Instant Immersion Spanish is good software on how to learn Spanish that includes multiple lessons and activities, focusing heavily on the fundamentals of Spanish. It is easy to use and presents information in a variety of ways to accommodate different learning styles. However, Instant Immersion Spanish does not offer the excellent online chat and testing options that some learning Spanish software provide, and its activities neglect some of the skills necessary for true fluency, like sentence structure and grammar.

One of the software's key features in helping you learn how to speak Spanish is its speech system, which permits you to practice the pronunciation of each word or phrase and compare it to the audio teacher's pronunciation. It accurately measures your voice and tells you which words you pronounce incorrectly. You can even adjust the judgment level for the speech recognition to be lenient or strict. This application uses native Spanish speakers in the lessons so you can hear the difference between your pronunciation and theirs.

Instant Immersion Spanish presents a variety of activities, and each activity reinforces a lesson. They are engaging for any age level because everything is interactive and customizable. There is no set path you must follow, which makes the process more interesting and fun. Each lesson has multiple options that play to the strengths of different learning styles and help you learn Spanish in your own way. Depending what level you are on, these options include important stand-alone words, common phrases and the correct responses to a variety of questions.

Instant Immersion Spanish has a progress tracking system that lets you see where you have done well and where you need improvement. This is especially helpful if you're learning Spanish for beginners.

Instant Immersion comes in a nine-disc set that is broken down into three levels, including three bonus discs with enhanced exercises and activities. Lessons range in topic from simple words to complicated dialogue in a variety of situations. Each level also has games so you can practice what you have learned thus far. The most elaborate game requires you to interact with native Spanish speakers in order to solve a mystery. Each disc also comes with a quiz so you can test your Spanish before moving on to the next level. This is a fun and effective way of retaining information.

Some things missing from this software are online testing and Spanish chat, and activities involving sentence structure and grammar. While you can gain a decent vocabulary and an impressive ability to respond to situations and questions with this software, you might have problems if you need to construct understandable sentences on the fly. This is a significant drawback if you hope to achieve true fluency with this software.

Instant Immersion offers limited technical support through its parent company, TOPICS Entertainment. The support page consists of searchable documents. The Instant Immersion website allows you to log a question on the technical support page and receive a list of documents to answer your question. The reference tab in the application itself should take care of any contextual problems you come across as you learn Spanish.

Instant Immersion Spanish Summary:

Instant Immersion Spanish is a good Spanish learning tool, and the bonus discs add greatly to the experience. Another boon is its use of native Spanish speakers, which helps you understand the proper pronunciation of words. Unfortunately, it lacks some of the features integral to achieving fluency, like online Spanish chat and tools for learning sentence structure and grammar. This software is good way for building and retain vocabulary, but not for learning how to effectively converse in Spanish.

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Instant Immersion Spanish Level 1

Instant Immersion has an impressive speech recognition system.

Instant Immersion does not have online features such as tests or Spanish chat.

The Verdict:

This software has all the features of a premium Spanish application.