Software Reviews|July 23, 2011 6:54 am

Tell Me More Chinese Software

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Rocket Korean
Rocket Chinese
Rocket Japanese

Thanks for reading my review of the TELL ME MORE Chinese Language program. I’ll start by describing my judging criteria. Then I’ll present the actual review. Finally, I’ll give some purchasing options and recommendations based on your particular learning needs.

Judging Criteria

What’s so hard about learning a language? People usually say it’s memorizing vocabulary words or mastering pronunciation. Is this really true, though?

Think about it. If you didn’t have to go to work or take care of a family, you could master Mandarin pronunciation easily. If you could sit around for 8 hours a day learning vocabulary words, you’d build up a huge vocabulary in no time. So, if these types of things aren’t the real challenges, what are? The biggest challenges to learning a language, I think you’ll agree, are that…

  • It is time-comsuming
  • It takes a lot of mental effort
  • It is expensive

With that in mind, how should we judge language learning programs? Well, naturally, we should judge programs based on how they help us conquer our biggest challenges. We do this by judging what I call…

  • learning effectiveness
  • ease of use
  • value for money

What’s Learning effectiveness? It’s pretty simple. Different software programs use different teaching methods, and some are better than others. When I review a program, I use it and then judge it based on how much I learned with it in a particular amount of time.

What’s ease of use? This is my way of judging how the course is laid out. Sometimes it’s harder to figure out how to use the software than it is to learn the language! If it takes me ages just to figure out how to navigate around the coursee, I don’t want to use it!

What’s Value for money? Some programs are cheap but ineffective and hard to use. Others are expensive but effective and easy to use. I judge “value” based on how much the program costs in comparison to its learning effectiveness and its ease of use. Then I compare it to other products in the market and my own personal needs (if you just want to learn a few survival phrases, a $500 program is not good value for your money no mater how good it is).

TELL ME MORE

The Company

TELL ME MORE was founded in 1987 and has over 7 million customers worldwide. Their software can also be found in over 10,000 academic institutions, as well as is in governments and large corporations, like the United States Government and Toyota Motors.

The Program

This is a very comprehensive package that includes three levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced, and the program covers all four core second language acquisition skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. In terms of reading and writing, it includes instruction on both pinyin and simplified Chinese characters, something many software programs lack.

The wild success of this program is mostly attributed to its groundbreaking speech-recognition technology. This amazing feature has the ability to recognize all four Chinese tones without error, and, as you speak, it “listens” to and corrects your pronunciation and intonation. It does this by providing visual cues in the form of waveform and pitch curve displays. …and that’s not all it does.

This amazing technology also has the ability to “hear” and highlight mispronounced words within sentences. Using the visual cues, you can then repeat sentences over and over again until both your pronunciation and intonation are perfect. It’s like having a native Chinese speaker sitting next you fixing your pronunciation as you study, something that not all Chinese language software programs have.

Highlights

  • Amazing Voice Recognition Technology
  • Highly Interactive Dialogues
  • 300 Hours of Learning
  • Over 1,500 Exercises
  • 3000 Vocabulary Words with Native-Speaker Recordings
  • Learn 74 Key Grammar Points Quickly and Easily
  • Very High-Quality Materials

Bonus Gift

Buy any of the software programs listed on this site and I’ll give you an amazing FREE bonus gift that isn’t available on any other site! What is it? It’s a foolproof system used to design custom, laser-focused, learning strategies. Yours will be focused on YOUR own personal learning strengths. You can easily double, or even triple, the rate at which you learn new languages using this system.

I know. I developed the system myself. I designed it using a Harvard University theory called The Theory Of Multiple Intelligences. I’m having software developers turn it into a software program right now. When it’s done, I’m going to put it on the market for $49.95.

Act now, though, and I’ll give it to you for free! Just buy any of the language learning programs anywhere on this site and email me the receipt at ryan@liveinasiablog.com. When I get it, I’ll email your FREE Bonus Gift! Easy as pie!

Click Here to Buy TELL ME MORE Chinese and Claim Your FREE Bonus Gift.

 

Is this product for you?

This product is a bit expensive, but it is also a top of the line product that is very effective. If you’re looking for a deep and thorough understanding of Mandarin Chinese, and you’re planning to study hard for at least the next year or two, this is a wonderful product. It will be great value for your money.

If you are not fully committed to using the 300 hours of instruction this program provides, however, you may find better value for your money with another product. If you want to acquire an in-depth knowledge of Chinese but aren’t ready to commit a year or two of your life to it, I suggest that you take a look at the more consumer-friendly Rocket Chinese, which is priced at just $99. Here are some highlights of the software.

Read My Rocket Chinese Review

Launch Your Learning with Rocket Chinese


What’s the big deal with Rocket Chinese? Head on over and have a look for yourself!

  • 800,000 satisfied customers!
  • Amazing value–lifetime membership for one fee! (I haven’t seen this anywhere else)
  • Live Help from a Chinese Native Speaker
  • Personalized Learning With My Motivation Feature
  • Perfectly Designed Step-By-Step Learning
  • Highly Interactive–With Both Audio and Video!
  • Beautifully Designed–Reminds Me of Apple Products
  • It’s Joining a Community, Not Just Buying Software
  • Free 6-day Trial–Snatch up a free trial now

 

Launch Your Learning With Rocket Chinese

 

Questions? Comments? Be a part of the discussion! Put your questions and comments below.

About Me

In the last 10 years I have lived in 4 different countries. I spent 5 years in Korea, 3 years in China, 1 year in the Philippines, and I currently live in Thailand. And every time I’ve moved I’ve had to learn a new language.

I’ve also been a language teacher myself, and I have written and published 16 language learning textbooks.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at ryan@liveinasiablog.com

 

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