Available in 110 languages, Talk Now! remains the only mainstream language learning software available in many less common languages. It focuses on language basics in nine topic areas, with listening practice, an easy game, a difficult game, speech practice, and a printable dictionary for each topic area. Voice recording and speech recognition technologies are available, and the program incorporates "intelligent" software designed to target a learner's weak areas for more focused, individualized learning. Although the program is not comprehensive and does not lead to fluency, many users say that Talk Now! presents language basics in a simple, enjoyable format. For a more comprehensive approach to the most widely spoken languages, reviewers recommend Tell Me More Premium (*est, $270), a program that's intended to lead to fluency.
Talk Now! reviews are harder to find than reviews for more popular language software. Reviews are mostly available on commercial sites, including Top Ten Reviews and 101Language.com. These reviews are not exceptionally thorough, but they give an overview of the features and pros and cons of the Talk Now! software. User comments can also be found on blogs posted to Bright Hub and reviews posted to Amazon.com.
Although Top Ten Reviews does not give Talk Now! high marks, the program does make their "Top Ten" list for several available languages. They praise the vocabulary practice in the program, but stress that it does not lead to mastery.
Review: Language Software, Editors of TopTenReviews.com
2. Bright Hub.com
Reviewer Larry Gordon praises the game-type format of Talk Now! and notes that it is an enjoyable and effective way to learn language basics. He also notes that the program is easy to install and that technical support is readily available.
Review: Talk Now! Learn Portuguese – Continental Portuguese with a Monte Carlo Flair, Larry Gordon
This site praises the "intelligent" software and voice recording technologies available in the Talk Now! program. Editors like the broad number of languages available and the practice sections for each topic area. They dub Talk Now! a fun and entertaining way to learn the basics of nearly any language.
Review: Software Comparison Chart, Editors of 101Language.com
There are very few reviews here for Talk Now!. The Polish and Cantonese versions have the most reviews, but there aren't enough comments yet to draw any sweeping conclusions.
Review: Talk Now! Reviews, Contributors to Amazon.com