Rosetta Stone Spanish Version 4 is still one of the best to learn conversational Spanish via computer program. As it is with Rosetta Stone they focus on teaching you the language in a very different way. You learn Spanish as you would if you were growing up in a Spanish speaking country and that makes retention a lot easier than learning with a book at a school. When they say that they can really get you speaking fast they are not exaggerating. Most people will catch on pretty quickly. It is perfect for those looking to visit a new country for long periods of time or for those that will be in a business where they need to speak a lot of Spanish on a daily basis. Many people choose to go with other cheaper ways to learn a language, but Rosetta Stone may be the best program out there for those who need to learn it quickly. Rosetta Stone also makes learning Spanish entertaining and it is not mechanical or boring. You learn from native speakers and you have several different tools included. To you as a student that means that you will want to learn the language. This software is definitely highly recommended.
Quickstart Spanish Immersion is software that uses the immersion techniques in order to get you speaking Spanish. The method involves several different kinds of situations and conversations that are supposed to help you with situations in the real world. While the method is effective it is difficult to stay focused on the lessons, so you need to be especially dedicated to complete this program. Though the immersion technique is used, it is not used to its full potential. Their interaction, but it is not the kind that will make you want to learn more. The program also teaches based on bilingual education instead of English as a second language, which means that you learn Spanish in English instead of being immersed into the language all at once. Some people do prefer that method, but as a general rule it does slow the learning process. If you however have never taken a Spanish class this may be the way to go. If you have taken some Spanish before then you would probably benefit more from another program. As a basic learning program the Quickstart Spanish by SelectSoft Publishing is a good buy, if you can manage to complete the full program, just know that you will most likely need to get another program to be fluent in conversational Spanish.
The Berlitz Spanish Premier program is a Spanish learning software that allows you to go at a fast pace in your learning. It is mostly similar to other programs in this price range with the differences being the wording and the phrasing that you are learning; however we do like this program because it does not beat around the bush and it gets to your learning fast. Keep in mind however that the program will require constant refreshing if you are not actively practicing your Spanish. It is also good to recognize that although it will teach you some basic Spanish it will not have you ready to go and become a bilingual translator. What it will do for you is help you give you a base to easier learning in the future. If you visit another country for example you will already have the basics down and once you are there you only need to add small pieces of information to make you fluent. At a price it is definitely a good buy for those looking to start learning the language.