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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 39 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 14 July 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQF9DW
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German Easy Learning Audio Course: Learn to speak German the easy way with Collins Audio Download – Unabridged
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If however you know next to nothing & want to start simply & fairly easily then this may well be of some use.
Bearing in mind that there is no 'easy way' to learn any new language, no effort, no results. Having said that this course certainly works hard to ensure things proceed simply & without too much fuss. There are basic sentences that you will be taught such as asking someone how they are or counting etc. The everyday stuff in other words. You are thrown straight in with sentences to learn but a climbing scale of words to learn is offset to some extent by clear repetition. The main words and sentences are also repeated in a handy booklet which saves you having to put the CD in if you just need a quick reminder. Each section lasts about 5 minutes and it's best to follow the instruction of not doing more than one module at a time in oreder to remember what you have learned.
I soon found myself picking up some sentences and as the course progresses so the sentences become more involved and you find words and phrases re-appearing to make new sentences. A nice touch is the breaking down of some words to show what they mean, (for instance aufweidersehen or see you again), which helps keeps the meaning as well as the word in mind.The missing star is because as helpful as it is to learn handfuls of sentences it has to be said that if you really want to succeed then you're going to have to learn grammar and gender which are vital to success in speaking German.
That said this is a simple & easily accessed little course which, for not too great expense, show you whether you wish to really throw yourself into speaking another language. Well packaged & well thought out for a keen price.
1. very basic - short and to the point
2. will give you the ability to get by - but not the ability to understand any off the wall responses you get to your questions.
3. will not get your pronounciation absolutely correct - this can only happen in a class unless you slavishly copy the examples.
I would compare it with the Michel Thomas courses on CD - and would go for the Thomas CD's every time. I think you would soon out grow the Collins cd's, but Mr Thomas' are much more comprehensive.
So, get by, but not German mastered.
However if you are looking to see whether learning German is right for you, you cannot go wrong with this great little set. Well recommended.
Personaly I found the CDs rather laboured and quickly lost interest. They apparently use the latest techniques but seemed to follow the usual hear, repeat, example dialogue type model. There is also a great deal of superfluous talking that I found distracting and I found my concentration wandering as it quickly feels like a radio programme and becomes background noise.
Personally I found RAPID GERMAN: 200+ essential words and phrases anchored into your long-term memory with great music. Vol. 1. EARWORMS mbt ( Musical Brain Trainer) much more engaging and delivered fast results whilst making learning almost effortless.
Also beware of the misleading cover splash 'easy to download onto your mp3 player.' This led me to expect at least an mp3 version of the tracks on one of the CDs, but there is nothing. Everything is easy to download to your mp3 player if you know how to rip a CD!
The simple answer is here with Collins Easy Learning German Audio Course.
Featuring three audio CD's and a 48-page booklet this package equips you with everything you need in order to learn German, ideal for use on holidays and business trips, or simply to give the satisfaction of learning another language.
The vocabulary is very comprehensive covering many useful aspects of the German Language, this also means that the learning pack is ideal for both complete beginners to German, and to those who already have grounding in the language, who want a more solid base, and better understanding.
It's easy to use at you own pace, and the method of listening, then speaking seems like a perfect method of learning. Simply repeating what you hear makes learning easy where ever you are, the fact that you can download the CD's on to a portable device such as an MP3 player, means that you have learn where and when you have time to do so.
It also offers tips on German culture and customs, to offer a deeper understanding of German and to help you ever further understand.
If you're looking for a cheap and effective method of learning another language then look no further as you've found it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is about the third German learning package I've tried: it doesn't make unrealistic predictions about its capacity to promote
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This was a gift for a very good friend and she is very happy with your Collins cd's as they are very easy.Published on 15 Jun. 2012 by Amazon Customer
This course is very gentle. It really does take you step by step. I haven't finished it yet, but so far,so good and I'm enjoying brushing up my German. Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2012 by pixelmum
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Totally easy to follow and clear - made learning German very easy...I would advise any beginner to start here.Published on 16 Oct. 2010 by Meghan
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