The Tell Me More programs are geared towards older children (about age 11) through adults. The programs deal with grammar/verb conjugation and writing, which could prove above the learning level of younger kids.
The disc based program must be operated on a Windows OS, it comes with the program discs, an instruction manual and a microphone headset.
The headset may need an adapter for newer computers (my newer laptop only has one plug in for the microphone/headphones and you need one with two plugs, but adapters are available for a decent price). You NEED the headset/microphone to use this program. I tried it without it, but because it has speech recognition, it would pick up every little back ground noise. So the headset is a MUST.
After I got the headset situation working (I just used my older laptop). I still had some difficulty with the voice recognition….so I decided to look around the software a bit more and discovered you can adjust the sensitivity of the software which helped out GREATLY! At first it only recognized a few words I repeated which was VERY FRUSTRATING. After adjusting it, I was on a roll!
My husband (who is a linguist by profession) was impressed that the software used sound graphics (not sure what the technical term is) that showed you your voice tones when you speak in comparison to how they should be (what they are when the computer speaks). This is very important, in Chinese especially because it is a language of tones, having the wrong tone can change the meaning of the word.
When it comes to a program like this, you must remember, you get out of it what you put into it! I have not been very disciplined about using it on a normal basis, obviously if I want to really learn the language I need to be more disciplined.
As far as language learning programs go, I really like how this program has the voice recognition. Your typical DVD’s or CD programs are nice, but you don’t ever really know if you are pronouncing back correctly what you have heard. That is a major selling point for me.
This program is also reasonably priced, with other similar programs going for over $400, this one is a bargain at a fraction of the cost!
I previously studied Arabic, and really feel that I could have benefited from a program such as this while learning the language.
I recommend this program to anyone that is willing to put in the time and effort it takes to learn a language!
Tell Me More has graciously offered another program to one lucky reader! Winner gets to pick the language of their choice (from the many languages TELL ME MORE has to offer).
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