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Materials and software

This section of the website is divided into 3 main parts:

1. advice on selecting materials and software for language learning,

2. products to buy, and

3. useful links.

The products to buy section also contains:

Translation software and dictionaries are found in other sections of the website. 

Advice on Selecting Materials

Nowadays, there is a wide variety of materials available for learning languages. Modern materials and software such as  CD ROMs, DVDs, cassettes, and videos, provide colour, variety and sources of authentic input (examples of real language used by native speakers).  Traditional materials are mainly text-based and tend to focus more on reading and writing skills e.g. course books, work books, text books, graded readers, and grammar exercises - these can also be very useful.  All these materials are designed for language learners, but we should not forget that there is a huge amount of authentic material designed for native speakers which can be used for advanced learners, and adapted for those who are less proficient: books, magazines, newspapers, games, music, films, radio, and tv.

When selecting materials for language learning you should try to find those that match your:

  • language level e.g. advanced level
  • age group e.g. adult 
  • reason for learning the language e.g. to improve your letter writing ability
  • preferred approach e.g. like to do repetitive exercises
  • mode of learning e.g. self-study
  • price range e.g. £15 to £25
  • equipment available e.g. using Windows 95+

Look for attractive materials, which you find interesting, colourful and useful.  They should be clearly laid out and well-structured.  Borrow materials from a friend or a library first, if you can, to make sure that you can get on with them.  You can also ask your teacher or fill in a short online form to use our advisory service.

You can also consult the CILT resources library . Another possibility is the Hull CALL software database.

Global Office - an enhancement to Microsoft Office for 100+ languages

Global Writer -  a word processor with a wide range of languages

Microsoft Office Proofing Tools - allows users to proof documents in 50+ languages (currently out of stock)

CD ROMs and DVDs from Eurotalk for learners of most languages and all levels

BBC DVDs, videos, books, audio books, software


Not sure what to buy?  Why not use our advisory service and fill in a short online form?

Selected Products


Talk Now! Learn Japanese


Recommended Retail Price: £24.99


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Platform: Macintosh, Windows


  • Talk Now! is designed for people who want to learn a language quickly
  • It's addictive, fun and makes learning easy
  • If you don't have time to become fluent, but need the basics in a hurry, Talk Now! is for you
  • Comprehensive:-Topics include; first words, phrases, shopping, numbers and time
  • Ideal for beginners


Japanese for Busy People: Romanized Version Bk. 1

Kodansha International Ltd

Recommended Retail Price: £17.99


"Japanese for Busy People" is, as the title suggests, a concise course for 'busy' students who want to learn natural spoken Japanese as effectively as possible in a limited amount of time. This worldwide bestselling series was prepared by a working group of experienced Japanese language instructors who reviewed and tested the material in an authentic classroom environment. Now the series is being thoroughly revised to make learning Japanese easier than ever.


Rapid Japanese


Our Price: £11.99


  • essential words and phrases
  • ideal for your iPod
  • Audio CD with Phrase book
  • lots of repetition by native speakers
  • enjoyable background music
  • click on the image to order online

Beginners to Elementary

Tell Me More Japanese


Recommended Retail Price: £99.99


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Platform: Windows 95 or above


  • Cutting-Edge Speech Recognition Software
  • 300 hours of learning with more than 1.500 exercises
  • Kanji and Kana characters (Hiragana-Katakana)
  • Phonetic Transcriptions in Romaji
  • Interactive Dialogues and Cultural Videos
  • Glossary
  • Grammar : 60 key grammar points
  • Headset, CD ROM & Manual


World Talk Japanese


Recommended Retail Price: £29.99


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Platform: Macintosh, Windows


  • Perfect follow-on to the popular "Talk Now" range.
  • Dictation, worksheets and a brand new recording section.
  • Topics covered include calendar, sentence building, asking directions, weather and numbers.
  • An interactive TV Quiz.

Beginner to Intermediate level

Rosetta Stone V2 Japanese Set 1&2 Personal Edition (Mac/PC)

Rosetta Stone

RRP: £229.00



Availability: Usually dispatched within 24 hours, but click on the image for our latest price and availability


  • Rosetta Stone Language Learning Software CD ROM
  • Application CD ROM
  • Activation ID Card
  • User's Guide
  • Quickstart Card
  • Headset Setup Card
  • End User License Agreement
  • Keyboard Labels
  • Rosetta Stone icon decal. Headset.


Linguaphone In Action Japanese 2.0


RRP: £24.95


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  • Over 5,000 words of vocabulary
  • Full motion video
  • Record, Playback and Compare facility
  • Pronunciation analysis
  • Grammar tutorials
  • Interactive language games

Beginner to proficient

Japanese Starter Course


RRP: £249.90

  • Japanese for all the family
  • Level : beginner to proficient
  • Format: high quality books and cassettes
  • ~4 books + 6 CDs + study guide
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