TELL ME MORE claims being one of the leaders in the language learning market. "With one of the most extensive range of features and content available it has become a benchmark product for language learning." they say.
But it's not without its fault. As you will see in this review problems with content design and the software mean that it may not be the best choice for many learners. Below you will learn exactly what you will receive if you purchase a this program, how much it will cost you and the main advantages and disadvantages of this system. Finally I will offer my overall recommendation and who I think will benefit the most from this product.
Foremost, TELL ME MORE is suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners. It features vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, listening comprehension and conversation practice lessons.
The installation is simple. It takes about 2 minutes to finish the whole installation process.
One of the nicest features is its use of speech recognition, which makes this program highly interactive. The speech recognition functionalities makes it easy for the learner to interact with the program and empowers the learner to practice proper pronunciation.
An other nice feature is that, in case you don't understand a word, you may click on it to find out its meaning, translation or pronunciation.
TELL ME MORE offers 3 study modes (Guided, Free-to-Roam or Dynamic). All of them automatically adjust themselves to your individual level in your personal language learning process.
The TELL ME MORE is a full multimedia language course. Included in the courses are videos which display every day scenarios that you are likely to encounter in the country you are visiting. You are also able to practice conversations with the voice recognition software which provides the opportunity for you to interact with the material. TELL ME MORE covers all aspects of language learning including speaking, writing, reading, grammar and cultural lessons.
There are also a number of additional features included such as 24 / 7 access to an online course advisor, weekly news which uses vocabulary, video and grammar lessons to teach a different news story each week, and progress and placement tests. Tracking tools provide a visual display of your progress with both charts and graphs.
There are a variety of different pricing options available for TELL ME MORE courses. To give a typical example the German language learning course costs upwards of $42 a month for online lessons and exercises. If you want to purchase all ten levels of the CD version of the TELL ME MORE course you can expect to pay $649. You can also select smaller packages such as the first five levels which will cost you $449.
TELL ME MORE is easy to follow and even the most humble beginner is able to understand what to do. However, priced at $529 for all 10 levels it's the most expensive piece of language learning software on the market that I'm currently aware of, which is a big turn-off. It is particularly well suited to advanced academic and business learners who need to master more specific material.
However for beginner to intermediate learners it is in my opinion not the best choice. The syllabus design often seems poorly conceived and there is plenty of material which is extraneous for beginner users. The voice recognition software can also be very frustrating. If you already speak the language you want to study but need to advance your skills then it's a good choice, but for most learners a better structured and fundamental approach such as Rocket Language learning will be more suitable.