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Learning a New Language With Your PC

Boot Camp feature for Monday, January 5, 2009

If one of your resolutions for the new year is to learn a new language...your PC can help. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. There are lots of ways to learn a new language. Books are useful...because you can use them whenever you have free time. Courses are better...because you can hear and speak the language in a class. Some of the better software tools...combine the convenience of books...with the advantages of a course. Auralog Software, a more than 20 year old company, creates some of those higher end programs in the Tell Me More series. How does it differ from the competition? Auralog's David DeCouto says it goes beyond simply the association of words and phrases with pictures...

"If you went to say Madrid, people would be speaking to you in the native tongue, the signs would be in Spanish and so forth and that's sort of the idea that we take with our software. So when someone uses our software, it's not only like having a personal tutor there, but it's also immersing you completely in the language. I'd say the other difference between us and our competitors is ...whereas a lot of our competitors will offer maybe forty, sixty hours of language learning per box, per level, we offer up to two thousand hours."

Auralog offers courses in nine languages....that include advanced voice recognition. It will take an investment of time and money. The software sells online for about 350 dollars. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.