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Rosetta Stone Spanish Complete Course Bundle (PC)
Rosetta Stone Spanish Complete Course Bundle (PC)
Price: £279.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb way to learn a language, 1 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Got this as a long term learner of Spanish, who struggles to put in as much time and effort as learning a language requires.

This is quite an expensive resource, but I think there is a lot in the pack for the money. On opening the box, there are several useful peripheral items - a hefty Spanish to English dictionary; a Spanish grammar book, which is smaller, but is a great selection of key language rules, and invaluable once you know some basics to dot about in and fill some gaps; and a smaller book, containing phrase book and pocket dictionary in one.

There is also 2 discs containing MP3 to practice the courses - ideal for listening to in the car, as well as headset with microphone.

All nice resources to have, but the main thing is obviously the computer course itself. Takes about 20 minutes to install the software, and all the levels included in the course.
The approach is definitely somewhat different from other learning I've tried, and my initial impression is that it is an excellent approach.

So for example, Level 1 starts with basic noun building blocks - an example exercise showing a picture of a boy and a girl with Spanish words above them. You then have to say the relevant word for a different picture for boy and girl. It seems fairly simple, but think it's quite effective in getting you to say and associate words and have a chance of it sticking, as opposed to reading lists of words.

I think the speech testing is a particularly strong aspect of this. I'm probably an intermediate level reader/writer of Spanish, but listening/speaking skills are undoubtedly basic level - mainly because courses and books don't encourage you to practice,or if they do, have no way of checking you're saying each word right.
This software gets you to speak words in certain exercises, and compares the speech pattern. I used both the provided headset, as well as just using general microphone in my laptop, and both were successful.

Progression is pretty good as well.
Level 1 starts with basic words (as I said above boy/girl/etc), but moves on pretty quickly, and some of the activities in unit 3/4 are pretty challenging and interesting - some excellent listening then transcribing activities, which really focussed on accuracy of both listening and writing.
Level 2 introduces more complex words, but also a good amount of exercises around tenses, and examining difference of present, past, and progressive - this can take quite a long time to get to in other courses.
Level 3 introduces much more vocabulary, and quite a few useful adverbs - a lot of these I found tricky when learning before, but using them and repeating them in the examples is a big difference in understanding and getting them right first time.
Level 4 follows similar pattern, much more complex vocabulary, and also quite noticeable in the exercises getting quite a bit harder - where exercises before often showed written words as well as speech you had to listen to, the text is commonly removed in this unit, making it difficult to dodge the dreaded (for me) listening challenges.
Level 5 - had a quick run through, and this was one unit I thought maybe didn't work so well - purely because by this stage the sentences are generally quite long, and the click-box approach of some of the exercises are a bit simplistic for it, makes some of the exercises a bit easy, as there is a complex sentence you're just having to throw a "lo" or "le" into, and it's easy to work out with the rest of the sentence beside it.
However, on balance, it's still very good - as earlier, the listening/writing exercises are pretty hard by this stage, and felt very effective trying to listen and write without having to use the replay sentence again and again.

In summary - this is an excellent, if expensive package. I think fluency by the end will still be some way off, but I have no doubt when you've gone through this package 2 or 3 times, you'll have a decent base level of Spanish, and importantly, it'll be as well rounded in terms of listening/reading/speaking/writing as you can expect from a course where you are not actually talking to Spanish speakers.
Highly recommended.


Igenix Convector Heater with Thermostat, 3000 Watt
Igenix Convector Heater with Thermostat, 3000 Watt
Price: £39.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excllent heater, 25 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've been really impressed with this heater. Even on unboxing, I was impressed at the lightness, makes it an easily portable option.

Looks like and neat, and no real assembly required, simply push on a couple of plastic feet at each end.

3 settings which is handy - the top setting (3000w) pumps out a good amount of heat, so useful to quickly heat up a room. It takes seconds to start producing heat too, which is great.

Great price for a bargain heater.
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BiC Conte Colouring Pencil (Tin of 24)
BiC Conte Colouring Pencil (Tin of 24)
Price: £9.01

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent pencils, 25 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is an excellent set of pencils. Initial impression is good, with a nice, colourful, classy looking tin to carry them about in.

The pencils themselves are similarly classy looking - all black (including the area round the actual lead of the pencil), so look nice.

Nice range of colours, and work very well - highly recommended.


WD 1TB 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive - Caviar Blue
WD 1TB 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive - Caviar Blue
Price: £43.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent hard drive, 23 Feb. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Really impressed with this - got it as an extra drive for holding music/video on, and have been really impressed.

It spins up from idle very quickly, and general transfer speed is excellent.

Great value hard drive, highly recommended.


Nespresso CitiZ and Milk by Krups XN730540 Coffee Machine - Fire Engine Red
Nespresso CitiZ and Milk by Krups XN730540 Coffee Machine - Fire Engine Red
Price: £99.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb coffee machine, 23 Feb. 2015
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Got this as had tried the coffee in one of the Nespresso coffee shops, and was really impressed.

It's a superb machine. The whole package is well designed, from opening the box, to the look of the machine. Exactly, clean looking, neat design.

Functions are very simple. Just 2 buttons on the top - one for ristretto and one for lungo size. You can adapt exactly how much each button dispenses, but I was happy with the default settings.
Used coffee pods drop into a small hopper, which is easy to remove and empty.

Water reservoir is easy to access, which makes a big difference in usability - have had machines where it isn't so easy, and it's a real pain.

The frother is excellent as well. Simple, one button operation, and easily rinsed afterwards. Froths the maximum milk in about a minute, so easy and quick to use.

In summary, this is a top quality machine, and highly recommended.


AmiGami Monkey Figure
AmiGami Monkey Figure
Price: £6.02

3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably entertaining but not great, 22 Feb. 2015
This review is from: AmiGami Monkey Figure (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Thought this might be a quite a good wee basic origami type set. It's not - I would compare it to Mr Potato Head, a colourful plastic shell, into which you put in plastic pins with paper decorations.

It's nice and colourful, and lots of different paper decorations.

However, it's generally a bit dull. provided about 15/20 minutes of entertainment for my 4 year old, he got bored, and has shown no interest in playing with it again.

In summary, a bit disappointing.


Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS Running Watch with Colour Touchscreen Display - White/Orange
Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS Running Watch with Colour Touchscreen Display - White/Orange
Price: £268.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent running watch, 21 Feb. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I upgraded from my trusty forerunner 610, which was inadvertently left through a washing machine cycle from which it never recovered.

Like that watch, I did have to think twice about spending such an amount on a running watch, but I'm pleased to report I've very happy with my purchase.

First of all, GPS reception - I had been quite happy with the 610, which was picking up satellites in about 30-60 seconds. The 620 is much faster - without pre-caching, it's probably about 30 seconds, but the key thing is pre-caching - when you sync it, it loads a weeks worth of satellite positions, and if you've done this, I usually get satellite pickup in less than 5 seconds - fantastic.

Battery is good too - I've managed several long runs on the same charge - certainly get a couple more hours on top of the 610.

The UI and control has been tweaked and improved from the 610 as well - I found the menus better to navigate, though very similar structure to the 610.
I've not had any issues with rain/sweat affecting the connection between your finger at the screen either.

Other notable features -
- Bluetooth Sync - for the 610, I used the ANT+ in my home computer. The 610 has Wifi or Bluetooth. I've setup the bluetooth sync, which is excellent. Automatically connects to my phone, and uploads my run data to Garmin. This happens immediately after my run - so if I go for a run at work or some other location where I wouldn't have wifi access on my phone, there is no waiting to get home - it'll be immediately uploaded.

- Virtual Racer. This has changed from the 610. For some bizarre reason, Virtual Racer has been removed from the 620. This is quite annoying, as it was a feature I used heavily, and there is no reason it should have been removed after being on the 610 and other Garmin watches. Virtual Pacer is still there though.

- Easy changing of data fields during activity. You don't even have to preconfigure the screens - holding a data field will change the information available on that field.

- New useful metrics VO2 Max, race predictor, and cool down heart rate. These are new metrics I've enjoyed - based on your heart rate, you get a VO2 max measurement, which you can try and improve. Similarly, a prediction of your race time can be provided based on your run/heart rate. Finally, a minute after you've finished, you get a cool down heart rate - what your heart rate is, and how much it dropped from the end of the activity. This is a nice goal to have, as I've definitely noticed a difference in this, the more I train.

- New, geeky, but less useful metrics. With the advanced HRM-Run heart rate strap, there are additional mertrics - Ground Contact Time, Vertical Oscilliation, and Cadence. You get an idea of where your personal metric falls in a band of 5, but there is little you can do to change it. However, I did think that Cadence can be useful, trying to focus on turning legs over rather than stride length when you're trying to run faster.

In summary - a superb running watch. The main downside is that it is a pretty steep price, but if you're doing a lot of miles, this great bit of kit is definitely worth the money. I would have given it 5 stars, but dropping it to 4 for the inexcusable decision to remove features from a more expensive watch, and to completely ignore the clamour from customers to do something about it.


Simply Spray Professional Extra Value Pack Household Mould Remover Mildew Killer Spray
Simply Spray Professional Extra Value Pack Household Mould Remover Mildew Killer Spray
Offered by Sales Direct Online
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant mould remover, 21 Feb. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Got this as bathroom ceiling had big spots of black mould, and was impossible to scrub off with any standard products.

This stuff is excellent. Following the instructions, I sprayed, and left for 15-20 minutes. When I returned, expected to have to scrub it off, most of the mould had completely disappeared. All that was required was a quick rinse with the shower, or a wipe with a sponge, and the product was gone, leaving behind a mould free environment.

In addition, for the price, you get a lot of product - really wouldn't surprise me if this lasts for a decade!

Couldn't believe how easy and effective it was - highly recommended.


Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick - 4.2 g, Nude Attitude
Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick - 4.2 g, Nude Attitude
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent lipstick, 13 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Got this for my wife, and she is very impressed. Nice warm tone, feels light when on, and dries quickly. Highly recommended.


Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner Dry Skin 250ml
Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner Dry Skin 250ml
Offered by Kiara World
Price: £4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent moisturiser, 6 Feb. 2015
This product is really good - wasn't convinced it would work that well to moisturise in the shower, but I have pretty dry skin, and noticed a big difference post shower after using this.

I wouldn't really bother with a normal moisturiser, and usually feel a bit sticky/greasy afterwards, but because of this being in shower, didn't feel that at all, skin just felt less dry afterwards, not no residue of using the cream.

Highly recommended.


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