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Chinese Travel Talk - Speak & Learn Now! Includes Audio Phrasebook, Flashcards & Essential Words

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Definitely oriented more for adults. There are no real 'games' t

    Definitely oriented more for adults. There are no real 'games' to entice a child at all, and there are not really any fun graphics. What it does have....There are 9 categories (such as Food, Hotel, Airport, etc..). Each category has several sub-categories. When I open the "essentials" category, then click on the subcategory "greetings", it gives me a small font list of about 20 different greetings. Each greeting is in it's own mini text box (it looks good, just small). Each greeting is written in both English and Chinese. When you tap on it, a brief recording plays so you can hear the phrase. The recording is clear and decent to understand (unless you change the settings to utilize the "slow speech" feature - then the recording sounds digitized and mangled).

    My biggest issue with this program is that they would put "dry cleaning" as an important lesson, but not pronouns (I, me, you, him, her, etc...). I also believe self-teach language programs should teach you fundamental verbs (am, was, is, were).  This package does not. It teaches complete phrases, such as, "Please wait for me here." and "Can I help you?".  I just think that Chinese is a complicated language. If you here individual words, it is sometimes easier to form the correct sounds for those words when saying full sentences.  

    As for software, I have only used it once (so far) for about 15 minutes. During that time, the program had to restart itself twice upon my attempting to open the program, and 3 more times when I was in the middle of swiping "flash cards" to see the back side answer. Overall, I would say this program does have good sound, excellent organization of information, and a nice platform of conversation phrases used. However, the a self-learner doesn't learn enough to communicate their own original conversational phrases. If 800 separate words were taught (with some sentences too, of course) I think I'd walk away feeling more educated. That said, I do still think it's a decent program for what you pay for.

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