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VINE VOICEon 19 December 2010
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Sure you can't go in-depth with this software like you could with a single course in one specific language but the tools at your disposal here are quite fantastic. For someone who regularly travels to different places or holidays somewhere new every year, this is a fantastic piece of kit for learning some of the local lingo. There is no real structured learning plan, so if you want to come to grips with a whole language in an obvious and structured way, this isn't the product for you. You just really dive in and learn what you want here. The amount of languages included is quite staggering!

A list of the languages with full text, audio, dialogues and games : Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belorussian, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Breton, Bulgarian, Canadian French, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English for Spanish Speakers, Esperanto, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, Flemish, Galician, Greek, Guarani, Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luganda, Luxembourgish, Malagasy, Malay, Norwegian, Pidgin English, Polish, Portuguese (European), Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Somali, Sotho, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Thai, Tswana, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Wolof, Xhosa, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zulu.

The other languages included in the 'Vocabulary of the World' section : Asturian, Aymara, Bemba, Blackfoot, Cebuano, Chamorro, Cornish, Ecuadorian Quechua, Faroese, Frisian, Inuktitut, Kongo, Macedonian, Maori, Maya, Mohawk, Nahuatl, Papago, Provençal, Romany, Romansch, Ruanda, Samoan, Sepedi, Shona, Sicilian, Sorbian, Swazi, Tongan.

As you can see, some of the languages covered are *very* specialist and to be honest I've not even heard of some of them. For that alone, I must give this product 5-stars in my review!

Thoroughly recommended.
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101 Languages of the World has been around for a while with an unrivalled offering of languages in a single product, and this latest edition installs quickly and easily, and runs without the CD-ROM after installation. You simply tick the languages you want available on your computer, and the relevant files are installed to your hard drive so you can tidy away the CD-ROMs (of which there are four!) and run everything with ease later on.

There are differing amounts of resources for each language, with the most popular languages supported by a wealth of material, while the less commonly taught / learnt languages having fewer. For example, Russian includes an impressive 24 conversational topics, while Scottish Gaelic has just 10. The resources themselves consist of passages and dialogues which you are completely interactive - click on a word to hear it spoken individually, read its translation, and see a translation of the whole sentence with the word in context. It's a very in-depth way to look at a text, and a good way to focus on vocabulary. It's probably not such a good way to learn a language from scratch, and you'd probably need a basic coursebook as well - but it's a really excellent way to get some extra practice and supplement your learning.

Each of the learning units comes with traditional learning / consolidation games like crosswords, jumbled letters and dictations. There's also the chance to record / compare your own pronunciation against that of a native speaker too. They're features which have been around in language learning software for some time, and the software is by no means cutting edge and can feel a bit old-fashioned and clunky at times, but it's solid, tried and tested stuff, and it works, which is what counts.

One nice extra feature is a set of reference help files on grammar in many of the languages included. Also, a handy customisable flashcards app is bundled with the software - 'Before You Know It' comes pre-loaded with flashcards in some very obscure tongues, but you can download / create your own sets too, so it's a nice resource for any language.

All in all, it's a really exhaustive set of resources for anyone interested in languages and having a dabble. There's certainly enough material to keep budding linguists happy for some time!
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VINE VOICEon 20 May 2012
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If you were looking to learn a new language to full competence, I don't think you'd buy a package called "101 languages".
This product would be suitable for people who travel widely and want basic, phrasebook-style language for the places they visit. For people like me, who are fascinated by languages and find new ones FUN, it's an Aladdin's cave!

With a 4-CD installation and a multi-layered user interface, the program's far from plug-and-play. It took me about 2 hours to get going. Once you've figured out that various languages have different levels of coverage and how to use/control the learning tools, it's brilliant. The popular languages are available in as much depth as a beginner's course of evening classes. Most of the more recherché ones are little more than flash-cards for vocab, but who cares? I didn't even know some of these languages existed! It's fun to see how other people name things.

Popular languages like French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish, Russian, Greek, Turkish, Welsh, Japanese and Chinese - plus many more! - are covered by audio, visual and written tools, with alphabets and grammatical structure. Altogether there are 68 of these. It's incredible value for the price. You can choose to learn mainly by hearing & speaking, by looking & hearing, and through games. You'll get the most possible from any one language by using all the tools but, just playing for curiosity's sake, each user will have their favourite method. As well as replaying a tricky audio, you can slow the speaker down to hear how an unfamiliar sound is made up. It's really clever, in my opinion.

My best languages are French and Brazilian Portuguese, so I tried those. I was impressed. The program could have taught me as much as I learnt in a year's worth of classes. I thought I spotted a few minor errors but, well, I might be wrong! It doesn't matter in any case - for detailed accuracy, you'd be following a single-language course.

I then had a go at Chinese, of which I know nothing (Chinese doesn't include writing, it's transliterated to English). After falling around laughing at my own lousy attempts to speak, I got really interested and may even follow through with it. I've taken off a star for complexity and feel a little mean about it: it is a complex program, executing an enormous task very cleverly. Strongly recommended.
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When going overseas, it's good to make the effort to understand and converse, in the native language, even if linguistic skills are limited.

This is easy-to-load and easy to use program with a whopping 101 languages to choose from including those which are often excluded from other language packages, eg Welsh. When installing, you simply choose the languages you are interested in and load only those from the 4 installation CDS (yes, 4 CDs, not a DVD!).

The program is divided into 'Immersion Environments' and 'Reference Tools'. The 'Immersion Environment' is the functional part of the program whereby the user can listen to phrases being spoken by a language native to learn correct pronunciation and intonation, conversations (albeit a limited range), crosswords and translations. The Reference Tools section covers grammar: verbs, adverbs, nouns, gender of words, plurals, present, past and future tense and the more 'academic' side of learning a language.

I feel the package is more suited to memorising phrases for holiday conversations rather than being based on a thorough grounding and understanding of the language although the 'grammar basics' will provide some background. A user is likely to come unstuck if they rely solely on this rather than learning how sentences are structured grammatically - but I recognise this is not its aim. The aim is to teach simple phrases so the user can 'get by' in numerous different languages, book a hotel room, go shopping and engage in polite social pleasantries and general conversation at a limited level. Anything much more than this or deviating from the subjects covered by the tutorials could leave the user in a panic but could still recourse to a simple phrase of "I am sorry, I don't understand. I only speak a little of the xxx language".

The software is also computer-based and it isn't practical to carry a laptop into a shop or hotel to read the script so the user will need to rely on memory or written notes - but just making an effort to be understood is sure to be appreciated and this package will certainly help with correct pronunciations.

Considering this offers a vast choice of 101 languages, including languages often excluded from other sources, it offers incredible value for money and it certainly contains a LOT of information - far more than I ever imagined or anticipated. I would also suggest it is under-priced for what it offers. I would recommend it to a casual holiday traveller wishing to converse in basic social greetings and pleasantries but it's definitely not going to get anyone through a language exam - not that it's intended to!
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VINE VOICEon 21 February 2011
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It's worth bearing in mind that this is not going to replace a properly dedicated language course, but it's a fantastic resource to allow to practice learning a language in your spare time. You can hear native speakers properly speak their own language, and it will help you to get used to the accent and dialect of a particular language.

The user interface works great in the fact that you can play a whole phrase, or just a word from that phrase. This is a great feature because it helps you to remember vocabulary as well as how a word is used in a sentence.

There are also exercises which help you to use your sentences in a conversation, and included are some really unusual languages (well, at least from an English-speaking point of view).

Another useful feature is the function that allows you to slow down pronunciations. I am learning Danish as my fiance is a fluent speaker, and this software gives me a chance to properly pronounce sentences to her without seeming like a complete novice.

Highly recommended as a fun learning tool and as a supplement to proper language course.
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VINE VOICEon 21 March 2011
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First off, let me say I do really like this product. The vocabulary range and the useful phrases make this a fantastic choice for any semi-serious language learner. However, the four discs lead you through the hoops in order to load up the product. Either you download every language which takes up huge swathes of memory, or you pick your languages. The most commonly needed languages are not on one disc so you are forced to look at the contents and tick boxes then wait to see if your computer wants to download it properly!
Once set up has been negotiated a wealth of features await that are worth five stars, but the sheer difficulty of loading the software is the reason it is a four star package.
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VINE VOICEon 4 August 2011
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I enjoy learning languages, particularly if I am visting a new country and so I thought this computer package would help. I managed to load it. I even managed to identify some of the languages I thought I'd like to have a go at - I got into French just to check up on how it works because I know enough French to evaluate the program ... and that was as far as I got. I couldn't get the program to 'speak' to me - I should have been able to hear the pronunciation - and after fiddling around for a while, I gave up.
So I'm not able to give much of an evaluation on this product. I guess that my inability to get the program to work may be indicative of some failures on its part - I'm reasonably computer literate and I couldn't get it to work properly.
If anyone can get it to work, I'm sure it will be very helpful for learning languages - btw it doesn't have Maltese as one of its 101 choices.
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on 21 September 2013
I had originally received the old version of this some 10 years ago as a birthday present, but found once I had upgraded to my laptop, that it was a little too ancient to work properly, so not wanting to be without, I decided to purchase this.

Originally, it helped as student, enthusiastic within the multicultural setting of inner-city healthcare, and even now as a graduate, my patients really do appreciate an attempt at a hello, howdy do, even if I falter a little when it comes to more.

It does cover 101 languages, some as a proper language course, others as vocabulary. It has reading activities, games, pronunciation exercises, and options to play words, sentences, or whole paragraphs. Some of the speakers, I have to say, sound a little brusque! but, as a lover of languages, and as a tool for language learners, I would definitely recommend this.
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I have used this range of language learning software via their online system. This is not as 'foolproof' a system as something like Rosetta Stone. However, its strength lies in that you are able to sample a huge range of languages, and then perhaps decide which ones you want to pursue further. In the meantime, you can have the fun of being able to say things in some nicely obscure languages, and no one will know if your are being insulting (this was a comment from my 17-year old son).

Overall, I would suggest that this is a taster pack, but with add-ons. You will gain enough of a basic understanding of the languages covered. Certainly, you will have enough for holidays and the like. If you then choose to take that study further, there are other options which serve that need.
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VINE VOICEon 27 January 2011
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I thought the interface between me and the information was very hard to navigate. There are lots of languages on this course but it is really difficult to get hold of the relevant phrase/ topic you want to learn.

In a word I found it cobbled.

There are lots of languages but I feel you could probably look them up on google with less difficulty than it would take you to find the word in this language pack. The good to know section did not have all the languages in it which annoyed me, as I thought all of the ones listed should have had the same level of depth of knowledge.

I give it an ok as it is not awful and maybe if you don't like to search on google (maybe do not have internet) it would be ok.
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