Triple Play Plus!
Luckily Triple Play Plus!, from Syracuse Language Systems, comes with not one but two guides. You’ll need them. And, at least in the beginning, you’ll need to use the Help function frequently. This is an Interface in need of an overhaul. The program itself, however, is worth a try. It’s basically a game program with the emphasis on Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR). Using a microphone, you give answers and the program lets you know if you are right and if your pronunciation is correct. This can be fun. It can also be very frustrating when you repeat the right answer and ASR doesn’t recognize it. This happened on a number of occasions, and it defeats the purpose. Another problem: it’s unclear just who this title is for. There are six categories to choose from: Food, Numbers, Home & Office, Places & Transportation, People, and Activities, and each category has games available at three levels of difficulty. Some seemed aimed at young kids, while others are suitable for older ones and adults. While this mix sounds like a good idea, it really isn’t. Young kids get upset and lose interest if the ASR doesn’t work right, and adults need more than games to learn a language. But we repeat: it is fun and you do learn lots of vocabulary. Think of this as an auxiliary language program and you’ll be all right.
– April 1995