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Berlitz French Premier Version 2 (PC/Mac)

by Avanquest Software
Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • The UK’s Best-selling Language Software from the No.1 Name in Language Learning
  • New Features for Version 2 including new beginner lessons, progress tracking and fun new activities
  • Suitable for all levels - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced for business, home, travel or school use
  • Learn on your Mac or PC with this award-winning software
  • Complete instruction – learn by listening to actual conversations and watching videos
  • Flash Card System – Quickly improve your language skills with this proven learning method
  • Practise your vocabulary using your iPod or other MP3 player, plus, extend your vocabulary with the vocabulary building screensaver
  • Master speaking skills in your car with a complete audio course on CDs
  • Advanced speech analysis – improve your pronunciation with speech analysis tools
  • Interactive games – puzzles, fill-in-the-blank and more make learning enjoyable and effective

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Berlitz French Premier Version 2 (PC/Mac) + Practice Makes Perfect Complete French Grammar (Practice Makes Perfect Series)
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System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B003S3RLJ4
  • Release Date: 6 Aug 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,367 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description



Experience for yourself how fun and easy it is to use the Berlitz Language Learning System. Berlitz has been synonymous with effective foreign language learning for 130 years.
Whether you're learning French for travel, business of personal use, Berlitz will engage you in easy, fun and interactive activities that will help you learn French faster than you ever thought possible.

Suitable for All Levels

Beginner - Learn and speak French Naturally.
Start with the basics, such as greetings, introductions, travel terms, money, shopping and more.

Intermediate - Know your way around in French.
Learn to talk about your environment. Berlitz makes it easy to ask for directions, order a meal or tell the time.

Advanced - Start speaking confidently and with ease.
Begin to express yourself in conversations using the French speaking skills you have learned.

Award-Winning Software
Learn to speak French easily and with confidence on your Windows PC or Mac. Berlitz's complete language learning system will engage you interactively so you can learn faster and more effectively.
  • Start speaking French confidently in just 30 days.
  • Great for travel, business, school or personal use.
  • For beginner, intermediate and advanced users.

New Features for Version 2
  • 15 New Beginner Lessons - More than 12,000 words and phrases covering beginner level topics.
  • Progress Tracking - Keep on top of your progress and identify what you have left to learn.
  • New Activities - Make Learning fun with Fill in the Blank, Word Whirl, Concentration and Four Square.
  • New Tests - Prove your knowledge and track your progress.

Learn on Your PC or Mac
Learn to speak easily and with confidence on your Windows or Macintosh computer. Berlitz's complete language learning system engages you interactively in four different ways so you can learn faster and more effectively.
    Engaging Activities Mean You'll Learn Faster:
  • Audio Learning - Learn by listening to actual conversations.
  • Multimedia Learning - Enhance your knowledge by watching videos.
  • Flash Card System - Reinforce your learning with this proven method.
  • Speech Analysis - Improve your pronunciation with practice conversations.



Learn in Your Car with Audio CDs
Build Speaking Proficiency with Berlitz Audio CDs. Master your speaking skills with a complete and comprehensive course on audio CDs - directly through your car speakers, iPod and other mobile listening devices.

Learn on the Go
Innovative iPod Exercises. Whether you're relaxing, cooking dinner, taking a walk or doing chores, you can practise your vocabulary with both audio and pictures on your iPod. You'll even get to regularly test your proficiency with word lists that match the software.

Learn and Explore at Your Own Pace

Speed Up with our Flash Card System - Reinforce your lessons and quickly improve your speaking skills with this proven exercise method. Learn more than 1,000 vocabulary words and phrases with Berlitz Premier Flash Cards
Berlitz Premier allows you to determine your own learning pace by deciding when you need translation-and when you don't.
Plus, you can…
  • Slow down the dialogue.
  • Build a personalised vocabulary list.
  • Listen to native speakers.
  • Click on any word to hear its pronunciation.

Advanced Speech Analysis

Berlitz Premier provides advanced speech analysis to help you speak like a native. Simply record, playback, and compare to perfect your accent and improve your pronunciation.

Interactive Games make Learning Fast and Fun

From simple puzzles to fast-paced Plug-n-Play games that help increase your reading comprehension, Berlitz makes learning languages exciting for the entire family.












Reviews

"The concept of multiple learning strands is certainly a clever one which gives this package the edge over the average language tutor."
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"a powerful learning package"
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"an incredibly good tutoring system aimed at everyone from beginners to reasonable speakers"
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System Requirements:

Windows: Window XP, Vista or 7, 256 MB RAM, DVD Drive, Sound card and speakers. Macintosh: OS X 10.4 or Later, 256 MB RAM, DVD Drive
^According to Chart Track figures reported January to May 2010 by units and/or value for each Berlitz title compared to the next equivalent language title reported. Product comparison based on competitive products in-stores on 09/01/09.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab' Francais! 18 Aug 2011
By TheRedBlueBlur VINE VOICE
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I love these Berlitz language courses! The flash cards are excellent for building vocabulary and the programme keeps a track of your progress as you learn.

It's a clever little piece of software that is great to dip into or spend an hour so in front of a computer with. You can even put it on your iPod apparently - although I haven't actually tried this yet, but if you want a course that is a comprehensive French language course, then this may fall a little short.

If you're wanting something to dip into before a week away, or want fun trying out French in your spare time, then this is great fun! But if you're serious about learning the language from the bottom up then this may not be everything that you want.

Great fun!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag 14 Mar 2011
By bitmap
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Having read the reviews and product description before I bought this pack, I could not quite make out what level it was aiming at, particularly as it claims to be suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced. Once I started using it I could see why this was the case. Quite simply, it is not a coordinated learning package but a collection of different bits and pieces of French language learning materials all bundled under the Berlitz brand name.

There is an attempt to pull some of it together under an interface called "Learning Centre" but this doesn't really work. For example the flash cards will not accept keyboard input when you access them via the Learning Centre (as you're supposed to do) but will accept keyboard input if you close the Learning Centre and open the cards program separately. At least this is the case on my PC, and it is no use clicking on the link for technical help as it does not work. There is no technical help.

The six short videos are useful for listening to and analysing French conversation, though I still had to rely on Google language tools for much of the latter. However, some of the vocabulary learning aids such as crosswords and word games were of doubtful value, and again there are technical problems with some of the interactive video exercises. This part of the learning materials also includes a gimmicky word pronunciation meter where you say a word or phrase into a microphone and the program is supposed to analyse what you've said in terms of vowels, fricatives etc and give you a score showing how close your pronunciation is to good French. This is something that only a computer geek would think of as useful, or even possible. I got my best scores when, just for fun, I pronounced the French in broad Scots, Scouse or Cockney accents.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a little more work 17 Sep 2011
By A John TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The Berlitz French programme appears to be exactly the same as the one produced under "Transparent Language".

The keyboard has improved, and on my Mac, automatically switches between the French and English keyboards. However, finding key necessary letters such as those with a circumflex, wasn't easy. The other irritating feature is the raft of Americanisms. Whilst the programme does allow you to permanently amend the spelling, it still grated to be told that a cinéma is actually a movie theater, and a jardin is a yard. It would not take much effort to produce a version more suited to the UK market.

The flashcard system is, though, excellent. This version doesn't allow you to build your own flashcards, but with the ability to refresh stale items, it would be enormously useful to those revising for exams.

The premise behind this programme is that the user is "immersed" in the language. That would work better if there were direct hyperlinks to other French resources. Instead, it feels more as if you are trying to learn a language with very little explanation as to how it works. There are explanations available, but presented in a very dry manner. Overall, I would be concerned that this would be a difficult approach for someone not already familiar with the process of learning a different language.

The programme contains 15 lessons, from initial introductions, to business vocabulary, and 6 conversation lessons to complement topics. It's clearly aimed at the adult user, and teenagers may find the topics less interesting. The lessons take the user into the past and future tense, but this is only to a lower intermediate level in terms of being able to use the language.

Some of the activities are good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tres bien 17 Nov 2011
By Little Miss VINE VOICE
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I've never been great at learning languages and I've never tried this kind of method before either, therefore I can't compare this package to any other of its kind. However, I've found it to be a very user friendly training package so far. I still have a long way to go with it but as someone who only had a very limited knowledge of French, I'm picking up the basics very quickly. It has also served as a very useful refresher course for the bits of French I vaguely recall from school.
In short, it's ideal for beginners or anyone in need of a refresher.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all there, but you have to stick at it! 21 Oct 2011
By P. T. Harries VINE VOICE
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With many years experience, you would expect a package from Berlitz to be top notch and so it is. One or two small hiccoughs, though: some of the young people in the videos tend to garble or mumble as teenagers do, and sometimes they are unintelligible, as teenagers are; but this is rare. Some of the translations and layout in the verb conjugations are either confusing or wrong.

For the beginner and improver, the package is excellent; for the scholar or someone using french in business or other more formal mode, there are probably better programmes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thanks - just the job
Published 4 months ago by CATHERINE MARTIN
2.0 out of 5 stars This product does not working properly with UK Keyboards
I can not recommend this product at all. I have the usual problem, it doe not recognise UK keyboards in the 'Learning Centre'. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Richard Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY BEST PURCHASE OF ALL YEAR
I can't say enough about Berliz learning system. I've purchased this kit just a month ago and my boyfriend couldn't even believe how well I learnt French. Read more
Published 7 months ago by candy lover
5.0 out of 5 stars What a bargain!
I wanted to improve my French pronunciation and the Berlitz flash cards are just perfect for that. This software is
an absolute bargain.
Published 14 months ago by P. Dean
2.0 out of 5 stars Berlitz French Language
Disappointed - hoped to use this in the car but the disc's get stuck which makes things rather confusing ! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Shipped out so soon
As advertised it was slightly broken on the box but that didn't stop the discs being in very good condition. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jaye
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
The package isn't as versatile as I was hoping for but we've had some fun together revising our school girl/boy French.
Published 17 months ago by A Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Great all-rounder.
This has something for all levels of ability. From those who have just started to those that are more familiar and want to brush up and it guides you through various stages. Read more
Published 18 months ago by J Cattermole
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Varied
A very good starter pack with varying lessons and tests. With so many different methods of learning you do not get bored, you just change to another. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mrs. Margaret S. Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars What to do if you are running a mac with Mountain Lion
If you are running Mountain Lion then this won't run straight out of the box unless you have the latest version of flash installed. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Chopper Squad
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