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Instant Immersion Japanese

Title: Instant Immersion Japanese

Author: Topics Entertainment
Format: Software
List Price: $29.99
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Amazon USA Price: $19.99

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Instant Immersion Japanese

Recommended: Auralog TeLL me More Language Software, a superb and effective system for learning a foreign language. Proven method and highly praised system.

Where To Buy This Item

Platform:   Windows 2000 / XP / 98 / Me
Media: CD-ROM


  • Everything you need to learn Japanese fast
  • 4 CD-ROM language-learning suite
  • Interactive dialogues with native speakers and cultural videos
  • Entertaining games, easy-to-follow lessons, quizzes that test your progress, and more
  • Kanji reference source with Japanese-language online chat and surfing support

Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
ASIN: B00006IKF5
Date first available at Amazon: August 9, 2002
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars Based on 8 reviews.

Product Description
Amazon.com Product Description
Instant Immersion Japanese delivers an authentic Japanese language-learning environment to your desktop. Based on the Euromethod--an approach that immerses students in a country's language and culture--this four CD-ROM suite includes Talk Now!, World Talk, Human Japanese, and JquickTrans. It's filled with cultural videos, entertaining games, easy-to-follow lessons, quizzes that test your progress, and interactive dialogues with native speakers, so you'll be speaking Japanese in no time. Rounding out your immersion experience, the JquickTrans CD-ROM is a remarkable Japanese dictionary, study guide, translator, and kanji reference source providing Japanese-language online chat and surfing support. With Instant Immersion, you learn by hearing, seeing, and doing.

Spotlight Reviews

43 of 43 people found the following review helpful:

3 out of 5 stars Some hits; some misses, September 29, 2003

Reviewer:   A software user

This product consists of 4 CDs. This product is far from perfect but overall it is a good value and an excellent supplement if you have other learning tools at your disposal.

#1: Talk Now (rating: 5 stars): This is a fun CD for building a simple vocabulary of words and phrases. It makes learning easy by associating the words and phrases with the actual object or action instead of over-emphasizing the English translation. This helps you to start thinking in Japanese instead of thinking of an object in English then attempting to translate that word into Japanese. The games and quizzes are entertaining and keep your interest.

#2: World Talk (rating: 0 stars): This CD is practically impossible for a beginning student to understand. It is not a logical progression from the first CD. The help button gives you some clues as to what the lesson is attempting to teach, but it is very inadequate and confusing. There is also a section for transcription. There is a control to adjust the rate at which the sentences are read, however, it actually only adjusts the amount of time BETWEEN sentences, not adjusting the speed at which the words are spoken. Most people have a difficult time transcribing their own spoken language at normal spoken rate, so to transcribe a foreign language is incredibly difficult.

#3: Human Japanese (rating: 4 stars): This is an online textbook that covers grammar, vocabulary, writing hiragana and katakana, and even a little culture, too. It is written in a very readable, easy-to-understand manner that's not sterile like a typical textbook. New vocabulary is introduced in an accessible manner. The instruction for learning hiragana and katakana is excellent.

#4: JQuickTrans (rating: 3.25 stars): This is a nice translator. The interface is a little bit confusing, even for people who are very comfortable using computer applications. You should definitely read the Quick Start Guide to get a better feel for how to use this program.

All Customer Reviews
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars

4 out of 5 stars Pretty good software., January 14, 2005

Reviewer:   Kitty O. Wood "Osiris" (Earth)

I didn't buy this off of Amazon, but at the discount aisle at Fry's Electronics. I thought it was alright. I gave these a confusion level. 5 is the most, 0 is the least.

The first CD, Talk Now, was awesome. It teaches some basic words and phrases, along with colors, food, numbers, and a few other things. When you think you're ready to play the quiz game, you can get printable awards depending on how you did.
Confusion Level: 0

The second CD, World Talk, confused me so much. Just...no. I'm sorry if they meant well, but they sure as sugar DIDN'T do well on this one.
Confusion Level: 48,592,703,271,623,028

The third CD is Human Japanese. It's nice to know that it's not textbook Japanese and I actually learned grammar. You get writing lessons, grammar lessons, and how to pronounce the words correctly. I loved it and it's still one of my favorite Japanese programs. Every once in a while it all seems a bit overwhelming, though.
Confusion Level: 1.5

The fourth one, JquickTrans, is like a dictionary. You type in a word and it gives you the word in Japanese and some related words. It's kind of confusing at first, so play around with it until you're comfortable. It can find pretty much any word you type in, even rare-ish words that you don't hear in everyday conversation, like "phantasm."
Confusion Level: 2.5

Overall, I think it's a good bit of software and if you are just starting out, I suggest getting this one.

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

2 out of 5 stars Save your Money, December 28, 2004

Reviewer:   Anh Tran (California USA)

NOT VERY GOOD AT ALL! there are four discs, the only useful one is the first disc. it starts out by teaching you basic vocab...how to say bathroom, silverware, fruits, food items, how to tell time, colors, numbers and stuff like that. but then u put in the second disc and its speaking ENTIRELY in Japanese and it's impossible to understand whats going on or what youre supposed to do by just what you learned on the first disc. also there are interactive games to help u learn and remember, but the games are easy and repetitive and get boring fast! Not a good tool for learning Japanese...disappointing =(

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars A Winner, March 1, 2004

Reviewer:   Sean Burns (Wellington, New Zealand)

If you're starting to learn Japanese, a feat to be applauded in itself, this is an amazing package. It's fun, interactive, and educational. Don't even think about trying to get a foot in the door without this. Books are great but to be able to see people pronounce the words with enthusiasm in correlation to the picture of the word is SO helpful and helps it stick amazingly well too. Another commenter posted that the games were worthless but they're only useless if your not focused on learning. This makes it so simple AND enjoyable, something I've never found with any other software out there. I was at first hesitant by the low price wondering how it could possibly deliver. BUY this as it's a steal and for the dedicated learner, a great way to start.

10 of 22 people found the following review helpful:

1 out of 5 stars Terrible., February 9, 2004

Reviewer:   Mark (Coeur D Alene, ID United States)

Your money would be better spent on a book that teaches you grammar AND vocabulary. This set comes with no directions, just a bunch of CDs in a box. Using the software isnt explained, the games are useless as you can win just by clicking all over, you dont have to learn anything.

Learning phrases isnt helpful for any language if you dont know how to take vocabulary and form your own phrases.

Honestly this is a waste of cash. Get a book. If you need pronunciation help buy a book with an audio disc included.

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