click the icon, and it will look it up. Type the beginning letters of a word in its search feature, and it will attempt to match what you type with a word in its dictionary. Where it fails is when you don't want that word and it's automatically filled the search box with some other word, so you have to delete the letters that don't apply. Sure, it's easier than grabbing a heavy hardback, and better than the outdated dictionary I had, but its automatic look-up ability needs serious work. I also wish it was a spell-checker plugin rather than an add-on dictionary; you can't tell Word (or any other Office application) that it's a dictionary you're adding in because there is no *.dic file for the program to find to add in. Still, for the money, this is a very good program if what you want is a dictionary and not a spellchecker. ... Read more


98. High School Advantage 2004
list price: $39.99
our price: $39.99
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Asin: B00008YGS6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Encore Software
Sales Rank: 1727
Average Customer Review: 2.44 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (16)

3-0 out of 5 stars Can't run software on a computer with 1GB memory
I have the same problem on a computer running Windows 2000 with 1GB memory. The software won't start and gives me the error message "Director Player 6.0 - This program requires at least 3MB of free virtual memory to run". I know there is more than 3MB of free virtual memory on my computer. I tried different virtual memory setting and found that setting virtual memory to 128MB would cause the software to run. It is obvious that the software has mis-calculated the available virtual memory. It interprets virtual memory > 1GB as less than 3MB virtual memory. I have sent email to the technical support at Encore and are waiting for their reply. I share the previous reader's opinion that setting the virtual memory to a lower setting is not an acceptable solution.

However, after I started the program, I like the interface and graphic. The software is better than "Mind Power Math Middle School" from the Learning Company. I also like that it has a game where you can test your skill.

I will write an update after I receive a reply from Encore.

3-0 out of 5 stars Way around memory problem
Haven't tried this software but had same problem with some other software, the error message: "Director Player 6.0 - This program requires at least 3MB of free virtual memory to run". The only fix is to change your virtual memory settings to something below 500mb or to exactly 4000mb. Of course, I chose 4000mb since I have a large hard drive and almost 1 gig of memory on this pc.

So the full fix is:
From the Windows XP desktop, select the Start button, right-click on the My Computer icon, and select Properties from the resulting menu.

Click on the Advanced tab to bring it forward, and then select the Settings button within the Performance section.

In the Performance Options window, click on the Advanced tab to bring it forward, and then select the Change button in the Virtual Memory section.

Click the Custom size button...
Change the Initial size (MB) setting to 4000
Change the Maximum size (MB) setting to 4000

Select SET to accept the change, which will close the Virtual Memory window. Select OK to close the Performance Options window. And select OK to exit the System Properties window.

1-0 out of 5 stars $40 + junk = angry customer
This is a faulty and buggy piece of software. It will not run on my PC (XP Home)without me changing my Virtual Memory from 1000 mb to 200 mb...what an absurdity! The developer offers no solution other than to change my VM everytime I want to use their software.

Well, forget it. They're not the only game in town.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's Great!!
I have the Elementary Advantage, and I'm about to go into Middle School Advantage. I find these programs are excellent. I am a homeschooling parent, and the Elementary Advantage suite have done a great job in assisting me with teaching my child. I've learned a lot myself. My son is about to enter middle school grades, and as I explore the the Middle School Advantage suite, I marvel at how well its put together. I have not run into answers that are wrong as was the claim of one reviewer. But, that does not bother me because you will find wrong answers in educational books written by the best educators. I focus on the how well I am taught the subject. If I can catch the wrong answers then I was taught well. I paid only $24.99 for each suite. I also have a Dell Dimension 4600, and the programs run fine. For all those having a problem running the program. You better get a Dell, Dude! For the money, IT'S GREAT!

1-0 out of 5 stars Not Recommended
If this program can confuse X and Y intercepts I can only imagine what else may be wrong with it. I just purchased this for my son today, but will be returning it tomorrow. He has a placement test in 2 weeks and I don't want him to blow it because of this faulty software. ... Read more


99. Talk Now! Learn Romanian - Beginning Level
list price: $29.99
our price: $19.99
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Asin: B0000899QM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 646
Average Customer Review: 4 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 (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars it's ok
This product really doesn't have that many words in it. The games are kind of fun, but it doesn't actually teach you the language......just a few words. Mostly it's just matching the picture they associate the word with, with the word. If you want to learn a few words its useful, but for learning the language, it's bad.

5-0 out of 5 stars EuroTalk Romanian CD
This beginners language really delivers. Never thought learning a foreign language could be so fun. Wish to buy the Advanced Romanian when it comes out. ... Read more


100. Talk Now! Learn Icelandic - Beginning Level
list price: $29.99
our price: $19.99
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Asin: B0000899NS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 619
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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

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