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Tell Me More German

Tell Me More German
Developed by: Auralog
Ranked: 3rd
Overall rating:
Best price: $209.00
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Stephen
Qualtrough

Reviewer

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Review summary

Good points Tell Me More German review good points

• Choose your own pace of learning

• Simple to use and effective

• Excellent speech recognition system

Bad points Tell Me More German review bad points

• Poor headset

• Currently not available for the Apple Mac

Our verdict

Tell Me More German

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Full review

With so many features and a nomination for an interactive Bafta, were looking forward to seeing how Tell Me More lines up against the competition. However, it was the 10,000-plus exercises that cover speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and culture that really won us over, making Tell Me More a unique language tool that's a step ahead of its competition.

Getting started

1 x CD. The headset is pretty average, with serious use we could easily seeing it get broken.

A placement test to assess your current level.

At the start you can choose between working in "Guided Mode" - which guides you through the software in a logical order, "Free-to-Roam Mode" - allows you to choose your own areas of interest or "Dynamic Mode" - allows the software to choose your lesson according to your past ability. If your learning your first language we recommend you use Guided Mode.

Teaching approach

Teaching tools

Tell Me More enables you to practice your language skills with a sophisticated Speech Recognition System that corrects your mistakes.

Users can converse online with native speakers to gain useful experience and feedback.

During our tests, we found the software highly accurate and user friendly, and the exercises were comprehensive too. The only glitch in the works was the included microphone's tendency to not play well with Windows 7, requiring several reinstalls. However, the company reports they are working to correct this problem and it didn't happen often enough to affect our rating.

Tell Me More is also MP3 compatible, making it ideal to take your lessons with you for practicing while on your way to work or on holiday. MP3 player (including iPods and other MP3 devices).

The graphical interactive displays that show your voice are also well designed and unique to this software. There are forms and 3D animations to help you create the right sounds. Plus this software isn't lacking in cultural learning activities - including quizzes, history and geography lessons - to give you a well rounded learning experience.

Several of the images and conversations feel a bit out dated - it definitely feels like they could do with a refresh.

Progress tracking

Value for money

Ease of use

We recommend a good read of the user manual before you start to familiarize yourself with the program layout and options. Overall, the interface is well designed and easy to understand. However, we did find that some of the navigation wasn't always clear - being either dimmed or obscured which could be confusing for some users.

One of the most frustrating elements of the software is that if you stop half way through a lesson it will take you back to start of the lesson, when ideally it should start again at the point you left. It can be quite frustrating on the longer lessons.

Help & support

Auralog's technical support includes tutorials, user guides and an instant online chat feature, which all come with the software. They also offer telephone and email support.

Overall

This is a very comprehensive course, maybe a little too comprehensive because at times you feel a bit lost. This is really a course for those that have plenty of time, its certainly not a quick learning program.

Where many other programs may fail in delivering a true cultural experience, we feel Tell Me More has succeeded. Auralog's software is a brilliantly designed language tutor that will teach you far more than conjugation and pronunciation.

There are plenty of features that make the program fun.


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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 5 for Overall
Setup
 received a rating of 5 for Setup
Teaching approach
 received a rating of 5 for Teaching approach
Teaching tools
 received a rating of 5 for Teaching tools
Progress tracking
 received a rating of 5 for Progress tracking
Ease of use
 received a rating of 5 for Ease of use
Help & support
 received a rating of 5 for Help & support