Instant Immersion Japanese Review
Instant Immersion Japanese is an audio program that will aid users in learning the Japanese language easily and full of fun. It is based on the Euro Method of learning where the student is immersed to native speakers of the language and the culture from which the language evolve. In this program, you are provided with realistic Japanese conversations and traditional cultural milieu from which you gain knowledge in the Japanese language and way of life.
The complete program comes in six CD-ROMS for language learning and three bonus CD/DVD for interactive activities using your television and audio for downloading to an iPod or MP3 player. Its features include an easy-to-use complete learning system that will be valuable in your travel, business or school. This is accompanied by an assurance of a fun-filled learning environment at all levels and learning preference of the user. The program comes in Windows and Mac version and is backed up by a 6-month money-back guarantee.
PC: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium IV 500 MHz or higher, 512 MB RAM, 1024x768 color display, Sound Card, CD-ROM drive, Microphone (recommended), iTunes 7 or higher (recommended)
Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher, 512 MB RAM, 1024x768 color display, Sound Card, CD-ROM drive, Microphone (recommended), iTunes 7 or higher (recommended)
The program can be described as a liberating way of learning Japanese as it does not limit the learner what and when to learn. Its main method is the use of visual prompts like flashcard, video and images together with audio clips. The lessons are interactive by means of conversation practices and activities using the game show genre.
The Basics of Instant Immersion Japanese
The learning phase of the program can be divided into three levels; each level is provided with two learning discs.
The first level offers the student an introduction to the fundamentals of the Japanese language. He is introduced to simple words, their pronunciation and plural forms.
The second level centers on common phrases which the learner will most likely encounter when travelling to Japan or when speaking with a real Japanese. Dialogue practices abound at this level to familiarize the user with the language. The experience is further enhanced with the incorporation of video and audio teachers and comes in a question-and-answer format.
The last level is the more advanced version of level two and still deals with conversational phrases and sentences.
The progression from one level to another is supported by easy-to-follow exercises in comprehension, sentence formulation, grammar and pronunciation. This ensures retention and continuous use of previous lessons learned. The combination of audio and visual elements enhances the learning phase and makes the experience really enjoyable.
Additional Features of Instant Immersion Japanese
The product comes with a speech recognition program which allows the user to speak and record words or sentences. This makes it possible for the user listen to his own voice and to identify areas of improvement in terms of pronunciation and accent.
Another plus factor of the system is the inclusion of the cultural annotation which provides context to the words and sentence usage. As the Japanese culture is anchored in a rich historical tradition, so are the words used in daily conversation. Knowing what and when to use which words will put the speaker in the right track and will prevent well-meaning expressions from being misunderstood because they were used in an incorrect circumstance.
Included in the package also is an audio disc which can be downloaded into an iPod or MP3 player which the learner can bring anywhere. Thus continuous education is possible and not limited in front of a computer.
Limitation of Instant Immersion Japanese
A room for improvement identified for the product is not in the program itself, but in the support system to further enhance the learning experience. It would have been good if there is a site or forum from which all subscribers can ask questions regarding lessons, practice conversation with other users of the program, and send written or recorded documents for assessment based on the topics discussed.
Is Instant Immersion Japanese Recommended?
It is one of the best options in the market for software or programs to learn the Japanese language. With the features it offers, the ease-of-use and the different activities incorporated in the program, its price can be considered a bargain. Though lacking in the off-program support, the system itself provides its users with the fundamentals of the Japanese language, an ever-improving vocabulary, a comprehensive lesson in grammar and word usage, and a cultural setting from which the users will learn adapt which words, phrases and sentences are to be used.
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