6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
, 21 July 2010
This review is from: TELL ME MORE French v10 10 levels (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
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As far as language tuition software goes this is a very
nice piece of kit (a very far cry from the boxed-in
"language labs" of my misspent youth!) Tell Me More's
teach-yourself French package is easy to use. Intallation
was a doddle (I usually muck things up any time I try to
load something new onto my somewhat ancient computer)
which came as an enormous relief!
The PC DVD format spreads its knowledge across 10 levels,
for the beginner to the advanced learner. There is a test
available as an option to help you determine what level to
start at. I got terribly excited when my score kicked me in
at Level 5 (Intermediate!) as I rarely get the chance to
excercise what little French I already know.
From there on in there is a veritable feast of choices
available to keep things interesting and moving forward.
The programme allows for considerable personalisation of
individual learning objectives. Through multiple-choice Q&A
exercises (to catch you out with your grammar!); creative use
of video and animation; canny voice-recognition software for
interactive conversational rehearsal and the feel-good factor
of being able to continuously monitor your performance and
progress, it is a very impressive and coherent piece of design.
One small quibble. Given the hefty price tag one might have
expected a somewhat better quality earphone and mike set.
It does the job ok but really is a tad cheapo-cheapo!
All in all however an enjoyable and intuitive way
of aquiring, or brushing up, a second language.
Well, there's a lot to be getting on with here,
so I'd best be getting on with it. A Bientot!
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