The combination of the Immersion environment with the Reference environment (which includes the grammar and the Before You Know It (LAB) makes this program a total package for language learning.
In the Immersion Environment the language student has five tabs: Theater, Reading, Activities, Pronunciation, and Conversation. At each level there is a progression to the final tab called Conversations.
The Theater arena is for word, phrase, and sentence practice in different travel situations that the software calls “Survival Phrases."
The Reading arena starts with phrases and builds up to a complete reading about a travel situation. On the lower right-hand side, there is a button to check a grammar point, or a place to add your own notes.
The Activities arena has six areas of language entertainment at its best: Crosswords, Vocabulous!, Word Dictation, Unscrabble, Plug-n-Play, Graffiti, and Sentence Dictation. Flex that brain, and have fun doing it.
The Pronunciation arena is divided into three areas: Listen & Speak, Words, and Sentences. This is the arena where you, fledgling learner, get your practice to take on the big boys, the native speakers. Here, you can match your pronunciation against theirs, and see how close you get to sounding local. It’s fun. Tons of it.
When you arrive at the Conversation arena, you have hit the big time. This is your wake up call to what is to come when your plane touches down on distant soil. This is where you want to be. A different conversational dialogue for a different travel situation. Know before you go.
The Before You Know It (LAB) has flash cards that flip back and forth about as fast as your brain can fry. They are an effective way to learn meaning and practice pronunciation. A word of warning though: this software is intuitive. It remembers your mistakes, and presents them to you again until you get it right.