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61. Asterix - Learn French: for Intermediate/Advanced
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62. French WordAce!
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63. French Before You Know It Deluxe
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64. Instant Immersion18 Languages
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65. Vocabulary Builder - Learn French:
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66. Instant Immersion33 Languages
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67. Parlez-Vous Francais? (Jewel Case)
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68. French Before You Know it
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69. LOGOMEDIA TRANSLATE FRENCH
70. AURALOG TeLL Me More French Premium
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71. KidSpeak 10-in-1 Language Learning
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72. Learn to Speak Spanish Deluxe
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73. French Before You Know It
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74. Complete French Learning Suite
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75. Smart Start French Deluxe
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76. Rosetta Stone French Personal
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77. Fonetiks Pronunciation Guides
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78. Premium Edition French
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79. Rosetta Stone French Explorer
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80. Learn French Now Platinum Edition

61. Asterix - Learn French: for Intermediate/Advanced Learners
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Asin: B0000899UJ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 1837
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


62. French WordAce!

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Asin: B0001Z94PG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language, Inc.
Sales Rank: 2797
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Features

  • Fast, easy-to-use language reference with thesaurus capability
  • Over 40,000 words in French pronounced by native speakers
  • 100,000+ word translations per language; 500,000+ verb conjugations
  • Improve vocabulary skills; develop listening comprehension skills
  • Use in foreign correspondence; great reference for students

63. French Before You Know It Deluxe
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Asin: B000783D9K
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Transparent Language, Inc.
Sales Rank: 7450
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Features

  • French Before You Know It Deluxe Edition includes fun and effective activities that really build your French listening, reading, writing, and speaking capabilities.
  • Enhance your speaking ability with Pronunciation Practice.
  • Test your French knowledge with the multiple choice activities.
  • Build your writing and spelling skills with Dictation Practice.

64. Instant Immersion18 Languages (Spanish Box)
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Manufacturer: Topics Entertainment
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65. Vocabulary Builder - Learn French: for Children 4 & up
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Asin: B0000899V3
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 1396
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


66. Instant Immersion33 Languages (Spanish Box)
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67. Parlez-Vous Francais? (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B000066CJH
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Cerebellum
Sales Rank: 4165
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Parlez-vous Français? Not yet? The Standard Deviants can help. Mastering French is a life-long process; learning French begins with a firm grasp of the fundamentals--vocabulary, basic French grammar, and pronunciation skills. The Standard Deviants' Parlez-Vous Français? CD-ROM features an active visual learning method that increases your performance, while making learning French fun.

Based on the Standard Deviants Public Television series, Parlez-Vous Français: Learning French covers vocabulary, pronunciation, conversations, naming, verbs, expressing preferences, gender, articles, subject pronouns, and much more. Lessons are loaded with video clips, and students interact directly with the tutorial through drill-style quizzes and multiple-choice tests. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
This was very helpful for me, because I barely know French. This was fun, and informative! However, adults may not find this product is the best out there. Another thing I didn't like about this program is that the lessons for colors included conjegaions for various verbs, adverbs, and other random things. Also, something that was helpful was that they gave you a list of the words, and conversations in English and in French ( however I didn't recieve this with the package I had to print it from there website). It was all in movie form, exept for the quizzes. I also recommend French Now 9.0! It is even more informative, and you learn french faster! ... Read more


68. French Before You Know it
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Asin: B0001WY1X4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language
Sales Rank: 5626
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Features

  • French language learning software based on advanced learning algorithms
  • Covers 1000 words and over 250 phrases
  • Subjects include food, counting, clothing, time, travel, and more
  • Native-speaker pronunciation; pictures to help associate words with meanings
  • Works on Palm or Pocket PC device

69. LOGOMEDIA TRANSLATE FRENCH
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Asin: B00005RHEC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Victorymultimedia
Sales Rank: 12137
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Easily and conveniently translate text or Web documents right from your desktop with LogoMedia Translate. The LogoTrans software immediately translates text placed in its window. Launch it from user-selectable hot keys, or let it automatically translate the contents of the clipboard. This package is for the translation of English to and from French. This software also includes technical dictionaries for business, computer, legal, and medical uses.

NetTrans is the user's desktop connection to online services at LogoMedia.net. It allows for fast, accurate translations without installing any software or dictionaries to the hard drive. Instantly translate while typing with TransIt. Work with forms and Web pages by simply typing text in one language while it enters the form as another. FileTrans generates batch translations of files or folders, including HTML. Drag a file or directory icon onto the FileTrans window and the translation is automatic. Even select which file types you want to translate, copy, or ignore. ... Read more


70. AURALOG TeLL Me More French Premium Edition ( Windows )

Asin: B0002ANSY8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Auralog
Sales Rank: 11918
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • This complete course has 3,600 total exercises, organized in 35 different activity types
  • Writing Workshop helps you improve your written expressions
  • Grammar and Vocabulary Workshops teach grammar rules, verb conjugations and key vocabulary words
  • Advanced speech recognition technology evaluates your pronunciation, and automatically detects and corrects your errors
  • Great 3D animations illustrate lip movements

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5-0 out of 5 stars Forget about boring grammar exercises and learn with fun!
The complete course version 6.0 is just amazing! You'd practice the whole foreign language competence while having fun and forgetting about the spinning hands of your watch. Particularly interesting are the 3-D phonetic animations and the dictation exercises, but there are lots of other enjoyable activities to make you improve your skills indeed. I would recommend this software in particular to those university students who wish to take full marks in their dictation exams and to those who don't realise where they fail to pronounce a foreign word correctly or a sentence with a natural rhythm and a perfect intonation. The software highlights your mistakes and brings you to perfection! You can also choose to have the translations of the written texts in the other five languages available, in this case English, German, Italian, Dutch and Spanish. Just choose the wished interface language each time you start the program. Last but not least, you'll get the three levels in a single box at a very good price. Don't miss this occasion and enjoy! ... Read more


71. KidSpeak 10-in-1 Language Learning
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Asin: B00002S8BZ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language
Sales Rank: 3883
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

How can we tell that KidSpeak: 10-in-1 Language Learning is a superb language-learning package for kids? Because it's a bit too hard for Mom and Dad. The cognitive sponge that makes setting the VCR easy for your 7-year-old is the same cognitive sponge that makes foreign languages so easy--and exactly why having your kids use software like this is a terribly good idea, the younger the better.

This multi-CD package offers equally well implemented modules for Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Indonesian, Korean, Hebrew, Chinese, and Portuguese. Whew! We think it's a great idea to offer 10 languages at once, because there's no telling what language your child will decide to take later on--so the more exposure earlier, the better. Plus, this number of languages won't put off kids the way it will adults--instead it will probably inspire your kid's curiosity.

Unlike adults, who freak out when they don't see new words written out, children usually handle linguistic unknowns with an instinctive curiosity. Hinting at the solid pedagogical underpinnings of its design, KidSpeak takes advantage of this instinct at every turn: in the Chinese module, for instance, Chinese characters are used right off the bat--no Romanization here. This is actually exactly what you want--unlike adults, children won't be afraid, and they'll learn the characters faster this way. Each module offers effective alphabet games, number games, animal games, a few songs with animations--all with navigation instinctive to children. None of the modules is a course in conversation--they're much more concerned with recognition of everyday words, which is a good way to introduce your kids to new languages and cultures in a fun, painless way.

Each language has its own animated host and culture-specific stylization, but the games and learning activities in each are similar and well designed. Each CD has both Macintosh and Windows versions on board, and (brilliantly) there is no installation involved--you can run each language module immediately off the CD. Especially cool: the CD includes a resourceful parents' guide and an impressive children's workbook for each language, all in PDF format you can print out at your leisure. (Ages 6 to 10) --Erik Macki ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Kidspeak 10-in-1 Langauge Learning
I have a great deal of experience with teaching foreign languages to children. By the time my daughter was 18 months old, she spoke and understood 10 foreign languages. I just received 10-in-1, two days ago.This product is outstanding. My five-year-old daughter who has been exposed to these languages before, loves the games, such as dominoes,tic-tac-toe, memory, vocabulary puzzle-building and more. I am thrilled with the product and would recommend it to anyone, child or adult to work on vocabulary, comprehension and pronunciation. It is truly an immersion program, which is best, but it has a help button if you suddenly have trouble understanig something. if you want to encourage foreign languages for you kids, buy this product.

4-0 out of 5 stars My child loves it
I got it for only a couple of languages but my daughter (at 4 & 5 & 6 years old)loves to play with many of them. She will spend aquite a bit of time with it. Hard to tell if she's learning but exposure is good for young ears - and it is not "Mom, I don't want to". Of course I have never tried to put her on a regular schedule with it either.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too many languages
This is a 3 CD pack. CD #l contained Spanish, French, and German. The basics of basics. My first problem is my having a Windows 98. These CD's are ment for Macintosh and Windows 95. Although it ran instantly I found it locked up after I would exit a lesson to try another language. Was this because I don't have a Win95? It was none the less annoying having to take out the CD and put it back in so I could pick another language on the CD. Another bad point was that each language has praise and instruction of the activities in the selected language which served no purpose.You had to go to the help button to see what the buttons ment in English.That slowed me down having to switch rather than having an instant translation after the foreign language was spoken. Less bouncing around if that was included. The exiting of your language lesson also was spoken/written in your selected language which was foolish. If you're learning German for instance, and you don't read German, you don't know if you're asked if you want to leave or not, and which is the yes and no. Pick the wrong one and you're still in that language when you wanted out. The Spanish in CD #l was a pain in the behind because it was Castillian Spanish, spoken in Spain and Argentina. Their "c's" are pronounced like "th" which can be very annoying if you're expecting crisp pronunciation like you'd speak in Mexico or other Latin American countries. CD #2 contained Japanese, Chinese(Mandarin),Korean, Indonesian. The Japanese was useless as there weren't that many activities and maneuvering the program was difficult because when you selected something, it didn't work. The Chinese was excellent, although I only understood "hello". Again, the CD locked up so I had to take it out and put it back in to run the Korean. Hated it. Didn't bother with Indonesian. For some reason, in the Asian languages, the tone of voice rarely changes so you don't know if the voice is happy or not. CD #3 contained Italian, Portugese, Hebrew. I enjoyed the Italian much better than the other two languages. The memory names of objects/animals/days/numbers games were fun, though I stayed away from Dominos in the math games. How many Americans have ever played Dominos! There were no directions for it either! The 3 levels of difficulty for vocabulary I was impressed with.I liked the songs too for the animals and alphabet though I could only pick out a word or two.I found I partly wasted my money because I have to ignore the Spanish, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian. I seem more suited to French, German, and Chinese. Maybe it's because I'm an adult and not a child who can learn l0 languages at once like I thought. Beware, you or your child learn no conversation. Had the CD's not locked up and had languages that turned out to be turnoffs, I would've rated this higher. I won't return this because of a few uninteresting languages. I'll have enough on my plate mastering the French, German and especially the hardest one, Chinese.

5-0 out of 5 stars Disguised as just another game for kids of all ages
I got Kidspeak when I was much younger and still have it to this day. It's a step to beginner and very easy to understand. I find myself taking it out and studying for a french exam with it. Kidspeak introduces you to 10 languages and 10 fun characters. It includs popular Spanish to the rare Hebrew. If all your for is to know how to say hello in Italian than Kidspeak is defientely for you. I love the characters that interact with the gamer throughout the learning experience. They pronounce and sound the words and pharses wonderfully. I've gone through every language on these cds and can say proudly that I know how to count to ten in all 10 languages. To get an idea what exactly you will receive in Kidspeak here you go: Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Indonesian, Korean, Hebrew, Chinese, and Portuguese on 3 cds.
I'm very glad that my mother got me this game for my sister and I. I learn so much just by clicking on a mouse. Parents, please don't deny your kid's the chance to explore so much and learn new things outside their mother tongue. The games are so rich and fun even for me, a college student.
Don't turn down this chance, seriously. I have been in love with languages for as long as I can remeber and Kidspeak brought that out in me.

1-0 out of 5 stars Kidspeak needs to review their product
Spanish alphabet incorrect, which diminished my confidence in remaining languages. I returned the product. ... Read more


72. Learn to Speak Spanish Deluxe Traveler's Edition 2003
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Asin: B00006OARG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 2541
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Learn to Speak Spanish Deluxe Traveler's Edition includes advanced speech recognition technology, cultural movies, a talking dictionary, and much more to take interactive language learning to the next level. Build skills in Spanish pronunciation, vocabulary, comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar. A personalized learning system customizes lessons to meet your needs. Plus, this comprehensive edition comes with Learning Spanish interactive DVD, Fodor's Mexico, a Telex microphone, and access to the eLanguage Web site.

Build Spanish fluency with this title's four Spanish language courses and more than 100 exercises. Record and playback capabilities let you compare your pronunciation to a native speaker's and also engage in conversation simulations. A built-in pre-assessment test determines the best place to begin learning, then creates a flexible study plan. Advance your Spanish vocabulary with the vocabulary builder, while a talking dictionary finds translations and sounds for more than 5,000 words in 35 languages--it's perfect for travel. To round out the edition, the world phrase book lets you practice key travel phrases for everyday situations. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good For Travellers
I purchased this software to learn Spanish, a language I always thought would be useful to learn. Unfortunately, it really is geared towards travel. Most of the vocabulary is only useful on a vacation or business trip, not conversational spanish. Aside from that, the program worked nicely (I have Windows XP), with some beautiful videos of spanish-speaking nations. ... Read more


73. French Before You Know It
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Asin: B0000CFX9S
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language
Sales Rank: 7415
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Features

  • Learn French words and phrases--it¿s easy, fun, and more effective than ever
  • 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 covering several common subjects

74. Complete French Learning Suite
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Asin: B00008WQ2B
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language
Sales Rank: 7004
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
Complete French Learning Suite is a great package for French language learning. For what you get the price is a bargain. Several software programs, that are all very good and imformative, along with audio CDs and a workbook. The large amount of French that you can learn with this suite is amazing. It will teach beginners and keep more advanced level speakers learning. I would recomend this product to anyone seeking to learn French, it is a really good buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Package
This package is amazing, it has everything you could need and it works really well. French Now, the learning program, teaches you from the basics onward and has great audio & video features, good games and incredible conversation practices. PDQ French is an audio book course which adds and compliments to French Now. French Before You Know It, my favorite program, is an interactive flashcard program that will help you to master vocabulary very fast. Linguamatch is a talking phrasebook and tutor in which you can learn hundreds of phrases useful in many different situations. There is also a French General and Technical Dictionary, Alphabet Reference, Grammar Tutorial and much more. This package really is incredible, you get so much in it and everything works well. I would advise anyone serious about learning French to try this out.

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVE LEARNING THIS WAY
I really like this software and learning French this way. There are so many ways to learn and practice French with this software its unbelievable. My favorite part of the program is the French Before You Know It flashcard game which is the best and easiest way to practice. In the end, I was very satisfied with this program and it really deserves the 5 star rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Works
I picked up the Complete French Learning Suite in order to learn a new language for my job. This program works because it offers many ways in which to learn French. I found myself completely immersed in several ways of learning in which I felt comfortable with. I particulary liked the flashcard program for vocabulary which I found to be the most difficult aspect of learning French. The most intresting feature I found was the ability to have my speech analyzed to compare my pronunciation with that of native speakers. This product works really well and I recomend it to anyone who wants to learn to Speak French. ... Read more


75. Smart Start French Deluxe

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Asin: B00004RJXS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Knowledge Adventure
Sales Rank: 4987
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Discover how enjoyable, easy, and effective learning French can be. Included are a games CD-ROM, accompanying guidebook, audio CD-ROM, user's manual, and direct access to SmartStartonline.com. Start speaking, listening, and reading right away. There are 32 games and activities with three skill levels to keep you involved and learning while you play. Progress through 48 lessons based on the interactive CD-ROM conversations. Clear and simple explanations of grammar points are provided along with exercises that help you successfully put your new language skills to use in the real world. Take the self-correcting quizzes to check out your progress. Or stop by the Cultural Café for a relaxing break and find out about a great French film to rent or a new recipe to try out. Correlated to the guidebook exercises, this CD-ROM provides listening and speaking opportunities that get you talking. Great for practice on the go. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I had expected
This course while extensive in activities, was not what I had expected. The course did not start out basic such as learning basic communication between two people. I think this course is better for someone who is some-what fluent in French already. In addition, this course is however good for refreshment or learning more where it comes to things such as ordering dinner or renting an apartment.

2-0 out of 5 stars If you know any French, skip this product
The graphics are nice and clear, and it does teach minimum skills for communicating as a tourist; if you want practice with very simple conversations, try it. You'll learn to say and understand things like " I would like to rent an apartment". But if you can conjugate verbs, write, read or speak a little in French, don't bother. I can't understand French movies or conversations at regular speeds, so I thought this might help. It did'nt.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I was hoping for............
I was disappointed in this package. There was no rhyme or reason, no direction, no coaching on where to begin. I was hoping to use it for my teenager and she was completely lost. If you want to learn the mechanics of the language, don't buy this package. If you simply want to memorize a bunch of phrases and words in French, I guess its ok. Definitely not what I expected for software in todays interactive environment

4-0 out of 5 stars A great supplement
This is a cleverly put-together set of resources for learning French. The games are thoughtful and even fun and the speaking section does recognize words pretty well.

The drawback is that while this is excellent, it is an excellent *supplement* to other instruction in French. What there is on grammar is limited, and there isn't a lot on why things are the way they are.

As a vocabulary-builder, though, it is excellent and I would highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spiffy French Software
I've tried several French software packages (and wasted a great deal of money), including Learn French Now!, Instant Immersion French, and others. This software, Smart Start French, is honestly the spiffiest of the lot. Unlike the others, this software gives a comprehensive approach--you do writing, reading, and listening. (And speaking, if you're brave!) Plus, you get a cassette, an audio CD, *and* a CD ROM, plus the grammar workbook thingie. Other software packages seem to overhype themselves and claim they will teach you more than they realistically can. This software, by contrast, is a lot of work precisely because it is comprehensive--but I really think you can learn some French from it. And, it's fun. It's more expensive than other packages, but I honestly think it's worth the extra money. (It's cheaper than a $400 class at the community college in any case.) That's my two centimes' worth. ... Read more


76. Rosetta Stone French Personal Edition Level 2
list price: $225.00
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Asin: B0002AH0I8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
Sales Rank: 3111
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Features

  • French language learning software with automated tutorials
  • Up to 300 hours of accelerated study for intermediate learners
  • 4500+ real-life images; video clips; phrases in 118 lessons
  • Previews, exercises, and tests accompany every lesson
  • Illustrated user's guide and curriculum text book included

77. Fonetiks Pronunciation Guides with Instant Sound
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Asin: B000084V4V
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Active Audiences
Sales Rank: 9017
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • World's first CD-ROM with Instant Sound - simply mouse over to hear! (CD-ROM cover design may vary)
  • 10 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Thai, Japanese and Indonesian
  • Speech samples by over 40 authentic native speakers, including seven varieties of English
  • World's first 'Talking Grammar' for ESL learners with conversation patterns for English, French and German
  • Officially recognized by the U.S. Education Department's GEM Consortium and by the British government's National Grid for learning.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Forget about this product!
As the other reviewer says, "Fonetiks is a unique publication in more ways than one..." The curious fact is that the exactly same comment can be found at their own website. If you use a search engine and type in keywords like the name of this product, you can get to their website pretty easily, and you will see how the product looks like. When I bought this product, I was dissapointed so much. If there is a no-star option, I would rather choose it because this software does not help anything. As I, myself, am an EFL(English as a foreign language) speaker, I found this product a good-for-nathing. You can only hear few sample sounds from these ten languages listed above and the sound quality is also baaaad! I am a student of linguistics and I was taking a phonetics class. I thought this CD-ROM might be a helpful tool for my studies, but it turned out to be a waste of money. If you are taking a phonetics class for some languages and if you have thought that this might help you, no! Just forget this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fonetiks Pronunciation Guides with Instant Sound
Fonetiks is a unique publication in more ways than one. It's the world's first CD-ROM where you can simply mouse over text to hear it spoken - quite a big step forward in language learning, making an instant connection between the spoken and written word.

But it's also a new way of looking at languages: each language is divided up into six types of sounds: single vowels, diphthongs, triphthongs, voiced versus voiceless sounds, consonants, and stress/intonation. The result is that seemingly 'hard' languages like Mandarin or Japanese suddenly become quite easy to get to grips with.

Another unique thing about Fonetiks is the fact that it presents seven varieties of English: American, British, Australian, etc. - ESL learners won't find this anywhere else, at least not in this breathtakingly convenient mouseover format. The same goes for Parisian versus Canadian French, and German versus Swiss German.

As if this were not enough, there is also a unique "Spoken Grammar" for ESL learners, plus conversation patterns for English, French and German. More than 40 people comprised the "cast" of authentic native speakers that put this production together. This is a unique, major resource for people who love languages. ... Read more


78. Premium Edition French
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00008RGQJ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Mega Systems
Sales Rank: 8239
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79. Rosetta Stone French Explorer
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Asin: B00002S9FH
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
Sales Rank: 1683
Average Customer Review: 3.38 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

It is a credit to Fairfield Language Technologies that its FrenchExplorer 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, French 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 Frenchwords and structures with photographs so that you never realize you're learninggrammar. We literally found ourselves speaking and understanding quite a bit ofbasic French in about an hour.

Each graduated lesson works like this: First, you learn a new word by seeing apicture of, say, a dog. You then read the French word for "the dog" and hear itspoken: le chien. After learning a whole set of words this way, you moveinto self-quizzing mode, where you see just a picture of a boy and you have tochoose the right word, either from spoken or written cues. This emphasis onlistening comprehension is fantastic and is one of the components that sets thesoftware apart, but there are also reading and writing exercises.

So how do they cover grammar? Eventually, for instance, you'll see lechien under a picture of one dog and les chiens under a picture oftwo dogs. If you are a grammar guru, you might be able to figure out that pluralnouns take les and end in s. However, the beauty is you don't haveto be a grammar guru at all because the software doesn't expect you to staterules like that; it expects you only to associate a picture of more than one dogwith les chiens instead of le chien. Eventually you get intolonger phrases that cover verbs, adjectives, and prepositional phrases. It'samazingly effortless, especially so for 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 French word for "French" isfrançais in order to select it from the list. Also, remember thatsoftware is no replacement for French-speaking people, so take what you learnand use it in the world! --Erik Macki ... Read more

Reviews (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't teach sentence structure or grammar
This product is great if you want to learn a few phrases and words but it won't even come close to teaching you the language. It doesn't provide any way in which to learn sentence structure or grammar. I have heard the bigger and more complete personal editions by Rosetta Stone are better than this but still fail to teach grammar. If you want a well rounded product, that also will teach you grammar, take a look at Transparent Language's French NOW.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good product, but has a severe flaw
I found this product does teach you basic words and thoughts better than other CD's I've tried for language learning. However, the flaw is that the CD must be loaded, and the further you get into the lessons, the slower it gets. Further, when you go back and forth between the lessons, it doesn't cache anything, so it's like accessing it for the first time. (i.e. slow as molasses)
Consider this product as an introductory product, because it doesn't teach you sentence structure, only random events that could occur in your life. But, those events do surface clearly when that occurs. That is, it seems a lot easier to remember because of the combination of phrases attached to pictures.

4-0 out of 5 stars Je adore Rosetta Stone
I am learning French at home and am having great fun using this software. The photo's are very clear, surprisingly clear in fact. Who knew that seeing a photo of a boy in, on and under an airplane would help me learn the difference between dans, sur and son so quickly? Or that seeing photos will allow me to 'imprint and recall' the difference between fille and femme or garcon and homme?

It all feels very natural to me as I progress through the lessons. I am learning French in the same way I learned my first language (English) by seeing and then associating sounds with what I see.

The very best thing about this product (other than the smashing speed with which I'm learning French) is the fact that this 'explorer' version of their product lets me run the first few lessons in something like 20 (?) other languages! I've discovered that I really enjoy Italian, too, and it's fun to do the lessons in Japanese or Arabic and see what those languages are like. I have highly recommended this software to two families I know who are home schooling their children. The explorer will allow them to decide on a language that their child will truly enjoy before making a larger investment. Where else are we allowed (for such a small investment in money and effort) to 'try out' so many different languages?

I intend to invest in their more complete programs when I've exhausted the explorer. But what a lovely way to be introduced to the first 800 or so words of French.

One note: I am a very, very 'visual' person. For example, I rely heavily on the white board in my office when expressing ideas to the members of my software team. I have been told that I have a 'photographic' memory. Perhaps. What I am finding is that when I try to learn French merely by audio tape or audio CD, my memory fails. I cannot recall from one day to the next what I merely hear. But with the Rosetta Stone Explorer, I am SEEING and HEARING at the same time (photo of action, French speaker saying something about the action, French words superimposed over action photo). This is working for me 1000 times better than merely hearing a French phrase parroted on a tape. I need multiple avenues of 'input' in order to retain and recall the new language.

I know that there are millions of other people who have brains 'wired' the same way as mine. Many learning theory and research studies have been published on this subject; while some can learn solely through aural input and repetition, a large percentage of students need combined aural/visual input (or aural/visual/tactile). I'm sure that extensive research and theory is behind the design of the Rosetta Stone products. In my case, their approach works like a charm! I couldn't be more pleased with their product design.

My only concern is that using the product requires that the CD be inserted into a CD drive at all times while using the product. I would prefer to 'run' it off of my hard drive and find the screen changes unnecessarily slow due to this design decision. The speed with which a computer 'reads' from the hard drive is MUCH faster than reading from a CD drive. I suspect that this design decision was driven by a desire to 'secure' the product license (forcing you to have the CD physically present and preventing illegal 'sharing' of the product). It feels punitive and not terribly respectful to those of us that actually shelled out the money to buy the product. I've given them only 4 stars (instead of 5) because of this 'security' decision, which I hope they will abandon in the future. It's a very 'old school' method of license protection that other, much larger and more successful software companies abandoned years ago just for the reasons I've mentioned: It's punitive to 'good' customers and damages product performance. If I'm wrong about the reason for this design, and instead they are concerned about not copying 'too much' data to the customer's hard drive, then I'd leave this decision to the customer. I have more than enough room on my hard drive to copy the entire product over, and would much prefer to run it this way.

2-0 out of 5 stars Limited Application.
The learner is under the complete control of the learning method. There is no easy way to learn what YOU want to learn. After umpteen lessons, I found that I still did not know how to say, "How are you?" or "I am fine, thank you." In fact the pronoun 'I' is never taught at all. However, if you want to learn to say, "The children are dancing in the street" or "He is jumping into the pool", and many other useless phrases, this is the program for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars dpf
This is sensational! I got one for myself and now I am ordering a copy for my 7 year old granddaughter. I'm taking her to Paris next year and want her to have a smattering of French. I have bought other books, etc. for her but this should really do the trick. The fact that it is only the first few lessons is fine for her. If she learns just this much I will be happy.

I appreciate the fact that we could experience a bit of the program without spending the full amount of money. I am brushing up on my French which I last studied 50 years ago in High School. This will help me a great deal. I shall decide whether or not to buy the full program when I finish this CD. ... Read more


80. Learn French Now Platinum Edition (DVD Box)

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