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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Rosetta Stone, But That's Not Necessarily a Bad Thing!, May 24, 2011
This review is from: Instant Immersion Spanish Levels 1, 2 and 3 (Software)
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Don't get me wrong, Rosetta Stone is an amazing piece of software. It is; however, not the only method of learning another language. There are other options that work as well. Furthermore, there are other options that cost far less money than Rosetta Stone as well. Everybody is different, and everybody learns in different ways. While the Rosetta Stone software works for many, it is not the solution for everyone.

The Instant Immersion Spanish software seems to be an excellent alternative to Rosetta Stone. It cost far, far less money; and interestingly, it has a unique and novel formula for learning the language. Rather than just being a piece of software, it offers several other unique components - such as an interactive DVD, a 16 Disk MP3 disk that can be played in an MP3 CD player or on your iPod/iPhone (awesome!), plus a great video game designed to reinforce everything you've learned. As a whole, the Instant Immersion formula is definitely novel, and seems to work well.

As with any language software, a dedicated effort is still required to improve. You won't learn to speak Spanish simply by holding the Instant Immersion software box. As with any language, it's best to learn them through repetition and practice. Instant Immersion seems to give a greater opportunity for those activities than most software I've seen, including Rosetta Stone.

A couple of nitpicky points: Rather than carrying your identity through to each of the three levels of software, you re-create your identity each time. Further, each level seems entirely different from the last with little to draw them together in appearance. It doesn't take anything away from the lessons themselves though. Also, more printed documentation would be handy.

Those points aside - I really like this software, and look forward to further utilizing it to develop my Spanish.
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Initial post: Aug 19, 2011 2:18:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 19, 2011 2:20:34 PM PDT
I'm just starting to use Instant Immersion Spanish, and the biggest problem I've had is due to the lack of clear user instructions. Maybe I missed the user instructions but if they exist they should be more clearly displayed. I expected this product to be more intuitive. It have cost me hours of trying to find how to use this product. I think I have found how it work, and it may end OK.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2011 6:59:23 AM PDT
Yeah...there were no printed instruction included with the software. But everything is available on a .pdf file on one of the CDs. The instructions are pretty straight forward, and the software pretty intuitive...at least I thought that was the case :) Cheers!

Posted on Feb 16, 2013 9:57:42 AM PST
silky69 says:
You might want to take a look at the website

LiveMocha.com.

They have memberships for taking language lessons from all over the world, but you can take a lot of lessons for free also.
Its a social site where you can choose what language you want to learn and take lessons like Rosetta Stone, get feedback from people who volunteer to evaluate your submission (audio or written form) and you can make friends from all over the world and share photos of your country, etc..

Also, if you speak English, there are MANY people from other countries asking you to review their lessons and you get points for doing so. The lessons are really interesting and interactive. Lots of short video conversations where you get quizzed afterward, etc..

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 9:41:46 PM PDT
I am a college student where our language classes are pretty much hell. I have to take Spanish 1401 - Beginner's Spanish and I was wondering which would you recommend for an all-around pretty tough class; Rosetta Stone or Instant Immersion?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2013 11:49:54 PM PDT
Difficuly question for me to answer. I like both products quite a bit, but for different reasons (as you no doubt saw from my review). If cost is a factor, definitely go with the Instant Immersion. However, if you have the money, I can recommend the Rosetta Stone as well. I find that using multiple platforms helps me the most...learning from different perspectives. I even have a third language system that I now use (Rocket Languages) that I love for different reasons as well. Good luck!

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 4:42:25 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 5, 2013 4:42:54 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2013 3:49:53 PM PDT
Well can you share what you learned about how to use it? I did'nt get mine yet,
and I'm affraid I may have a hard time too. Thanks in advance. Nikki.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2013 11:53:52 AM PDT
db1776 says:
Which CD has the pdf file?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2015 8:56:37 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 13, 2015 9:04:07 PM PST
For those who think they don't understand how the program works, my guess is you are expected it to do more than it does. You listen and repeat except for in the games. After you listen, you press the red button on the bottom right to record your pronunication, then press the green button to listen to how you sound. I used windows media to play mine. You could probably use Itunes or any other music program. There is a manual of sorts on the third disk, the mp3 which has two files. Mp3 instructions on how to copy the files and the audio transcript file which is a little workbook to go along with the mp3. I didn't see one for the DVDs.
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