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Neat-o Home Language Lab!,
This review is from: TELL ME MORE French v10 10 levels (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
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The headset and mic make the experience more interactive, which is probably going to help in the long run. Despite the rather basic graphics and the posed pictures, the extra dimension of hearing yourself and seeing it analyzed on the screen is cool in a kind of naive, geeky way and has got to improve your pronunciation more efficiently. I'd even go so far as to say the posed pictures -- there is a marked lack of context in the pictures -- add somewhat to its geeky charm. The assessments at the end of the levels also reinforce the learning, with the fill-in-the-blanks where you actually have to type out the words helping my spelling and building up my learning of the grammar without lecturing. The headset and the tweaked structure make up for the lack of the teacher and the whole is a significant improvement on a lot of the more passive, traditional book-plus-CD home learning packages. It also allows you to find out more if you're so inclined. Otherwise, you proceed along picking up the language as written, read, heard, and said. Not to mention the geek fun factor making it enjoyable, but, hey, I'm simple. Other people will probably find the cardboard people and the pixie graphics sad, but this is an early edition as far as I can make out: the basic foundation of progressive exercises and assessments are pretty sound and getting them right is more crucial. The bells and whistles can be tarted up later.
Setting up was fairly straightforward in terms of the software: I put the disc in the reader and followed the instructions to the end, et voila. Plugging in the headset and getting it to work required some adjustments to my Settings, but they weren't insurmountable. (Please note that I am no techie and have never had much to do with the PC's audio bits before.) Fifteen to 20 minutes' work of fiddling with the Control Panel after looking up the topic in the Help section of Tell Me More and I was up and running.