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  • Oct 22, 2009
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"Instant Immersion" Spanish does *not* use immersion to teach Spanish. This is a standard "repeat after me" memorization course.

The box boldly claims "As effective as Rosetta Stone for a fraction of the cost!". The only truth to that is that it is a fraction of the cost. Rosetta Stone is in a whole different league (the professional product league).

Rosetta Stone uses voice recognition software to judge if you are speaking correctly. Instant Immersion allows you to record yourself and play back your recording. {laugh} Not comparable!

Rosetta Stone uses true immersion teaching in a natural manner without using any English. Instant Immersion teaches you translation not thinking.

Rosetta Stone version 3 installs to your hard drive thus eliminating the need for the language CDs. Instant Immersion does a tiny install and runs basically from CD (thus also somewhat sluggish).

So far that's fairly negative, but when a product implies that it's as good as a $500 professional product, well bluntly stated the two products aren't even close.

Instant Immersion is however a good additional language learning system. It does make it easy to select a specific focus (for example: colors, or food, or numbers) and review those basic terms.

The included DVD is terrible and works very poorly. It is extremely slow and frustrating to use.

The audio CD is very good and provides the lessons in MP3 format for easy transfer to another audio player device.

The "Who is Oscar Lake?" adventure game is great! How come these types of learning games aren't more widely produced? On the downside it is too easy and tempting to leave the English translations on the screen and just play the game in English (thus defeating the purpose of encouraging you to use your new language skills). Also the game expects you to already know Spanish, it isn't "teaching" but is just a good way to practice. The game has a very tiny image though (320 x 240?) and won't use much of your screen but unfortunately is "full screen" thus taking away easy usage of the game combined with other tools to turn it into an actual learning experience.

In my opinion no single language product is sufficient to decently teach any language. Rosetta Stone perhaps comes the closest to being the only product you need. Pimsleur however is far better at teaching conversation. I recommend the combination of Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur plus some of the other inexpensive products ("Instant Immersion" is one of the weaker lower cost products). A *far* better low cost product is Penton Oversea's "Learn in Your Car".

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Instant Immersion uses natural image association techniques to help you learn as easily as you learned your first language. With Instant Immersion, you will have more fun, save money and reach your goals faster ¿ guaranteed! Whether you¿re learning a new language for school, work or your next vacation, Instant Immersion¿s fun and effective exercises, interactive activities and challenging quizzes will help you achieve language fluency in less time than other language systems. You will think, read and speak your new language with ease. Spanish Levels 1, 2 & 3 includes six language learning CD-ROMS and three bonus discs: an interactive DVD, audio for an iPod or MP3 player and the Who is Oscar Lake? game.
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