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Learn Chinese Now! 9 (PC/Mac)

by Transparent Language
Windows, Mac
1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Includes over 16,000 words per language and hundreds of useful phrases
  • FREE Microphone
  • See and hear real native speakers in full motion video
  • participate in real conversations and record, playback and compare your accent
  • Play loads of fun games and activities that track your progress
  • As you learn to speak you will alos learn to listen, read and write

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows, Mac
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

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  • ASIN: B00005Y3VF
  • Release Date: 3 May 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,793 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

ChineseNow! 9.0 Deluxe takes you from beginner to confident speaker in no time. Listen & Speak activities, grammar tools, and vocabulary games build a solid foundation, while real-life video content lets you interact with native speakers. ChineseNow! also adds online features that create an interesting and authentic atmosphere, making learning Chinese fast, fun, and highly effective.

ChineseNow!'s four stimulating titles include: Fundamental Chinese, Survival Phrases for Chinese, Conversations in Chinese, and A Chinese Adventure with Andrés. GrammarPro!, its comprehensive grammar tool, adds more than 10,000 words, extensive tutorials, and grammar quizzes to your desktop. Installed, GrammarPro! integrates seamlessly with all four ChineseNow! titles to provide detailed grammar analyses with just a click of your mouse.

Online features, fun interactive games, conversations and phrases round out this deluxe suite. Practice your pronunciation using the integrated speech features, then record your voice and replay your conversation. Learn at your own pace by deciding when you need translation. And for Microsoft Windows users, GlobalWriter98, a word processing tool that helps you write in over 100 languages, as well as a handy screen saver are also included.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Learn Chinese Now! 9.0 comes with two CDs, one of which has various key sections--useful "survival phrases", fun activities, conversations and practising speech against the voice of a native speaker. The other CD has a thorough grammar tutorial. This combination is certainly a valuable one for people who are serious about learning a language, and the product is clear and easy to use: in role-plays, phrases are highlighted in a box and their English translations placed underneath, while the voice recognition software allows you to measure your own voice against that of a native speaker and the games hone the things that have been learned. Sections are tailored to various activities, such as getting around, going out and business situations, while at any point you can call up a grammar tutorial that will explain a topic in more detail.

The section on survival phrases will be of much use to those who have already reached a basic level. There are several practice dialogues based on common situations--in the hotel, the bar, the airport, etc.--with some examples that demonstrate a wicked sense of humour. Although some of the advice borders on the infantile ("When you decide to travel outside the USA, you will probably need a passport"), much of it is useful and rounds out a well-composed package for someone starting out on the road to using the language overseas. --Toby Green


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20 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DIFFUCULT TO SAY WHICH IS MORE COMPLICATED 26 Nov. 2003
Its bad enough deciding to learn Chinese. On top of the language difficulties, having to find your way around this software does not help. The whole programme appears to be without structure and I am not exaggerating when I say that I couldn't figure out where to begin, even after a few honest attempts. There must be an easier way to learn!!
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8 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Chinese Now 3 Mar. 2005
By A Customer
Ok so this CD has some neat features, but as far as teaching someone chinese goes it's a faliure. Mandarin isn't built around singular word meanings, like western languages, it's built around phrases. This product shows a fundamental lack of understanding in the language it attempts to teach, by being too idiomatic. It doesn't explain anything, so a user of this product isn't going to really understand how mandarin works which is the first stage towards actually speaking it. It has a crass monkey-see monkey-do approach which may be ok for someone visting china who wants to know a few phrases, but this is no good for a serious learner of the language. It also has many tone errors on words, and many of the phrases are outdated. The one thing you can learn well from it is pronounciation, but there's no reason why this shouldn't be accompanied by a teaching structure and content that actually works.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best for the Price 3 July 2002
By B. J Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
I have struggled through several introductory chinese language products, and to date this has been the most useful for conversational development. It is not a full integrated course, in that it is conversation and pinyin, but even my Chinese friends consider that a good beginning. It has an amazing collection of learning methods in an inexpensive package.
Chinese is extremely difficult to start. It has taken me many hours to get get down the most basic phrases. I found this, along with the Pimsleur programs to be the most helpful.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good supplement for the serious student of Chinese 30 Sept. 2004
By reader - Published on Amazon.com
This software is not for the complete beginner. If you are a complete beginner, try Beginner's Chinese by Yong Ho and/or the pricey Ultimate Mandarin Chinese (ISBN 0517708779) instead. The software has 4 'chapters,' two being in the 'beginner' level and the other two being in the 'intermediate' level. The chapters consist of dialogues that are rendered in Pinyin only (NO Chinese characters are used). You can listen to the dialogue and follow along with the Pinyin; you can also click on the Pinyin and the program will display the definition of the word/character. Except for one chapter which contains Chinese survival phrases, all the other chapters are better suited for a college student of Chinese than it is for the person who is doing self-study or one who is a complete beginner. The dialogues are in fact very interesting because they explore various aspects of Chinese culture, but one would have to have one semester of college Chinese before being able to appreciate it; after 2 semesters of college Chinese, one could probably understand 40-50% of the dialogue without looking at the translation; after 4 semesters (that is, two years of college Chinese), one could understand most of the simpler dialogues, but the software is still a very good tool for developing listening skills. Overall, if you are a complete beginner, skip this software; if you are taking college/high school Chinese, and you plan to stick with it either by taking more classes or doing serious self-study, then this software is definitely valuable as a supplement; and I would highly recommend it.

P.S. The grammar section and the Pinyin guide is so basic and lacking in substance that it is basically worthless.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing Tool 30 May 2003
By Jane Black - Published on Amazon.com
Hi I'm an English teacher who teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) to students in China. Before starting this job I took a Madarin Chinese class and found it very hard. I got this program and using it helped me immensly. I was able to put into practice what I learned in class through this program. This provided excellent practice in pronunciation and contains a very large vocabulary section. The games and media were very good tools to practice and learn with, especially Vocabulous, my favorite game. After the class, when I was in China, I still used this program to help keep my language skills sharp and to expand my knowledge of it. Chinese Now is a very good learning program and it works.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best used as addition to other programs 24 Oct. 2004
By Laura De Giorgio - Published on Amazon.com
This program uses only pinyin - no Chinese characters - however Transparent Language has a very decent program for leaning Chinese characters called "Power Chinese" and even though that program teaches you only how to read and write simplified characters, the information is presented in a fun way through playing games and puzzles. One of the programs for learning how to write traditional, or rather, long form of characters is Easy Chinese Tutor (also available through amazon.com).

On the good side with Learn Chinese Now, you can click on every word separately to hear it pronounced slowly (and you can also check your own pronounciation by recording it) - when you got the word, you can click to hear an entire sentence at a normal speed or listen to an entire segment.

The program does have pictures, but they are not really related to the material, so don't expect to see people who are involved in a dialogue actually speaking to each other (as if you were watching a movie) - the only thing you'll find here is several slides.

After learning some basic words and expressions, the program leaps to an intermediate / advanced level and if this is the only program you're using, this leap may feel too much - even though yes, you can still click to hear each word separately.

The program contains as a bonus CD - Unitype, which has two programs Global Office and Global Writer. Global Office will expire after about 15 days, and you'll have to actually purchase to continue using it; Global Writer will still be functional and you can use it to write / type Chinese characters - although I personally much prefer NJStar. In order to use these programs to type Chinese characters, you input characters in pinyin, but you still have to know how the character you desire to use looks like in Chinese, since you'll be offered a selection of characters which are all written in the same way in pinyin (without the use of tonal accents).
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so great 25 Aug. 2004
By Tang Wuji - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this CDROM after I read all the good reviews here.

In my opinion, the method is not that effective.

And it is not thorough since the Chinese caracters are simply ignored.

Maybe the best way to use it is as a secondary source of training, but not more.

Further, like all the CDROM based language method I have tried, the overall design is outdated. But again, this is not specific to LearnChineseNow9.0.
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