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Transparent Portuguese Premium

Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Easy-to-use immersion course
  • An intuitive "book interface" format
  • Lessons covering over 15,000 Portuguese words and phrases
  • Rapidly build, master and retain a large Portuguese vocabulary base
  • Quickly develop confident speaking skills
  • Learn to read and write in Portuguese
  • Native speaker audio with the ability to slow down the native speaker's voice
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B0039ISEW6
  • Release Date: 26 Mar. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,275 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Manufacturer's Description

2 LEARNING PRODUCTS IN 1!

The Transparent Language Premium Edition is a full language course with a lesson plan designed to develop your conversational fluency in a new language. This easy-to-use immersion course enables learners to take basic vocabulary and quickly progress to more advanced comprehension and use. Grammar, vocabulary, reading, listening and conversation practice are emphasised through text, videos and stories.

To REALLY learn a language, just do TWO things…

The Transparent Language Premium Edition combines the two methods needed to achieve language proficiency. This interactive self-study program delivers both vocabulary and real language in natural context. It offers a simple and engaging multimedia learning environment, providing guidance yet leaving you in control to learn at your own pace.

1. Master critical vocabulary - acquire over 1,000 words and phrases with Byki - a fun, rapid learning system.

2. Use REAL language in natural context - explore comprehensive lessons, real immersion videos and stories in your new language that will guide you to speaking confidently.

Uncomplicated Learning Environment

Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced computer user, you'll find Transparent Premium Edition a breeze to use. The main program screen is modelled after a book for ease of use. The book interface provides easy-to-follow chapters and pages for lessons to help you find your way around.

Learn and Never Forget

Transparent Premium Edition automatically records your learned material and reminds you of older items that may need to be refreshed or studied again. Plus, you can use the built-in tests and online quizzes to test your knowledge at any time. By doing so, you will take your language knowledge from your short-term memory to your long-term memory in the quickest possible time.



Learn Key Words and Phrases

Build your vocabulary base using a proven flash card method with the integrated Byki learning engine. Experts agree that the most important part of learning a language is rapidly building a foundation of word and phrase knowledge. Byki is the fastest, most direct path to that goal - it "hacks" into your memory and fills it with foreign words and phrases.

The Rapid Way to Master Vocabulary

This flash card program can help you learn more than 1,000 words and phrases to build your vocabulary base.

Next, take the vocabulary you have learned and apply it to the lessons in the Transparent Language System. In that program, you can improve your listening, reading, grammar and speaking skills. You can do the lessons in the recommended order or, if you prefer, jump around to customise your learning experience.


Build your Reading and Listening Skills

Now use your new vocabulary to build your reading and listening skills.

Develop your written and verbal skills with a full course including lesson plans to develop your conversational skills. Native language texts, videos and stories immerse you in the native language helping you to communicate without having to think about it - just like you do in English.






Learn How to Speak Like a Native

Practise speaking your chosen language by participating in conversational role-plays and realistic dialogues. Record your voice and then play back the conversation (a microphone is required). Then perfect your pronunciation by comparing it to a native speaker. You'll be able to build exceptional listening and speaking skills through Conversation practice.

As you progress through Premium's lessons you'll find yourself communicating in your chosen language without having to think about it - just like you do in English!


Practise on the Bus, Train or Beach

Learn on the go! The Premium Edition comes with dozens of Byki Pod MP3 files ready for you to use. Listen to these files on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPod nano, or any other MP3 player. Now you can practise your favourite language wherever you are.

Have Fun and Speak Confidently

After practising with Byki and the Transparent Language System, have some fun with activities and games, including Crosswords, Dictation, Plug-n-Play and Vocabulous.

About Transparent Language

Transparent Language is a leading provider of best-practice language learning software for consumers, government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses. Since 1991, Transparent Language has helped millions of individuals learn new languages quickly, easily, and effectively. More than 12,000 schools and universities, as well as top government language schools, use their products. Working with distinguished language acquisition experts and thousands of native speakers around the world, Transparent Language is committed to producing language learning solutions of the highest quality at affordable prices.

Language titles in the Premium Edition range include: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

System Requirements
PC/MAC
PC: Windows XP (Service Pack 2) / Vista / Windows 7
Macintosh: Mac OS X version 10.3.9 or higher with Safari
1.8 GB processor
4GB Hard Drive Space
1GB RAM
Direct X compatible Video and Sound (onboard or add on)

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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Having ever only learned the basics in French and German at school and now in my 40-somethings, I was curious to see if learning a language nowadays would be any easier and any more enjoyable than it was in my school days and so I tentatively ordered this program and made myself a promise that I'd spend at least half an hour each day attempting to learn it.

So now, after a month I feel qualified to write my review and I'm pleased to say it was a pleasure to use and yes, I'm pretty fluent in the basics and would feel confiedent to attempt to use my new found 'skills' when on holiday.

I set up the program both on my pc and iPod and used both to aid my progression. The pc version obviously has more to it but the iPod isn't lacking and provides plenty of the core elements to keep you busily learning. I found the flash cards very useful and the program autosaves your progress as you advance. My only tip is to persevere and maintain regular lessons and you'll be surprised at how you do actually progress within a matter of weeks.
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I enjoyed using this software and it has increased my knowledge of the language hugely. In some ways it is a combination of traditional techniques and modern interactive methods, and overall it works well. It will certainly increase your vocabulary faster than any other method I've used. Compared to the old cassette / CD packages, this is far more useful. Some of the aspects are unnecessary but the core of the software is solid. I can now look forward to my holiday in Madeira. Installation was almost instant and without problems, it has not crashed once. Therefore it gets 3.5 stars (rounded to four).
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After trying and giving up on many language courses, simply because I've lost interest in or just really don't work! I was eager to try this and found that this is different, from the moment I installed it, (which was trouble free and fast) I was impressed by how easy it was to pick up and use and how effective it was. Using the Flashcards you instantly start to learn and associate the words with the pictures and my favourite aspect is the conversation practise where you can record yourself (you need a mic for that but it is absolutely worth it) speaking and having a virtual conversation and play yourself back and you can hear any mispronunciation and is perfect for learning Portuguese as it prepares you for when you will need to speak the language to others.

The learning system is amazing, i've never had such an efficient language course, I've been trying to learn for a while and I don't feel books are enough nor just CDs as you can't interact with them like this. In just a couple of hours I felt confident in many areas, and now having been using it for a few months I'd be quite happy holding a decent conversation with someone in Portugal! Very very impressed, and I highly recommend this for those needing a more interactive learning system, you don't feel alone learning and best of all you can sync onto your Ipod for learning on the go! They've thought of everything, it's fantastic! Well worth the money.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
To put this into context, I've been attending Portuguese evening classes for the past 6 months or so, two hours a week.

This course is effectively split into two. The flash card system is one part and the dialogue part the other. Both are equally effective in reinforcing my studies.

The flash cards (minor problem under Windows 7, set it to run in XP compatability mode) allows you to concentrate on various topics in both learning and test mode. I was frankly amazed how effective this was and I can only recommend it.

The dailogues are equally good. Each "conversation" by authentic Portugues speakers can be repeated sentence by sentence, with help on each individual word within that sentence. And the "slow mode" button which slows the speech down to enable beginners to decipher a difficult phrase or sentence must be worth a star all on its own!

Yes, of course you must put in the effort to get the most out of this course but even the most fleeting use of the flashcards will improve your language and if you really use it as it was meant to be used you will come on in leaps and bounds.

Highly recommended from someone who took a language degree - but not in Portuguese!
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
A great course for the basics. I like the fact that you can study it on your PC, which I have little time for, or put it onto an ipod. which was more convenient for me personally. However the PC version is more comprehensive and enforces learning the language.

The course is good but unfortunately it is Brazilian portuguese which is not stated in the description on amazon, however I should have guessed as the picture is of Rio de Janeiro! Saying that there are a few different words in European portuguese and the pronunciation is different but overall it gives a good grounding in general portuguese.
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