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21. Instant Immersion French (5 CD-ROM
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22. Learn To Speak French Version
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23. Before You Know It Multi Pack:
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24. Learn Mexican Spanish
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25. Instant Immersion 18 Languages
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26. Eazyspeak French Levels 1 And
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27. Learn to Speak French 8.0
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28. I Can Speak French
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29. European Languages Megapack
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30. Instant Immersion French 2 CD-ROM
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31. Instant Immersion Language Lab
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32. Instant Immersion French Pro 7
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33. Collins Talking French Dictionary
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34. Learn French Now! Deluxe
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35. Learn to Speak French 8.1
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36. French Now! 8.0
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37. TOPICS ENTERTAINMENT Instant Immersion
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39. Instant Immersion French (4 CD-ROM)
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40. Kids French (Jewel Case)

21. Instant Immersion French (5 CD-ROM Set)
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Asin: B00006IKEX
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 3277
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Instant Immersion French delivers an authentic French learning environment to your desktop. Based on the Euromethod--an approach that immerses students in a country's language and culture--this language-learning suite includes five CD-ROM titles: Talk Now!, World Talk, Talk to Me, Interactive Picture Dictionary, and Who Is Oscar Lake? Native French speakers introduce words and phrases. Lessons can be customized. Explore more than 2,000 words in French, Spanish, German, and Italian with the interactive picture dictionary's video clips and other memory enhancing tools. Advanced speech recognition technology--the next best thing to a conversation partner--actually lets you converse with the software and even corrects words and phrases. Instant Immersion's Who Is Oscar Lake? title rounds out this comprehensive suite. In the ultimate test of your new skills, you'll have to solve a puzzling mystery... in French. With Instant Immersion, you learn by hearing, seeing, and doing. ... Read more

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Really should be zero stars
This product is really a disappointment. There are no menus and no lessons one, two, etc. On CD 1 you learn some basic words and then on CD 2 there is nothing but French. The other CDs are not much more help. I bought this program to learn French and now I'm considering not wasting my time, trashing it and starting again.

1-0 out of 5 stars Did not learn much
Instant Immersion French is poor when it comes to teaching you French. I was just unable to learn from this program unlike some other programs which have helped me. Beware this product, I would consider a different company's product over this one. I have also tried French Now by Transparent Language and found that it taught me French quite well.

3-0 out of 5 stars pretty good; requires some self-motivation
if you're serious about wanting to learn a language, this is good starter stuff to learn how to speak. but it's not going to grab your hand and make you use it, and it's not as engaging as, say, grand theft auto vice city. (the "game" cd, oscar lake, is pretty lame.)

i own this and enjoy it, but i wouldn't recommend it for the casual student. i've taken real french classes and am not sure i'd recommend this to someone brand new to the langauge. bonne chance!

1-0 out of 5 stars Worthless
It should have got 0 rating. You could buy a English-French dictionary instead of buying this. This does not 'teach' you anything. Do not spend your heard earned money on this ... Read more


22. Learn To Speak French Version 8.1
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Asin: B00008NJEG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Riverdeep
Sales Rank: 2020
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Features

  • Master French by learning in a setting that's friendly, flexible and fun
  • Watch cultural movies and see how people speak the language to each other -- then join in & be part of the conversation
  • Speech Recognition and Simulation technologies help develop the skills needed to communicate withnative French speakers
  • Fun games and activities improve grammar and build a full French vocabulary
  • Progress reports track how well you're doing and show you the areas where you need more work

23. Before You Know It Multi Pack: Spanish, French, Italian and German
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Asin: B0000CFXA3
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language
Sales Rank: 4090
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Learn Italian, French, Spanish, or German words and phrases
  • A flash card program but without 3 x 5 paper cards and no boring repetition
  • Take your lists with you on your Palm or Pocket PC device
  • Based on advanced learning algorithms; focuses on material you need the most work on
  • Includes 1000 words and over 250 phrases per language

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Innovative and Very Intuitive
This product is absolutely amazing. It is an extremely useful educational tool for language learning and much more. The Before You Know It Multipack is designed for language learning, especially vocabulary, by basically using electronic flashcards. The Multipack version includes an enormous amount of content for Spanish, French, Italian and German languages and is a good place to start learning the languages or for studying/refreshing. Now this is great for language learning but in my opinion the best feature of this program is the ability to make your own electronic flashcards for anything and you can also share them with friends through email and on Palm Pilots. To me this is a must have for studying anything that you need to memorize. It is so useful and very helpful in these aspects. It also shows you the cards you have the most trouble learning more frequently than the ones that you do not have trouble remembering which in the end means that you will have a very effective studying method. This program is very user friendly, simple to use and has plethora of uses. I believe that even if you do not want the language aspects the program, it is still more than worth having just because of the ability to create your own cards. Ideal for students, teachers, and anything else that requires memorization. Have no doubts, Before You Know It definitely earns its 5-star rating. ... Read more


24. Learn Mexican Spanish
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Asin: B0000899UX
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 4163
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Parlez-vous français?
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


25. Instant Immersion 18 Languages (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B00009ADF5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1262
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A great start......
This product is exactly what it states it is - "essential vocabulary and phrases in the subjects of First Words and Food".
There are 18 languages covered on 2 CD-ROM's - for 10 bucks!
I read the 1st review and felt I had to respond. You get what you pay for & in my opinion, this is a great deal. The company that publishes this title produce full version programs of each of these languages - and more. If a more in-depth learning experience is what you're after, then spend a little more & buy the more complete version. I'm sorry, but for someone to complain about spending 10 bucks on 2 CD-ROM's - and feel the need to write about it is somewhat confusing to me. I just spent that much on lunch for crying out loud.

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


26. Eazyspeak French Levels 1 And 2 (Windows and Mac)

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Asin: B0006H1I7Q
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Kutoka
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Features

  • Complete lessons for basic French speaking, reading, writing, and grammar
  • Interactive games & conversations help children learn the language
  • Develop the conversational French skills your child needs for that trip to Europe or Africa!

27. Learn to Speak French 8.0
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Asin: B00001SHL1
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 2728
Average Customer Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Learn to Speak French 8.0 accomplishes the goals of having you speak and understand the language, by use of its speech-recognition technology. As you progress through the lessons you get the opportunity to test your pronunciation against a meter that tracks from "tourist" to "native speaker."

The program includes short Quick Time films that are narrated in French with both the French and English text of the narrative available onscreen. (You can turn off either or both text versions.) A printed book provides additional practice for all the topics included on the four CDs: vocabulary, grammar, speech, and narratives at different levels.

Anyone over the age of 10 can use the software, and installation is easy. In addition, you can download additional lessons from The Learning Company Web site, where there's access to personal tutoring and study aids. The program can certainly get you started and make it possible for you to communicate in French--if you use both the program and the workbook diligently. --Robert Frankland ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners or refresher course!
I think the other reviewer who rated this item and gave it very few stars may have confused this with another french language program because this one does not come with an audio tape as you see above. Instead it's 4 dvd-roms that are just terrific. Real practise conversations using your microphone, lots of grammar information, pronunciation drills and quizzes. This software is terrific. I am looking forward to their new version which is coming out soon. I hope it includes onscreen flashcards and more extensive grammar drills, quizzes and help. That would be my only suggestion. For additionaly french grammar help I would highly suggest; "Essential French Grammar" by Seymour Resnick, "French Verb Drills" by R.de Roussy de Sales, and you will also find extremely helpful, "Pronounce it Perfectly in French" by Christopher Kendris, PH.D which was released by Barron's. Good Luck everyone!

4-0 out of 5 stars Version 8.1 Great Product--but software flaws with Win XP
My daughter (age 12, and fixated on all things French) has been trying to learn French through a variety of media--workbooks and audiotapes, Muzzy videos, textbooks, none very stimulating--so I bought this CD for her to try.

First, let me start with the software itself: it was real discouraging when I first installed the French 8.1 Deluxe edition--kept getting error messages about MicServer Pass (error 26). Had to shut down probably 30 times the first few hours of use. Finally determined that there seemed to be some kind of conflict with other programs/graphics on my system--primarily a Japanese Hello Kitty screen saver installed. ALSO, I learned that you just can't click that mouse as fast as you'd like in the Play/Record mode, because if you click faster than, say, a 5 sec increment, the system freezes. I assume it's because the program just isn't developed enough to handle incoming audio recognition and cursor commands while simulataneously processing video/graphics/data transmission. Well, what do you expect, it didn't cost that much to begin with. So I have learned to slow my mouse clicking down a bit. In addition, I highly recommend you run AdAware, Spybot, and some kind of Utilities Clean-up/Fix program before installing this--and do what the installation instructions suggest, END all other programs running in the background. Finally, I would say that the less processes you have running while you are using this feature, the better!

About the program itself: I learned French in middle school, as well as 1 semester in college. (I also have a total of 3 years high school/college Spanish experience). So, based upon my knowledge of foreign languages, and the varieties of media I have used--the classroom, workbooks, textbooks, videos--I would say this software is the most entertaining method of learning a language. My daughter, who has NO foreign language experience, says this system of language learning works best for her, thus far.

This program--although not labeled so, take my word for it--is designed for conversational French. The strengths in this program are the French speakers and their pronounciation. Their phrases are short and to the point. In the beginning, the phrases are everyday phrases and the key to learning them is saying them over and over again; basically, MIMICRY [the accompanying 184-page reference book is just a written form of all the narrative you hear on the software, it is NOT a workbook or dictionary]. I told my daughter DO NOT RUSH through this, stick with the same lesson for at least a week. There are optional grammar notes for those interested or for those (like me) who never paid much attention to grammar exercises in school, but they are not the key to learning. After all, you don't see young children reading grammar books and they can speak quite well.

The voice recognition feature is not entirely accurate (I said ba-ba-ba-ba into the mic once and it gave me an excellent rating!) but it provides enough feedback so my daughter feels like she is making progress, mainly by copying the French speakers. It trains the ear to recognize French sounds.

As you go on in this program, you can pace yourself when things get a bit more challenging. Some of the phrases don't have much to do with everyday life, but they tend to teach the repetition/variation of common phrases over and over again, so it builds on the foundation. Using the program myself, I can determine where I am rusty. Also, I see my daughter decide (by herself and by the automatic scoring) where she needs to go back and review. The interactive functions--visual, written and verbal--really help reinforce what you've learned.

I would think that if one continued with the entire program and put as much effort into it as in a class--say, at least 1/2 hour a day up to 1 hour a day on weekends--then, by the end of the CD course one would be quite confident and fairly proficient at speaking and understanding spoken French, or the written level used by a daily newspaper in France.

1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work with Windows NT or 2000!
purchased this to spruce up my pronunciation but found that this version doesn't work with Windows 2000; however, I've now ordered version 8.1 which, supposedly, does work on my platform and will write another review after I've received and tried it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good!
It's a pretty good program over all and pretty easy to use!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great tool to hone your accent
In general, this isn't that great a tool for learning French. I gave it a decent rating, however, based on its one redeeming feature, the speech-recognition feature. This feature is an excellent tool for practicing pronunciation of French.

In the "Vocabulary" section, you have a list of words that you can click on to hear a native French speaker speak the word. You also have a needle-style gauge with buttons for record and playback. You hit the record button, pronounce the word, and the gauge shows how well you did, from "tourist" to "native".

This might not be an optimal tool for honing your accent, because it doesn't give you any indication of what you're doing wrong. It's an excellent tool otherwise, because it allows you to practice endlessly and because it gives you decent feedback. I had already had explanations of what shape your mouth should be for pronouncing certain things and the difference between the 'ou' sound in vous and the 'u' sound in tu. If you can get that, and if you have a decent ear, you can accomplish a lot with this software.

Anecdotal evidence: I used this software for about half an hour to an hour a day for about six months before moving on to instruction that involved real people. Everyone that I spoke to in French told me that I sound like a native French speaker.

Disclaimer: as with anything in life, you'll only get out of it what you put into it. Your mileage may vary. ... Read more


28. I Can Speak French

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Asin: B0006U2P7U
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language, Inc.
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29. European Languages Megapack
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Asin: B00008RGOD
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Mega Systems
Sales Rank: 3240
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Features

  • European language learning software on 12 CDs
  • Teaches Spanish, French, Italian, and German
  • 5000 exercises and 300 hours of practice time
  • Unique Intelliplan allows users to design individual study plans
  • Personal video tutors; exciting interactive language trips

30. Instant Immersion French 2 CD-ROM Set (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B000059OSB
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1450
Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Learn to speak French 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 French CDs teach users to speak French 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! French 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 French, 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)

2-0 out of 5 stars not very good for the beginner, intermediate, anyone
simply stated, this program is not very good for the beginner in that CD 2 is too difficult; and it's not very good for the intermediate french speaker in that CD 1 is too easy.

as a beginner myself, the first CD i enjoyed very much in that it taught basic vocabulary. it was pretty much the first nouns one ought learn and even the games were ok, except for the memory ones. after all, i didn't buy this program to test my memory (even though you can't help but become better familiarized with the vocabulary because of it). after CD 1 alone, this is a 4 star program.

now to CD 2. CD 2 is like going from T-ball to Roger Clemens; from tadpole fishing, to swimming with the sharks; from that inflatable pool you had as a kid in your backyard, to swimming in the Pacific. after mastering CD 1, i expected CD 2 to further elaborate on vocabulary, present the alphabet pronunciation, and teach basic grammar--it did none. instead what you get is dialogues--with no english translation, and no way for the beginner to understand them. from these dialogues, you are supposed to answer certain questions correctly.

now, i could do this--not because i understood more than 3 words of the dialogues--but because i heard and isolated certain words learned on CD 1. for example, let's say the dialogue is about a zebra. there will be an entire paragraph, of which i will only undersand, say, the words "blanc et noir" (white and black) and so i'll deduce the answer is zebra. but as much as i didn't buy this CD for a memory program, so i didn't buy it to sharpen my detective skills, although i must admit i like a good sherlock holmes tale as much as the next guy.

maybe he could solve the case of the french learning CD that never was.

2-0 out of 5 stars Ne croyez pas la boite! (Don't believe the box!)
C'est faux! This box says it's the "quickest way to learn a language, guaranteed!" I bought this CD while taking my first year of high school French, hoping it would give me a broader vocabulary and a good pronounciation guide. It didn't.
First, there is no pronounciation guide. You just listen to the native speakers, which, don't get me wrong, is very good, but some sort of guide would come in handy. French words, as any one who has studied the language should know, are not phonetic; there are many letters that are not pronounced, and in order to recognize such you must study the grammar.
Which brings me to a second pitfall: no grammar guide. It seems to me that if you're going to learn a language you've got to learn some grammar, too! How is a non-French speaker supposed to know adjective agreement or verb conjugation without some sort of guide?
And the vocabulary is nothing you wouldn't learn in a first or second year French class in high school. So if you're like me, a high school student looking for extra reference and exact pronounciation, fine. But if you are an adult and looking for a travel/business phrase reference, pass this one over.
And the games are no fun. In the first CD, there are memory games. And you must accumulate so many points before they will let you move to the next level of learning. Okay, so just because I score 49 points out of 50 I'm not good enough to go on to the next level?
As my French teacher says, "A chacun son gout." (To each his own taste.) If you learn languages by playing memory games and can master a language without grammar guides, Instant Immersion French is for you. But take it from me, a French II student: this program is at best a reference guide for those with a little background of French

3-0 out of 5 stars good, but don't expect it to be your only learning source
This set is a good deal for the price but don't buy it expecting to learn French from it alone unless you're just really good with languages. First of all, there is absolutely nothing about the alphabet or how to pronounce the letters. There is nothing about grammar. Each of the two discs is good but they just do not contain enough information to teach the beginner to understand the French language. The first disc teaches some nouns and adjectives and a few phrases. It has fun games that help build the vocabulary. The second disc is nothing but games and it is all in French with no English translations. This second disc is good but the first disc does not teach enough to prepare one for the second disc. I would only recommend this set in conjunction with another program. Don't buy it expecting to learn to French from it alone.

3-0 out of 5 stars So you want to learn French
The reason why I purchased this software is because I needed it to be compatible with Windows XP. It was compatible, however this program is quite child like. It is great for adolescents...to keep them stimulated and busy. The second CD World talk takes a leap into French converstion for an intermedate level. It is good .......but keep your eyes open for better French software.

2-0 out of 5 stars Missing the middle
In the first couple of hours (the first CD) this was a great program for getting started in studying French. Unfortunately the first CD stopped well short of the second. The second CD takes a very large leap forward leaving you wondering if you missed some second level on CD 1. You will however be able to recognize enough words to be able to guess correctly on most of the questions on CD 2, but being able to pick the correct picture by picking the work for "boat" out of a spoken sentence is not in my opinion learning French. The first CD on this was good enough that I'll plunk down the money and try the 7 CD Pro version. Give me a month (End of March 2002) and I'll try to let you know how that program does as well as French for Dummies. Until then don't bother with this version. ... Read more


31. Instant Immersion Language Lab
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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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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


32. Instant Immersion French Pro 7 CD Platinum
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Asin: B00005UWHA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 4099
Average Customer Review: 1.89 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

"La pieuvre est sous le lit." While this phrase won't get you around the streets of Paris, you will undoubtedly find Instant Immersion French Pro to be full of fun examples and illustrations that cement your learning. (And if ever an octopus does actually appear under your bed, you'll be prepared.)

Instant Immersion French Pro gets you off to a great start with your French-learning endeavors. This seven-CD-ROM set offers a wide range of learning tools that accommodate many learning styles. With so many discs, we were surprised to see a quick installation. The discs offer the Tell Me More software (four discs), a French vocabulary-builder disc, French Plus, and a bonus audio CD.

The three content discs in the Tell Me More series--beginner, intermediate, and advanced--jump right in with language lessons, games, dialogue practice, speech recognition, and grammar. Not a stitch of English is to be seen or heard, even on the beginner disc. We started by checking out the demonstration, which was, in a word, annoying: no non-audio option was available, the presentation was about five minutes long, and it looped, not allowing us to exit. But after charging into the program itself, we were impressed with the creative presentation of learning tools: against the backdrop of a film set, students can take part in "scenes" of dialogue, video, or exercises. The technical options were plentiful as well, allowing us to turn off speech recognition (if you don't have a mic, or don't care to do that), change text size and audio quality, and set a number of other preferences. The games were fun, although a bit challenging without any knowledge of French. The Tell Me More series does offer a number of learning tools that aren't immediately obvious: right-clicking on words and phrases brings up pull-down menus that offer needed translations and pronunciation guides. Also, we found the speech recognition to be a little overly critical. However, the "report card" at the end of a lesson gave us a nice sense of progress.

The other two learning discs--a vocabulary builder and French Plus--seemed like the place to start with our foray into French. Through picture association and memory games in the vocabulary builder, we quickly got into the sound of the language. The French Plus CD-ROM also offered picture association, plus interactive activities. This disc goes into greater depth than the vocabulary builder, through 22 lessons ranging from the simple names of nouns to more difficult grammar topics.

Comparing this package to other language packages out there, we found the interface inviting and the activities engaging. We recommend this for learners at any stage of their French education as a valuable resource. --Emilie Herbst ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars This software is horrible.
Navigating through this software is very difficult and confusing. It is almost as if you have to be able to speak french already to be able to use this software with any degree of success.

The othe discs that come with this software are just as useless as the rest. I am very disappointed and I wish I had just saved my money and bought Learn French Now! 9.0 which is infinitely better.

1-0 out of 5 stars wasted money
This is the worst french learning application i've seen. I thought before buying it that 7 cd's will teach me french from a beginning to an advanced level. But this is not the case.

I've tried some other programs obtaining better results and they fit into just 1 CD.

1-0 out of 5 stars 1 star is not low enough, here's why:
Poor vocabulary, poor grammar, poor translations, poor software.

Topics Entertainment's Instant Immersion French Pro 7-CD set is all packaging. The 7 CDs are broken into 4 parts:

1) CD-1 Installation disk
CD-2,3,4 Tell Me More series. Completey useless for a beginner. There are supposed to be three different levels here beginner, intermediate, advanced, WRONG, ALL Advanced. Every disc contains lengthy french dialogue with no starting point for vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, or pronuncitaion. This is aimed at someone already familiar with french.

2) CD-5 Vocabulary Builder. Everything about this is for children and on the Eurotalk website you will see this is targeted at 3-10 year olds. It has a miniscule vocabulary and the words and sentences it does contain are downright useless, "The duck is under a desk". It also does not even contain english translations of the french words, just pictures. It is left to the user to infer what the picture means!

3) CD-6 French Plus (A Rosetta Stone application) I found this disc to be the least help of them all. It has pictures with words on top of them that can disappear and you are supposed to pick the word spoken but you get no english translation. It is all a mess just like that last sentence.

4) CD-7 Audio Disc. I only listened to the first track and thought this would be perfect for those who like to repeat long sentences from memory. However, the converstation on the track was relevant for those traveling to France (encounter with a passport agent) unlike the other discs which are not relevant to anything really.

This software is just a pretty box, no useful content or lesson plan.

If you are looking for an introduction to French do not buy this software.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
Seemed to be a jumbled mix of previously released titles - the whole setup was extremely unintuitive and very confusing for a beginner (which is what the software claims to be geared towards). You get a confusing GUI where you navigate between a scene, and then you get a Q&A session. No instructions, no teaching, no training - very frustrating and ultimately unrewarding. After 4 days of plodding through the material given, I gave up. I purchased Rosetta Stone afterwards - much more expensive, but also much more rewarding...

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent program for someone with some basic French.
I loved this program. I had taken French thirty years ago for a semester and a couple of adult education courses before starting. The CDs have learning tools for comprehension, vocabulary, present and past tense, speaking and dictation. It uses a video to begin the lesson with both spoken and written dialogue. One can follow along with the written until familiar. The lessons build on the video. There are different games to improve skills and exercises that require one to repeat words, rearrange sentences, fill in blanks, match words for meaning, and answer questions. The variety kept me interested. There are tools to assess how well one is doing. I would highly recommend it for someone with some basic vocabulary and verbs. ... Read more


33. Collins Talking French Dictionary

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Asin: B0001YH7K6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Global Marketing Partners
Sales Rank: 4559
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Features

  • Bilingual dictionary in French to English and English to French
  • Over 80,000 words and phrases
  • Computer-based learning exercises expand vocabulary
  • Quickly build vocabulary with fun crosswords and exercises
  • Headwords in dictionary spoken by native speakers

34. Learn French Now! Deluxe
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Asin: B0001IQN8O
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Publisher: Encore Software
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35. Learn to Speak French 8.1
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Asin: B00005TQ1G
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 3175
Average Customer Review: 2.69 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

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

Reviews (13)

4-0 out of 5 stars Anglophone in Quebec loves this program
I've lived here over half my life and don't speak french, not because I don't know what to say, but because I've always been afraid that it wouldn't sound right. This program is great for learning the correct pronounciation, and the conversation feature helps with thinking fast. My kids (ages 6 & 8) were not doing so well in french class last year but they've been practicing with this program and gaining confidence. It's a lot of fun to use, especially the speech recognition meter, we take turns and compete to see who can get farther into the green area. Looking forward to having a french conversation with my french husband.

My only problem with this program is that even though it's new, ...the online programs that are supposed to be downloadable to your computer are no longer available. Not saying that the CD's don't have plenty to keep me busy but I feel a little [left out] because they discontinued them so soon.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Big Waste of Money
This would have been a wonderful product if it could be installed on my computer. I have tried to install it using Windows 2000 and Windows 98. Neither system would accept it. When I called the company, they said that they knew about the problem and were working on it...to check back at their web site periodically for an update. That was over a year ago. There have been no updates and I basically wasted my money.

4-0 out of 5 stars We'll always have Paris...
First one negative: The Learning Company does have to get better at listing what platforms their software really works on. Version 8 does not run on Windows 2000, Windows 8.1 has problems with XP, but works fine on Windows 2000. If you're planning on buying this software, be careful about which version you buy.

That said, this software is a good learning tool for picking up French. It will not be enough on it's own (what one tool ever is for learning fluency in a language?), but it's an incredible supplement. You see and hear French being spoken in a number of situations and by a number of different people, all with different accents, ages, and occupations. A book will not give you this (though a book will be better for learning the rules of grammar such as verb conjugation). Pronounciation is particularly hard for english speakers learning French (I speak from experience). Having the word spoken repeatedly while printed on the screen is a boon for figuring out how French is supposed to sound (again, a book will not do this as well).

The program relies on rote memorization for success, which is unfortunately one of the menial and grudging realities of learning any language. Each vocabulary word is tied to a picture (e.g., 'ici' has an "X" with an arrow pointing to it), and the drills rely on your ability to interpret these pictures. Most are not difficult at all to figure out, but some can be ambiguous. Each lesson moves from a list of vocabulary words into these drills, and then into a conversation usually between 2-4 French speakers. Once you have these phrases and sentences down, there are more drills. Lastly, each lesson includes games: "Go Fish" (against a strange horse/dog creature with a southern drawl) and a crossword puzzle. You can play the games at any time (though it's harder to know this in version 8.1 than it was in version 8.0). Finally, you have a conversation with a French speaker via your PCs microphone. It's as close as you will get to having a native speaker on hand for practice, though it has the limitations of any computer program (this part of the program has crashed on me, but not frequently enough for me to give up on the software).

Lastly, when you speak into the microphone the computer will judge your progress on a continuum from 'tourist' to 'native'. This is a little tenuous, and I would encourage people to pay more attention to the playback of their voices rather than worry if they're attaining 'native' status (I have also heard that sometimes these programs don't work well with native speakers - a French-Canadian relative of a friend of mine once used this program, and was consistently told he was a 'tourist').

Overall, it's a very good tool to help you along with learning French. It will not learn the language for you, but it will be a valuable help.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Learning Solution for Everyone
LearnToSpeak 8.0 is the best language learning tool I've used. I've spent hundreds in books, tapes, and audio CDs to no avail. This ridiculously inexpensive software is unmatched in both quality and value. Anyone with a negative review is purely blaming this awesome product for their difficulty learning the language. ... you can't possibly go wrong with it.

My fianceé began a reputable French Course 5 hours a week with French Teachers at the same time I bought the software. I've spent 1 hour a day on it for the past month, and I'm way ahead of her in pronunciantion, comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and conversational skills. And she is a Native Spanish/Greek speaker who also masters English. Believe me, she has no learning problems... her course just does not catch up with this software YET. Let me remind you that I have wasted hundreds of dollars on other books, tapes, and CDs without learning how to even greet someone.

Of course you can't expect to be fluent in a few weeks with a handfull of CDs... I am a native Spanish speaker as well and to learn a language, you need to immerse yourself in it. That includes TV, Radio, Friends, Internet, EVERYTHING. Else, and only if you really work hard, you'll be fluent enough to be able to travel to France and communicate freely with natives as a TOURIST. You will definitely not be able to discuss Medicine or Engineering, but you'll have the skills to communicate effectively as you travel.

This set features real time dialogs WITH video characters, an extensive grammar library, speech recognition, informational videos in French, talking dictionary, and easy to follow lessons categorized by topics... not to mention a very funny and friendly animated cartoon character that teaches you the grammar used on every chapter you finish. And to respond to the review of the 14-year-old, the program DOES include games and it is VERY FUN to learn, but to get to the games, you need to complete the first 5 basic lessons. However, this is a learning tool, not a game...

I recommend everybody to please finish the basic lessons and browse all CDs before wasting your time complaining about this awesome [and inexpensive] learning solution.

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY FOR Windows XP
I bought this product for my Windows XP computer. It doesn't work. Even their own web site says:

Product: Learn to Speak™ French 8.1
Issue: No Valid Data Base, Error Code 58
Description: When attempting to launch Learn to Speak(tm) French 8.1, a message similar to "No valid data base. Error code: 58" appears.

Solution: This is a Private Issue. DO NOT Email. This issue is currently being researched. As of now it seems this is only occurring on Windows(r) XP. Gather system information, the exact error message and any details and forward the information to your supervisor.

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I don't see why a bug that makes a product useless is a "PRIVATE ISSUE". Especially for a product labelled "Designed for XP" in big letters on the box. I will report back IF this bug is fixed. ... Read more


36. French Now! 8.0
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Asin: B00004NHL2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language
Sales Rank: 5932
Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars
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Try immersing yourself in French without actually going anywhere. Converse, read, and watch videos in French; listen to and observe native speakers interacting. Features like Advanced Pronunciation Analysis, Word and Root Search, and an assortment of interactive educational games combine to make this a very effective learning tool. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars great program
I started using this program after i learned a little bit of French. This is the best of 3 other ones i tried. It starts out with very small basic talk. Then it takes you into intermediate conversation at the end. maybe it's easier for me because it's my fifth language, but i just ordered two more copies because they make awesome gifts. The only reason i didn't give it V starts was because it only had 4 major conversation (long ones) I wish it had more.

2-0 out of 5 stars Just plain bad for beginners, bad format, and a bad buy!
The format was terrible! You couldn't find anything you were looking for. The games were very difficult, and it does an awful job of giving you vocab words. It would be much better for an advanced french student brushing up on the language, but I would not recommend it!

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay Information Awful Format
I wouldn't recommend this as a beginner's first resource for learning French though it is a nice tool to have once you've gained intermediate skills. It would make a nice supplementary piece but it is by no means a starting point for learning. I would read The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning French as a first step, its very simple and complete. Also, I didn't see $49.95 worth of software in this package, fortunately I got mine on sale & acompanied by a mail-in rebate.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not helpful at all
I returned this item. The voice was awful, and the structure was terrible. I was using XP, so this might be better with an Apple system.

2-0 out of 5 stars User interface needs an update
This program has some useful features (like the voice comparison) but getting around is a pain, and it is difficult or impossible to do some things. It's difficult to tell where to start, switching from word to sentence pronunciation is not possible, and it's impossible to go back to the "previous step" if you accidently click the "next" button twice. The male french speaker was talking at warp 9, and the "slow down" feature just put a lot of static into the voice. ... Read more


37. TOPICS ENTERTAINMENT Instant Immersion French ( Windows/Macintosh )

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

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

38. Berlitz French

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Asin: B00003IEHO
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Publisher: Riverdeep - Learning company
Sales Rank: 7464
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Berlitz Think and Talk French is a computer-based language course that includes the components necessary to support rapid language acquisition and comprehension. The audio portion features native speakers in a variety of real-life situations while covering the essentials of communicating and immersing the learner in the sounds and structure of a foreign language. The course book guides the learning process, offering a step-by-step approach to the written language with interactive exercises to reinforce language instruction and comprehensive support for learning grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. This program will take the absolute beginner to the equivalent of Berlitz Level III, learning approximately four thousand words and seven verb tenses along the way. ... Read more


39. Instant Immersion French (4 CD-ROM)
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Asin: B00004RC2Q
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 6593
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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While it's true that no better vocabulary-acquisition method exists than tried and true flash cards, they need not be of the paper variety. Instant Immersion French is one solution: a set of four CD-ROMs that will take some of the pain out of learning new French words simply by being quite a bit more fun than flash cards. In addition, the package includes the "Voyage in France" CD-ROM, a jolly tour of French art and food--all in French.

The software package includes two other skill-level-dependent CD-ROMs. For absolute beginners, you'll start with the "Talk Now!" CD-ROM and learn basic words acontextually for colors, food, numbers, and basic phrases. You hear the French pronounced while an image of the concept is shown. Most teachers actually prefer this, so that students associate the French sounds and words directly with a concept rather than the English translation. Intermediate students will start with the "Word Talk French" CD-ROM, which has a variety of games for practicing vocabulary and a few more dialogues; you can also take dictation exercises or use your computer's microphone to repeat after the audio and compare your pronunciation to the recording. (It's painful, we know, but it helps.) The fourth CD-ROM is "Webster's New World Five Language Talking Dictionary"--a nice perk for pronunciation practice but not a real replacement for your handy Collins Gem.

Caveats: First, the various CD-ROMs are not truly sequential, so do not necessarily expect to graduate from the beginning and intermediate CD-ROMs to the "Voyage in France" tour. Second, the software is no ersatz for a competent French teacher and loads of homework, so do not expect similar results. The pedagogical approach here does not emphasize student production of French, either in speech or writing, so you will learn more to recognize spoken and written words and phrases than to speak or write them yourself. Overall, however, Instant Immersion French is a strong and, above all, affordable vocabulary-building resource--and it will take the doldrums out of memorizing new words. --Erik Macki ... Read more

Reviews (9)

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Great
Not a total waste of money, but not a lot of value either. Some decent basic vocabulary, and the say it/play it helped me improve my pronunciation. But no help at all in figuring out how to actually speak sentences in French. The sentence/phrase examples are strictly memorization.. not useful. And I could never understand enough to use the 2nd CD at all. I didn't find the Dictionary or French Tour CDs useful either. The Michel Thomas CD course has been much more productive.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worthless!
This has got to be the most worthless CD-ROM ever made. It's incoherent, disorganized, and the discs have no continuity whatsoever. Don't waste your money on it. It won't teach you much.

1-0 out of 5 stars What?
I bought this about 3 months ago and am now writing a review. I feel that when you purchase language learning software, it should be concise, easy, and basically in order. Is anyone feeling me on this? I got bored through 2 lessons and unfortunately couldn't return the item because, yes ladies and gentlemen I had already opened it. Boo Hoo! So please, any first time buyers; don't make the same mistake I did. Read the reviews and use common sense.

4-0 out of 5 stars I woud give it 4.5 stars if I could
Ok, I dont see why everone hates this program. Sure, the software isn't GREAT, but maybe in just not that pickey. I am taking French 1 in school, and this is a great program to go along with, there are vocab games, and you can here yourself speak. I would not use this if you are not taking a class along with it. If you are looking for something to go ALONG WITH your teachers teaching, like I was, this program does pretty well. I think that I am memorizing the words a little better, and when I here my play-back from the microphone, I can thell if I am pernounsing it right. *Also, my French teacher recomended Triple Play Plus French, but my dad couldnt find it, and this was on sale at Costco. Hope this was helpfull :)

OK I wrote that about 3 months ago, and I want to totally change my opinion by editing my review. After "passing" level 1, level 2 jump up way too much and I couldnt even understand half of it. It breaks down almost eveyday, it doesnt work with Windows XP, you can't have any other programs running at the same time, and overall its not any helpfull anymore.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst software ever
This must be one of the worst purchases I have ever made. First, it came with no installation instructions, and the program froze all the time. Even when it was working, there was nothing to learn, other than colors and French translations for objects. How anyone could learn a language from this is beyond me, I definitely could not. If you can, more power to you. ... Read more


40. Kids French (Jewel Case)

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Asin: B00021LSA8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Global Software Publishing
Sales Rank: 6341
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Features

  • Fun-to-use French language learning program
  • Uses pictures and text to teach basic conversational French
  • Covers the alphabet, the weather, time, and counting
  • Learn to ask for help, greet people, apologize, and more
  • Designed for kids ages 8 to 12

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