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101. Garmin MapSource U.S. Recreational
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102. Rosetta Stone Greek Personal Edition
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103. Learn Chinese Now! 9.0
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104. Rosetta Stone English Explorer
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105. Talk Now! Learn Latvian - Beginning
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106. Talk Now! Learn Finnish - Beginning
$19.99 $18.76
107. Instant Immersion Hawaiian Deluxe
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108. The Rosetta Stone Spanish (Spain)
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109. Instant Immersion Mandarin ( CS-383S
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110. Datapilot Cell Phone Data Transfer
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111. Instant Immersion American Sign
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112. Talk Now! Learn Khmer - Beginning
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113. Instant Immersion German Platinum
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114. National Geographic: National
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115. KidSpeak French
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116. Talk Now! Learn Bulgarian - Beginning
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117. Advanced Dvd French
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118. Rosetta Stone Japanese Explorer
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119. Elementary School Success 2005
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120. Microsoft Streets & Trips

101. Garmin MapSource U.S. Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots - West (Version 5)
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Asin: B0002J4AU0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 8703
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Product Description

U.S. Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots is ideal for fishing, recreational boating or camping. Featuring maps of thousands of the country's best fishing and boating destinations, it is divided into three easy-to-use geographic regions: East, Central and West. Anglers and pleasure boaters alike will appreciate the detail, selection, and easy-to-use format of these lake maps all at a very competitive priceGarmin has simplified the way anglers purchase and use these maps. Map detail and data may be viewed on a personal computer and then downloaded to select Garmin GPS products or purchased on pre-programmed data cards. All lakes in each region are unlocked making it easy to use. The CD-ROM version includes all U.S. Recreational Lakes and Fishing Hot Spots maps for each region, while the data card version offers regional Fishing Hot Spots maps only.In addition to Fishing Hot Spots lake detail, U.S. Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots v5 CD-ROM features thousands of recreational lakes, some with more information than others. In particular, Central and Eastern regions contain extra detail, including depth contours, for many lakes throughout nine states. ... Read more

Features

  • Suggests fishing areas and seasonal catching strategies
  • Provides detailed shoreline information for most lakes in the Western U.S.
  • Provides detailed lake maps may include depth contours, boat ramps, fuel mile markers, hazards, marinas, campgrounds
  • Contains general Interstate, highway country roads and lake data for the Western U.S.
  • Trip and waypoint management function transfers waypoints, routes and tracks between your Garmin GPS and your PC

102. Rosetta Stone Greek Personal Edition I
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Asin: B0002YO0TQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
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103. Learn Chinese Now! 9.0
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Asin: B00005Y3VF
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language
Sales Rank: 439
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

With the modern PC having a variety of possibilities of which traditional language-learning methods could only dream--voice recognition, video dialogues, and so on--the past few years have seen an extraordinary boom in language-learning software packages. However, as picking through this surfeit can be tricky, it is important to find a reliable brand, and the Learn Now! series is definitely among the best software packages.

The program comes equipped with 2 CDs, one of which has various key sections--useful "survival phrases", fun activities, conversations, and practicing speech against the voice of a native speaker--while the other has a thorough grammar tutorial. This combination is certainly a valuable one for people who are serious about learning a language, and the product is clear and easy to use: in role-plays, phrases are highlighted in a box and their English translations placed underneath, while the voice recognition software allows you to measure your own voice against that of a native speaker, and the games hone the things that have been learnt. Sections are tailored to various activities, such as getting around, going out, and business situations, while at any point you can call up a grammar tutorial which explains a particular point on which you are unsure.

In addition to these sections, the part on survival phrases will be of much use to those who have already reached a basic level. There are several practice dialogues based around commonplace situations--in the hotel, the bar, the airport, etc. Although some of the advice borders on the infantile ("When you decide to travel outside the USA, you will probably need a passport"), much of it is useful, and rounds out what is a well composed package for someone starting out on the road to using the language overseas. --Toby Green, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Chinese Now is an excellent program for language learning. I am more than satisfied by its effetiveness and what it has to offer as a product. I found that it has very few flaws and is for all ability level speakers. Chinese is a hard language to learn and so far this program is the best method I have found for myself. Its a 5-star program and a good buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars What an amazing Tool
Hi I'm an English teacher who teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) to students in China. Before starting this job I took a Madarin Chinese class and found it very hard. I got this program and using it helped me immensly. I was able to put into practice what I learned in class through this program. This provided excellent practice in pronunciation and contains a very large vocabulary section. The games and media were very good tools to practice and learn with, especially Vocabulous, my favorite game. After the class, when I was in China, I still used this program to help keep my language skills sharp and to expand my knowledge of it. Chinese Now is a very good learning program and it works.

4-0 out of 5 stars Advance Level
Wow, this package is really hard. If you are a beginner, stay away. This package is a lot harder than Ultimate Mandarin. I consider myself intermediate, but this package blew me away. Anyway, other package like Rosetta stone chinese is pretty .... VocabuLearn is also a lot .... This package has tons of vocabulary which is much better than VocabuLearn Chinese. This package is much better than in a chinese classroom because you can listen one word by one word for pronunciation. Anyway, ChineseNow is very similar to a classroom experience, except that their vocabularies and sentences are very very difficult. If transparentlanguage company uses easy vocabularies with the same effort, I think they will be much more successful. Why? Because in ChineseNow, they worked very hard and put a lot of effort in producing this CD, but I just think that they are targetting the wrong audience. For me, after one year of Conversation Mandarin, I am starting on Ultimate Mandarin which this will cost me another year. Then, I will attack this ChineseNow CD again. This ChineseNow is one serious material, just too hard...

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good stuff for the price
I picked up version 8 of this at a store. The box said it works with Mac OS 8 and up, but did not specify OS X. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was a native application (carbonised) for OS X, so I did not have to run it inside of the Classic environment, like I do with a couple other chinese apps I have. So that is one big plus for it.

I find that it is a very good supplement to my college text book and other chinese apps. No one app (or book) can be the best at everything, but this comes pretty close. Not great at learning characters, the strength was in learning PinYin and vocabulary. This is version 8.1 I'm talking about, not version 9.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best for the Price
I have struggled through several introductory chinese language products, and to date this has been the most useful for conversational development. It is not a full integrated course, in that it is conversation and pinyin, but even my Chinese friends consider that a good beginning. It has an amazing collection of learning methods in an inexpensive package.

Chinese is extremely difficult to start. It has taken me many hours to get get down the most basic phrases. I found this, along with the Pimsleur programs to be the most helpful. ... Read more


104. Rosetta Stone English Explorer
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B000059OYT
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
Sales Rank: 2172
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

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

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

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

Reviews (3)

3-0 out of 5 stars Rosetta Stone English Explorer
Great product- but only contains 22 lessons. You must upgrade to get the rest of the level-one lessons (total of 92). It costs 140$ to upgrade. This should be mentioned up front.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent Software
Cheap and easy to install in your computer. I used for some relatives who does not speak English and they are learning English in easy way. I strongly recommend this software.

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful for teachers
Our school is purchasing additional copies of this program after seeing mine. It is very useful for the monolingual student. ... Read more


105. Talk Now! Learn Latvian - Beginning Level
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0000899QA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 1867
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Features

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

106. Talk Now! Learn Finnish - Beginning Level
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0000899MC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 2577
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

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

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars I felt like I wasted my money.
After the glowing review I decided to try this product out. After only 3 hours this disc was useless to me. There is very little information on here let alone usefull information. In no time one can complete the entire program. There aren't any pronouns included which I expected would have minimally been there. The disc also can't be run off of the hard drive so one has to wait for the program to load every few seconds while listening to the life of ones cd drive wear away. A great idea that has fallen horribly short. A simple phrase book would have been more beneficial.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, a great buy for the beginner
In New York Finnish language courses are hard to come by. I have been trying to teach myself to read, speak and hopefully write Finnish for years so I could speak with my cousins and grandmother overseas. It was a daunting task because books left me uninspired and tapes just don't work for me. Finally as a last ditch effort I took a chance on this program. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the program actually makes the process of learning language fun. The program and quizzes are colorful and engaging and manage to combine, listening, reading, understanding and speaking into one fun exercise. I have progressed with this program 100% faster than with the methods I've tried before. I definitely recommend this program to anyone who would like to start learning Finnish.
For those who are a bit more advanced or are anxious to get to the next level the Intermediate level for this program is World Talk Finnish. ... Read more


107. Instant Immersion Hawaiian Deluxe
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Asin: B0001DQ5XM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: CounterTop Software
Sales Rank: 561
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Features

  • Entertaining instructions help users develop vocabulary, grammar, and phonetics
  • Personalized lessons focus on a specific series of concepts and moves through them at a pace you set
  • Learn the seasons, days of the week and months of the year
  • Ask questions and find directions for anywhere you're going
  • Search for a home or apartment, deal with automobiles and business negotiations and talk about occupations

108. The Rosetta Stone Spanish (Spain) Personal Edition I
list price: $195.00
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Asin: B0001WEA12
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
Sales Rank: 5246
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Features

  • Rigorously designed program elicits suer response and gives instantaneous feedback
  • Carefully sequenced, step-by-step instruction can be entered at any point
  • 12 run modes allow users to thoroughly work the material using their own learning style
  • Native speakers and over 880 real life color pictures

109. Instant Immersion Mandarin ( CS-383S )
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Asin: B0000C120F
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Global Marketing Partners
Sales Rank: 2271
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Features

  • Comprehensive Mandarin Chinese language learning software
  • 3,000 words; 800 characters; 400 exercises
  • Listening, reading, writing, interactive dialogue; comprehension; and more
  • Advanced speech-recognition; speech-analysis technology (S.E.T.S.)
  • Beginner and intermediate CD-ROMs; Chinese audio CDs

110. Datapilot Cell Phone Data Transfer Suite Lg Usb
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00009MJKX
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Susteen
Sales Rank: 2057
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Easily and quickly save, delete, add and update contact information from your mobile phone to PC
  • Transfer contact information from one phone to another if you upgrade or lose your phone
  • Conveniently dial up to the Internet from your laptop with your mobile phone anywhere!
  • Check your emails on the go!
  • Personalize your cell phone by importing/creating ring tones and wake up screens

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars IT does the job, barely.
Ideally, you wouldn't have to think about backing up phone numbers stored in your cell phone. Your mobile phone company would take care of it for you, and store your backups automaticaly on their servers. But life isn't so ideal. You have the choice of not bothering to backup the numbers or using DataPilot. There are no other aleternatives that I know of.

I want to use DataPilot for one thing only -- to store a backup of numbers stored in my phone. Someday, I may have to restore that backup. That's it. The program ought to have a few buttons, almost no options, and be trivial to use. Instead, it has many dozen menus and options. I think I have saved my phone numbers, but I am not really sure.

Given there is no alternative, it is worth the aggravation to get this to work. But the people who designed this ought to be ashamed of themselves. Rather than making it really really easy to archive a list of phone nubmers,they have produced a program that I suppose does other things too, but is hard to use.

ALso beware of the packaging. It takes serious effort and tools to open up the package. It is way harder to open than most electronic or software products. ... Read more


111. Instant Immersion American Sign Language
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00005RZOQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 452
Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Instant Immersion American Sign Language package is a four-CD-ROM set that will get you started in learning the language of the deaf. The four discs attempt to meet the individual learning styles and needs of students of ASL.

The SigningAvatar Friends disc is the most visually impressive of the four. Using the same video animation as you'd find in some of today's popular games, the characters come to life and interact with you in sign. This is a flexible application, allowing you to adjust the signing speed and the angle at which you view the signs, and select the character you favor most. The characters can each translate phrases for you, of any length, or you can follow along as they tell you their life story.

The SignLink disc will be a great supplemental resource for those looking to find specific signs for words in English or to learn about deaf culture. The lexicon provides over 2,000 signs, presented in clear, QuickTime format. Also on this disc are other sections that are much like a printed book, covering ASL parameters (like hand position, movement, non-manual behavior, and so on), grammar, and American deaf culture. This disc is definitely good for practice and felt very inviting to us.

The other two discs, Personal Communicator and HyperSign Kids, were more disappointing. Comparing the high video quality and wide-reaching content presented in the first two discs, we found that these two had little to offer. There was little age-specific content on the Kids disc (other than a child's voice pronouncing each word); in fact, both of these discs shared poor-quality video and uninviting interfaces. The picture identification and matching games on the children's version were the best feature of both of these discs overall.

A note about install: each disc functions as its own standalone package. Unfortunately, none required a system restart or indicated that one was necessary. However, we found that the restart is necessary after each installation and trying to install another package without restarting led to system problems for us. The SignLink disc had additional problems because it required the installation of a very old version of QuickTime (2.1) and would not proceed without installing it.

Overall, we highly recommend the first two discs of this set as strong learning tools for those interested in learning American Sign Language and getting a sense of American deaf culture. --Emilie Herbst ... Read more

Reviews (10)

4-0 out of 5 stars Instant Immersion American Sign Language
This is a very good program. It helps you learn the proper hand formations and gives you a visual example of how to do each sign. It also has a conversations section where you can learn to read the signs. It's almost like having a study buddy. I recommmended it to a friend. I rated it a four because a few words are not in it, but I just looked them up in my sign dictionary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for a beginner
I bought it a few years ago, and still I use it as my reference for many unknown signs or phrases. 4 CD's come in total. There's one that's called SignLink, and it's the best. It gives you a background on American Sign Language and it's so far the most helpful. The other 3 CD's are ok but mostly slow on my system (Windows XP). But try them first and see what you think. All in all, they're helpful if you're starting to learn ASL. I really recommend this program. And to you, reader, if you buy it, I recommend discipline to keep up with your learning program.

1-0 out of 5 stars Great Marketing for a Threadbare Product
The first couple of reviews are most apt.

Bad product, poor implementation.

It's cheap for a reason.

1-0 out of 5 stars If you're serious about learning ASL, pass this one by...
I've been signing for almost ten years, and my wife works professionally as an interpreter. I recently picked this package up as a handy refresher to keep my skills sharp. For under $$$, it seemed like a good deal. Unfortunately, this suite of "learning tools" left a lot to be desired. First of all, if you're using XP, expect a whole slew of compatibility problems. The few programs I was able to get working suffered from very poor interface design, and worse yet, presented the user with incorrect information. For example, the Personal Communicator lets the user type in English phrases to get a video ASL interpretation. What the program displayed for you was a literal English word-order translation of the phrase. Words that did not appear in the sparse word list were then fingerspelled. There was absolutely no consideration of ASL grammar or structure. Thus, a sentence like "How long have you been an interpreter?" was translated with the literal signs for "how" (as in, "how does this work?"), "long" (as in "that road is long"), "have" (as in "can I have some water?"), and so on. If you've ever taken a real ASL course, you know how wrong this is. A true ASL representation should have read something like "interpreter how-long (time) you?" In all fairness, creating a program advanced enough to do such an accurate conversion would probably cost much more, but by presenting new ASL students with this sort of misrepresentation is destructive to the language rather than constructive. Another program, the English-ASL dictionary, is nothing more than a copy of a University of Michigan ASL web site, not a carefully designed learning aid for home use.

Bottom line, if you're really serious about learning this wonderful language, do yourself a favor and enroll in a class at a local college or community center. It is the ONLY way to truly learn this language and begin to experience deaf culture. If you want to practice at home, I would recommend The American Sign Language Dictionary 10th Anniversary Edition. It's far more accurate and does a much better job of teaching ASL grammar, deaf culture, and sign vocabulary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Instant Immersion American Sign Language Deluxe
Why is this product not available in Canada???

this looks like just the product I need... so how does one simple canadian get his hands on this product???

i am not interested in specific warranties etc. please let me know, at my email address, how i can get this product (2copies) to my mailing address, please!

john ... Read more


112. Talk Now! Learn Khmer - Beginning Level
list price: $29.99
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Asin: 1862210780
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 2046
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

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

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great first words vocabulary builder
This is a nice program that shows you pictures and pronounces the words. And has quiz games where you match one of a choice of pictures to the word sounds. The games are very helpful in developing recognition of spoken Khmer words.

Since Khmer is so different from English, you can not learn Khmer from a book alone. You need something that will pronounce the words so that you can hear the sounds. I had some of my Cambodina friends listen to it and they said the pronouncenations were good.

I recommend this for the absolute beginner of Khmer. ... Read more


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

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

114. National Geographic: National Park Maps (5 CD Set)
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Asin: B00032HEX6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1837
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115. KidSpeak French
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Asin: B0001X6IJS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language, Inc.
Sales Rank: 542
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Features

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

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

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

117. Advanced Dvd French
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000899UO
Catlog: DVD
Sales Rank: 15547
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Parlez-vous fran├žais?
This interactive learning experience is fun, colorful and very humorous! It makes learning enjoyable! The only drawback to this program is that it is quite difficult to understand at first. You need to have substantial knowledge of French to be able to catch on to the process; luckily there is an English translation to everything so that you can figure it out. Overall I found Asterix to be a good learning tool in my ongoing effort to learn French. ... Read more


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

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

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

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

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

Reviews (6)

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

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

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

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

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


119. Elementary School Success 2005

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

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

120. Microsoft Streets & Trips 2004 North America (CD-ROM)
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00009Q6KO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 800
Average Customer Review: 2.59 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • All-in-one travel and mapping resource for the USA and Canada
  • Over 6.7 million miles of routable local, city, state, and highway roads
  • Comprehensive array of maps, points of interest, routes, and driving directions
  • GDT and NavTech data; Real-time GPS support; Pocket PC compatibility
  • Automatically recalculates map and driving directions with Snap Route technology

Reviews (46)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Map Software, Improvements over S&T 2003
Streets and Trips 2004 is the third version of Microsoft's popular map software that I have owned and reviewed. This latest edition offers both major and incremental improvements over its predecessor. It is vastly superior to online map offerings and other map software that I have owned. For more information on how S&T compares to competing products, please look at my previous reviews for 2002 and 2003.

Specific Improvements for 2004 include:

1) Real-time GPS
2) Drive-time zones (show me where I can go in X minutes)
3) Arrows showing one-way streets on maps
4) Markers representing exists on major highways

Apart from these improvements, there appears to be an increase in accuracy. However, Microsoft doesn't seem to have a good method of removing long-defunct restaurants from its points of interest database.

What it is lacking:

1) Integration with real-time traffic
2) Map and location data updates via the Internet
3) Paths for pedestrian and bicycle travel
4) Coordination with other online map services, such as municipal door-to-door public transportation travel planners
5) Better integration and standardization of imported data so data sets like health clubs and WiFi hotspots could be included in the points-of-interest database at the user's choosing.

In general, the absence of connectivity is my biggest complaint. However, I would guess there is no business model for this as it would have to be supported by user subscriptions or advertisements, neither of which would be accepted in the marketplace.

As a final note, I recently tested the real-time GPS as a passenger with my Deluo USB GPS receiver. It is operates smoothly and with [apparent] great accuracy. Unlike OEM navigation systems, it doesn't include real-time direction, speed and travel status. Perhaps this is intended as watching the screen as a driver would be extremely dangerous. Nonetheless, it was helpful for finding obscure locations in rural areas.

3-0 out of 5 stars Plenty of errors but still useable
We use the plan a route feature mostly and for the most part it does the trick. We need directions in a rural setting and there are a lot of county roads and this program is woefully lacking in information on these rural roads. Plus when it does ferret one out many time it is not even in the same area you told it to look. Plus several time it gave wrong turning directions(turn south when it should have been north). I would expect more from microsoft but thats about the same as expecting your government to change, it ain't happenin'. I will look elsewhere next time I am looking for mapping software for sure.

2-0 out of 5 stars Prefer paper in most cases
This is my first try with a map program. I work as a home care physical therapist, and was excited to be able to save my clinets' addresses in the program for directions, mileage calculation, etc. Well in 9 out of 10 cases, the program leaves off the final turn in the directions, and puts the person's house in the previous intersection. If you're driving around in unfamiliar territory and try and read the directions, it's very confusing. I like Yahoo! Maps online, because it lets me save my "favorite" addresses by client name. S&T seems to only let me save the address. S&T, unlike Yahoo! maps, does calculate mileage with several stops, but I don't trust the accuracy.

I thought it was fun to plot out our upcoming trip from Colorado to Glacier National Park, but it takes a lot of the adventure out of the trip. I think I'd rather stick with paper maps and a "let's turn here and see what happens" kind of spirit. We play a game when traveling where the person in the passenger seat is the navigator, the driver has to go where the passenger says, and we can't go on any interstate highways. We went all the way from Colorado to Wisconsin this way, and saw some really cool sites. I'm sure the map program would have just taken us across I-80.

1-0 out of 5 stars If you use a Pocket PC with GPS you willbe Dissapointed
I bought Streets and Trips thinkign that I would be able to get directional information and guidence with my GPS for my pocket pc. All i got was a you are here Circle on the map. I am switching

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this program, no problems yet
I have read all the other reviews, but I have to say that I don't agree with them. I have used the previous items and I love the new version 2004. To me, it is just like the older versions,just with a few more details. I can use it the same as they other one. We are getting ready for a trip from Texas to New York (DRIVING!!) and I have the route all planned out. In fact, I am going to add a GPS system to my laptop and use 2004 with it. ... Read more


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