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Italian CD-ROM Programs

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51 Languages of the World
Dual-platform CD-ROM featuring 51 languages from all over the world; allows the user to speak with native speakers; interactive dialogues and conversation practice aid the user in learning and understanding more advanced speech, while games and quizzes make learning the language fun and interactive.

Andreuccio da Perugia
Macintosh platform CD-ROM; a selection from Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron simplified for the beginning-level Italian language learner via the Transparent Language® program; this “transparent language” version of the original text features hideable Help windows that provide text-related information when the user highlights a segement of text; windows available:
(1) Word Meaning provides literal meaning of each word of original text
(2) Phrase Meaning gives the meaning of a phrase as a whole (i.e., idiomatic sense)
(3) Sentence Meaning offers the meaning of a highlighted segment of the original text
(4) Notes allows the user to add personal reminders, questions, comments
(5) Comments provides important grammar information.

Firenze
Compatibility: Windows 3.1, Widnows 95, or Windows 98 | Mac System 7.1 – Mac OS 8.1
This dual-platform, interactive CD-ROM (© 1997 Editrice Bonechi) offers a virtual tour of the city of Florence and the major works of the great artists of the Florentine Renaissance; includes: over 800 images, 2 panoramic QuickTime movies, city and district maps with detailed information on monuments, churches, museums and galleries, history of the Medici family; images may be enlarged to full-screen size; choice of language of narration and on-screen texts (Italian, French, German or English); accompanying booklet containing 75 of the on-screen images also available; 2 copies.

Leonardo da Vinci
Compatibility: Mac System 7 – 7.5
Produced by Corbis Corporation and introduced by Bill Gates, Chairman of Corbis Corp. and Prof. Martin Kemp, Professor of the History of Art at Oxford University, this comprehensive CD-ROM examines the life, times, thought, experiments, art, and vision of Leonardo da Vinci; features cinematic narrative, animation, contemporary photography, Renaissance music, interactive exhibits, and galleries containing da Vinci’s sketches and paintings, re-enactment of experiments, timeline (1400–1550); “Codescope” translation tool allows user to explore the mirrored writing of the Codex Leicester, Leonardo’s scientific notebook, and either read the original Italian or translate same into English; narration throughout CD in English.

Leonardo The Inventor 2.0
Compatibility: Windows 3.1 or Windows 95 “or higher” | Mac System 7.1 “or later”
This dual-platform, interactive CD-ROM (© 1996 Softkey Multimedia) features an animated environment in which 21 of Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions related to warfare, engineering, music, water, and flight are described in great detail with rotational 3-D views provided for some; also includes: gallery of an additional 51 inventions with option to view related modern-day devices, database of people, places, and ideas, biography of Da Vinci, historical timeline, 3 games, index of Da Vinci’s works and where they are located today; narration and text in English.

La lingua italiana
Brief document about adjectives and adverbs excerpted from the Transparent Language CD-ROM program entitled “Introduction to Italian Language;” excerpt included in “Samples” folder on Transparent Language’s Spanish Now! CD-ROM disc, a software program designed to help students read and understand foreign language stories; the “transparent language” version of the original text features hideable Help windows that provide text-related information when the user highlights a segment of text; windows available:
(1) Word Meaning provides literal meaning of each word of original text
(2) Phrase Meaning gives the meaning of a phrase as a whole (i.e. idiomatic sense)
(3) Sentence Meaning offers the meaning of a highlighted segment of the original text
(4) Notes allows the user to add personal reminders, questions, comments
(5) Comments provides important grammar information; allows access to pronunciation (by native speaker) of every word and sentence of original text and includes record and playback feature to promote development of student’s pronunciation and listening comprehension skills; interactive learning games also included: Plug-n-Play tests comprehension; Unscramble focuses on correct sentence order; Vocabulous! requires the solving of crossword puzzles or another missing word activity.

The Medici
CD-ROM produced by E.M.M.E. Interactive and Films for the Humanities and Sciences; historical survey of Florence at the time of the Medici family; over 350 images (including art images and maps), videoclips, graphics, music, and extensive text with audio narration (in English).

 

Oggi in Italia Multimedia CD-ROM 8th Edition
Compatibilty: Windows 2000 or Windows XP | Mac OSX 10.3.1
Macintosh/Windows CD-ROM (© 2007) to complement the Oggi in Italia text; a Houghton Mifflin Co. “StudySpace” product, this program includes several activities

 

Think and Talk Italian
Compatibility: Windows 95 or Windows 3.1 | Mac System 7.1 – Mac OS 9.1
Dual platform (Macintosh/Windows) CD-ROM produced by Berlitz and The Learning Company, Inc; designed to promote general fluency in Italian by emphasizing speaking and listening comprehension skills; contains 50 lessons based on 150 real-life situations; includes an online dictionary of 10,000 words with English translation, as well as mechanism for recording/playback of user voice.

Who is Oscar Lake?
Compatibility: Mac System 7.x
CD-ROM language learning adventure game in Italian; intended for use by beginning-level students; object of the game: to help solve the mystery of a crime committed shortly after you, a diamond dealer, arrive in a large city where an old friend owns a hotel and gallery — on display in the gallery, a world-famous blue diamond; user must explore and “talk” in Italian to live-action characters in the story; language skills addressed: vocabulary building, multiple ways of expressing an idea, reading (via dialog transcriptions), listening comprehension, pronunciation; game also includes multilingual glossary for translation into English, French, German, or Spanish of words that appear in the program, as well as language-learning activities of a “listen and choose,” “listen and speak,” or “listen and do” nature.