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Learning Spanish on Your Computer
||Learn Spanish Your Way|
|LYW uses a combination of techniques to teach, and provides male and female native speakers as guides. There are games, videos to watch or participate in (on a very simplistic level), as well as the kind of exercises you would expect.|
I found that my pronunciation was more likely to be accepted if the sample speaker was female. I also found that I had to be fairly forceful in my speech. As the training progressed and those damned annoying, unchangeable 'bink' and 'bonk', especially the 'bonk' raised my tension levels incredibly.
The original CD was slightly deformed and caused a lot of noise, I used a disc copier to see if a fresh disc would work, and it did. I regret I didn't try to kill off the bink and bonk wav files at the same time.
|I liked having the audio CDs so that I could listen to the Spanish anytime. I think it would have been better to have Spanish lyrics on the music CD. I also liked the way that I could print out the grammar lessons. Even with a notebook (which has much more problems with speech recognition because of internal sounds and sometimes resources), it is inconvenient to only use CALL because you are desk-bound.|
Listen and repeat
|Following advice, I moved onto another program and then returned to LYW, and yes, I did do better on the vocabulary speech recognition.
Learn Spanish Your Way (LYW) uses the following other programs which come on the CD: Acrobat Reader for the user manual, IBM's ViaVoice Spanish Runtime for the speech evaluation, and Quicktime 4.0 to play the video files.
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