Web+DVD+MP3+App, No pronunciation scores, Cheap, ★
They offer small selections of vocabulary in over 120 languages ($20-40 per package), under several names:
- Talk Now, and Instant Immersion Level 1, are the simplest, with pictures and words for "colors, numbers, time, parts of the body, food, shopping, common phrases and countries."
- Vocabulary Builder shows pictures for 100 words, overlapping the above.
- Talk More, Talk the Talk, and Talk Business, use video to teach intermediate learners.
- World Talk gives you practice in understanding basic replies from native speakers, using context to learn words you do not know.
Instant Immersion Level 1 says it lets you download MP3 files to practice on your own. Talk Now says you can load it to an iPod. None of their other versions has that feature.
Instant Immersion 102 Languages has 85 spoken and written words in 102 languages, including non-Roman alphabets. It does not create MP3 files. (Transparent has a better package with 1,500+ words in 76 languages, and pronunciation scoring, though all its text is in Roman letters.)
The publisher says Talk Business includes: Internet, e-commerce, finance, business travel, careers, "What is your website address?," ''My computer crashed and I lost all my files," negotiations, exchange rates, product guarantees, marketing budgets, trading, advertising, communications.
You can listen to sample words in each language, though they do not provide any sample lessons on their websites. Many Amazon reviewers of Instant Immersion and Talk Now are satisfied, though they note the limited vocabulary.
Most products seem to be taught in 120 languages, though some are taught in only 40.