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Software Review:    KidSpeak 10-in-1 Language Learning

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This fabulous package allows kids to sample and learn any of 10 languages. Using a full immersion approach, kids learn the featured language as they play games, many of which are old favorites. 

The languages offered are: French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Portuguese, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Indonesian, and Korean.

In contrast to a title like Instant Immersion Language Starter for Kids, there is little or no rote learning in this title. The learning is embedded into games, and no multimedia flashcards are used. Consider this point when purchasing a foreign language software for your child. Your own child may prefer a more straightforward learning environment. However, the approach used in KidSpeak 10-in-1 Language Learning can be very effective because children learn the language almost effortlessly.

Games include tic tac toe, jigsaw puzzles, dominoes, connect-the-dots, and bingo. Songs are incorporated into the program and include Happy Birthday and The Alphabet Song. Vocabulary learned includes days and months, greetings, fruits, school items, body parts, numbers, clothing, and more. 

NOTE: This title is now repackaged as KidSpeak 6-in-1, and includes the following languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, and Hebrew. Please follow this link: 

KidSpeak 6-in-1

Individual languages are also available for approximately $19.99 US each. For example:

Kidspeak French Ages 6 and Up  
KidSpeak Spanish  

 
Pros:
  • Represents great value
  • Games are fun to play
  • Offers a full immersion approach

 

Cons:
  • The interface could have been a little easier to work with.

 

For Win/Mac By: Transparent Language Ages 5-10 Published: 1998

 

 

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Our Rating:

A

To Buy this CD-ROM:

Buy KidSpeak 6-in-1 at Amazon.com

 Reviewed October 2001                                                                                                 Comments? Email us.
 
 


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