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Instant Immersion Spanish Review

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been replaced by another product.

Our Verdict

Instant Immersion TalkNow is a good way to learn basic Spanish and get by in a Spanish-speaking environment, but it can't help you much beyond that.

For

  • This program is great for learning Spanish words you need for shopping, restaurants and describing yourself.

Against

  • Surprisingly for such an audio-heavy program, voices from the virtual tutors are warped and grainy.
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Instant Immersion image: You can start learning Spanish as soon as you download this software.

Instant Immersion image: You can start learning Spanish as soon as you download this software.
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Instant Immersion image: You can access help, language preferences, audio lessons and main lessons on the program's dashboard.

Instant Immersion image: You can access help, language preferences, audio lessons and main lessons on the program's dashboard.
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Instant Immersion image: Before you begin learning, you have to create a username. Your progress saves under this name so you can pick up where you left off for future sessions.

Instant Immersion image: Before you begin learning, you have to create a username. Your progress saves under this name so you can pick up where you left off for future sessions.
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Instant Immersion image: The TalkNow program is divided by topic. Each section covers vocabulary and word use.

Instant Immersion image: The TalkNow program is divided by topic. Each section covers vocabulary and word use.
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Instant Immersion image: Each topic has a menu with five options: word practice, speaking practice, easy game, hard game and a printable picture dictionary. The first two add to your vocabulary words, while the easy and hard games test your skills.

Instant Immersion image: Each topic has a menu with five options: word practice, speaking practice, easy game, hard game and a printable picture dictionary. The first two add to your vocabulary words, while the easy and hard games test your skills.
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Instant Immersion image: The virtual tutors can guide you through all the vocab words, or you can explore at your own pace.

Instant Immersion image: The virtual tutors can guide you through all the vocab words, or you can explore at your own pace.
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Instant Immersion image: During speaking practice, you can hear yourself pronounce vocabulary words.

Instant Immersion image: During speaking practice, you can hear yourself pronounce vocabulary words.
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Instant Immersion image: In most sections, the easy game uses a flashcard format. Here, the virtual tutor asks for a time and you select the correct watch.

Instant Immersion image: In most sections, the easy game uses a flashcard format. Here, the virtual tutor asks for a time and you select the correct watch.
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Instant Immersion image: The extra games serve as review drills. You can select the difficulty level and cover vocab from all nine lessons.

Instant Immersion image: The extra games serve as review drills. You can select the difficulty level and cover vocab from all nine lessons.
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Instant Immersion image: This timed game asks you to remember and select the right card with the vocab word, exercising your memory and vocabulary skills.

Instant Immersion image: This timed game asks you to remember and select the right card with the vocab word, exercising your memory and vocabulary skills.
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Instant Immersion image: Male and female virtual tutors guide you through each lesson, and you can change how they look.

Instant Immersion image: Male and female virtual tutors guide you through each lesson, and you can change how they look.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been replaced by another product. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

The learn Spanish software Instant Immersion TalkNow focuses on the fundamentals of Spanish vocabulary. The lessons cover topics like food, colors, phrases, the body, numbers, time and shopping. Each section, regardless of topic, is divided into five parts: word practice, speaking practice, easy game, hard game and print picture dictionary. The print picture dictionary is less of a lesson and more of a study guide. It uses the same images found in the lessons to help you study in your free time. This is a good program for learning the basics to get by, but it doesn't offer the tools for you to become fluent like the best learning Spanish software.

TalkNow is mostly geared toward an auditory learning style, with downloadable MP3s of vocab words and pronunciation exercises. However, the audio quality of the virtual guides is poor and grainy. Luckily, the playback quality of your own Spanish attempts is much better. There's no accuracy gauge in the speaking sections, so you have to compare your attempts with the program’s native-speaker recordings on your own.

Speaking practice in this program is engaging and useful. This section begins with a list of four, eight or 10 randomized vocabulary words. There are two recording options available, depending on how confident you feel in your vocab skills. You can opt to hear the word before repeating it into a microphone or simply speak the word associated with the picture.

This program does not have any video introductions or lessons. However, TalkNow teaches you to associate words with images and has several interactive games to help solidify the vocabulary you learned. This program has an easy game, a hard game and bonus timed games for each section. Each of these exercises reuse the vocabulary words you reviewed through the lessons, and all three use a flashcard format that requires you to match the spoken Spanish word with its associated image.

While the program doesn’t have an app or online lessons, you can download MP3s from the software to your phone or MP3 player if you want to review the vocabulary you learned. The MP3 files download quickly, because each one contains only one Spanish vocabulary word.

Instant Immersion TalkNow is an effective program for helping you remember simple vocab for a vacation or basic communication. You won't be completely fluent by the end the course using this program alone, but it pairs well with classes or other programs that add context and focus more heavily on grammar and parts of speech.