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Berlitz French Premier Version 2 (PC/Mac)

Platform : Mac OS X, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
3.6 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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  • The UK's Best-selling Language Software from the No.1 Name in Language Learning
  • New Features for Version 2 including new beginner lessons, progress tracking and fun new activities
  • Suitable for all levels - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced for business, home, travel or school use
  • Learn on your Mac or PC with this award-winning software
  • Complete instruction - learn by listening to actual conversations and watching videos
  • Flash Card System - Quickly improve your language skills with this proven learning method
  • Practise your vocabulary using your iPod or other MP3 player, plus, extend your vocabulary with the vocabulary building screensaver
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System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B003S3RLJ4
  • Release Date: 6 Aug. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,020 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Now you can learn French the easy way with the market leading software that's been helping people learn foreign languages for more than a decade. Berlitz French Premier is fast, easy and effective. Guaranteed!

Description
With this unique, time-proven learning system, we've provided three powerful ways for you to learn French: (1) on your Windows PC or Macintosh, (2) in your car, and (3) on the go using an iPod or other mobile listening device.

New Features
- 15 New Beginner Lessons: More than 12,000 words and phrases covering beginner level topics.
- Progress Tracking – keeps track of your progress, and what you have left to learn. The My Learned screen in the Flashcards section also keeps track of which words you’ve mastered – and if you don’t practise them for a while, it reminds you by giving the card a “stale” status.
- New Activities to Make Learning Fun including: Fill in the Blank, Word Whirl, Concentration & Four Square.
- New tests - designed to help you prove your knowledge and track your progress. Each time you take a test, you can see a breakdown of your results, as well as a history of all the tests you have taken.

Explore at your own pace
Berlitz French Premier allows you to determine your own learning pace by deciding when you need translation - and when you don't.

Innovative Games
Berlitz French Premier puts the fun back in 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 French 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.

Benefits
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 French Premier is guaranteed to make learning French easier and more fun than you ever imagined.

Learn on your computer
Berlitz French Premier - Screenshot 4This award-winning software for both Windows and Macintosh gives you four easy ways to master French.

Engaging activities mean you'll learn faster.

- Total immersion - Learn by listening to actual conversations.
- Multimedia learning - Enhance your knowledge by watching videos.
- Flash card system - Reinforce your learning with this proven method.
- Speech analysis - Improve your pronunciation with practice conversations.

Learn in your car
A comprehensive French course on 4 Berlitz audio CDs. Learn in your car with a complete French course on 4 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

Practice your vocabulary using your iPod® or other MP3 player. Test your proficiency with word lists that match the software.

Plus...
- Flash card software for your Palm® or Pocket PC
- Vocabulary building screensaver
- And much more!

Suitable for All Levels
Beginner - Learn to speak naturally by starting with the basics.
- Greetings
- Introductions
- Numbers and Travel Terms
- Shopping, Sightseeing and more

Intermediate - Rapidly improve your pronunciation through conversation.
- Your Environment
- Dining and Restaurants
- Hotels and Travelling
- Handling an Emergency

Advanced - Confidently express your ideas and opinions using speaking skills that make you sound like a native speaker.
- Office Conversations
- Telephone Conversations
- An Evening Out with Friends
- Survival Phrases

Upgrade information
If you are already own a previous version of this product and wish to upgrade your copy, you are eligible for a 40% discount on this latest version.

Please note that for this upgrade to work, you must either have the previous version installed on your PC or have registered the previous version with Avanquest Software.

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If you have any questions about upgrading your product, please contact us.

About Berlitz
Founded over 130 years ago, Berlitz is now the world's largest provider of language training and cultural consulting services, with more than 460 locations in 63 countries and more than 60 locations in the United States.

Berlitz has helped millions of men, women and children speak new languages, and its cultural consultants have assisted thousands of organizations reach 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 organization.
Other Characteristics:
Compatible operating systems: Windows XP/Vista 32-bit/7 64-bit/7 32-bit\nMac OS X 10.4 Tiger/10.5 Leopard/10.6 Snow Leopard
Language version: ENG
Minimum RAM: 256 MB
Minimum system requirements: - DVD Drive,\n- Sound card and speakers\n- Microphone for recording and speech recognition\n- iPod or other MP3 player\n- Pocket PC 2002 or later\n- Palm (Palm OS 5 or later, 500 KB available memory, 320 x 240 resolution)
Minimum system requirements for Macintosh: - OS X 10.4 or Later,\n- 256 MB RAM,\n- DVD Drive
Platform: PC, Mac
Software type: Box

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Having read the reviews and product description before I bought this pack, I could not quite make out what level it was aiming at, particularly as it claims to be suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced. Once I started using it I could see why this was the case. Quite simply, it is not a coordinated learning package but a collection of different bits and pieces of French language learning materials all bundled under the Berlitz brand name.

There is an attempt to pull some of it together under an interface called "Learning Centre" but this doesn't really work. For example the flash cards will not accept keyboard input when you access them via the Learning Centre (as you're supposed to do) but will accept keyboard input if you close the Learning Centre and open the cards program separately. At least this is the case on my PC, and it is no use clicking on the link for technical help as it does not work. There is no technical help.

The six short videos are useful for listening to and analysing French conversation, though I still had to rely on Google language tools for much of the latter. However, some of the vocabulary learning aids such as crosswords and word games were of doubtful value, and again there are technical problems with some of the interactive video exercises. This part of the learning materials also includes a gimmicky word pronunciation meter where you say a word or phrase into a microphone and the program is supposed to analyse what you've said in terms of vowels, fricatives etc and give you a score showing how close your pronunciation is to good French. This is something that only a computer geek would think of as useful, or even possible. I got my best scores when, just for fun, I pronounced the French in broad Scots, Scouse or Cockney accents.
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By TheRedBlueBlur VINE VOICE on 18 Aug. 2011
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I love these Berlitz language courses! The flash cards are excellent for building vocabulary and the programme keeps a track of your progress as you learn.

It's a clever little piece of software that is great to dip into or spend an hour so in front of a computer with. You can even put it on your iPod apparently - although I haven't actually tried this yet, but if you want a course that is a comprehensive French language course, then this may fall a little short.

If you're wanting something to dip into before a week away, or want fun trying out French in your spare time, then this is great fun! But if you're serious about learning the language from the bottom up then this may not be everything that you want.

Great fun!
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By A John VINE VOICE on 17 Sept. 2011
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The Berlitz French programme appears to be exactly the same as the one produced under "Transparent Language".

The keyboard has improved, and on my Mac, automatically switches between the French and English keyboards. However, finding key necessary letters such as those with a circumflex, wasn't easy. The other irritating feature is the raft of Americanisms. Whilst the programme does allow you to permanently amend the spelling, it still grated to be told that a cinéma is actually a movie theater, and a jardin is a yard. It would not take much effort to produce a version more suited to the UK market.

The flashcard system is, though, excellent. This version doesn't allow you to build your own flashcards, but with the ability to refresh stale items, it would be enormously useful to those revising for exams.

The premise behind this programme is that the user is "immersed" in the language. That would work better if there were direct hyperlinks to other French resources. Instead, it feels more as if you are trying to learn a language with very little explanation as to how it works. There are explanations available, but presented in a very dry manner. Overall, I would be concerned that this would be a difficult approach for someone not already familiar with the process of learning a different language.

The programme contains 15 lessons, from initial introductions, to business vocabulary, and 6 conversation lessons to complement topics. It's clearly aimed at the adult user, and teenagers may find the topics less interesting. The lessons take the user into the past and future tense, but this is only to a lower intermediate level in terms of being able to use the language.

Some of the activities are good.
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I have the German Berlitz Premier Version 2 which also claims compatibility to modern operating systems. BEWARE THIS SOFTWARE IS NOT WHAT IT CLAIMS ON THE BOX!!!!!!!!!!!!! There should be some law against selling products which claim to be compatible and are most definately not!!!! My 64bit Windows 7 Home Premium IS NOT. Worse still no support or valid update to help with the situation. Issues include; Not opening, can't type in replys if you do get it open, cannot view theatre/video lessons. So you are left with flash cards....when the list imports!!!!! I was sooooo excited when I bought the program, it looks amazing, Wish I had me money back!!!! Software should be renamed: PC BLITZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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It rather depends on what level of French you are starting from. This course is elementary only (although it claims otherwise). The structure offers so many combinations and permutations for the user to employ that it really is a "dogs dinner". The software is very clever in places but also has a few "bugs". The online help centre does not reply to emailed questions. Lastly the commentary is delivered in a strong American accent in a style that may not please the British ear, if fact it grates.
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