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Virtual Conversation(R) Spanish Roberto's Restaurant

Virtual Conversation(R) Spanish Roberto's Restaurant
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In this Virtual Conversations(R) program, you are transported to the patio of a restaurant in Mexico where Roberto, the owner, appears on the screen, greets you with a smile and actively waits for you to respond. You may ask questions about the fare or simply order from the menu. However, Roberto is aggressive and also asks questions. Expect a give-and-take conversation with him as you order beverages and a full meal with coffee and dessert. Also, expect to be called on to help a confused non-Spanish-speaking couple order their meal.

Your virtual experience will elicit the natural feelings of anxiety related to engaging a native speaker in conversation. But you will also have the satisfaction of overcoming these feelings through your encounter with this colorful Hispanic character.

There is an abundance of vocabulary related to this restaurant experience (e.g., being greeted, ordering, problem solving). To help you learn and pronounce these phrases, the Instructor allows you to:

  • See the English translations of the Spanish words and phrases
  • Record and playback your pronunciation of the words and phrases
  • Instantly and repetitively compare your pronunciation with that of the Instructor
  • Evaluate your pronunciation by means of a simple visual scale

    These are powerful self-evaluation features that allow you to train your ear and approach accent-free speech. Also, they help you to have a successful conversation with Roberto in his restaurant.

    Product ID: 42058
    Categories: Learn, Reference, Software - Windows, Voice Recognition
    Supporting language: Spanish
    Platforms/media types: Windows 95/98, Windows NT, Windows XP, CD-Rom
    Specifications: 100 MHz Pentium, 16MB of RAM (32MB recommended), 18MB hard drive space 4X CD-ROM drive, SVGA (800x600, 16 bit color), Sound Blasterr compatible, sound card ,Microphone (included), Speakers, Mouse Microsoftr , Windowsr95, 98, NT4


    Virtual Conversation(R) Spanish Roberto's Restaurant

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    Virtual Conversation(R) Spanish Roberto's Restaurant

    What are Virtual Conversations Programs?

    Virtual Conversations(R) programs combine digital video and voice recognition technology (Dragon Systemsr VoiceTools) to allow the user to engage in a dialogue with a virtual human subject using spoken language. patented this process in 1991 (U.S. Patent #5,006,987).

    How do Virtual ConversationsÖ programs work?

    Users conduct virtual dialogues with video subjects_real people_by speaking into a microphone attached to the computer. The user asks a question and the character responds, and a face-to-face dialogue ensues. The programs have an Intelligent Scrolling Prompts feature which provides relevant questions for the user to ask. Virtually everyone reports that the dialogue experience is "like talking to a real person." The believability and educational effectiveness of these programs have been established through field tests conducted at institutions of higher learning, both locally and nationally.

    Who Uses Virtual ConversationsÖ programs?

    Is developed Virtual ConversationsÖ programs for: Professional Education/ Virtual ConversationsÖ programs have been developed to allow physicians to practice HIV detection and counseling with virtual patients. patients to question a physician about breast health . linguists to practice conversing with native speakers. students to learn about a subject by interviewing an expert

    The potential applications of Virtual ConversationsÖ programs are unlimited.

    Do the programs run on a Macintosh?

    At this time, the programs are IBM PC compatible and do not run on Apples.

    Is the Virtual ConversationsÖ method educationally effective?

    As part of its research and development, we routinely conducts scientifically controlled field tests of new Virtual ConversationsÖ applications. The majority of test subjects report that they feel like they've talked to a real person. In addition, these experiments have proven that this method produces statistically significant learning gain and a positive attitude shift after a single exposure to the program.