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141. Rosetta Stone Dutch Personal Edition
$3.34 list($9.99)
142. Disney's Magic Artist Deluxe
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143. Instant Immersion Spanish 2 CD-ROM
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144. KidSpeak Spanish
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145. Rand McNally TripMaker (Jewel
$29.99
146. World Talk - Learn Czech - Intermediate
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147. Talk Now! Learn Mexican Spanish
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148. TOPICS ENTERTAINMENT Middle School
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149. Instant Immersion English (5 CD-ROM
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150. Learn to Speak French Deluxe Traveler's
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151. Advanced Dvd Italian
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152. Talk Now! Learn Malayalam - Beginning
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153. Microsoft Streets and Trips 2005
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154. Advanced Dvd English
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155. Instant Immersion German 2 CD-ROM
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156. Talk Now! Learn Gujarati - Beginning
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157. Learn Spanish Now Platinum Edition
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158. GREEK GRAMMAR BEYOND BASICS/CD
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159. Rand McNally StreetFinder and
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160. Instant Immersion 102 Languages

141. Rosetta Stone Dutch Personal Edition Level 1
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Asin: B00005APYN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
Sales Rank: 5819
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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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.

The Rosetta Stone Level I program offers a comprehensive course of study for beginning learners, leading to intermediate proficiency. The program contains over 3,500 real-life images and phrases in 92 lessons and more than 250 hours of mastery instruction in listening comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing. Systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists and drills. There are reviews, exercises, and tests for every lesson with automated tutorials throughout the program. (Ages 6 and older) ... Read more

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars a fun way to learn some Dutch
This is a clever use of a computer. The attempt is to put you in a "virtual" Dutch-speaking environment. To fully utilize the product, you'll need a mouse, keyboard, speakers, and microphone. There are about 3,200 images (many duplicates) shown in groups of 4. You select either mode-A, -B, -C, -D, -E. For mode-A, a native speaker says a phrase or sentence in Dutch, which you also see written on the screen, and you move your mouse into the one of the 4 pictures to which you think the statement applies. You click the mouse and get immediate feedback on whether you're right or wrong. For mode-B, you hear the native speaker's statement but get no writing on the screen (practice in aural comprehension). For C, you get the writing but no speaker (practice in reading comprehension). For D (you'll love this), you get the native speaker, and you repeat what he or she says into your microphone, and you get immediate pictorial feedback on the screen as to how closely your pronunciation matches that of the native speaker. For E, you get the native speaker and no writing, and you get to type in Dutch what he or she says using your keyboard, and you get immediate feedback on whether you're correct.

It's clever and a lot of fun if you enjoy studying languages. But ... there's no accompanying book to speak of, just a list of the 3,200 statements without translation provided.

Before buying this product, I had previously spent several months studying Dutch grammar (see my poignant review of "Colloquial Dutch" by Donaldson, a fine book by the way). Hence I already knew the rudiments and had a context in which to place those 3,200 statements and make sense of them. I had the fine Dutch-English dictionary published by Routledge, "201 Dutch Verbs" by Stern, and "Colloquial Dutch" by my computer to refer to. I found this course a painless way to review grammar, supplement my vocabulary, and learn to say some useful things by rote.

Is this Rosetta Stone approach good for a complete beginner with no prior knowledge of Dutch? Would such a user learn the rules of grammar intuitively by discerning patterns in the 3,200 statements? ... Naaah. I'm skeptical. My advice to a complete beginner is to start elsewhere with a good grammar book like "Colloquial Dutch".

I gave the product 4 stars instead of 5 because I have some doubts about accuracy. I found one error that I'm certain of: in one instance an "apostrophe-s" was used to indicate possession. This is good English but bad Dutch. When I called Fairfield to report this error, the employee didn't seem at all interested. He assured me that everything was corrected in the newer version (I bought this product in 2002), but he didn't record or even listen to my error report. Also, I found the word ordering in a sentence suspect in a few instances. Did they just grab 3 native speakers from the street or was there some involvement by a scholar of the Dutch language? I don't know.

There are many more examples of action verbs (running, walking, swimming, etc) than introspective verbs (thinking, remembering, etc) because the former are more easily conveyed in pictures. There are many more examples of third person verb forms than first and second person for the same reason.

One of the three native speakers has a strange pronunciation. She makes third person singular verb forms, which almost alway end in "t", sound like they end in "s". For example, "zingt" sounds like its English translation, "sings". I never heard this before. Is it a regional accent, or has she just been speaking English for too long? It's confusing, especially in mode-D.

This product isn't perfect, but I liked it enough to purchase Rosetta Stone Dutch Level II, which I am also enjoying. ... Read more


142. Disney's Magic Artist Deluxe
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B00005LBW1
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Sales Rank: 238
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

If you have a young graphic artist in the house, odds are that you havealready seen a range of paint programs for children. All offering a collectionof templates for art projects, clip art to use with the templates, and somebasic drawing tools for users who wish to go freestyle, these programs' primarydifferences have been in their look and user friendliness... at least untilnow.

Disney's Magic Artist Deluxe is one of a new generation of programsdesigned for users who enjoy creating art with computer assistance. In additionto the standard-issue graphic tools, this package makes artwork into a game,with moving animations, sound effects, and some very thoughtful design features.While earlier graphics programs often resembled scaled-down versions of adultpackages, this one is entirely bent on entertaining children and encouragingsprees of creative electronic drawing. Its kit is full of brightly colored,genuinely wacky tools, including robots that run around the screen drawingpatterns on your page and a sprayer that drops animations into the page. Imaginewatching cookies bake onscreen, spreading a line of crawling spiders across apage, or planting roses along the bottom of the screen. Just watching theseimages mutate to their finalized form is delightful--and they come with topnotchsound effects and a good dollop of humor, too.

Another area where older graphics programs broke down was in their reusabilityfactor. Once a child had seen and used all of a package's available images, itwas often time to move on to the next contender. However, Disney's MagicArtist Deluxe offers regular updates. Users can download new graphics andanimations from the program's Web site, including packages designed particularlyfor a coming holiday or event.

For users uninterested in using prepackaged art, Disney's Magic ArtistDeluxe also offers a full set of tools to allow kids to import pictures ofthemselves and their friends, and then to decorate, alter, and distort them totheir heart's content. Whether they want to build static scenes with Disneycharacters, construct animated tableaus, or digitally bend an existing favoritephotograph, this is a graphics program certain to please artistically bent kidsand their parents through project after project. --Alyx Dellamonica ... Read more

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Magic Artist Deluxe Rocks
I love this game. It is more of an artist painting program. It is fun. I love painting and typing stuff. This rocks. You can even make your own pictures to print out and color. It is so much fun. It is worth buying. I recommend this to anyone who loves art and drawing and coloring.

3-0 out of 5 stars Needs a manual!!
This is a wonderful product IF you can figure out how to make it do everything it can. It has an electronic manual located on the disc but it's irritating to have to switch back and forth to find what you're looking for. I've even called Disney offering to pay to have them ship a manual to me, but they claim the only one available is the one on the disc. It's a lot of fun but be ready to do a lot of switching back and forth. I definitely would have given it 5 stars if not for this problem.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best !
I thank my parents for getting me this. Theres so much things you can do. You can Paint, Create and Edit and so on. I wish my Parents would have got me this before. I love it. As a child I suggest you order this for your love ones.Now that Christmas is here.Thats why I gave the Magic artist Deluxe 5 stars. If you get this I know you will be satified. ... Read more


143. Instant Immersion Spanish 2 CD-ROM Set (Jewel Case)
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B000059OSE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 434
Average Customer Review: 3.31 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Early versions of language instruction software were little more than CD-ROM equivalents of lessons on audiotape. Instant Immersion Spanish, on the other hand, represents the next generation--software that exploits multimedia to its fullest in order to make learning Spanish easy and entertaining.

This two-CD-ROM package starts with a simple vocabulary builder that divides words into categories--colors, foods, and body parts, for example--and then drills users on their Spanish equivalents. Instructors translate each word while providing an image to match the spoken concept. A user's memorization skills can then be tested in a handful of matching games, while pronunciation is honed by speaking the words into a microphone and contrasting with the instructors' voices.

The second CD-ROM is where the immersion element comes in. Once users have learned the nouns and phrases on disc one, they are presented with a tougher challenge. While still following a basic matching-game format, instructors speak in complete sentences, requiring the learner to pick out familiar terms and work out the larger meanings of the game clues in context. Along the way, more vocabulary and some basic grammar are assimilated.

Instant Immersion Spanish provides an excellent route to picking up enough "getting-by" Spanish for a Latin vacation or to supplement class study. Some users may struggle with the transition to the tough love of the second CD-ROM, but this process is a mirror of the real-world experience of going to a new country where English is not the dominant tongue. The immersion kicks the brain into high gear and accelerates language acquisition by presenting a serious challenge--all while keeping the course of study in an entertaining game format. Those new to Spanish will definitely benefit from the practice of listening for words they know.

This first-rate content, combined with bright and easy-to-follow graphics, makes Instant Immersion Spanish a terrific opportunity for anyone looking to grasp the basics of speaking Spanish in as little time as possible. --Alyx Dellamonica ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for beginners, children, and travellers!
These cd-roms contain lots of fun interactive games and activities, which are especially good for children, but nevertheless enjoyable for people of all ages. For someone who knows very little Spanish vocabulary, it's a wonderful place to begin. It's also very helpful for travellers trying to learn helpful phrases and important words before a trip; in fact, there's even a section helping you to learn how to understand directions!

However, I DO NOT recommend these cd-roms for people with an extensive background in Spanish. If you've taken a couple years of Spanish and have built up a moderate vocabulary, these cd-roms will not challenge you. Also, I do not recommend this program for anyone who wants to learn Spanish grammar. These cd-roms, as their title suggests, emphasize vocabulary, and speaking and listening skills, and they do not touch on grammar AT ALL.

Overall, I consider this an excellent program for anyone planning a trip to Spain or Latin America, or for use as a supplement for *beginning* students of the language (an additional book on grammar would help). I really do enjoy these programs, and I just ordered the Russian cd-roms just like it. Since I don't know a word, it'll be perfect.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Spanish Program for Beginners
I purchased this program knowing almost no spanish. I found it to be a very helpful tool to help me learn the basics of the language.

Pros:
The program is designed in a game format in which the user completes lessons and quizzes to gain points. The speakers are clear and easy to understand. The quizzes are really fun too. The instructor on the screen says a word or phrase and you have to click on the matching picture. I had a little trouble at this when I first started but I soon caught on. There is also a memory game that the user can play to review everything covered so far. That game, I found, was the most helpful way of retaining the information I have learned.

Cons:

There really is no introduction. You just pop in the cd and BOOM, you begin. The navigation is a little annoying because not everything is labeled so you end up having to click on the help button to have everything spelled out for you. Other than that, I really can't find anything wrong with the program. Like I said, I highly reccomend it :)

5-0 out of 5 stars mikulass1@cablerocket.com
Is that CD-s are working with WINDOW XP-HOME ADDITION ?Thak you . Miklos Szilagyi.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I should have read Jason's review before buying this. CD 1 was ok; I can say 'Telephone' '17' 'brown' in Spanish. But CD 2 is... I don't understand ANYTHING. I'm returning this to the manufacturer - they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

5-0 out of 5 stars SO MUCH FUN I can't stop!
Okey, so I was not a natural in highschool Spanish class like I had hoped to be (I did get a C after all).But now years later after trying cassettes and workbooks alike, I can now have fun learning Espanol like I always dreamed to do! You will too if you pick this CD set! Or better yet get the 5 CD-ROM Deluxe Edition for about $$$. I can't go a day without playing this!
I love the interactive games that they have and getting the "Si!" from the computer characters. It keeps score of your points too! The best part is that you can record your voice and practice that famous Iberian lisp "th" (for "c") without having to be concerned about anyone hearing it!
Look for the very fun "game show" on the second CD. ... Read more


144. KidSpeak Spanish

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Asin: B0001X6IJ8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Transparent Language, Inc.
Sales Rank: 615
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Features

  • Spanish 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

145. Rand McNally TripMaker (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B0000AFV56
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1263
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146. World Talk - Learn Czech - Intermediate Level
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Asin: B0002BK6MY
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 4563
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147. Talk Now! Learn Mexican Spanish - Beginning Level
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Asin: B0000899QN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 1848
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

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

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars A whole new way to learn spanish!
This program takes spanish language learning software to a whole new level. Advanced spanish is an appropriate title for this program since It literally immerses you in the language with an actual spanish soap opera episode. You can practice in a number of ways, as well as take quizzes. Some of the activities include a visually based vocabulary program. In this area of the software the program shows you a still from the movie with an object circled and you name the word in spanish. Others include listening for the missing word in a conversation- harder than it sounds. You can watch the movie with and without spanish subtitles so you can follow along with the script or try to watch it without. Some minor- very minor- technical glitches not really affecting the operation of the program or use of it prevent me from giving this a full 5 stars. But a really great, well rounded buy! ... Read more


148. TOPICS ENTERTAINMENT Middle School Success 2005 ( Windows )

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Asin: B0002QNDH4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1804
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Features

  • Polish and improve language skills with a set of games for English proficiency -- covers Vocabulary, Composition, Spelling and Reading & Comprehension
  • Develop a basic working knowledge of Spanish, French, Italian and German
  • Expand problem-solving capabilities with a complete guide to Pre-Algebra, Algebra I & II and Geometry
  • Retrace the past to better understand the present with presentations on Ancient, World and U.S. History
  • take a virtual, visual journey through the natural world and beyond, with guides for Astronomy, Physics and Wildlife & Nature

149. Instant Immersion English (5 CD-ROM set)
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Asin: B00006IKEU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 2174
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Amazon.com Product Description

Instant Immersion English delivers an authentic English 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, Speech Solutions, English Talking Dictionary, and Who Is Oscar Lake? Native English speakers introduce dialogue skills and reinforce pronunciation principles. Lessons can be customized. For vocabulary building, the English Talking Dictionary delivers 7,000 terms to your desktop. You can also run its directions and definitions in 12 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Vietnamese. Speech recognition technology--the next best thing to a conversation partner--lets you record your own voice. 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 English. With Instant Immersion, you learn by hearing, seeing, and doing. ... Read more


150. Learn to Speak French Deluxe Traveler's Edition 2003
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00006OARE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: The Learning Company
Sales Rank: 1999
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Learn to Speak French Deluxe Traveler's Edition adds advanced speech recognition technology, cultural movies, and much more to take interactive language learning to the next level. Build skills in French pronunciation, vocabulary, comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar. A personalized learning system customizes lessons to meet your needs. Plus, this comprehensive five CD-ROM suite comes with Parlez-Vous Francais? interactive DVD, Fodor's France 2003 travel guidebook, a Telex microphone, and a workbook that lets you study French while away from your computer.

Learn to Speak French Deluxe Traveler's Edition's advanced speech recognition technology lets you compare your pronunciation to a native speaker's, and also engage in conversation simulations. The included Telex M-40 microphone is designed for high-quality recording and voice communication with minimal background noise. A built-in assessment test determines the best place to begin. Then you create a flexible study plan, embark on your language studies, and track your progress. To round out the suite, the expert advice contained in the included Fodor's France 2003 travel guidebook helps you plan the perfect trip to France. ... Read more

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Learn to Speak French worked for me
I actually bought this product in Oct 2003. I knew I would be vacationing in Paris in May 2004. I worked through the programs one after the other for the past 6 months. Well, I went to Paris and was able to order in restaurants, buy things and converse at a basic level. The program works if you work at it. Where I think the program excels is in correct pronounciation. Hearing the people in the programs speak over and over and using the verbal dictionary helped me learn to pronounce correctly. The program includes a microphone and Fodors travel guide, along with a set of CDs and a VCR tape. The CD's contain the most important part of the program. Part of the focus of the program is to speak into the microphone and be graded on your speech quality. I think this is overrated and concentrated on pronouncing as the actors in the programs do. Also, as mentioned by another reviewer, the Fodors travel guide is a great reference tool if you actually plan to go to France. This program is well worth the money. Caution: It will not make you fluent. I don't think any program can achieve that.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unusable
Learn to Speak French is a terrible product. The Learning Company says it can be used on Windows XP, but it just isn't true. It loaded well and seemed to run OK, but within 10 minutes it crashed the system because it used up all the resources. There seems to be a bug that doesn't allow resources to close when you leave an area.

When I went to TLC home page to look for a bug fix I discovered that L to SF is supported over the web only and no support by e-mail or telephone is available.

There is a fix to correct some problem with Win 2000 so, with nothing to lose, I downloaded it and attempted to install it. The first step was to go to the drive that had the L to SF CD in it. I did this and when I clicked OK it returned to the C drive. Nothing I tried would take me to the D drive.

Maybe this works well on earlier versions of Windows, but on a Pentium 4, 2.8 Ghz, with 1 Gig of RAM it was useless.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product and a great way to learn French!
I am very impressed with this product. For starters you get a lot of stuff for [the price] and this software has to be one of the best deals I've seen on any software. In addition to the 4 CDROMs you get a DVD, an audio CD, a ... Fodors Guide book, a very handy reference book, and a high-quality microphone. That's alot for [the price]. The software was very easy to install and everything went smoothly with the installation on Windows 2000. The software itself is excellent and very easy to use. Many many excellents lessons to work through. Short of hiring a private tutor I think this is probably one of the best ways to learn a foreign language. The simulated conversions are very impressive. I highly recommend this product!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great software!
I bought this software to brush up on french before a trip to Paris. I thought it was excellent and the interactive nature of the program made it really fun. It's also convenient that it comes with situation specific lessons and drills (business,travel,shopping) so that you can tailor your learning to your needs if you don't have time to do the entire program. Highly recommend it to others.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful way to learn French!
I have the Learn to speak French CD set from "The Learning Company" and it is absolutely WONDERFUL! I've been to France many times since "learning" French with this program and it really works! After each lesson you talk into your microphone what you have learned and it rates your French as a tourist or a native. If you don't do well you can do it again and again until you get it right. I've tried many programs and lessons and this is absolutely the BEST! You have to get it and you will be saying Merci to The Learning Company for teaching you such a wonderful language. It's so easy! ... Read more


151. Advanced Dvd Italian
list price: $49.99
our price: $44.99
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Asin: B0000899UQ
Catlog: DVD
Sales Rank: 27644
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but only if you learn how to watch it...
This is a fun way to practice Italian. You see the story frame by frame and hear the dialogue being read in Italian, then you can click to see a translation of what was said. Also you can choose to hide the words in Italian, to see if you can understand what they are saying without reading the words. It is very challenging though for me as an intermediate student. But it is also very beneficial for intermediate students and above. I definitely would not reccomend it to beginners.

And now for my biggest complaint about this program and the real reason why I felt compelled to review it. The story is based on an Asterix book where a baby shows up at their house, the comic is called Asterix and Son. Now I guess Eurotalk thought it would be fun to let you hear every single sound as it is written in the comic. In other words, if they punch a Roman and the authors wrote POW! in the book, you will hear a sound like someone getting punched. This is no problem for things like fighting and the dog barking, but in probably 75% of the frames, the baby whines. Again this is no problem in a comic book, since reading the word "Wah" doesn't hurt your eyes. But you would think for this program they would just assume that we know what a baby crying sounds like. They couldn't even let us hear it once or twice and then decide ok we get the picture. They let us hear the baby crying every single time. This gets slightly irritating after the first two pages, by the end of the first CD you will be insane and Italian will be the last thing on your mind, and you will probably be deaf too, so what good is it if you can understand Italian anyway?

The baby whines 4-5 times louder than anyone in the comic strip talks, so if you turn it down to a level where the baby's whining only hurts your ears a little bit, you will not be able to hear anything else. BTW it doesn't sound cute or even like a real baby...it sounds like some guy trying to sound like a baby. If you manage to get through the entire story, you will probably enjoy listening to people scratch their fingernails across the board or Celine Dion.

Now how could I give this product four stars despite the incessant whining? Well you have to figure out a trick that I learned. You turn the volume all the way down on your speakers, then let the next strip pop up, and see if the baby is whining in it (you will know because it will have the dialogue bubble). Then wait a few seconds, turn the volume up very gradually and when you think it is the babys turn to talk immediately turn the volume all the way down. Hopefully you will get the hang of it before you throw your computer out the window. By the way, until you have mastered this trick, do not, repeat, do not attempt to use this product without earmuffs. ... Read more


152. Talk Now! Learn Malayalam - Beginning Level
list price: $29.99
our price: $19.99
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Asin: B0000899QE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 3349
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

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

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Aday! Bring your banana chips and give this a try!
Malayalam is not a language for which you can have a huge choice of learning tools. If you are a relative "gringo" with little experience in Indian languages, this may be a good program to get you started with the basics of talking.

Lucky for English speakers - Malayalam is influenced the most by English after Sanskrit and Tamil. Unlucky for English speakers - there's a whole pile of linguistically different sounds involved in the other two parts of the language before English is ever even thought about. Get out your marbles and listen up - if you've got an open mind and a little bit of assistance, you might just end up knowing some Malayalam.

The format is wonderful, with sections for basics, food, time, body parts, phrases and more. Each level allows you to go through and hear of all the pertinent vocabulary (this can set to play in a continous loop - a nice way of learning and practicing away from the constraints of the computer). There are games for each section in two different levels of difficulty, and keys that allow you to build memory clues. With each game you accumulate points, and the points are tallied towards a final goal at which you recieve special recognition. You recieve nice encouragement for all correct answers - if you learn anything at all from this, if will definitely be the words for "Yes" and "No"!

The overall theme is suprisingly entertaining, without being condescending or childlike. It's very nicely designed, compared to many other language CD-Roms, and doesn't give you the idea that it's the same general template used for 35 different languages (except in one aspect, see below!) This was definitely designed with adult learners in mind, and for what - $19.99? - it has some really nice multimedia functions that keep you focused, including printable vocab lists.

I originally had a problem loading TalkNow Malayalam to my computer, but the technical assistance people were helpful, via email, and the problem was easily solved. That was great.

I did not give this a five star rating because of the following:

The pronounciations are very fast, and there is no way to slow them down. The given vocabulary and phrases are only written in Malayalam, so unless you know to read the script, you are left alone to dissect the more subtle sounds, to which your ear may not be accustomed. Find a native speaker for guidance.

Also, if you are a native speaker of Malayalam looking for a refresher, or someone wishing to read and write Malayalam, this is probably not a good scheme for you. It's more along the line of "learn some words and phrases before you travel there" knowledge. A good CD-ROM for more Malayalam intensive language study is available at www.vidyarambham.com

And finally, the biggest suprise: Talk Now Malayalam is lead by your virtual guides, an extremely white, northern European couple whose images are always present at the bottom of the screen during the vocabulary recitations. (I imagine they're the standard TalkNow Language folks, but in this case it's very wierd!!) Their lips move to make you believe that these honkeys are speaking perfectly pronounced Malayalam, in voices that would only come out of their slight frames had they been posessed. Perhaps this was a bit of subliminal encouragement for all the WASPs who decided to take a stab at learning Malayalam to impress the cute programmer down the hall. Mind you, this is not a detraction from the lessons at hand, but overall the effect is hillarious. Hopefully it would just add to the fun of learning a new language. "If they could do it... darnit, I can to" :)

While this program will not make you a candidate for retiring to Kottayam and ferrying a houseboat along some Kerala backwaters, you'll at least entertain native speakers, and at best win yourself some allies by any honest efforts made.

Tie on a lungi and give it a whirl. Best of luck! ... Read more


153. Microsoft Streets and Trips 2005 CD
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154. Advanced Dvd English
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155. Instant Immersion German 2 CD-ROM Set (Jewel Case)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good Software, But Not For The Total Beginner
I bought my Instant Immersion German sofware at Sam's Club. My software came with 7 CDs. It was [$$$]. If you are going to buy this sofware, I suggest that you find one in the same brand that has more CDs for less money. It is hard for me (a beginner) because there is no exact part of the software that shows you an English word and then shows you the word translated in German. They begin talking to you in German and you have to sort of figure it out for yourself. One thing that I did like was that my 7 CD version included 3 CDs for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced (the same program, just 3 different levels). I highly suggest to purchase this program in addition to German audio tapes and books to get a head start. But once you get a little familiar with the language, it is a perfect software to buy. The best one on the market!

2-0 out of 5 stars If a person has the time this two set cd is a winner
I started useing this product three months ago a couple of hours a night on the average and am now ready for an actual class. I really love this set of cds titled Instant Immersion German. I have learned a lot; this is a winner in my book and I have never had a problem loading it on my pc.. This language set of CD's is good for beginers. My young children love it too; they think it's just plain fun..David G.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I wanted, but the best German CD I've seen.
I was thinking of something better and more interesting, but instead, I got a bunch of little games that detract from the objective if you do not improve. I have purchased a different CD that is much worse than this one.

If you see this CD first, keep it in your back pocket.

5-0 out of 5 stars Instant Immersion German -2CD set
It was easy to learn from this 2CD set. ... Read more


156. Talk Now! Learn Gujarati - Beginning Level
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157. Learn Spanish Now Platinum Edition (DVD Box)

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158. GREEK GRAMMAR BEYOND BASICS/CD ROM : An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament
by Mr. Daniel B. Wallace
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This Greek grammar text integrates the technical requirements for proper Greek interpretation with the actual interests and needs of Bible students. It is the first textbook to systematically link syntax and exegesis of the New Testament for second-year Greek student.Now, as part the Zondervan Library of Pradis compatible books, it is an essential reference tool for study of the New Testament. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This was my first grammar that I got, not knowing it was for second year students and beyond. I had learned something about Greek and the biblical text and all that because of my interest in apologetics and cults. This book helped me on some of the texts that cults like to use and abuse for their own purpose. Now being in seminary, and planning to study Greek in the future, it will be something I will need. It also directed me to William Mounce's work which was great.

God Bless Dr. Wallace.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Grammar...Helps Your Understanding
I have long enjoyed the writings of Dr. Wallace. His writings on the biblical textual issue in particular have caused my mind to be stirred and my spirit to be awakened to the living reality of the New Testament.

His grammar is only slightly less exciting than that - and that's MY fault, not his. Wallace gives many examples that make his book relevant, contemporary, and accurate. Given how difficult it really is to understand some of the Greek volumes - just read A.T. Robertson - this one never fails to make its case easier to understand.

Thank you, sir.

3-0 out of 5 stars Is it a grammar or an Evangelical apology ?
Please do not misunderstand the provocative title of my comment: I am not saying that this book is worthless and that you should avoid buying it.

On the contrary, I think that Wallace's grammar is an invaluable work worth every dollar you spend for it. First of all, unlike other grammars, this one is as thrilling as a detective novel. Of course, unless you are deeply interested in NT exegesis, you will probably find Wallace's huge treatise anything but gripping. But if like me you are an impassioned reader of the Gospel and its original text, you will surely love this book.And the good news is that it is not for advanced learners of koine Greek only. In fact I started using it with minimal knowledge of Greek and I have little doubt that a complete stranger to the language of Luke and Paul could also glean immensely useful information from its pages provided he be a serious student of the Scriptures.

Having said that I must warn potential buyers and readers that Wallace is not an objective grammarian and linguist at all. Unlike a real scientist, he does not put aside his own religious and philosophical convictions aside and look at the NT dispassionately. What he does almost sistematically is to advance his own Protestant views of Christ and atonement and other crucial points with the help of Greek grammar. Fortunately, he does state the opinion of scholars who disagree with him but he gives them minimal space. Most of the time he does not even quote them!

A perfect example of Wallace's bias is the discussion on the use of the prepositions "uper" and "anti" in relation to the question of atonement. He mentions the fact that W.Bauer translates these prepositions by "on behalf of" rather thanby "instead of" but he does not illustrate or expatiate on Bauer's point of view. Instead the reader is presented with several pages of arguments in favor of his own opinion, so that the naive reader may end up thinking that the translation favored by respected scholars like Bauer has no solid ground under it. And that is only one example among many, many others.

Of course, one could argue that many dubious points of Greek grammar simply cannot be cleared without a previous choice and that all exegesis must involve a certain amount of eisegesis. This may be true but Wallace really goes too far. Does he write for only for his small chapel? Aren't there Catholics and eastern Orthodox and Jews out there too?

Strangely enough this is a BCE(before common era)/CE(common era)book. Does Wallace not realize that these acronyms are basically anti-Christian and contribute to the secularization of our culture?

I say to all Christian authors: FOR GOD'S SAKE USE BC AND AD !!!

So my advice to you is: buy this grammar. But be sure to buy another one to know the two sides of the Biblical coin.

4-0 out of 5 stars A necessity, but prepared to work!
This book may come as a shock to the student who turns to it fresh from first-year Greek.It is thick.It is dense.It is complicated.It is also cautious and tentative in places, pointing out that in some areas Greek grammar is either not fully understood or is undergoing re-examination.That last lesson may be worth the price of the book alone, if it brings about a proper attitude of humility in the exegete.

Although self-described as a textbook, it is difficult to read straight through.I prefer to graze short sections at a time to get acquainted with the layout and topics.Mainly I use it in conjunction with Scripture study by consulting the (very useful) index of keyed passages.The other indices, however, are cumbersome to use since the entries are not sufficiently subdivided -- you may have to turn to seven or eight pages before you find the information you need.

You haven't attained basic proficiency in NT Greek until you are broadly conversant with the subject matter of this book.Keep it next to your Greek Testament.

5-0 out of 5 stars Should be read by every pastor, author, and teacher!
Daniel Wallace has a God given gift for knowledge and understanding of the New Testament. I have heard him in a debate and read many of his articles on his website. He seems to make the New Testament come alive.
The Grammar is divided up into different morphological forms [Nominative, Genitive, Aorist, Present, etc.] and the syntactical functions of each are discussed in great detail. Most helpful are the "Key to Identification" sections and the lists of clear examples.
I consult this grammar with great regularity along with A.T. Robertson and Blass-Debrunner-Funk. It is so wonderful to see someone like Daniel Wallace showing how to be careful with the biblical text. Through the notes on his examples, he shows how we can often times think that the meaning of a text is "obvious," yet we only think it is obvious because we are being careless about our interpretation. Wallace calls us, as interpreters of the New Testament, to accurately exegete the text on the basis of sound syntactical analysis. He says that the vast majority of students do not see the relevance of syntax in exegesis, and it is the task of this book to show this.

Again, highly recommended to anyone wanting to "rightly divide the word of truth." ... Read more


159. Rand McNally StreetFinder and TripMaker Deluxe
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1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth even one star!
i bought this program after the salesman told me it was the best one he had. What a joke. The search engine is the worst! When you print out a map, it prints it in a color that doesn't allow you to see the streets. b What good is that. I emailed the company and they said you cannot change the default color of the map in this version. What a screw up that is! I am so disappointed that I uninstalled it and just use mapquest now. I can't belive Rand McNally allowed a program this bad to be released. Someone must have been snoozin'

1-0 out of 5 stars Way out of date, incompetent, incoherent
I have been using streets & trips 2001 for a few years, but found it getting incresingly out of date, with the new construction going on around my locale, so I went out and bought this product. Unbelievably, though I bought it at least three years after microsoft streets & trips, it was even MORE out of date -- and the interface looks more dated. Worst of all, the very street I live on -- which has been here at least 10 years now, probably more -- was shown incorrectly, it is a through street, this program shows it as a dead end!

In short - a way out of date competitors product you can buy on ebay for $3 is better than this piece of ####. It isn't even worth the time spent installing it (I had to swap the same CD in and out at least 5 times -- what's with THAT?), let alone what3ever money you pay. I'm deleting it off my drive & going back to S&T 2001 for now.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste Of Money
I had been using Microsoft Streets & Trips 2002 and wanted to upgrade to something more current. After hearing that streets & trips 2004 was not an improvement over 2002, I decided to give Steetfinder & Tripmaker a try. What a waste ! I can't believe that Rand Mcnally would allow their name to be put on this thing. terriable interface, can't find streets that are shown on the programs map, map is cartoonish compared to the Microsoft product. In fairness I don't use the gps feature so it could have some redeeming value in that area.

4-0 out of 5 stars I did not see these complaints
While I have not used the GPS, streetfinder works well at locating and mapping the addresses that I need. The real bonus is TripMaker which has allowed us to map out and plan long trips through several states and make reservations along the way. I would not leave home without it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Really Really Bad Product!!!
Can find a lot of places. Can't find my work, school (University of North Florida!). Although GPS capabilities were okay. But what can I do with GPS if it can't find where I want to go!!! ... Read more


160. Instant Immersion 102 Languages

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