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on 23 March 2004
My first impression was how primitive this package seemed, but within half an hour I thought it was actually a very good learning program, dispite its simplicity. Silly in looks but very, very effective for learning basic words. It concentrates on spoken Japanese, but there is written japanese in the vocabulary lists.
Within a couple of days I knew how to count in japanese, the names of various foods, clothing, objects etc. It is a fun and fast way to learn if you look on it with a sense of humour.
I would recommend this to anyone of any age at all if you want to learn the names of objects or start looking at Japanese words. When you want to learn sentances you are going to need to graduate to another package very soon. Its a great starting point though and well worth the money. Very confidence building. It makes language fun instead of dull or intimidating.
I have just bought intermediate level 'World Talk Japanese' - the 'intermediate' stage from this company - but don't feel able to review it yet.
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on 3 September 2001
EuroTalk's neatly packaged Japanese outing offers a 'skim-the-surface' view of the language, covering enough in a number of diverse areas to be both useful and entertaining. Topics include first words, numeracy, time, countries, shopping, human body, colour, and simple phrases. Each such area contains four parts: word practice, speaking practice, simple quiz, and hard quiz.
Words are introduced by means of pictures, accompanied by both male and female speakers, with captions in both Japanese and Roman script. A fifth option in each area allows these pictures and captions to be printed out for study when a computer isn't to hand. Speaking practice allows you to record your speech with a microphone and compare it with the native speakers recorded on the CD.
From the topic-selection screen, it's possible to select a quiz mode, wherein a card game (easy or hard) can be selected from a menu--another means to test your memory.
I can't offer any real criticism of the product. The interface is pretty bland looking, but simple, intuitive and functional. A few words and phrases are all that's to be learned; there's nothing on sentence structure or guidance on how to put the words you've learned into your own sentences, but that's apparently what the intermediate level CD's for...
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on 17 February 2001
This nicely packaged and very good value CD-ROM is part of a series of of 56 languages aimed at 'absolute beginners'. If you are running the CD on Windows 95, 98, NT or Windows 2000 the CD is exceptionally easy to use and starts as soon as it is in the CD drive. The CD is also compatible with Apple Macintosh platforms.
Male and female speakers are used throughout, enabling users to hear native pronunciation of words and phrases grouped by vocabulary area. Vocabulary covers: First Words, Food, Colours, Phrases, Body, Numbers, Time, Shopping and Countries.
Instructions are generally very clear, appearing as text on screen and backed up by audio instructions. The audio files are nice and clear, with fun supporting images to reinforce the language. Words are also shown (mainly in kanji, but occasionally in hiragana, always with roman lettering backups too) in text format. There is also a 'record your own voice' and playback later facility (assuming you have a microphone on your PC), enabling you to hear easily how close your pronunciation is to that of the native speaker. The disk also allows you to choose the language of the help - so if you feel like picking up a tiny smattering of Welsh or Arabic along the way you can!
A wide range of games is used to support your language learning including multiple choice quizzes, 'build a body', put the food in the cupboard, labelling diagrams and maps, roulette, and cards. The animations used are good and support the language being taught.
There are two aspects of the disk which let it down slightly. More use could be made of the computer screen - there is a lot of wasted black space around the central screen where words and games appear. You will acquire mainly individual vocabulary words, with only a few phrases. However, overall it offers a fun easy way to pick up some basic Japanese in a short period of time.
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on 27 October 2005
This CD rom seems like a good method of learning Japanese at first. The first words section teaches you very basic but vital words such as yes, no, car, hotel etc in a fun and effective way. However what use are these if you don't know how to apply them in day to day situations?
Grammer occasionally comes up in the useful phrases section but isn't explained at all making it impossible to use outside of the given context. Questions are given but not the possible answers to them which defeats the object of knoing how to ask!
The scripts which are vital for understanding the language are used in example but not even explained let alone taught.
The one advantage this cd rom has over some of the great language books out there is the spoken examples. If you are serious about learning the language I would recommend starting with learning the hiragana and katakana and leaving this cd rom out altogether.
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on 6 January 2002
This program was great. I have formally studied Japanese for 10 years and mainly bought this game for my sister and her studies. The minute I bought this game she was hooked and I couldn't get heer off of it! ...All in all, this program is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone.
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on 14 July 2008
I've never felt compelled to write an amazon review until now, and this is more of a warning than a review.
This software does not appear to be compatible with the new Intel iMacs, stating that "classic mode is no-longer supported". So owners of Intel iMacs should only purchase if they have some kind of software to get around this problem.
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