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Spanish Levels 1, 2 & 3 (Instant Immersion) (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Hardcover – April 7, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Instant Immersion
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Topics Entertainment; Mac Win Dv edition (April 7, 2011)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 1600778836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600778834
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.6 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,653,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosetta stone was definitely the better product of the two, and was more what I'd call "immersion."
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The program is designed around a series of CD ROMs, and it can be only used while CDs are inside the computer - the content is not transferable to the hard drive.
Dr. Bojan Tunguz
While it may be somewhat useful I don't think as much of the language is likely to sink in with "Instant Immersion."
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1,075 of 1,088 people found the following review helpful By Edward Barnett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 27, 2009
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As you can see from the number of Amazon Vine tags on recent reviews, a number of us received this product on a promotional basis through the "Vine Voices" program. I ordered the product primarily to compare it to Rosetta Stone, which I had previously purchased for about 500 dollars (Levels I & II) at a shopping mall kiosk. My comparison and conclusions are as follows:

The Bad News: Neither Immersion Spanish nor Rosetta Stone lives up to its marketing hype. Let's face it, learning a new language is hard. Advertising that suggests you can learn a new language in hours or days from a DVD (or any other method) simply isn't true. Programs like this are mostly useful as a quick refresher or as a complement to regular classes.

The Good News: This program feels roughly comparable to Rosetta Stone, and its price is dramatically lower, which reduces your investment and risk significantly if you buy it and it don't end up using it as religiously as you expected (which is what happened to me with Rosetta Stone).

Punch Line: I wish that I had known about this product before buying Rosetta Stone for 500 dollars. Given what a program like this (Immersion or Rosetta) can do for you, it's worth about 50-100 dollars. I regret having paid 500 dollars for Rosetta Stone, which didn't live up to the hype and basically turned out to have about the same value as Immersion Spanish's 50 dollar product. Oh well ... live and learn, I guess.

By the way, my son particularly likes the game features of Immersion Spanish, and I like the ability to transfer the audio CD to my iPhone. Both are neat features.
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Topics Entertainments' Instant Immersion Spanish is a computer program and audio program for Spanish language learning. The program is marketed as a less expensive alternative to Rosetta Stone (Rosetta Stone Version 3: Spanish (Latin America) Level 1, 2 & 3 Set with Audio Companion), but in reality is a more traditional flash-card and dialogue based approach to language acquisition. This program is definitely a user friendly way to memorize a Spanish phrasebook. Instant Immersion Spanish, however, is disappointing in the sense that it doesn't harness the full potential of the modern computer to really teach a language.

That is not to say that you cannot learn a great deal of Spanish using this program, but it is not nearly as smooth or user friendly as its Rosetta Stone counterpart nor does it employ a natural language approach ('dynamic immersion' in Rosetta terminology) to learning a language. On the other hand, it is considerably cheaper than its Rosetta stone counterpart and this more traditional approach to learning a language may be more familiar to some users.

Please note: I have reviewed all of the disks and canvassed the content, but certainly have not progressed through all of them. I will try to update the review later when I complete the course. I have used Rosetta Stone for another language, but not for Spanish. I do believe, however, that all the Rosetta Stone courses follow the same basic progression.

THE LONG REVIEW

WHAT'S IN THE BOX
The box includes a number of CDs that are part of the language acquisition program. Rather than being a coherent program, these are a hodgepodge of CDs from various (and some, perhaps, retired?
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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful By City Of Rocks VINE VOICE on October 22, 2009
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This is a 9-disk set.

The first two disks are focused on words. You get a variety of categories of words to learn. First words, foods, nations, etc. An onscreen man and a woman take turns pronouncing the words, and you can click to repeat as much as you wish. You practice speaking after them. Then there is a practice session for speech; you can record your speech so you can compare your pronunciation to the one given.

A couple of issues: The buttons are not labeled in the first part of the series, so you have to guess your way around but it isn't hard. Also, the help function offers only the most vague instructions; I cared less about how many points I could get in a game and cared more about knowing in advance how to play so I didn't lose points trying to figure it out. It's easy enough to catch on, but if you don't know you have to identify an object out of a group of objects *after* the flash cards are turned face down and you no longer know where the object is, you'll of course lose points. But it is a lot of fun, especially since the fun is rewarded with the knowledge that you're learning to speak a language not your own. Plus the games help with repetition of vocabulary and pronunciation.

Then you have part two, which likewise consists of two disks, and these focus on phrases and sentences. There are flash cards involved, with a quiz after. And you get to cover important topics, including medical emergencies. The second disk in part two has dialogues and of course the quiz after, but I felt the speaking was very fast for people who are just learning. And you have to click for each phrase, but it gives you more control over your pace.

Level 3 disk 1 has games entirely in Spanish based on previous lessons. Fun.
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