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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 3 Nov. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ4H2G
French Easy Learning Audio Course Level 1: Learn to Speak French the Easy Way with Collins Audio Download – Original recording
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Some people might feel that there are overlaps with information they already know eg. days of the week, numbers, but this will always happen whichever course one chooses..... my feeling is that anything that develops ones familiarity with the language & adds to ones vocabulary is valuable. (Contains 1 booklet & 3 cd's).
Within its limited applications the course is designed to strengthen learning as it proceeds from Unit 1 to Unit 12 on 3 CDs with options for 'the basics' or 'taking it further'. Overall the course spans less than 4 hours but there is encouragement to repeat key words and phrases and to reinforce dialogues. The 12 units are on average each split into further half-dozen subdivisions. With explanations via an accompanying booklet this both eases progress and assists in allowing that progress to suit different individuals.
The course builds on a characteristic of language whereby actual words convey less than 50 percent of communications, with the circumstances, tone of voice and facial expressions, gestures etc. making up the rest. Emphasis is on reiteration and introduction of alternatives,and reliance on on a proportion of what needs to be grasped to comprehend. A negligible niggle is at the course language to often be formal - 'je vous en prie' - but then the French are so much more formal than Brits. Perhaps also the numerous varions are sometimes overdone - 'le voila' opposed to 'la bas' or merely 'la' - yet this underlines the extent of undertstanding via a varying volume of French.
Having a French mother equips me to comment on pronunciation of the spoken French and to assess accents and accentuation as impeccable and deserving of a 5-star rating. Within its limited range the course overall could rate 5-stars, but it is not - and does not pretend to be - a full language course. I am willing to award 5-stars on a value for money basis, but somewhat reluctantly I award only a limited 4-star rating overall.
I feel that this is ok as a refresher course but probably quite good for complete beginners. Having already learnt these basic phrases I found that the CD's really weren't what I was expecting and similar things are now available straight onto iPhone / MP3 Players.
If you are completely new to the French language this is a good place to start out, you will hear good French accents and pick up the basics in hours, although there are plenty of other ways to learn the same basics the price tag is great.
If you have any knowledge at all of French, then the first disc is a complete waste of time, but the second and third discs are ok for a bit of brushing up. The course is aimed at total beginners, and as such it does its job very well. It's quite slow, but after each unit you can't really help but have learned the material. It's presented well, and in realistic enough situations with native speakers.
The course is heavily geared towards providing people with some useful phrases and vocab for a visit to France, rather than with a real grounding for real study of the language, and if you are anywhere beyond total beginner level then this course will be a complete waste of time for you. However, if you are a total beginner, then I think you will struggle to find a better course at a better price.