Transparent Chinese Review

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Learning a language can be a great experience, or it can be very difficult and frustrating. What makes the difference? Usually it’s the learning methods we choose. Bad teachers and bad software programs can cause a lot of headaches–and wasted time. Three of the biggest hurdles we face when learning a new language are:

  • It’s time-consuming
  • It’s a lot of work
  • It’s expensive

So, naturally, we must judge language learning software programs based on how they solve these three learning hurdles. We do this by judging the following:

  • learning effectiveness
  • ease of use
  • value for money

It is through this set of criteria that I judge all language learning software programs–and you should too! It works.

Analysis

The first thing you should consider when evaluating a language learning program is step-by-step learning–languages must be learned in steps! Does Transparent Chinese have this? I loaded up the software to have a look. I opened “Lesson 01: Introducing Yourself” and clicked on “Vocabulary,” which opened Byki 4 Deluxe, Transparent’s vocabulary learning software.

Byki Deluxe

To my delight, I saw that not only did this software offer structured, step-by-step learning, but the steps were actually listed as Step 1: Preview It, Step 2: Recognize It, and Step 3: Produce It. The system is very effective. Here are the highlights.

  • Well-Structured Step-By-Step Learning
  • Voice Recording (Record Your Voice and Compare it to a Native Speaker)
  • Memory Algorithm Technology (Custom Learning Based on Your Strengths and Weaknesses)
  • Tons of Learning Games and Activities
  • Printable Digital Flash Cards
  • Pronunciation Practice With Native Speaker Recording
  • Learning on the Go With BykiPod MP3 audio files
  • Make and Share Custom Vocabulary Lists–Online Community at Byki.com ListCentral

Main Transparent Software

Again, the most important part of language learning software is the learning process it provides, so I’ll focus on that here. The Transparent software chapters are focused around themes and dialogues. The overall structure of each chapter is simple:

  • First you learn the vocabulary words
  • Then you learn to read
  • Then you perfect your pronunciation
  • And finally you speak the interactive dialogue with with a native speaker.

That’s a good, sound learning process. You get much more, though. You get activities–lots and lots of activities. The activities are like glue. They cement everything you’ve learned together. Some focus on grammar and spelling. Others on speaking and pronunciation. Others on reading and writing. Again, I can’t go through every feature, but I’ll give you some highlights.

  • Voice Recording and computerized pronunciation Analysis
  • Tons of Interactive Games
  • Covers all 4 core learning competencies (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking)
  • Interactive Dialogues With a Native Speaker
  • HIghly Relevant Dialogues
  • Export Audio Lessons and Take Them With You

Summary

Advantages
Transparent claims that if you learn with their software, you will never forget what you’ve learned. I have to agree. It takes a while to complete each lesson, but once you finish it, you have done, redone and then done again, all using different games and activities that keep you from getting bored. Also, their learning process is great. I loved learning vocabulary with the Byki Deluxe. And when I was finished with it, I was well prepared to jump into the main software. Finally, I love their online community, where you can share your custom vocabulary lists, as well as download lists make by others–this keeps your software valuable even after you’ve learned everything in it.

Disadvantages
While I like this software, there are a few improvements that could be made. First, the design looks pretty dated. When you open it, you don’t see something that looks like the latest and greatest Apple product. Also, in my opinion, it could use a bit of instruction in regards to pronouncing pinyin. They jump right in to Chinese characters, which is kind of difficult.

Value for Your Money
So, should you buy this software? Well, at $179.95 it’s a big investment but certainly not the most expensive language learning software program on the market. If you’re just looking to learn some travel phrases for your trip to the Great Wall, this probably isn’t the best software for you. On the other hand, if your goal is to gain a very deep and lasting understanding of the Chinese language, this software is good value–you could learn with it for years!

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  • is my best seller
  • is half the price
  • has a super-slick interface
  • has a wonderful Student Forum

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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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