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A decent language learning product, but a bit behind the times

  • Nov 2, 2009
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Learning a new foreign language can be one of the most rewarding self-growth exercises, or it could be a business or professional necessity. Whatever the motivation, the process of learning a language can be challenging, and the most difficult part of it can be the first step: deciding on which program of learning to pursue. Aside from learning the language in school or some other specialized institution, there are many options out there for self study. In the US "Rosetta Stone" series has been the de facto standard for many years, but its very high price may be a deterrent for many users. "Instant Immersion Spanish Levels 1,2 & 3" seems like a reasonably priced alternative, and a good first course for someone who may wonder if he has the willpower to commit to a language learning in a long run. The program is designed around a series of CD ROMs, and it can be only used while CDs are inside the computer - the content is not transferable to the hard drive. The first time you insert a CD into the computer you will start the installation process for the proprietary player that is used to play all of the content for this course. Personally, I'd wish that you could just play CDs without having to install any extra software, since my hard drive is getting pretty cluttered as it is. The course player works for the most part fine, although I had to deal with some pretty annoying bugs from the get go. My first time around I wanted to quit the program, but that turned out not to be very straightforward. I had to start the Windows program manager, and even then I had to scroll through the process menu before I was able to find the course program. The content of the CDs seems rather light, and it seems that the short videos take up a considerable amount of space. These videos are indeed useful and educational, but they come at the price that there is not much of the actual language content on the CDs. The production of the videos is just OK - several of actors and actresses obviously just ad-lib the words, which seem to be synchronized by probably more accurate narrators. The discrepancy between actors' gestures and the words that supposedly come from their mouths is at moments downright comical.

The package also comes with a DVD that can be used to practice vocabulary and phrases with the help of a DVD player. I am personally rather skeptical of the utility of this extra DVD, since most of these "extra" exercises and features are just a lower-quality replication of the ones that can be found on the CD ROMs.

I am also a bit skeptical of the whole concept of using CD and DVD ROMs to learn a language. In the age of online services, it seems to me that a better way to acquire a language on your own would be through a no-commitment website that can provide as many features as necessary without any space constraints. CD and DVD ROMs seem like such an outdated technology.

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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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