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61. Talk Now! Learn Bulgarian - Beginning
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62. Advanced Dvd French
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63. Rosetta Stone Japanese Explorer
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64. A+ Italian (Jewel Case)
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65. Talk Now! Learn Scots Gaelic -
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66. Instant Immersion Russian 2 CD-ROM
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67. Talk Now! Learn Hungarian - Beginning
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68. Talk Now! Learn Serbian - Beginning
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69. Talk Now! Learn Romanian - Beginning
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70. Talk Now! Learn Icelandic - Beginning
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71. Vocabulary Builder - Learn Polish:
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72. Talk Now! Learn Korean - Beginning
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73. Rosetta Stone Dutch Personal Edition
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74. Instant Immersion Spanish 2 CD-ROM
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75. Talk Now! Learn Mexican Spanish
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76. Advanced Dvd Italian
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80. Instant Immersion German 2 CD-ROM

61. 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

62. Advanced Dvd French
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Asin: B0000899UO
Catlog: DVD
Sales Rank: 15547
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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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


63. Rosetta Stone Japanese Explorer
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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


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

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

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


65. Talk Now! Learn Scots Gaelic - Beginning Level
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Asin: B0000899Y9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 815
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Features

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

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


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

Learn to speak Russian through complete immersion. The Euro Method is an easy and simple way to learn to speak a second language. Based on the same techniques that allow a 4-year-old child to speak a language long before that same child can read or write, the Instant Immersion Russian CDs teach users to speak Russian quickly. The software provides interactive lessons that truly immerse users in the language. The two CD-ROMs enclosed are from EuroTalk, a European publisher of language-learning software. Talk Now! and World Talk will take users from beginning to intermediate levels using fun and easy-to-follow methods.

Talk Now! Russian is designed for beginners who want to start learning a new language as soon as possible. Whether on a business or vacation trip, or even when meeting a foreign visitor, Talk Now! is the CD to use. By hearing and practicing authentic everyday speech, the user's natural ability for language will develop. The EuroTalk CDs are designed to be fun. The program uses quizzes, games, and stories to help reinforce the lessons learned.

The second CD-ROM, World Talk Russian, is the next level up from Talk Now! and goes on to the next stage with new activities, added dictation, and a new recording section. Topics covered include the calendar, building sentences, asking directions, and using numbers. With the recording feature, users can hear and compare their voices with those of a variety of native speakers. ... Read more

Reviews (18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


67. Talk Now! Learn Hungarian - Beginning Level
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Asin: B0000899NR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 810
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Features

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

68. Talk Now! Learn Serbian - Beginning Level
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Asin: B0000899QS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 709
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Features

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

69. Talk Now! Learn Romanian - Beginning Level
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Asin: B0000899QM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 646
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

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

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

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


70. Talk Now! Learn Icelandic - Beginning Level
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Asin: B0000899NS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 619
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Features

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

71. Vocabulary Builder - Learn Polish: for Children 4 & up
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Asin: B0000899VE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 4491
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72. Talk Now! Learn Korean - Beginning Level
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Asin: B0000899NY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: EuroTalk
Sales Rank: 940
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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

73. 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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Amazon.com Product Description

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

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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


74. Instant Immersion Spanish 2 CD-ROM Set (Jewel Case)
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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


75. 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


76. Advanced Dvd Italian
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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


77. Talk Now! Learn Malayalam - Beginning Level
list price: $29.99
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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


78. Junior High Science Bundle
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Asin: B00005UEAB
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 1748
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Amazon.com Product Description

Covering two semesters and containing 12 challenging, interactive CD-ROMs, kids can explore the sciences along with the wonder of the natural world with the Junior High Science bundle. This comprehensive set is sure to delight curious minds, as it contains more than 7,000 images, answers to 1,200 science questions, and some 12 hours of multimedia presentation.

Kids will examine and explore the forces that shape land and sea. They'll observe the natural world, learn about plant and animal classification, and discuss the fundamentals of biology, weather, and ecology. Multimedia presentations and brilliant images bring kids in contact with a coral reef colony, through the life pattern of a tadpole, and into the five kingdoms of life. Kids also adventure through plate tectonics, climate, and even the universe's outer reaches. This thought-provoking collection takes the learning of science beyond mere memorization and into the realm of scientific inquiry, investigation, and discovery. ... Read more


79. Advanced Dvd English
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Asin: B0000899UN
Catlog: DVD
Sales Rank: 34212
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80. Instant Immersion German 2 CD-ROM Set (Jewel Case)
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Asin: B000059OSC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 672
Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (4)

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


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