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Instant Immersion French Levels 1, 2 & 3

by Topics Entertainment
Windows 7 / Vista / XP, Mac OS X
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Language-learning software with natural image-association techniques
  • Build your vocabulary, get around with confidence, converse with ease
  • Recordable voice technology for perfecting your pronunciation
  • Fun and effective exercises; interactive activities and challenging quizzes
  • Transfer lessons to iPod or other MP3 player for on-the-go learning
  • Perfect for travel, business or school
  • Fun and easy to use!
  • The world's most popular language learning software
  • Windows & Mac compatible
  • Includes: DVD-ROM, audio course for MP3, interactive DVD, Who is Oscar Lake? CD-ROM, and a printable dictionary

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows 7 / Vista / XP, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B004M3EL3S
  • Item model number: 81125
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 3, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,982 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Product Description

Product Description

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. You will have more fun, save money and reach your goals faster - guaranteed! Whether you’re learning for school, work or your next vacation, Instant Immersion’s 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 your new language with ease. French Levels 1, 2 & 3 includes three levels of interactive language learning on a DVD-ROM, the complete audio course for transferring to your iPod or MP3 player, and a printable picture dictionary. Bonus content includes an interactive DVD and the Who is Oscar Lake? computer mystery game. Includes a six-month money-back guarantee! Level 1 teaches you the essential words and phrases so you can get around with ease. Learn more complex phrases in Level 2, plus pronunciation and how to converse. In Level 3, immerse yourself in advanced conversations, refine your language skills and retain what you learned. Why does Rosetta Stone cost so much more? Because we refuse to spend millions on advertising. So instead of paying for their expensive ad campaign, try Instant Immersion Levels 1, 2 & 3. We guarantee you’ll be satisfied or we’ll give you your money back!

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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*!

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You Will Be Able To:
  • Build your vocabulary
  • Get around with confidence
  • Converse with ease
  • Understand everyday language
  • Perfect your pronunciation
  • Achieve your goals!
Instant Immersion Levels 1, 2 & 3

Whether you are learning a new language for school, work or your next vacation, Instant Immersion's 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 your new language with ease.

What Will I Learn?

Level 1

Level 1 teaches you the essential words and phrases you will need in order to get around with ease. Learn basic vocabulary and everyday phrases in no time! Topics include first words, food, colors, phrases, body parts, numbers, time, shopping, countries and more. Practice with virtual flashcards, play games and use the record-and-playback feature to practice pronunciation. Also includes a printable picture dictionary.

Level 2

Learn more complex phrases, correct pronunciation and how to converse in your new language. Talk about sports and hobbies, family, friends and work! Other topics include the alphabet, greetings, restaurant, hotel, business, technology, computers, emergencies and travel. Quiz yourself, record your progress or print out the dictionary to practice each subject on the go.

Level 3

Reach your language learning goals by immersing yourself in advanced conversations that will refine your language skills and help you retain what you learned. Topics include people, food, animals, numbers, seasons, business and career, marketing and communications, IT, banking and more. Practice with image association, game show-style quizzes and story reconstruction, then test yourself and perfect your pronunciation with the recordable voice feature. Also includes a printable dictionary.

More Ways to Learn: As a Group, On the Go, with a Game!

Instant Immersion I-DVD

Play fun interactive games with the whole family using your TV, DVD player and remote control. There are nine topic areas, from shopping to business, multiple choice quizzes, and easy and hard games.

Instant Immersion Audio for MP3

Easily transfer your lessons to your iPod or other MP3 player for on-the-go learning. Practice in the car, at the doctor's office or on a plane!

Who is Oscar Lake? CD-ROM

Unravel clues as you immerse yourself in your new language with this mystery game that features more than 70 hours of learning and three possible endings. Learn more than 1,200 words, use the online dictionary tool, improve your pronunciation, and much more. (Not included in Chinese Mandarin or Japanese.)

Fun ways to learn, and easy to use, too!

Voice Technology
  • An advanced recordable voice feature perfectly captures your pitch.
  • Hear what you really sound like and compare your accent to that of a native speaker.
Game Interface
  • Play games and earn points toward awards.
  • Playing engages your brain and helps you remember more!
Virtual Reality
  • Watch and interact with video of real-world conversations.
  • Ease your fears about talking with native speakers by practicing with Instant Immersion!
Learn on the go
Learn on the go!
On-the-Go Options
  • The MP3 lessons and printable dictionaries mean you can take your lessons with you.
  • Take advantage of every free minute to learn your new language!

The Keys to Successful Language Learning

1. You are having fun.
Research shows that when something is fun--you're playing, interacting, laughing--you're more likely to remember it because your brain is engaged. This is why we based our entire language-learning program around game-playing. Plus, when you know something is fun, it will keep you coming back again and again.

2. You are not overwhelmed.
We know the thought of learning a new language is overwhelming. This is why every one of our games can be completed in 10 minutes or less. Imagine your language-learning goal is a sandwich. You wouldn't cram it all in your mouth at once, would you? No. Sure, you'll finish it all, but one bite at a time.

3. You can fit it into your life.
We know you have a million things to do, and we recognize language learning is probably not the first thing on your to-do list (no matter how much we wish it was). This is why we give you a ton of different ways to learn, from computer games and audio lessons for your iPod to written activities in the workbook and interactive fun on your TV!

What's in the Box

  • DVD-ROM
  • Interactive DVD
  • Complete Audio Course on MP3
  • CD-ROM (Not included in Chinese Mandarin or Japanese)
Six-Month Money-Back Guarantee

* You may return Instant Immersion Levels 1, 2 & 3 with a valid receipt directly to TOPICS Entertainment up to six months from the original date of purchase. See http://support.topics-ent.com for details.



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246 of 264 people found the following review helpful
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In a nutshell, Instant Immersion French is not bad for the price if you are not serious about learning French. If you want to dabble, learn some words, see if a child will hold an interest in a language, or very cheaply get your feet wet before a trip to France, the lower price tag for this compared to Rosetta Stone may well make this a good purchase for you if you are on a budget. If you are truly hoping to learn French or need high school credit (i.e. homeschoolers), this is not a good choice.

The good.

The game format is appealing, especially to younger learners. Learners need to accumulate points earned by performance at various learning games, and seeing the number go up with play is motivational.

The accent used by the speakers is authentic and standard Parisian French.

The program allows for multiple user accounts. This is important because each user's progress can be tracked independently.

The software uses multiple modes to teach the material---flashcards, search-and-find games, image-selection games. Honestly, although the look and feel is different that Rosetta Stone, the gist is the same. They say a word, and you select the appropriate picture, unless you are in tutorial mode in which case they just tell you. It's not an awful way to learn some vocabulary and phrases (but don't expect to achieve any amount of fluency). This is like an interactive Berlitz guide--it is not like taking a real French class.

By the third level, some of the phrases/situations are reasonably challenging. There is a direction finding game where a car and a maze is on screen, and a speaker gives directions to find something. You have to click on the square where you would end up if you followed the directions.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good basic language software January 3, 2012
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My wife has only used the program a couple times so far, but is picking up on the basics pretty quickly. The interface is simple, but borders a little on primitive. More pop-up guidance might help. As a native speaker, I noticed a couple peculiar phrases that weren't exactly right nor in common usage. I'd call it a very minor defect.
Compared to some of the pricier language software (I'm talking to you R'etta Stone), it packs in a very similar feature set. I think the pricier ones may have a slightly more polished interface, more video or give you a little more in terms of culture. We'll see as she dives deeper into the lessons.
Other than some minor niggling, this software is in the same league as the big-buck ones. It's certainly worth the money and gives you more bang for the buck, in my opinion.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Hoped It Would Be May 26, 2011
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I was very excited to get this Instant Immersion French Levels 1, 2 & 3 as a Vine choice. I studied French in high school and college and thought this would be a way to freshen up my skills and prepare for a visit to France. Boy, was I ever wrong. The program is not organized and there is no cohesiveness to the studies. I've used Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur for studying Swahili and they both are far more superb than this program in organization, graphics, and material. Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone teach language in context and proceed from what was just learned. Instant Immersion French Levels 1, 2 & 3 is divided into vocabulary, games and sentences on a variety of topics. The problem is that each part of the program is separate and does not build upon what was just taught previously. Thus, in the vocabulary section, the words are isolated. You might have the word 'ant' followed by the word 'toilet'. I found that I got frustrated quite quickly. Also, on one of the dvd's, there are no graphics. For the money, Pimsleur is the best bet. For the comprehensiveness, I'd go with Rosetta Stone though it is quite pricey. I don't think any user of this program will get more than some vocabulary words which will be of little use overall. This is certainly not a program to learn the language.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I started out with Instant Immersion French knowing only the most rudimentary of French greetings such as "bonjour," "merci," and "au revoir." After devoting 8 weeks (10-12 hours per week) to the package and completing all the lessons, I am able to converse in the language no more than when I started out with learning it -- not quite what I had expected considering the package is supposed to be "immersive" and touted as a much cheaper alternative to Rosetta Stone.

The two main issues I have with Instant Immersion French involve the format of instruction and phonetics.

First, let's talk about the format of instruction. Instant Immersion French will teach you basic words, phrases, and sentences. However, it makes no attempt to explain grammar, parts of speech, and sentence structure. The package is set up for learning French through rote memorization only.

Take for an example, the question and answer sentences: "Where is nearest gas station? Take a left on the next street; it's on the right hand side." The sentences are first spoken in English, and then in French: "Ou est la pompe a essence la plus proche? "Tournez a la premiere a gauche, c'est juste sur votre droite."

With repeated exposure to other question-answer examples, I can make an inference that "où est la" means "where is the" and "tournez" means "turn," but I have no idea what "votre" or "pompe" mean. (Turns out "votre" means "your" and "pompe" means "pump." Thanks Google.)

Still, this package is useful for picking up some elementary French you will most likely need to learn if you're planning a trip to France.

Another beef -- phonetics.
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