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...like it says on the label!,
This review is from: Colloquial French: A Complete Language Course (Colloquial Series) (Paperback)
There is a brand of outdoor wood tratment whose tag line is that it "does what is says on the label". I would commend this book and its accompanying cd as doing precisely that: they thoroughly cover common situations in modern everyday French. The cd appears to be spoken by real French people at a normal conversational pace.
Essential grammar is clearly explained and there are plenty of practice exercises. The variety of dialogues from chapter to chapter encourage learners to keep going, and vocabulary is built naturally through read - understand - use.
Its real advantage for me over other courses is its simplicity: so many other courses seem to lack direction, being laid out more like magazines, not offering a language learner a straightforward path to competence. Alan Moys' little book is an admirably direct and effective way to get to grips with the French language.
Proviso - although it is supposed to be useable by absolute beginners, I usually use it for students who already have a few notions of the language.
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