Designed primarily for travelers, eLanguage Learn to Speak Deluxe is available in Spanish, French, German or English and focuses on pronunciation and conversation practice through speech recognition technology. The unique opportunity to practice speaking in real-time conversations with characters in the program is praised highly by nearly all reviewers. Although the program does not lead to fluency, reviewers say it gives travelers a decent vocabulary foundation along with confidence and competence in pronunciation and conversation. For less common languages, reviewers recommend Talk Now! (*est. $35) which is available in 110 languages.
Learn to Speak Deluxe reviews are found on education websites, including SuperKids Educational Software Review, Learning Village, and Learningware Reviews. PC Magazine editor Shane Mooney also offers a thorough review of Learn to Speak Deluxe, praising the customizable aspects of the program. User reviews are available at Amazon.com. Some reviews refer to earlier versions of Learn to Speak Deluxe, produced by The Learning Company.
This site looks at both the Spanish and French versions of Learn to Speak Deluxe and finds them to be enjoyable, engaging, and complete. One review does mention that the games are a bit boring. The speech recognition feature is praised for both versions.
Review: French/Spanish Reviews, Editors of SuperKids
Reviewer Scott McGregor praises the uniqueness of real-time conversing and the extensive use of speech recognition. He says Learn to Speak is "excellent" in educational value and "very good" in both design and ease of use.
Review: At A Glance – Second Language, Scott McGregor
Reviewer Shane Mooney acknowledges that Learn to Speak does not lead to fluency. He makes special note of the speech recognition capabilities and the real-time conversations, and also praises the customizable features of the program.
Review: Language Learning Software, Shane Mooney, Jan. 29, 2002
Former teacher Juline Lambert begins her review by informing users that the Learn to Speak program is designed for conversational learning, not as a comprehensive language system. She points out that the topics taught are especially useful to travelers.
Review: Foreign Language Software, Juline Lambert
There are only two reviews here. Both are short and focus on system compatibility, not software features or effectiveness.
Review: Learn to Speak Spanish 9 Deluxe, Contributors to Amazon.com