- Audio CD
- Publisher: Living Language; Large type / large print edition edition (29 October 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 060981124X
- ISBN-13: 978-0609811245
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 5.3 x 20.8 cm
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All-Audio French: Compact Disc Program (All-Audio Courses) Audio CD – Abridged, Large Print, Audiobook
Audio CD, Abridged, Audiobook, Large Print
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French Fluently with the Most Complete, Up-to-date All-Audio Course Available<br></b><br><b>LEARN FRENCH ON THE GO–LEARN ANYWHERE<br></b>If you have trouble finding time to fit in language lessons, <i>All-Audio French</i> is the perfect solution. Developed by the experts at Living Language®, this program is designed for people on the move. You can learn French as you drive, work around the house, or exercise at the gym.<br><br><b>SHORT, EASY-TO-FOLLOW LESSONS–NO READING REQUIRED<br></b>An English-speaking narrator guides you through 35 short lessons–just listen and repeat after native French speakers. <br><br><b>VOCABULARY–GRAMMAR–DIALOGUES–CULTURE<br></b>Begin with vocabulary and grammar basics before hearing a lively dialogue that includes the most current French idioms and usage. Interactive exercises reinforce what you’ve learned. You’ll also learn some intriguing facts about French customs a
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However, it is a good set of cd's for somebody who has taken at least two years of French in school and needs a review or wants to improve their skills a bit. I took French in junior high and high school. We are going on a vacation to France and I badly needed a review but needed it to be something I could listen to while driving or doing chores around the house. This program was perfect for that.
The program moved very quickly and efficiently through vocabulary lists and grammar topics. I even learned a few things that I didn't know before. The book is pretty much useless. I don't even know why they included it. But the CD's stand alone so you don't need a book anyway.
This program is pretty dry and boring. I can only listen to about 15 or 20 minutes of it at a time before I have to take a break. It is about as much fun as ironing. I do them together because I figure I might as well take my medicine all at once and get it over with. That is why I took away a star. Is it really too much to ask that somebody make a language learning program that is fun and effective? Maybe something that works on xbox?
They do other things to make learning difficult. For example, the woman will say a list of words in English like "car". She won't say "the car" or "a car", but after she says the word in English, the French speaker will say the word in French but will add the "la" or "une" (the or a) so you are not sure what the actual word is. The woman could say the "a" or "the" in English but doesn't for some reason. Also, words are left out in the translation from English to French. One time the woman said a phrase starting with the word "now......" and the French translation repeated correctly. Then right afterwards she said "now...." and the French speaker left out the French word for "now".
Some of the translations are also inaccurate. For example (and this is only an example) "tres" means "very" and "bien" means "well", so "tres bien" means "very well". You should be able to use "tres" in other places where you use "very", but this course will say "tre bien" means "good" as in "I feel good" rather than the correct "I feel well". This will cause you to mistakenly say things like "the cake is very well" rather than "the cake is good".
In short, the only person who could get through this course is someone who is a native French speaker and who could then point out all the mistakes. If you are an advanced enough speaker you might use it to test what you know, but I don't think anyone could actually learn from this without just memorizing a bunch of canned phrases, some with inaccurate translations.