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Talk Now! Learn Japanese. CD-ROM

by EuroTalk
Windows 2000 / 98, Mac
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Ideal For Beginners
  • Comprehensive - Topics include: first words; phrases; food; shopping; numbers and time
  • Interactive - Immediate response to every choice you make
  • Compare Your Pronunciation - Compare yourself with native speakers using the record facility
  • Test Your Knowledge - Easy and hard quizzes, plus a challenging memory game!
  • Monitor Your Progress - Keep a check on your total score, and print your own awards
  • On Screen Help - Help available at all times in over 60 languages
  • Print A Picture Dictionary - Print your own dictionary for handy reference
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System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows 2000 / 98, Mac
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm ; 132 g
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  • ASIN: 1843520206
  • Release Date: 31 Dec 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,297 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Aimed at beginners, Learn Japanese, from Eurotalk Interactive, is a simple, fun way to start Japanese. Start it up, and a window appears in the middle of your screen, where you type in your name, then you are presented with full instructions to get you going. (The instructions are set to English as a default, but you can change this to one of more than 60 different languages, including the obvious European, US, and Scandanavian choices, as well as more unusual options, including Manx, Gujurati, Swahili, Tamil, Arabic, and a whole host of other tongues!)

The basic first speaking topics are covered--food and drink, colours, numbers, first words, first phrases, the body, time, shopping and countries. Each topic has five components, "Word Practice", "East Game", "Hard Game", "Speaking Practice" and "Print Picture Dictionary".

Beginning with "Word Practice", the student is taken through all the relevant vocabulary with the aid of pictures and pronunciation in a male and a female voice. Once the basic words become a little more familiar, you can then move on to "Speaking Practice", where you can record your voice (PC microphone required: not included) and compare your pronunciation with that of a native speaker. Once that's mastered, in the "Easy Game" one of the onscreen characters will read out four basic words, which are identified by their corresponding pictures, then their order will be mixed up while the other on-screen character repeats one word, and you must click on the correct picture. In the "Hard Game", the multiple-choice element is removed, so a word or phrase is read out and you must immediately match it to it's on-screen writing or picture. If you choose to "Print Picture Dictionary", you then have a portable format in which to carry around all your newly stored information.

Talk Now! Learn Japanese is a simple, clear program that has an intuitive interface uncluttered by unnecessarily flashy features. The small screen is surrounded by a large black area, but this tester found this served to focus the mind more on the tasks in hand. The exercises are so simple, it really is easy to pick up quite large amounts of vocabulary in a small amount of time. The sound is clear, the volume adjustable, and the images, though basic, are sharp and serve their illustrative purpose. Perfect for people just cultivating an interest in Japan, or anyone wanting to visit the country for the first time, this really is a great aid to understanding. Though there are no grammar lessons or context explanations for the simple first phrases, (an intermediate program covers those areas) what this CD-Rom does cover, it does so fantastically. Speakers and microphone recommended. (not included)--Lucie Naylor

Manufacturer's Description

This is an excitingly different language learning series. Talk Now! uses games and quizzes as a basis for making the learning process fun and relaxing. There's no better way to teach an old dog new tricks and this fun element of the program means that your fears are forgotten as you absorb words and phrases without even realising you are learning them.

Customer Reviews

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn names of objects and numbers 23 Mar 2004
By A Customer
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My first impression was how primitive this package seemed, but within half an hour I thought it was actually a very good learning program, dispite its simplicity. Silly in looks but very, very effective for learning basic words. It concentrates on spoken Japanese, but there is written japanese in the vocabulary lists.
Within a couple of days I knew how to count in japanese, the names of various foods, clothing, objects etc. It is a fun and fast way to learn if you look on it with a sense of humour.
I would recommend this to anyone of any age at all if you want to learn the names of objects or start looking at Japanese words. When you want to learn sentances you are going to need to graduate to another package very soon. Its a great starting point though and well worth the money. Very confidence building. It makes language fun instead of dull or intimidating.
I have just bought intermediate level 'World Talk Japanese' - the 'intermediate' stage from this company - but don't feel able to review it yet.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Place to Start 3 Sep 2001
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EuroTalk's neatly packaged Japanese outing offers a 'skim-the-surface' view of the language, covering enough in a number of diverse areas to be both useful and entertaining. Topics include first words, numeracy, time, countries, shopping, human body, colour, and simple phrases. Each such area contains four parts: word practice, speaking practice, simple quiz, and hard quiz.
Words are introduced by means of pictures, accompanied by both male and female speakers, with captions in both Japanese and Roman script. A fifth option in each area allows these pictures and captions to be printed out for study when a computer isn't to hand. Speaking practice allows you to record your speech with a microphone and compare it with the native speakers recorded on the CD.
From the topic-selection screen, it's possible to select a quiz mode, wherein a card game (easy or hard) can be selected from a menu--another means to test your memory.
I can't offer any real criticism of the product. The interface is pretty bland looking, but simple, intuitive and functional. A few words and phrases are all that's to be learned; there's nothing on sentence structure or guidance on how to put the words you've learned into your own sentences, but that's apparently what the intermediate level CD's for...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Talk Now - Japanese (Absolute Beginners) 17 Feb 2001
By A Customer
This nicely packaged and very good value CD-ROM is part of a series of of 56 languages aimed at 'absolute beginners'. If you are running the CD on Windows 95, 98, NT or Windows 2000 the CD is exceptionally easy to use and starts as soon as it is in the CD drive. The CD is also compatible with Apple Macintosh platforms.
Male and female speakers are used throughout, enabling users to hear native pronunciation of words and phrases grouped by vocabulary area. Vocabulary covers: First Words, Food, Colours, Phrases, Body, Numbers, Time, Shopping and Countries.
Instructions are generally very clear, appearing as text on screen and backed up by audio instructions. The audio files are nice and clear, with fun supporting images to reinforce the language. Words are also shown (mainly in kanji, but occasionally in hiragana, always with roman lettering backups too) in text format. There is also a 'record your own voice' and playback later facility (assuming you have a microphone on your PC), enabling you to hear easily how close your pronunciation is to that of the native speaker. The disk also allows you to choose the language of the help - so if you feel like picking up a tiny smattering of Welsh or Arabic along the way you can!
A wide range of games is used to support your language learning including multiple choice quizzes, 'build a body', put the food in the cupboard, labelling diagrams and maps, roulette, and cards. The animations used are good and support the language being taught.
There are two aspects of the disk which let it down slightly. More use could be made of the computer screen - there is a lot of wasted black space around the central screen where words and games appear. You will acquire mainly individual vocabulary words, with only a few phrases. However, overall it offers a fun easy way to pick up some basic Japanese in a short period of time.
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