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Talk to me Spanish Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced

by Auralog
Windows 2000 / 95 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Progressive learning method (progress chart), cultural videos, exercises and educational games
  • 3D phonetic animations
  • Evaluation of pronunciation with S.E.T.S (spoken error tracking system)
  • Interactive dialogues with state-of-the-art speech recognition
  • Headset Included

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 95 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

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  • ASIN: B000066IVV
  • Release Date: 20 April 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,144 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Talk to Me Spanish is a well-composed CD-ROM programme with some quite flashy graphics, good video learning aids and an online resource centre. The language learner is provided with a map on which they can chart their progress from beginner to advanced in a variety of subject areas, including the supermarket, the post office and the aftermath of an accident.

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

Manufacturer's Description

Compared to previous Talk To Me versions being available for each language at 3 separate levels, you can now buy the new version which covers you being able to learn a language and conversation skills from beginner to advanced in one product This new version offers 100 hours of training in pronunciation and comprehension

Talk To Me is ideal for preparing an exam, a trip abroad, a business meeting or simply fun.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
81 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speaking Spanish 22 Aug. 2002
I have found this software package to be very helpfull to me. It focuses on speaking and pronunciation exercises so is ideal for somebody who needs to work on speaking a language. A progress chart enables you to keep track of your progress and results. I have learnt a lot with this software although true beginners might find it a little bit difficult at first. Overall an excellent package well worth the money.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intermediate and above 6 Jun. 2004
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I have just completed GCSE Spanish and I have found Talk to Me Spanish to be of little use. This package is not for beginners and I feel it is definately more appropriate for more advanced level learners.
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.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Very good value indeed.
I have a basic Spanish knowledge (about NVQ / Instituto Cervantes Beginners' 4 level - see [...]) and though I find reading and writing the language fairly straight forward, I've always struggled with speaking and listening to Spanish speakers unless they slow right down and speak to me like a child.
This is is a very useful tool for gaining the necessary speaking/pronunciation training that you require to improve your listening skills (basically by repeating phrases again and again until you achieve a decent score). By analysing my own speech and comparing it to the tutor, I'm certainly getting better at hearing the words even when spoken more quickly.
The software also has the option for you to set your learning priorities (Listening, Reading, Speaking etc) and then tailors the programme slightly for your needs.
This definitely wouldn't suit a total beginner, you need at least some spanish vocabulary and maybe a little grammar. The structure of this seems more like a phrase book - you learn what you need for a particular situation but it isn't enough to get a thorough grip on the language.
Very good as a SUPPLEMENTARY learning tool.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners 4 Sept. 2003
Excellent value for money, but definitely not a package for the beginner. I have been learning conversational Spanish for three years and I struggled on a number of modules, with words I have never heard of before. However on the plus side it does significantly improve your spoken Spanish, for example on the first module alone, I realised I had been mispronouncing at least a dozen words wrong, for the best part of three years - no wonder they couldn't understand me!!
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!!
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Talk to me Spanish 9 July 2002
Games are very good and I was learning alot but the pronouncation exercises are really hard, hardly ever get them spot on. A good starting block for anyone wanting to learn Spanish, but it takes time! more than I thought. Its good fun and keeps you thinking. Sometimes the people are a little hard to understand which makes it difficult to copy them.
A good starting point but I wouldn't reply on it completely if you want to be fluent.
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