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As the title aptly suggests, QuickStudy Spanish offers a quick solution to learning the Spanish language. It does so by immersing the user in the language -- through vocabulary exposure and drills, real-life videos featuring Spanish dialogues with optional English translations, and interactive conversations in which the user must respond appropriately to on-screen characters. With dedicated use of this product, users can expect to develop a basic grasp of the language. They should not, however, expect to become U.N. interpreters.
The main screen for QuickStudy Spanish looks like the lobby of a language studio. From here, students can choose to enter the language lab, the conversation lab or the game room. A grammar guidebook and dictionary provide handy reference, as does a pocket-sized printed phrasebook for last minute consultation. Speech recognition technology allows users to record their own pronunciations and receive instant feedback about their oral language progress.
The conversation lab allows the user to test verbal mastery of the language. Here, s/he is placed in typical situations and asked to dialogue with on-screen counterparts. This section features speech recognition technology, which allows the computer to check for appropriate verbal responses and direct the conversation accordingly. The user can choose from a wide variety of situations including checking into a hotel, ordering meals, and visiting a museum.
Finally, the game room lets students drill language skills through fun, interactive games. A video-matching game features short videos, a jukebox plays popular Spanish tunes (La Bamba, La Cucaracha), and the board game "Conquest" pits the user against another player (or the computer) in a mix of vocabulary skills and chance.
Program navigation is simple. A tutor greets the user from the outset of the program, and provides guidance through much of the program. A detailed ‘help’ file including valuable guidance and troubleshooting tips is also readily available .
PC: Windows 95/98, 486 DX/66 MHz or faster cpu, 8 MB RAM (16 MB recommended), 256-color SVGA display, Double-speed or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit Sound Blaster compatible sound card, MCI sound, microphone, speakers.return to top of page
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