PC Advisor reviews the best language-learning software packages you can buy in the UK today.

5. Babylon 7.0

Babylon 7.0
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  • Reviewed on: 2 January 08
  • RRP: £40 inc. VAT

The future of translation software is exciting indeed, but there is still an awful way to go. Babylon 7.0 is quick and simple. You'll need an internet connection if you're going to make real use of it, and the ability to use so many languages while paying so little is appetising. However, Babylon 7.0 is very much a lightweight when compared to Personal Translator.

Read our Babylon 7.0 review.

4. SlovoEd Russian-English Dictionary Deluxe for iPhone

SlovoEd Russian-English Dictionary Deluxe for iPhone
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  • Reviewed on: 24 February 09
  • RRP: £14.99 inc VAT

For the student or speaker of Russian who needs a constantly available reference, the SlovoEd Russian-English Dictionary Deluxe for iPhone is an invaluable resource, one that will earn its place on your iPhone. It’s a well-featured yet easy to use app with which you can find words as quickly, if not quicker, than any paper dictionary.

Read our SlovoEd Russian-English Dictionary Deluxe for iPhone review.

3. FancyTran

FancyTran
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  • Reviewed on: 26 October 09
  • RRP: FREE

Essential for regular travellers and language students, we'd recommend FancyTran even if it wasn't free.

Read our FancyTran review.

2. Berlitz Spanish Premier

Berlitz Spanish Premier
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  • Reviewed on: 20 April 10
  • RRP: £29 inc VAT

Berlitz Spanish Premier is described in its marketing materials as "Fast, Effective, Easy" - and those things it certainly is. It lacks polish, personalisation and real depth but, at £29, who cares? Avoid Berlitz Spanish Premier if you're a serious language scholar looking for a long-term education in a lingo, but if you need to pick up some conversational Spanish before a holiday or business trip, this product is a bargain.

Read our Berlitz Spanish Premier review.

1. Rosetta Stone Espanol Level 1, 2 & 3

Rosetta Stone Espanol Level 1, 2 & 3
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  • Reviewed on: 20 April 10
  • RRP: £379

Quite simply the best language-learning software there is, Rosetta Stone Espanol Level 1, 2 & 3 allows you to immerse yourself in Spanish without leaving your home. The depth of content is unsurpassed and - glory be! - Rosetta Stone Espanol Level 1, 2 & 3 makes learning fun. It would be overkill to buy this product if you simply wish to learn a few phrases before a holiday, but if you are serious about learning a language, Rosetta Stone is the best you can get.

Read our Rosetta Stone Espanol Level 1, 2 & 3 review.