Spanish Computer Programs
- Learn To Speak Spanish CD-ROM course (MAC)
A complete Spanish course based on materials developed by the
U.S. Foreign Service Institute, emphasizing speaking and aural
comprehension. The HyperCard-based course has 36 lessons. Each
lesson is centered around a situational setting and a
dialogue, and contains setting, dialogue, grammar, vocabulary,
cultural notes, and interactive exercises, both for grammar
and listening comprehension.
- Pronunciation Tutor (MAC)
Covers the basics of vowel sounds (unaccented, accented, and
combinations), consonants, words, phrases, and full sentences.
By clicking on the syllables, words, and sentences, a native
informant repeats them as many times as the student wishes.
- Survival Manual and language Laboratory (MAC)
Over 8 megabytes of high-quality, native speaker voice
reproduction compressed into four diskettes using Farallon
Computer's new Sound-Edit digitized sound compression an real-
time decompression technology. More than 600 recorded everyday
Spanish words and phrases covering such topics as Food,
Hotels, Transportation, Communications, Doctors, Numbers,
Clothing, and more, as well as notes about everyday life in
Spanish. Includes more than 500 additional non-recorded words
- Verb Tutor (MAC)
With all 200 sentences recorded in high quality, native -
speaker voice reproduction. Click on a button and hear the
sentence pronounced. Ideal for working on oral comprehension
skills as well as verb conjugations. The sentences comprise
over 1,600 words with an average sentence length of 9 words.
These are not simple little three-word sentences but lengthy,
real life everyday conversational type phrases.
- Tense Tutor (MAC)
A companion program to Verb Tutor With Sound. Drills on 200
additional sentences, all read in high quality digitized sound
by a native speaker. Whereas the Verb Tutor tests on all
tenses of a single verb, tense tutor allows user to select the
tense he wants to be drilled on and then drills him on many
verbs in that same tense. It is totally user modifiable. You
can change the sentences it comes with, delete them, add new
verbs and sentences; modify, delete and add translations and
explanations as well. Add conjugations for the new words.
- Word Torture (MAC)
Automated vocabulary drills. Comes with from 1400 to 1600
verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, comparatives, etc. Use as
drill and type in the translations, or use as flash cards.
Program can keep score and redrill on missed words. You can
create drill sets of different sizes. Drill from target
language to English or English to target language. Random
generation assures that words will never appear in the same
order (unless you want them to be). Set the time interval
between seeing the word and its translation. Can be user
modified; add more words to those that come with the stack.
- Spanish Partner
Spanish Partner is designed to supplement first-year college
Spanish courses. The program consists of grammar and
vocabulary exercises. The program includes fill-in-the blank,
matching, and multiple-choice exercises.
- Spanish Idioms (IBM)
Extensive practice of Spanish idioms, with fill-in-the-blanks
and multiple choice questions. Designed for advanced students.
- Spanish Assistant (IBM)
A program designed to work with a word processor in writing
Spanish documents. It helps with grammar, vocabulary, verb
conjugations and translations.
- PICS Listening Tool (IBM)
A computer controlled video disc workshop designed to tutor
language students with carefully picked foreign movies, TV
shows and commercials. A video disc player containing French,
German, or Spanish videos is connected to a microcomputer to
control viewing from different chapters to scene by scene
viewing, to frame by frame viewing. This control is provided
to step through the video sentence by sentence allowing
careful listening of each sentence and comprehending each
meaning. The application also provides a number of lecturing
tools for the student and/or teacher to use: sentence by
sentence play, keyword on demand, transcript on demand,
alternate soundtrack (used to provide a slower more pronounced
soundtrack of the dialogue), listen-then-read, preview via
images, video before audio, audio before video.
The teacher may use this application to make a
presentation for a lecture or the student may use this
application to practice on his or her own. The following is a
list of videos available with the videodisc and computer
- Segunda Ensenanza: La religion y el hombre (IBM)
Pilar, a teacher at a private college in the dramatic series
Segunda Ensenanza, her family, her colleagues, and the
students all react in different ways preparations for the
Christmas holiday season in Spain. 55 minutes.
- Telerrevista (IBM)
Includes Radiotelevision Espanola's short reports on 1)"a
tienda de alimentos"; 2)the famous "ZZZ bota" factory; 3)Elena
Santoja's recipe for and preparation of "higado encebollado";
and 4)Laly Ruiz of "Con tu cuerpo" teaching warm-up stretching
exercises for the entire body. 30 minutes.
- THINK & TALK (MAC)
This cousre is audio CD-disc oriented. That means your involvement
with the recorded sound and your participation in the foreign
language will become second nature, without any need for
translation into your native language. The script, which also
includes reading and writing exercises, remains only an auxiliary
to complement your work with the drama of language--the experience
of growing up in the language of your choice, regardless of your
age, at whatever station in your life.
Our Think & Talk program steers away from standard lessons. Indeed,
there are no lessons! Instead, there are Scenes that will begin to
form your Think & Talk experience. In addition, all Scenes involve
your personal instructor (the male voice) to guide you as you
participate. The control guide (The female voice) provides the
correct responses as our stage/scene presentation unfolds.
We have THINK & TALK in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.