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Instant Immersion

Instant Immersion SpanishInstant Immersion Spanish (Levels 1, 2 and 3)

Platform:  Windows Vista / 7 / XP, Mac OS X Intel
Customer rating: 5 star customer rating in learning Spanish
Effectiveness in learning Spanish: 5 star effectiveness in learning Spanish
Media type: CD-Rom
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Manufactured by: TOPICS Entertainment.
Price: $35.96

Manufactures description:
Instant Immersion uses natural image association techniques to help you learn Spanish as easily as you learned your first language. With Instant Immersion Spanish, you will have more fun, save loads of money and reach your goals faster. Whether you are learning Spanish for school, work or your next vacation, Instant Immersion Spanish is fun and effective exercises, interactive activities and challenging quizzes will help you achieve language fluency in less time than other language systems. You will think, read and speak Spanish with ease. Spanish Levels 1, 2 & 3 includes six language learning CD-ROMS and three bonus discs: an interactive DVD, audio for an iPod or MP3 player and the “Who is Oscar Lake?” game.

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Instant Immersion Spanish Review

Highly recommended for all homeschoolers
As a homeschooler, I tried the language lessons available at the library (rosetta stone, then Mango, then Pimsluer, then back to Mango, then Muzzy,, then whatever I could find online, then flashcards) and it was like pulling teeth to get my daughter to sit down, do the work - see if she remembered anything (she didn't), and after a week or two, see if there was something else that would get the job done. I purchased this only because it was cheap and through Costco so I knew that I could return it. After sitting around a week or two, we finally tried out the program.

  1. My daughter will frequently stay on for a few minutes after the timer goes off.
  2. She continuously begged me to buy the microphone so that she could do the speech part.
  3. On the weekend, she went on the program of her own volition to play the games instead of spending her half hour computer time on Webkinz.
  4. She has been telling me all the words she can say in Spanish.
If you look at my other reviews, you will see that I don't give a lot of 5 star reviews out. This completely deserves five stars and more. I think the big difference between this and the other language programs is the games that give points out. It gives you a way to compete with yourself that is lacking in the other programs where your desire to learn the language is supposed to be the intrinsic motivation.

Very helpful for someone wanting to learn conversational Spanish.
This progress takes a lot of time to work through, but it is very helpful to develop conversational skills. It covers travel questions and answers, shopping, and day to day activities. It builds one lesson to the next which is also helpful. If you follow through the program you can learn converstaional Spanish. A person won't get fluent in a this language with this program, but it is helpful if you are unable to enroll in college courses. It also is good to use between breaks if you are taking a college course. It funtions well on the computer and I had no software issues with this program.

Fun to Use.
I have wanted to learn Spanish as a second language for years. I have used tapes, CDs and software, but I always found them boring and I didn't stick with them. What is different about Instant Immersion Spanish is the fun you have while learning the language. While the approach used in this software is similar to other more expensive programs, it is less of an investment than if you bought one of the high priced programs and still comparable in quality. For someone beginning to learn Spanish Instant Immersion Spanish is fun and effective. It would rate this program a high value for the price.

A pretty nice language learning software at an affordable price
The area in which we live has a large Lation population. We have many nice neighbors and retailers in the area that we would like to get to know better and speak with, but there is a language barrier. We decided to give Instant Immersion Spanish a try because it sounded like it was an easy learning program and the price was about ten times better than some of the other programs we had looked into that seemed to have the same features. We have only been using the program for the past month on an irregular basis, but our knowledge, skill and abilities in Spanish have increased significantly. We are very satisfied with the product and have found it both easy to use and a great teaching aid. In just this short time we have impressed some of our neighbors and I believe it has made a real difference in our ability to communicate and establish relationshsips. I think Instant Immersion Spanish compares very nicely with Rosetta Stone and the cost is much less. I would recommend Instant Immersion Spanish to anyone who wants to establish basic Spanish communition that will lead quickly to the ability to gain a moderate level of fluency.

Excellent Starting Point
There are many mixed reviews on this set, with the negative being too much of a straight vocabulary approach and not having the intuitiveness for natural conversation like Rosetta Stone. I didn't find the product to be a problem, it seems expectations aren't realistic. This set isn't Rosetta Stone, no question, but it's a TENTH of the cost of RS. I realize the more serious student or teacher of a language (in this case Spanish) may require the RS way of teaching, but consider this: it's very difficult for us adults to learn a new language comapred to when we were in grade school, so I HIGHLY suggest you start with this Instant Immersion set to get your feet wet in a sense. For the price point you can't do better, and then you'll know if a new language is in fact something you really want to tackle. Instant Immersion like most interactive software today has more than an acceptable user interface, there's no issue there. I mean, it's less than forty bucks, how can you go wrong? As an iPhone owner, I really appreciate the iPod audio format too. I would seriously suggest you go down the Instant Immersion road first if a new language is something new you are attempting. We got this set for that exact reason, and when we're fully done with all three levels then we'll decide if we want to venture on to the WAY more expensive Rosetta Stone set.

A Very Good Deal for the Money
I have and I use and I like Rosetta Stone a whole heck of a lot. I got this as a review copy and I have to say it was a pleasant surprise. Though you're not immersed in the language like you are with Rosetta Stone and though there are a lot more exercise and real life type experience with Rosetta Stone, this costs a mere fraction of the price. This little program is a very good place to start learning Spanish. In fact I wonder how many people have shelled out a small fortune for Rosetta Stone, only to stop using it after a few months. My advice, get this first, if you work through it and still want to go on, then get Rosetta Stone. This program is a very good deal for the money.

Easy to use, easy to learn and for the most part, user friendly
I can remember back in the day of using language tutor software on a PC, some were easy to use and interactive and some were just terrible. With Topic Entertainment's "Instant Immersion Spanish Levels 1,2,3", there's nothing terrible about this release. Now you can learn Spanish the fun way, the easy way and for the most part, interactive and user-friendly. Also, the company touts the software as "effective as RosettaStone for a fraction of the cost!". Upon opening the box, the CD's are inside a brown cardboard box which you will probably want to put these discs in a binder as they are in paper sleeves. You get 2 level 1 CD-Roms, 2 level 2 CD-Roms, 2 Level 3 CD-Roms and 3 Bonus Discs. You get an MP3/iPod Audio Disc, Who is Oscar Lake? mystery game with 70 hours of learning and 3 possible endings and a Spanish Language Learning DVD game.

I. INSTALLATION:I tested the software on a MAC and PC and overall, the software installed fine on Snow Leopard and Windows XP. After installation, the CD will then allow you interact by choosing to learn Spanish or to listen to the tutorials via an iPod. You can then select a large number of languages to learn Spanish which surprised me because it's all audio and you can choose to learn Spanish but through any language. From American to Italian to Cantonese and Slovesnko, definitely makes it useful for people Internationally.

II. LEARNING : After creating your user name, You are then taken to a screen in which you can learn by achieving points. You can select from: First Words, Food, Colors, Phrases, Body, Numbers, Time, Shopping and Countries. Once you make a selection, you can choose from "Word Practice" or "Speaking Practice" but also take part in an easy or hard game. Also print out a picture dictionary. So, if you select "Word Practice", you are given words in English. Click on them and you see a man and a woman on both sides who will say the words in Spanish and you will be greeted with artwork and the word in Spanish. Granted, I think the two people onscreen are saying anything but the actual word but the voice over is fine and understandable. Level 1 teaches you the essential word and phrases you will need in order to get around. Also, learn basic vocabulary and everyday phrases. Level 2 is where you learn more complex phrases and how to converse and talk about sports, hobbies, family, friends, work and more. Level 3 is where you can immerse yourself in advanced conversation.

III. JUDGMENT CALL: I've only gotten so far with the first disc but as a person who has invested in many language books, cassettes, CD's...I was quite impressed by the sheer number of content you get in this one release all under $50. Overall, this is a pretty solid release that offers the bells and whistles for a great price. Highly recommended!

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