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Software Review:    Instant Immersion Language Starter for Kids

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If you are looking for a vocabulary boost in a foreign language for your kids, this is an economical set that will do the trick. It is not glamorous or especially unique, but, in a simple way, the program gets the job done. There are 4 CDs to choose from, each devoted to a foreign language -- French, German, Spanish, and Italian. Each CD-ROM's format is similar. A Learn Mode takes kids through a series of electronic flashcards. Each image -- whether it's an object or an action -- is clickable for a pronunciation by either a female or male. Text accompanies the picture and audio clue for spelling and reading reinforcement.

Once children have memorized the flashcards, they can move on to the Game Mode. Three games help them to remember and practice their new vocabulary at three different levels of difficulty. A point system is awarded, and if kids work (or play!) hard, they can make it to a bronze, silver, or gold medal.  

Finally, a Record Mode allows kids to record their own voices with a computer microphone (not included). They can play back their recordings in a Cinema, which is great fun.

  • Clear pronunciations
  • Simple and straightforward format is effective


  • No grammar lessons.


For Win/Mac By: Topics Entertainment  Ages 3-10 Published: 2001



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Reviewed October 2001                                                                                                 Comments? Email us.

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