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TeLL me More Chinese - Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced

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1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Chinese language software with 300+ hours of learning
  • More than 1,500 exercises; learn over 800 basic characters
  • Covers writing, grammar, reading, listening, speaking, and more
  • Interactive dialogues; speech recognition technology
  • Contains levels Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0002J6332
  • Item model number: 5-006-1
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 26, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,961 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Product Description

Product Description

TeLL me More® Chinese language learning software (Beginner-Intermediate-Advanced) 300 hours of Chinese learning 1500 exercises 21 activities and 3000 word audio glossary.System Requirements:PC or compatible: Pentium® Windows® 95/98 16 MB RAM 90 MB available on hard disk 4 X CD-ROM drive 16-bit Windows®-compatible sound card 640 x 480 256-colour graphics card headset or speakers and microphone (free headset and microphone is included)Windows® 95 and NT4 require Microsoft® Internet Explorer 4 or more. Format: WIN 9598MENT2000XP Genre: LANGUAGE UPC: 893416001569 Manufacturer No: 5-006-1

From the Manufacturer

Tell Me More, the world's leading software for language learning, is valued by users and teachers alike for its speech recognition technology and personalized language courses. Tell Me More now counts more than five million satisfied users worldwide. Global leading organizations have placed their trust in Tell Me More, including the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Government, the FBI, the Canadian Federal Government, EDS, BMW, Carnival Cruise Lines, Mercedes, and more.

Used everyday in more than 10,000 academic institutions, this latest version evaluates your progress as you learn, and uses your results to suggest the activities and exercises best suited to your needs, just as a teacher would. The package includes levels Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced, and contains more than 1,500 exercises.

Developed in collaboration with INALCO (National Institute of Languages and Oriental Civilizations), Tell Me More Chinese is the first language method based on speech recognition technology that is able to recognize the four tones of Mandarin Chinese. Tell Me More Chinese introduces the standard Chinese used in newspapers, television, and radio broadcasts throughout the People's Republic of China. The Pinyin romanization system, a crucial learning tool for beginners, is used to familiarize students with the pronunciation and recognition of essential simplified characters. With Tell Me More you will learn Chinese mastering:

  • Over 800 basic characters
  • Listening and written comprehension
  • Pronunciation
  • Written expression and grammar
300 hours of Chinese learning with more than 1,500 exercises:
  • Interactive Dialogues
    Use your computer to practice speaking in an interactive manner and to perfect your pronunciation, with over 1,500 words and phrases taken from the dialogues. The dialogues are based on everyday conversation and are supplemented by 400 photos illustrating Chinese culture.
  • Glossary
    Learn Chinese vocabulary with a glossary including more than 3,000 recorded words.
  • Grammar
    Consult 30 key grammar points, presented in a clear and concise manner.
  • Over 1,500 exercises to learn Chinese
    Enhance your knowledge and understanding of the course with a wide range of writing and listening activities, related to the grammar and vocabulary points covered in the lessons:
    • Picture/word association
    • Word association: Chinese/Pinyin
    • Word association: Chinese/English
    • Word association: Chinese/Chinese
    • The right word
    • Fill-in-the-blanks
    • Mystery phrase
    • Word order
    • Dictation
    • Crossword puzzles
  • Lesson Report
    Learn Chinese, evaluate your coursework in the 18 lessons, and listen again to your dialogues with the computer.
The latest technology to help you learn Chinese.
  • Cutting-Edge Speech Recognition Software
    Using speech recognition technology, Tell Me More is able to recognize the four Chinese tones, evaluate your pronunciation and correct any mistakes. With the help of the voice graph and pitch curve, you can improve your pronunciation, intonation, and learn Chinese more effectively.
  • Automatic Detection of Pronunciation Errors: S.E.T.S.
    Tell Me More pinpoints pronunciation errors within a sentence thanks to its exclusive S.E.T.S. technology (Spoken Error Tracking System).
A one-of-a-kind Chinese learning method.
  • Simple and progressive lessons in Mandarin
    Mandarin Chinese, also known as putonghua, is the official language of both the People's Republic of China and Taiwan. The use of the Pinyin phonetic transcription system throughout the program will help you master and learn Chinese pronunciation.

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Borderline Fraud September 26, 2006
Wow...I should have heeded the warning of that other 1-star review.

Let me give you some background on what I was looking for. I started out with "Instant Immersion" Chinese audio cd's from my local bookstore. I didn't like not being able to SEE the word I was pronouncing and it was very frustrating. I wanted to be able to read and learn, not just regurgitate.

Next I picked up a Living Language audio cd Chinese set. This time it had a book to go with it. It's pretty cool and I learned a lot very quickly through the book and the cd's.

But I thought...there must be a really good CD-ROM out there to help someone learn Chinese. Searching through the Internet I found a cool flashcard program. You could select a category (restaurant, animals, numbers, etc.) and it would show you a flashcard of pin yin or hanzi for you to type in the "english". If you got it wrong you click and it shows you the English. It drills it into your head very well and I liked it a lot.

Well, I thought that was a start, but there must be something really interactive and amazing out there. I clicked through the pages of Amazon to find one...skipping all of the "immersion" ones and found this. Tell Me More Chinese.

It sounded really good. It had interactive quizzes, crosswords...lots of interesting bits. And an intriguing voice recognition technology to make sure you are pronouncing properly...with a microphone included!

Okay...so I've spent the last couple of hours playing with it and it didn't take me long to get that sinking feeling...that I just blew $175 bucks on something I'll never use again.

The reason, as the other review here alludes to...is that there is no instruction!!! You boot it up and you can basically do 2 things right away.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Instruction July 20, 2006
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This software is basically a series of exercises. I'm sure it's great if you are working in a classroom setting towards Chinese proficiency, but it's basically a $175 paper weight (and free headphone / microphone) if you don't already have a good basic knowledge of the chinese language.

The exercises themselves seem pretty good -- nice layout, easy to understand, and generally pretty useful. The fatal flaw though remains the lack of instruction. The software functions much more effectively as a series of quizzes than as a tool to improve one's ability.

For the record, I speak three languages fluently. If I may be so bold, I don't think that it's operator error.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars where is the instruction? February 26, 2008
I have to agree with the longest review here. About 18 months ago we bought this prior to our Asia trip. It was nearly incomprehensible before we left, and I convinced myself I was missing something or was impatient. After our return and several hours of "discovery" as described by others it was clear level 1 has no guided instruction to speak of.

We're going back to Asia, and I found myself today looking for a deal on Rosetta Stone or Fluenz. That's when I was reminded by that burning in my gut for having paid retail for this product. It makes me mad because we've dropped about $400 on this and other tools to this point and there is a severe lack of methodology, so let me point people to the closest, most informed thing I've discovered related to Chinese instruction. On the web site "doubting to shua" you will find a lot of discussion of Chinese instruction products.

I may try Rosetta Stone, but I am really beginning to believe an online college course is going to be the only thing with satisfactory structure for someone who wants to speak and read. I will say Pimsleur's cheap level one (8 disc, 16 lesson) introduction has been the best learning tool so far. We are 100% on the four tonal influences after that. I was also able to get us onto the correct bus in Taipei as a result. Native speakers can't always succeed getting the right bus.

Fortunately, China is the largest English speaking country in the world, and they treat you like a rock star when you earnestly attempt to communicate in Chinese. To be fair I'm, going to do what I should have done 18 months ago. I'm going to write Tell Me More and find out if there is an update with guidance. If there was some guidance I believe this could be the best product out there.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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First let me say that the reason I selected Tell Me More as my Mandarin language program was because of the good experience I've had with their German program. But this ... this is just a disaster. Unworkable, clunky, unhelpful. I've never thought of "Tell Me More" as a cry for help one might shout when running one of their programs, but that was my situation. I looked at this thing a hundred different ways, thinking I must be missing SOMETHING. Alas, it's just a poorly designed program unworthy of stealing, let alone purchase.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Fortunately, I paid a lot less for my version. The descriptions give by the other reviewers sound very familiar. I am at the intermediate level and my complaint is the paucity of content. It took me very little time to exhaust, and thus memorize, all of the games, etc. I felt cheated as well.
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