101 Languages of the World
- Quickly and easily learn language survival phrases
- Greetings, exchanging money, navigating travel situations, and more
- From 1500 and 5,000 words per language and a variety of phrases
- Easy-to-learn, intuitive user interface
- Please Note - Unitype Word Processor Only For Windows Not Mac
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As someone who works with 4+ languages on a daily basis, I also enjoy studying languages as a hobby. It was fascinating to see some of the lesser studied European languages and variants such as Asturian, Provençal, Basque, and Catalan.
The games provided are great for reviewing or brushing up on vocabulary and grammar. Recording conversations and completing dialogues was also very helpful to get a feel for phrasing and pronunciation.
It is refreshing to see a software company taking the effort to enlist native speakers and record unusual languages, such as Blackfoot, Quechua, Hawaiian, Welsh, Xhosa, Wolof, and even some that I was not familiar with.
The important thing to remember is that no, using this product will not make you fluent. It will introduce you to grammar, pronunciation, culture, and common phrases. Native speakers are a plus, but I did not like the fact that languages that made use of symbols rather than letters were Romanized, such as Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, etc. In the long run it is much more difficult to pick up the symbols after learning the language.
Still, this is a great product at a reasonable price for anyone with an interest in languages, either learning for the first time or for reviewing. Give this software a try, have fun, and good luck!
I wanted this, NOT so much to become fluent in the languages, as to be able to use common phrases of meeting and shopping when visiting other countries or when entertaining foreign visitors--both of which happen frequently for my husband and myself. I had noticed that if I simply TRIED to speak their language, most people would switch to English to accomodate me, but do it cheerfully. In most cases, they would have done it anyway, since I couldn't speak their language--but not so happily. This changed everything.
I mean, a realistic Croat or Lithuanian won't expect most Americans to speak their language, but a few words of friendly greeting--a mere attempt--make all the difference in their feeling respected, welcomed, and "at home" with us.
Second, I wanted the benefits of understanding more about the world's cultures I might never be exposed to otherwise. For example, working with the language of a people helps when you read their history, as well.
For instance, just after studying the segment on Basque, I bought a volume of Basque history, and was amazed at how much more I understood due to this language program. Family names, city names, and so on are words in the language, so you have a much more vivid impression of the place and people.Read more ›
Don't depend on this software alone to learn. 'Learn to Listen & Speak. Guaranteed' is a little exaggerated. For any language you will need to get a good grammar book and a dictionary to develop vocabulary lists. I recommend 101 Languages of the World because software is far superior to tapes when working on pronunciation. With tapes its hard to constantly back up to master the pronunciation of a word or phrase. With this software you can click a word or phrase as much as you want to practice pronunciation.
The software contains numerous common words and phrases and there are several games that reinforce what you are learning. You can also export words to a vocabulary building program that comes with the software. One problem I have is that 101 Languages uses romanized letters instead of script. But otherwise its a great program and worth buying.
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Had this program a while back. Lost the disc and am glad that I was able to get another one. Have basic information on many languages. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by PKwan
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This software provided about 30 in depth languages and phrases for others. Great product at a great price. I would recommend it.Published on March 11, 2012 by dave
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I've heard a lot of good and bad stuff about the product, but I couldn't find any other product to learn Luganda with.
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Caveat Emptor, as usual for these types of products. Learning a foreign language well is a major undertaking that takes a lot of work and time. Read morePublished on March 7, 2007 by C. Demarest
Like everyone else is saying, this is absolute garbage and the company is trying to scam you by posting bogus 5-star reviews on Amazon. Read morePublished on February 1, 2007 by Concerned Citizen
I am a native speaker of Polish and my wife is American. We tried the speach recognition feature in our native tongues. Read morePublished on January 31, 2007 by Kindle Customer