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Learn French with Asterix: Asterix and son logo  CDTV

EUROTALK/MICRODEAL * 34.99

Learn French with Asterix: Asterix and son A digitised cartoon book with narration in French. Essentially all it does is show you the story, narrated by actors, and allow you to play it without words on the screen or without a soundtrack.

This would be a waste of time on its own, but a new dimension is added when you use the Voicemaster gadget to record your own attempts at speaking Francais. The mike digitises in your own speech and you can then play it back, next to the original and compare them. It makes an extraordinarily effective way of analyzing how good your pronunciation is or isn't.

The package is surprisingly good. You need both discs for the complete 'Asterix and Son' story, but each disc can stand alone.
Also available soon is a Spanish version, and due out soon is another two-disc set in each language based on the Asterix Black Gold story.

Verdict: 84%

VOICEMASTER


MICRODEAL * 24.99

A microphone that attaches to the CDTV's serial port so you can record your voice. It's designed for use with the Learn French with Asterix discs.

Verdict: 80%
Amiga Format, Issue 39, October 1992, p.48


Learn French with Asterix: Asterix and son logo  CDTV  CU Amiga Screen Star


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Learn French with Asterix: Asterix and son How school kids are supposed to learn to speak French by reciting hundreds of verb endings is beyond me. This two-disc set aims to assist in the learning of French in a rather more entertaining way, and is quoted as being suitable for anyone from 15 to 50.

Most of the discs are taken up by a talking book. Digitised illustrations from the original Asterix books are accompanied by the voices of French actors playing the parts of Asterix, Obelix and all their friends. With the default settings, the speech bubbles are left blank, and you're left to decipher the story from the French speech. If you need a bit of help, you can opt to fill the speech bubbles with French text, English translations, or even get a word-by-word breakdown of everything that is said. This is the most useful feature, as it helps you get a better understanding of word order, vocabulary and general phrase construction.

Also included is an 'interview' section. Here you can choose questions from a list, and direct them at either Asterix or Obelix. Both the questions and answers are spoken in French. If you have a sampler cartridge and microphone connected (such as Microdeal's Voice Master covered here), you can listen to a phrase, speak it into the mike, and then play it back to see how your accent compares to the French voice on the CD.

As educational software goes, Learn French with Asterix is very professionally produced, and would inject some much-needed interest into any French lesson.

89%

CU Amiga, December 1992, p.134