Berlitz Learn Japanese/Chinese Premier (PC/Mac) (4 CD Set - Windows & Macintosh)
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- Award-winning, market-leading software from the No.1 in Language Learning
- 4 CD Set Ideal for all levels - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
- Learn on your Mac or PC with the Berlitz total immersion technique
- Practise your vocabulary using your iPod or other MP3 player
- Learn in your car with a complete audio course on 2 CDs
- Flash card software for your Palm or Pocket PC
- Advanced speech analysis – improve your pronunciation with practise conversations
- Innovative fames make learning enjoyable and effective
- Complete instruction – learn by listening to actual conversations and watching videos
- Vocabulary building screensaver and word lists to help widen your vocabulary quickly.
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- Platform: Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / Vista, Mac OS X
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
Learn to speak Japanese and Chinese at your own pace with Berlitz.
Now you can learn languages the easy way with the market leading software that's been helping people learn foreign languages for more than a decade. Berlitz Premier is fast, easy and effective. Guaranteed!
With this unique, time-proven learning system, we've provided three powerful ways for you to learn:
(1) on your Windows PC or Macintosh,
(2) in your car, and
(3) on the go using an iPod or other mobile listening device.
Explore at your own pace
Berlitz Premier allows you to determine your own learning pace by deciding when you need translation - and when you don't.
Berlitz Premier puts the fun back into learning with interactive games like Plug-n-Play to help increase your reading comprehension. This engaging fill-in the-blank game allows players to begin with a foreign phrase or paragraph that is missing text and a corresponding list of possible foreign words.
Advanced speech analysis
Berlitz Premier provides advanced speech analysis to help you speak like a native. Simply record, playback and compare to perfect your accent and improve your pronunciation.
For more than 125 years the Berlitz brand has been synonymous with effective foreign language learning. With learning centers spanning the globe, Berlitz has more satisfied graduates than any other program of its kind. And now Berlitz Premier is guaranteed to make learning easier and more fun than you ever imagined.
Learn on your computer
This award-winning software for both Windows and Macintosh gives you four easy ways to master languages and engaging activities mean you'll learn faster:
1 Total immersion - Learn by listening to actual conversations.
2 Multimedia learning - Enhance your knowledge by watching videos.
3 Flash card system - Reinforce your learning with this proven method.
4 Speech analysis - Improve your pronunciation with practise conversations.
Learn in your car
A comprehensive Japanese & Chinese course on 2 Berlitz audio CDs. Learn in your car with a complete course on 2 audio CDs. Berlitz makes it easy to improve your fluency while you're on the road.
Learn on the go - Innovative iPod exercises... and more
Practise your vocabulary using your iPod or other MP3 player. Test your proficiency with word lists that match the software.
Flash card software for your Palm or Pocket PC, Vocabulary building screensaver, and much more!
Ideal for all levels
Beginner - Get comfortable as a new learner by starting with the basics: Meeting and Greeting, Basic Travel Terms, Numbers and Money, Colours, Sightseeing.
Intermediate - Rapidly improve your pronunciation through conversation:Asking for Directions, Ordering a Meal, Shopping, At the Hotel, Emergencies
Advanced - Learn words and phrases that will make you sound like a native speaker:Office Conversation, Speaking on the Phone, An Evening with Friends, Survival Phrases
Berlitz has helped millions of men, women and children speak new languages, and its cultural consultants have assisted thousands of organisations in reaching across cultural barriers successfully. The company's origins date back to 1878 when language tutor Maximilian D. Berlitz developed a new method of teaching people. His approach, which he developed into the Berlitz Method, was so successful it became the gold standard of language instruction and led to what would become a globe-spanning organisation.
A host of different ways to approach learning…a powerful learning package (PC Utilities, 2009)
Top Customer Reviews
I had no difficulty in installing the programs on a well-endowed XP Windows machine, although it blue-screened when I opted for 'later' instead of 'restart', and I needed to hold down the On/Off button after losing patience. The CDs play fine.
The Mandarin lost me completely, and the learning method did not help. I am told, by people who know, that one needs to sing Mandarin - I cannot sing. So it was with trepidation I tried the Japanese. Amazingly, it makes sense, good sense, although the 'chuck into the deep end' learning technique is a bit off-putting at first. But the way Japanese is structured makes the Berlitz system work for me, while it did not with Chinese.
Now, the weak link in the learning process is not the Japanese course, but my memory and application, and worst of all my abysmal pronunciation (I keep hearing hysterical laughter leaking though my mic/headphones from the other side of closed doors).
After this first month I've completed a quick first pass through the Japanese, and I expect it will be yet several months more before I can use any of it, but it seems very promising, and I'm still finding it interesting. Now to do it properly. Thank you Berlitz.
Why just Three Stars? Because the Mandarin was impossible, and there are only about two and a half thousand Japanese words and phrases to learn. I'd have liked more depth to it.Read more ›
And now I've booked up my holiday for next year, I thought I should try to speak a little Japanese.
I'm only a newbie with this Berlitz package, but I think I'm moving along okay, not fast, not slow. I'm definitely still a beginner.
I'm somewhat dubious about learning solely from a software package, but I think this could be a discredit to Berlitz, because there really is an awful lot on the package. The practice conversations are helpful, although I'm sure my accent is getting in the way! (Luckily there are pronunciation techniques to follow!) I will persevere.
The narration throughout (my current use) has been clear and not at all confusing. I'm definitely picking up some skills, even if they aren't exactly amazing. (My Japanese friend has laughed at me a few times, when i don't quite get thing right.)
The audio course can be installed on your ipod, which is great for learning on the go. (Although I don't like the idea of talking out loud in public.) Sadly, I get the Tube to work, so chances of using this feature is limited to lunch breaks or when back at home. I'm sure it's great in the car, though! I'd imagine this to be helpful to anyone with a busy schedule.
I've installed the basics on both my home and work computers, so I can try and learn something throughout the day - even if I'm just repeating tasks. The videos I've watched have been helpful - especially as you get the chance to see how words are "mouthed"... if you get what I mean. You can copy the movements to help improve your learning. Although I know find that I may be over-emphasizing certain words.Read more ›
First drawback - learning to write is almost impossible!
I liked the way the computer progam asked you to listen to the language first, that was very useful. Overall the computer program was quite good, and I'd recommend it.
The 'on the go' iPod section is merely a list of words you are asked to repeat in different sections - e.g. Animals, Eating Out, In The Hotel, etc. with no real direction, which I couldn't really get on with
The CD section is good, buit far too short overall.
A good place to start, but you'll have to look elsewhere to advance!
The audio CD's only last around one hour each, so if you're looking for an audio-only course, a Collins Easy Learning set would be better value. As such, it's all about the software. There are 2 seperate programs - a system of flash cards for revision, plus the main Berlitz Learning System. The Learning System is a little overwhelming at first, mainly due to a vast array of options & not much guidance on where to begin. For this reason I feel it could benefit greatly from a structured lesson plan - the idea is that people can structure their own learning to suit their individual needs but it would have been nice to have a more clearly defined starting-point, so I could have just jumped straight in. Insead, it took a little while to find my way around.
The emphasis of the Berlitz system is to throw you straight into an 'immersion environment' consisting of videos with completely Japanese/Mandarin audio & written text (in the Latin alphabet, not Kanji) & optional games & activities.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No problems with installation on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.
The main Learning System section uses only transliterated Chinese (pinyin) and Japanese (romaji) which I do not... Read more
Learning a language is something I have never found easy.
This certainly makes it more fun than when I learnt French at school! Read more
I found this system most helpful as it providing lots of different styles of learning which kept me at it whatever mood i was in. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2011 by Steve Rogers
very hard and complicated to use.. i gave up after 30 mins..
money was wasted on this product.
Comes across as dated. The packaging looks cheap and nasty, conferring a 2nd rate appearance. What's the point with the oversize cardboard box? Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2010 by Useless Article
I have recently graduated with a degree in Chinese and have to say I was very excited when I saw this product as it suggests that it will suit beginner and advanced alike. Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2010 by Mr. Darren P. Hammond
The product is a 6 CD set (it says here) but what I got was a 3 CD version. One was for the Berlitz software, one for Chinese and one for Japanese which is what I neede. Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2009 by Mrs. R.
The Berlitz CD set is a handy way of getting up to speed especially if you travel at all in Asia knowing at least some of the host country's language is handy and appreciated. Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2009 by Mr. G. Carroll
Okay, so I'm not good at languages, so maybe a language teacher needs to be extra special to keep me interested but this is terrible. Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2009 by Mr. Nigel Smith