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Why foreign language software? A variety of software applications are useful for language learners and speakers: bilingual electronic dictionaries, translation software, language learning games or instructional programs, vocabulary trainers, pronunciation assistance with speech-recognition technology -- the options are many. What you should choose largely depends on the learner's needs. Is the software meant to provide supplemental practice for a course the learner is taking or to be a complete course in the basics? Is it meant to be just a vocabulary trainer or a reference work for regular use? Is it meant to aid the learner in improving speaking proficiency or in developing only a passive understanding of the language? You will notice that language learning software ranges from ultra-cheap to quite expensive with lots of products in between. Typically, the more robust and complete a program is and the more resources that were needed to produce it, the more it will cost. In most cases you are probably getting exactly what you're paying for.

Note: This page includes language learning software, dictionaries, & translation tools for computers and mobile devices. If you're looking for language instruction books with accompanying audio CDs, see our foreign language books page, or for audio CDs only, see our foreign language learning CDs page.

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Rich multimedia software for learning languages

Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone uses an immersion method to teach learners language without translating, memorizing, or studying rote grammar. Users learn vocabulary and grammar in context while communicating in the target language. Vivid images, authentic audio, automated tutorials, exercises and self-tests, and a speech recognition function all provide 100s of hours of instruction in listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking. Amazon provides screen shots of the Rosetta Stone application and offers it at discount prices. Ages 6 and up.

Available in complete
Level 1, 2 & 3 for: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English (UK), English (US), Farsi / Persian, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Russian, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), Swedish, Tagalog / Filipino, Turkish, Vietnamese.

Available in complete Level 1 & 2 for: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English (UK), English (US), Farsi / Persian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), Swedish, Tagalog / Filipino, Turkish, Vietnamese.

Level 1 only available for: Danish, Indonesian, Irish, Pashto, Swahili, Thai, Welsh.

Languaes of the World
The Languages of the World series by Transparent Language offers instruction in some of the world's lesser taught languages: Afrikaans, Bengali, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Esperanto, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, Flemish, Greek, Hawaiian, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovak, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Yiddish, and Zulu. Each program contains numerous games and activities, includes 1000s of words, dialogs recorded by native speakers, and pronunciation with speech recognition technology. Download the software and start learning immediately.

SPECIAL OFFER: Save 15% on any order at Transparent.com. Use LANGUAGE15 at checkout. Or get $20 off a premium product with the code 20OFFPREMIUM. Both offers expire 8/31/2010.

Tell Me More
Tell Me More includes 100s of hours of learning and 1000s of exercises, taking the learner through beginner, intermediate, and advanced stages of the language. Lessons include conversations and mpeg videos, grammar instruction, an audio glossary of vocabulary, speech recognition technology to monitor pronunciation, and cultural information. Demos can be viewed before buying. Available for: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, English for Kids, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish.

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Foreign language software dictionary & vocabulary learning programs

BYKI Deluxe
Before You Know It (BYKI) Deluxe 4.0 by Transparent Language is a popular vocabulary building tool. The software uses an electronic flash card system to help the learner acquire vocabulary in 3 steps -- by (1) previewing, then (2) recognizing, and finally (3) producing the words. Included are about 2000 words and 500 phrases. The software tracks the user's progress and helps reinforce words that are missed. Also included are games to improve the user's vocabulary knowledge, activities to practice and monitor pronunciation, and tests to check progress. Among BYKI's advantages is its flexibility. Files can be downloaded to an iPod or MP3 player and when the user has exhausted the more than 100 vocabulary lists of approximately 15 words each, the learner can download additional wordlists from Transparent Language for free. Available for a wide range of languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Altai, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Belorussian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Buriat, Chechen, Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, English (for Spanish speakers), Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, Gaelic (Scottish), Georgian, German, Greek, Haitian-Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malay, Mirandese, Mongolian, Norwegian, Pashto, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese (European), Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Spanish (Castilian), Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajiki, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvan, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Zulu.

SPECIAL OFFER: Save 15% on any order at Transparent.com. Use LANGUAGE15 at checkout. Or get $20 off a premium product with the code 20OFFPREMIUM. Both offers expire 8/31/2010.

There is also a FREE downloadable version called BYKI Lite, so you can try it your language of choice before buying.

LinguaMatch
The LinguaMatch Panoramic Talking Phrase Book by Transparent Language is a contextualized vocabulary trainer. The software covers 30 topics that include 2000 words and 1200 phrases primarily related to tourism and travel (restaurants, banking, weather). Learning is promoted via both auditory and visual cues. Users can click on rich 3D color drawings of scenes and hear words pronounced in the target language. Also includes drills and games to support vocabulary retention, promote recognition of written and spoken language, and enhance listening comprehension. Voice recognition technology allows users to record themselves and compare language with that of a native speaker. Available for: French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish.

SPECIAL OFFER: Save 15% on any order at Transparent.com. Use LANGUAGE15 at checkout. Or get $20 off a premium product with the code 20OFFPREMIUM. Both offers expire 8/31/2010.

LingvoSoft Bilingual Software Suites include a searchable bilingual talking dictionary with text-to-speech functionality, a travel phrasebook with phrases recorded by native speakers, and flash cards with five learning games. Professional versions also include a talking text translator with text-to-speech functionality. Windows-compatible. Free dowonloadable trial versions available.

Professional versions available for:
French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.

Standard versions available for:
Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Cantonese (Simplified), Cantonese (Traditional), Mandarin Chinese (Simplified), Mandarin Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, Farsi / Persian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese (Romaji Kanji), Japanese (Kanji Romaji), Japanese (Kanji Kana), Japanese (Kana Romaji), Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

LingvoSoft Platinum Packs feature all available LingvoSoft software for a specific language. Useful for students, travelers, and businesspeople. The compiliations include bidirectional and multilingual dictionaries, speech-enabled translation applications, language learning software, software for travelers, and language localization support. For multiple operating systems including Windows, Pocket PC, Palm OS, Smartphone, and numerous PDAs and mobile devices. Available for: Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

Dual-language electronic dictionaries for multiple platforms

LingvoSoft & Ectaco Talking Dictionaries are installed directly onto your PC or mobile phone for use with any application. They each have a bi-directional quick search feature that finds words with only a few characters entered. Word translations are provided and speech synthesis allows for pronunciation for words for some languages. Free trials can be downloaded prior to purchase. All titles are available for Windows and some are also available for Pocket PC, Palm OS, Smartphones, and Nokia & Ericsson phones. Available for: Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, Farsi (Persian), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese (Kana Romaji), Japanese (Kanji Kana), Japanese (Kanji Romaji), Japanese (Romaji Kanji), Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Yiddish.

Bilingual electronic dictionaries have bidirectional searchable databases and many even find words through approximate spellings. Entries normally include examples and translations. Dual language text-to-speech capabilities ensure proper pronunciation in one or both languages. Try: Oxford Hachette French-English, Oxford Duden German-English, Oxford Italian-English, Collins GEM Portuguese-English, Merriam Webster Latin American Spanish-English.



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 TRANSLATION SOFTWARE
Translation software for 45 languages for Windows, Pocket PC, Palm OS, Mobile phones from LingvoSoft.

Lingvosoft Translation Software


- Talking dictionaries
- Full-text translation
- Speech recognition software
- Language learning flashcards
- Localization software
- Travel software

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