Like Transparent Language, Linguaphone, and other programmes in the field, Talk to Me Spanish comes with voice-recognition software that will monitor your pronunciation. At the lower level, you participate in an interactive dialogue and select your response from three options. As things progress, you move to rearranging words in sentence order when they are thrown at you all jumbled up. The vocabulary becomes progressively more complex, but simply pointing the cursor at a Spanish word provides the English translation.
This is a highly competent software package. One of the best things about it is its sense of humour. In one of the dialogues, when asked whether they are a man, the student can reply "Soy un fantasma" (I am a ghost). Another role-play includes the glorious line "Soy una maquina, no tengo nombre" (I'm a machine, I have no name). This sort of wit is quite unusual in language packages and it really sets Talk to Me apart from its competitors. --Toby Green
Talk To Me is ideal for preparing an exam, a trip abroad, a business meeting or simply fun.
Difficult to navigate, Talk to Me Spanish was a chore to use. The graphics and videos impressed at first but after looking a little deeper I felt fairly let down. Although the speaking exercises were useful, I felt the package lacked in content compared to other packages that I have used.
The S.E.T.S. technology is very impressive, but from my personal experience your first attempt is often your best - perhaps another glass of Rioja might help!!
I have a basic Spanish knowledge (about NVQ / Instituto Cervantes Beginners' 4 level - see www.cervantes.org. Read more
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