nstant Immersion Chinese (Mandarin) Levels 1, 2 & 3
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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. Have more fun, save money and reach your goals faster - guaranteed! Whether you're learning for school, work or 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. Think, read and speak your new language with ease. Chinese (Mandarin) Levels 1, 2 & 3 includes three levels of 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 that plays on your TV using a DVD player and remote control. 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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|Product Weight:||0.35 pounds|
|Package Length:||7.6 inches|
|Package Width:||5.5 inches|
|Package Height:||2.4 inches|
|Package Weight:||0.5 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 15 reviews|
|Platform:||Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows XP / Mac OS X|
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 that plays on your TV, and a printable dictionary
|Average Customer Review: ( 15 customer reviews )
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55 of 56 found the following review helpful:
You get what you pay for. Jun 03, 2011
I've used Rosetta Stone and I've used instant immersion. I've used private class rooms, I've used online programs, and I've used free "listen and repeat" programs. Instant Immersion is by far the least productive and least useful. It is so poorly produced, it makes you think you stepped back into the 1980's and just turned on your Commodore 64. Its essentially little more than a collection of words, with little direction or thought put into it. Nothing has hover bubbles, so don't expect to actually know what any of the icons mean or are. And once you successfully make it into the program, there is really no set plan on what to actually do. Everything this program has to offer can essentially be found for free on hundreds of different free language learning web sites, and frankly, those sites are just as effective as this is.
I never used the prior version but its scary to know that this version is the update! This is nothing more than "listen and repeat" with some horrible 90's graphics set to it. Worth about $5. I dont currently own Rosetta Stone Chinese, nor do I work for them in any way shape or form, but having used it before, I can attest: this is no Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone is overpriced, but if you use it, you will learn a basic grasp of the language. I challenge you, to use instant immersion for more than 10 minutes and not be so turned off that you never use it again. C'mon! Take me up on that challenge! :)
Don't want to spend $500 on Rosetta Stone? and don't want to throw away $30 bucks on this garbage? Go with any of the online programs for around $100 like Rocket Chinese or Chinese Pod 101 (I don't work for them either). Unlike Instant Immersion (which has white people clearly saying things in English just with Chinese dubbed over their mouth movements), those sites actually have culture lessons and show you how the language fits in, what is really said and what is really not said at all. I've been to China, so I can tell you, no one say "good morning" but for $30, Instant Immersion will blindly teach you how to say it because thats what their Spanish program does! Get my point? It just copy and pastes a database of words into their horribly outdated graphics and games. Nothing more, nothing less.
I thought the same thing you are thinking: $30 bucks? how could I go wrong! So I bought it. Now I know for a fact I will never be using it and I just wasted $30 bucks. Honestly, I'm not trying to sell you on anything except for the fact that this program is awful, outdated, useless, and just simply their spanish program overdubbed by a Chinese language database (which can be found anywhere online for free).
I'm definitely open to criticism, so if you feel I'm wrong, please leave a comment, I'd like to hear your thoughts, and I won't take it personally, I promise :)
17 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Well worth the $30! Jun 03, 2011
By Bargain Hunter
I am a skeptical guy. I don't work for Rosetta Stones or Instant Immersion. I have a demo Rosetta Stones software, but I just can't seem to justify spending $500 on Chinese Mandarin softwares for my 8 year old son, so I bought Intant Immersion for about $31. My son is taking beginning Chinese Mandarin at a local school in Southern California. I just want a software so that he can practice speaking and listening Mandarin when he is at home.
Like all softwares, all stated that they work well as compliment to a language class. I don't expect anyone to buy any software and learn it solo, and be fluent with the language, esp Chinese Mandarin. I think all language softwares are like all language books; they work well as study/learning guides to the classes. It takes lots of efforts and time to learn a new language.
This product exceeded my expectation. It has a dvd disc that you can play on any dvd player. It has lots of lessons on it. In addition, it has a CD disc with some MP3 learning sessions, but we haven't test it. The one he has spent lots of time with is the DVD disc for computer. It has lots of lessons in each of 3 levels. He is playing with Level 1. This new version, as I understand it, has the microphone features (microphone not included). I connected my microphone to my PC. There are sections where you speak into the microphone so that you can playback to correct your speech.
It keeps my son interested in learning Mandarin. He is having fun with the software. Thus, I think it is well worth the $31.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Best program out there, by far. Jul 30, 2012
A while back I was struggling to learn Chinese. I had bought myself a book, but I lacked motivation, and the pages all looked the same to me. It just wouldn't cut it for me, because it was all rote memorization. So I decided a CD was the best bet. I knew Rosetta Stone was widely acclaimed, but I did not have the funds for this. I tried a trial version of Rosetta Stone, and it was NOT beginner-orientated. I was so surprised, and was VERY glad I did not spend the hard-earned cash on something that inefficient. Another one of my friends had used this Instant Immersion for Japanese and suggested it to me, stating it was very easy to learn from. So, I decided to try it out. And sure enough, this program has gone above and beyond my expectations! It comes with around 8 Discs - Chinese Level 1, Disk 1 and 2; Chinese Level 2 Disk 1 and 2, Chinese Level 3 Disk 1 and 2; and audio recording for the ipod or in the car (VERY useful, comes with a myraid of voice lessons), and a DVD for the TV. I finished the first disc, Chinese Level 1 Disk 1 in around 3 days, I was so excited and it was actually - surprisingly enough - fun! You learn a whole bunch of words through pictures and audio and the written forms of each word, both in pinyin and in characters (so visual and aural learners are set) and then can take 2 tests - an easy one and a hard one. It also has voice comparison, so you can record your voice and compare it to the native speaker's. The other discs are set up each a little different (personally, the 1st disc is the most fun because you get to play with food, shopping, etc.) But each is very helpful. The 2nd disc covers more basic words, the 2nd discs work on a little more vocab, and the very last disc covers business. I WOULD recommend buying a Chinese-English dictionary to go with this, just because sometimes the words are not written down. (I bought one and it was VERY helpful.) And ALSO, an introductory book would go along nicely with this program. (Just so you can kind of understand how Chinese works when you go along with this, it does not really have a pinyin guide however relies on audio to teach you how it sounds.) This program is GENIUS and the price is OUTRAGEOUS for such a great program!!! I'd recommend to anyone attempting to learn a language, even one of the hardest languages out there - Mandarin Chinese!
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Beginners Jan 30, 2012
By Royal MD
This is only for beginners. you cant converse if you rely on this items only. this is very basic and you need to go to china to practice more.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
75% non-functional Feb 02, 2013
The only thing reliable about this software was that it arrived on time. But that was b/c of the Prime shipping. This Has been ABSOLUTE waste of Time! Warning: Don't Buy This! Since only 25% of the software worked, I'll let you know that the other reviews were completely correct! There is horrible graphics from the stone ages and poor quality in just about every regard! This is probably the worst product I had ever ordered from Amazon.com
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