Talk to me Spanish Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced
- Progressive learning method (progress chart), cultural videos, exercises and educational games
- 3D phonetic animations
- Evaluation of pronunciation with S.E.T.S (spoken error tracking system)
- Interactive dialogues with state-of-the-art speech recognition
- Headset Included
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- Platform: Windows 2000 / 95 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
Talk to Me Spanish is a well-composed CD-ROM programme with some quite flashy graphics, good video learning aids and an online resource centre. The language learner is provided with a map on which they can chart their progress from beginner to advanced in a variety of subject areas, including the supermarket, the post office and the aftermath of an accident.
Like Transparent Language, Linguaphone, and other programmes in the field, Talk to Me Spanish comes with voice-recognition software that will monitor your pronunciation. At the lower level, you participate in an interactive dialogue and select your response from three options. As things progress, you move to rearranging words in sentence order when they are thrown at you all jumbled up. The vocabulary becomes progressively more complex, but simply pointing the cursor at a Spanish word provides the English translation.
This is a highly competent software package. One of the best things about it is its sense of humour. In one of the dialogues, when asked whether they are a man, the student can reply "Soy un fantasma" (I am a ghost). Another role-play includes the glorious line "Soy una maquina, no tengo nombre" (I'm a machine, I have no name). This sort of wit is quite unusual in language packages and it really sets Talk to Me apart from its competitors. --Toby Green
Compared to previous Talk To Me versions being available for each language at 3 separate levels, you can now buy the new version which covers you being able to learn a language and conversation skills from beginner to advanced in one product This new version offers 100 hours of training in pronunciation and comprehension
Talk To Me is ideal for preparing an exam, a trip abroad, a business meeting or simply fun.
Top Customer Reviews
Difficult to navigate, Talk to Me Spanish was a chore to use. The graphics and videos impressed at first but after looking a little deeper I felt fairly let down. Although the speaking exercises were useful, I felt the package lacked in content compared to other packages that I have used.
A good starting point but I wouldn't reply on it completely if you want to be fluent.
The S.E.T.S. technology is very impressive, but from my personal experience your first attempt is often your best - perhaps another glass of Rioja might help!!
I have a basic Spanish knowledge (about NVQ / Instituto Cervantes Beginners' 4 level - see [...]) and though I find reading and writing the language fairly straight forward, I've always struggled with speaking and listening to Spanish speakers unless they slow right down and speak to me like a child.
This is is a very useful tool for gaining the necessary speaking/pronunciation training that you require to improve your listening skills (basically by repeating phrases again and again until you achieve a decent score). By analysing my own speech and comparing it to the tutor, I'm certainly getting better at hearing the words even when spoken more quickly.
The software also has the option for you to set your learning priorities (Listening, Reading, Speaking etc) and then tailors the programme slightly for your needs.
This definitely wouldn't suit a total beginner, you need at least some spanish vocabulary and maybe a little grammar. The structure of this seems more like a phrase book - you learn what you need for a particular situation but it isn't enough to get a thorough grip on the language.
Very good as a SUPPLEMENTARY learning tool.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband bought me this package for my birthday shortly after we returned from a holiday in Tenerife and straight away booked our next holiday to Mexico. Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2013 by Camelot
This was my first attempt at learning spanish, and I found the package extremely unhelpful. Following the recommended teaching routine I was immediately presented with a Spanish... Read morePublished on 7 July 2004 by SailorJo
I haven't had this tutor very long but from the first session, I have enjoyed it a great deal. I get obsessed by the crosswords and pronunciation exercises: I find them very... Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2003 by C. Nation
Purchased 'Talk to me Spanish' and the thought of being in the comfort of my own home with computer and headset sounded wonderful. However, I'm not impressed with this CD at all. Read morePublished on 25 July 2003 by D. Peace