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Friday, June 3, 2011

Software "Italian Instant Immersion Levels 1, 2 & 3" from Topics Entertainment

About the product: Instant Immersion - The quickest way to learn - guaranteed. Instant Immersion uses natural image-association techniques to help you learn as easily as you learned your first language. With Instant Immersion, you will have more fun, save money and reach your goals faster - guaranteed*!

My review: This was my first experience with this type of learning tool. And it was a pleasant experience overall. The package comes with four disks.
The first disk is the program itself, labeled "software". The installation is as smooth as it can be, with an Autorun application running as soon as you put the disc on the drive player. My only complain here is that installation is not completely done on hard disk. You still need to have the CD inserted on the player each time you want to execute the program. I understand the security against illegal copies, but it is annoying anyway, at least for me. After selecting a profile, you can go to the lessons, clicking on a menu with all the options. The course is divided in three levels. In Level1 you learn your first words, like foods, colors, numbers, time etc. The printable picture dictionary is phenomenal. The feature that allows you to record and play back your own words helps you work on pronunciation. Level2 teaches you vocabulary for family, school, hobbies and friends, traveling, home, etc, and finally Level3 teaches you through more games vocabulary for seasons and lots of business talks (meetings, travel, trading, IT, banking etc).
The second disk is an Audio CD with MP3 files and should be used as a reinforcement from what you were learning from the first disk. It also contains the pdf files with the transcripts of the audio files, which is great.
The third disk is a DVD that you can play in your standalone DVD player. You have quizzes and games.
The fourth disk is a mystery game called "Who is Oscar Lake?" and it is a fun way of improving your knowledge.
Overall this software package is worth its value and you should be able either to polish your italian or learning from scratch if you do not have any previous experiance with the language. You will not go deep in grammar at all, but you should be able to communicate in italian at basic level and I believe that this is the purpose of this tool.
Amazon.com was kind enough to provide this software for me through their Vine Program for reviewing and I was not request to provide a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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