Computer Buyer & Upgrades

educational software compared:

Parlez-vous PC?

What was tested? Four language learning packages for the PC costing less than £40 were reviewed and rated based on features, ease of use and value for money. Scores ranged from 2 to 5 stars out of 5. For the review, go to

Results of this test:

Discours & Méthode À l'écoute de la langue française

"good" (3 out of 5 stars)

"Although it's slow and not very interactive, it's well presented and helpful, and may suit you if you're new to language learning."


Linkword Languages Language Course

"disappointing" (2 out of 5 stars)

"... The memorisation method is a proven system, however ridiculous it might seem. On the other hand, Linkword is monotonous and, as with most self-teaching systems, there's no way of checking your pronunciation."


Nova Development Berlitz Premier

"unbeatable" (5 out of 5 stars) – Best Buy

Compared to the other courses available within this price range, Computer Buyer & Upgrades think the Berlitz Premier offers far better value for money. Overall then, they say it's a great buy. more ... (2 reviews)


Parlo Language Course

"excellent" (4 out of 5 stars) – Recommended

"... simple techniques do help to build your practical skills, and only Parlo has them."