So you’d like to learn Spanish, and you want to make maximum use of your computer to do it, but you aren’t sure which software to buy or try? No problem: there are several places where you can access a “learn Spanish software review,” either in a chat room, on a download site, on a message board, or at an Internet bulletin board with tons of information about how to learn Spanish language computer programs. Let’s take a look at just a few of the possibilities.
Independent Review Sites
Top Ten Reviews has a great site that compares and contrasts ten of the most popular Spanish learning software offerings and reviews of them (see http://learn-spanish-software-review.toptenreviews.com). You might notice that Pimsleur, one of the most popular language training programs, is missing from the list. That’s because Pimsleur’s program is almost 100% audio-based; it is not a software program as such. But you’ll find Berlitz, Rosetta Stone, Rocket Spanish, and seven other Spanish computer programs listed, and you can learn about the relative strengths and weaknesses of each in this handy, side-by-side Spanish software review. Another place to read user reviews of Spanish learning software is at Downloads.com. The great thing about Downloads.com is that much of the Spanish learning software reviewed there is available for free, either permanently or on a trial basis. You can read the reviews, decide which program to try, and download it—all from a single, convenient website. JiffySpanish.com reviews software, including Rocket Spanish, Visual Link Spanish, Learn Spanish Like Crazy, and Pimsleur Spanish Review.
Online Shopping Sites
Of course, you can always go to sites like Amazon.com, BN.com, and other online merchants, and check out reader/user reviews of Spanish learning software and other computer programs. I’ve notice that you have to be a bit careful with Amazon reviews, though: the reviewers aren’t screened at all and occasionally you run across someone who apparently woke up in a cranky mood and decided to take it out on the product, book, or program. Still, you can read between the lines and get a pretty good idea of whether you’ll like the particular Spanish computer program being discussed. And if you learn you want to know more, these sites make it easy.
Discussion Lists, eZines, and Others
Ezine@rticles (ezinearticles.com) has several informative discussions of Spanish learning software, including links to reviews and other online resources. TravelinginSpain.com also features free Spanish learning activities, along with reviews (and ads) about software.