This bundle of programs is a system of multimedia flashcards and games designed to reinforce vocabulary. Four CD-ROMs feature similar content, but each is devoted to a different foreign language Spanish, French, German, and Italian.
"Learn" mode consists of "flashcards" that are divided into logical categories, including colors, plurals, places, professions, actions, and more. Most identify common objects, and some include phrases. Each image is identified in a very clear voice, and clicking on an object more than once will prompt the word to be pronounced by a different voice. The program toggles between a male and female voice, helping to ensure clarity, and maximizing the chances that each vocabulary word is heard correctly. The words and phrases are printed on the screen, as well.
The program's three games are rather simple but very amusing. Each game has three difficulty levels, and points are awarded for playing each of the nine levels. At the end, kids will have achieved enough points to earn a bronze, silver, or gold medal and a printable certificate saying as much.
Though the games are nothing new, they are effective and enjoyable in a simple way. One game is an old favorite a memory game that features the program's vocabulary words. Children need to match images with words, which helps reinforce spelling and reading skills. Another game is a simple look-and-find activity wherein children search for an image of a spoken word in a set of cards. Finally, a "Beat the Clock" game also requires children to listen to an audio clue and find a matching picture, except this time there is a race against a timer.
A "record" mode allows kids to speak the words they've learned into a microphone, and compare their voices to those of native speakers, both male and female. In a nice touch, slideshows of their efforts appear at the program's "cinema."
As a sampling of foreign languages, this set is affordable and valuable. Families looking for grammar lessons should turn to other software. However, this set works well for young children who want to learn basic vocabulary words in a foreign language.