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Fair price, but so far of limited use

  • May 31, 2011
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What I liked? It's fun to play vocabulary building games and flashcard quizzes, and to see the attractive male and female "talking heads" demonstrate the pronunciation and intonation of words to learn on the first disc. I benefit from language instruction so that I thrive on visual learning, and repetition without the pressure of a teacher.

For this, from the product description and the software programs I tested, this should fill the need for as the Instant Immersion folks promise, more cheaply than Rosetta Stone. My teen sons took a look at this and confirmed that the Spanish-language RS system they use in high school was not that markedly different than the basic one here. It allows student records and charts, although the license for this version says it's limited for non-business purposes.

I've reviewed language learning materials (many on Amazon) for learning Irish, created for PCs for nearly fifteen years. This Instant Immersion offering appears to be an amalgamation of these common Eurotalk-branded Talk Now programs from this type of DIY learning. Much of this drill-and-repeat, review-and-click French material appears to be preserved from the mid-to-late 90s. It felt very dated, even if cartoon tigers and simple games don't need hi-tech graphics. But don't expect more than isolated exercises, a variety of exercises that work independently.

There is obviously a one-size-fits-all template common to language software, so "ant" and "octopus" and baseball "cap" comprise some of one's "First Words," not the most helpful perhaps for tourist. So, children might be more patient with its look and feel. Programs are easily navigated, and if you want to learn them in an British accent, as well as a few other common language interfaces, you can.

I found a slight but persistent time lag between the male and female enunciation and their pictured faces as they mouthed the words and phrases. Obviously, this will tend to frustrate the student who's the viewer and repeater. This may be due to the CD (you need the disk each time) installation's pace, but this admittedly's a big drawback. (With RS, my sons reported no lag with its equivalent software and visual-audio lessons.)

The CD installation on my system, still Windows XP, felt sluggish. The "Where is Oscar Lake?" game stalled in a few minutes, and the World Talk section stalled and would not go off my system tray. It as with most other Talk levels could not work without Quick Time 6.5 which my laptop froze in installing. So, my honest review shows that I could not test on my laptop computer all of its features. The system requirements state XP as the lowest Windows level that can install this, along with Vista and 7.

I wish the makers well in delivering less pricy language-learning assistance for those of us who find RS too steep in price. While this is markedly less expensive than RS (which I cannot afford), it may appear rather "retro." But language learning does not always need fancy "bells & whistles." Perhaps for reinforcement or for casual use, this suits those of us of modest means or casual practice. (That's what I will use it for, in hopes of finding a better platform to try all of its features. If I do, I will update this evaluation.)
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Instant Immersion The quickest way to learn -- guaranteed.

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*!

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You Will Be Able To:
  • Build your vocabulary
  • Get around with confidence
  • Converse with ease
  • Understand everyday language
  • Perfect your pronunciation
  • Achieve your goals!
Instant Immersion Levels 1, 2 & 3

Whether you are 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.

What Will I Learn? Level 1

Level 1 teaches you the essential words and phrases you will need in order to get around with ease. Learn basic vocabulary and everyday phrases in no time! Topics include first words, food, colors, phrases, body parts, numbers, time, shopping, countries and more. Practice with virtual flashcards, play games and use the record-and-playback feature to practice pronunciation. Also includes a printable picture dictionary.

Level 2

Learn more complex phrases, correct pronunciation and how to converse in your new language. Talk about sports and ...

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