Talk Now! Series CD-ROM Language Courses
Talk Now! is a beginning-level language course on CD-ROM available in over 102 languages from Afrikaans to Zulu, and is excellent for travelers who must pick up a language in a hurry. Save $40 when you buy the combined package of Talk Now!, Talk More!, and World Talk! Available for Windows and Macintosh computers.
New! - Talk Now Klingon!
Talk Now! |
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Talk More! |
Talk The Talk |
World Talk |
Vocabulary Builder |
Movie Talk |
We recommend the Talk Now! series for any language beginner who wants an entertaining self-study course to learn basic phrases, colors, numbers, food, shopping, time, countries, etc. Talk Now! is available in versions for learning the following languages:
Latin American Spanish,
We have been selling this European-produced CD-ROM for a while now and find it highly-praised by people from all over the world. Designed by language experts, it includes great features like speak and repeat, interactive games, and digital recordings with both sexes of native speakers, and runs on both Macintosh and Windows computers.
Talk Now! is designed for people who want to learn a language quickly. It's fun, fast, and makes learning easy. If you don't have time to become fluent, but need the basics in a hurry, then Talk Now! is for you. It's ideal for travellers, holidaymakers, business people, schoolchildren, students and families. Anyone over 10 years will find the disc indispensable for improving listening, understanding and spoken language skills. If English isnít your first language, donít worry! You can learn a language from any of over 120 languages - in a single program!
The games and quizzes included on the disc ensure that users have fun whilst using the disc, without realising that they're learning. The "intelligent" software feature remembers words you get wrong and targets your weak points. Each question that is answered correctly increases the user's score - get an answer wrong and points will be lost. There are 1800 points in total to gain from the disc. A full score earns the user a 'Gold Award'.
There are nine topics: first words, food, colours, phrases, parts of the body, numbers, time, shopping and countries. Each topic contains listening practice, an easy game, a hard game, a printable dictionary as well as the opportunity to record your voice and hear how you sound in comparison to the two native speakers who tutor the user throughout the course. Each of the target languages has help available in an additional 102 languages. The disc localises automatically using the computer's operating system language. There is also the option to click on the flag on the first screen to change the help language.
Windows 2000/ME/XP/Vista, or Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher, with color display, sound, 64 MB of free memory, CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and a microphone (recommended).
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Staff Review of Talk Now! Italian
July 15th, 1997
by Larry Zoumas
I brought home a copy of Talk Now! Italian
because I am planning a vacation to Rome in September and wanted to pick up a little of the language. Talk Now! is a new series, so I didn't really know what to expect. I was impressed by the fact that it runs on both Mac and Windows and that it is available in such a wide array of languages. Setup was a snap, and the program ran very smoothly on my aging Pentium 75 machine. This program features a lot of games to reinforce learning and has very nice speak and repeat abilities, which allows you to speak into a microphone and have the computer play your voice back to you. This is a very important feature because it allows you to compare your own speech to that of the native speakers on the CD-ROM. Some language programs can be slow to respond while clicking on icons or talking. TalkNow! is lightning quick and has a very intuitive design that anyone will be able to figure out in a few minutes.
Language learning is accomplished by means of showing you pictures or phrases and then giving you both the Italian and the English translation. Each word can be pronounced by either a man or a woman. The recorded voices are very clear and easy to imitate. The course is slightly addictive and the exercises can be repeated until the learner masters all the vocabulary on the disc. And there are hundreds of words and phrases to learn. I learned how to tell time in Italian in under 30 minutes. If you have a printer you can even print out a picture dictionary. Overall the program is a good choice for the traveler or beginning language enthusiast. It's not as intense as the Language Now! series, but it's available in more languages and is designed to be more fun and give you enough of the language to get around town and hold small conversations.