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on 26 November 2000
Why bother - all Danes can speak excellent English can't they? Well, a lot of them can but as in any country making the effort to speak the language undoubtedly helps!
I found this a very good way to start learning a tricky language. Learning from a book is one thing but this livens up your learning and makes it fun rather than a chore. Lots of colour pictures accompany the words and, vitally, one click lets you hear how to pronounce each item - believe me the words aren't pronounced the same way as you first read them!
It's a good way to entertain and challenge yourself. Nine sections (such as first words, phrases, shopping, colours) are further subdivided into four categories; easy game, hard game, word practice and speaking practice (prepare to cringe after you have recorded yourself as you hear your efforts at trying to repeat Danish phrases!). There is also a separate 'gambling' section and, by playing games, you forget that you're actually learning a language but it is very effective.
You certainly won't be fluent after fully utilising this CD-ROM but you will have a much better idea of the way forward. The only thing I felt slightly disappointed about was that there wasn't an intermediate level as well but maybe that's a sign of how much I was enjoying using it. It's a lot more fun than reading through a phrasebook and a good way to kickstart your learning.
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on 11 April 2005
I enjoyed using this software and was amazed at how quickly I picked and remembered the Danish words and expressions. Additional software is not required, as the CD runs straight out of the package. As an effective introduction to Danish, I highly recommended this product.
There is, of course, room for improvement, which could be made to future editions. There are no days of the week, or months of the year. The number section teaches numbers 1 to 20, but no higher. Shame really, as your score on the quiz is read to you, and can be anything up to 50.
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on 28 September 2004
I have encounted no problem using this software and needed no additional downloads. To be able to hear the words and phrases, and to record your own voice to be able to compare and contrast is the next best method of learning. The better way is having a Danish friend listen and encourage you. The method of learning is suited to those of us who have little time to go to a night class, and who want to learn at their own pace and not feel forced to keep up with the rest of the class. If learning a new language is all about being confident, then this is the product to help you get started.
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on 2 May 2003
Though I was sadly disapointed with the minimal content of this software I was amased at how easy it was to pick up and remember the words and phrases.
I heartily recomend this for anyone whishing to make a start in learning Danish without makeing it feel like a chore!
Contents include... numbers 1-20, telling the time, colours, simple phrases, food, shopping items, parts of the body and flags.
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on 14 November 2010
Does exactly what it says in the title. As an absolute beginner to the danish language i found this cd rom very helpful in understanding some essential words snd phrases, Upon recieving the disc and installing it (i have windows vista), i was unable to start the programme at first but after a quick visit to the 'talk now' website i had found and downloaded the update and was enjoying and learning.
The interactive games are a fun way to learn the basics for all ages, there's hard and easy games and a player profile helps you track your progress. On the down side, as im about halfway through the programme so far i feel like i would of wanted more if i had of payed the full price of £24.99. As i only payed £8.99 from an amazon private seller im content with the content. Also there is no book/booklet to accompany the disc but i guess at this level its not essential.
I reccommend this product to anyone wishing to take a first step in learning the very basics of the danish language.
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on 17 November 2003
Unadvertised, but this package requires additional software marketted by Ligos. Without it the product is not able to function. This should be made clear in the advertising information. I have approached this company for resolution and will naturally update my review if satisfaction is found.
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