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Talk Now Learn Maori: Essential Words and Phrases for Absolute Beginners (PC/Mac)

Platform : Mac, Windows, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 98, Mac OS X
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  • The world's best selling language learning CD-ROM series for beginners
  • Essential words and phrases for absolute beginners
  • Ideal for young learners, families, students and people going abroad
  • Completely intuitive - simple interface means that learning is as easy as pointing and clicking
  • Speech recording - allows you to compare your voice with native speakers
  • Quiz yourself! Test what you've learnt, earn points and monitor your progress
  • Nine topics: first words, food, colours, phrases, the body, numbers, time, shopping and countries
  • Intelligent Software - remembers words you get wrong and targets your weak points
  • Automatic Localisation - Choose the language you learn from (more than 100 available)
  • iPod integration - listen to Talk Now! on your iPod for complete learning on the move!
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  • Platform:    Windows XP / Me / 98, Mac, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00009KXEB
  • Release Date: 2 July 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,790 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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You'll find you can't drag yourself away - in short, you can't stop yourself learning.' -- What PC Magazine

Manufacturer's Description

This is an excitingly different language learning series. Talk Now! uses games and quizzes as a basis for making the learning process fun and relaxing. There's no better way to teach an old dog new tricks and this fun element of the program means that your fears are forgotten as you absorb words and phrases without even realising you are learning them.

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Having become interested in the culture and language of the Maori through my university studies on New Zealand, I bought this software hoping to find it to be a useful, if basic, introduction to the Maori language. I had hoped that this would be enough to help me find my feet before delving into the more detailed language books.

Unfortunately, the software only teaches very basic words and maybe a couple of phrases at the most. Certainly, there is no instruction on how to construct grammatically correct sentences, only the opportunity to learn basic colours, numbers 0-20, body parts, countries and how to tell the time.

Having looked now at reviews for the other titles in this series, I believe that all of these Eurotalk language CD-ROMs appear to follow the same format, and thus have the same limitations. This is a good title for young children, perhaps, but this is not indictated on the item itself. I can only advise you to stick to the perhaps drier, but far more thorough, books if you want to learn Maori.
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By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Nov. 2013
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I have a number of friends who are of Maori origin and I thought it would be handy to understand what they were saying when they were talking in Maori.

When I initially searched for a Maori language course this "Talk Now" one was the only interactive language program available; but that was back in January of 2006 so it was either this or nothing. It is unfortunate that having persevered with it I believe that I would have been better off with "nothing".

The language level taught (if you can call it teaching) was the most basic you could possibly get. It was literally the odd word or two without any semblance of logic to the way it had been put together. For example the word for "apple" was mixed in with the words for "toilet", I don't know about you but I don't eat apple in the toilet nor do I have any urge to.

It taught the odd phrase such as "where is the hotel" and "where is the bank" but never bothered to teach the phrase for "how much is the apple". The lack of useful phrases and words being logically put together is an obvious disadvantage.

It is strange but right from the start of using this language program I realised that it had been put together haphazardly and with little effort to "teach" the user (and purchaser) anything but the odd phrase and word if they were lucky.

The main problem with the "method" of "teaching" used by this program and its makers is with the way the actual learning screens are set up.
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