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Complete novice starting this
on 9 May 2014
I have always wanted to learn a language, I studied a little German in secondary school and that finished 12 years ago I can barely remember anything. I knew one or two simple French words but when listening to French conversation on TV shows (I have never been to France or met any French people) it all sounded like mumbling!
I found this software a little tricky at first as there are no English instructions, you soon realise there is no need for them, you simply click the pictures to match the words or vice-versa and they get progressively more difficult forming sentences, yet not too difficult for you to be out of your depth. You will be surprised how well you'll remember the words and phrases between uses of the software.
With each unit there is a writing assessment. You cannot progress to the next unit if you are failing miserably, you must retry.. This was by far the most frustrating aspect because I couldn't seem to get passed the writing section ... then VOILA! I discovered in the settings you can adjust the keyboard so the computer doesn't penalise you for not using capitals, apostrophes or the little symbols on top of letters. This made all the difference as I was back in the flow and no longer getting frustrated.
The beauty of the software is that it eases you in, for example in each new section with new words and phrases, there will be one obvious answer, and it gets a little more challenging as the unit progresses
I have been using this for about two months on and off and I have just finished Level 1. Here are some of the things I am now able to do:
I can watch a French language show and pick out many phrases
I can have a basic conversation
I can tell people about myself, my family, my work
order a meal,
Say what I like and don't like,
talk about where I'm from and where I am going/ plan to go
talk about what other people are doing, where they are going, what they like and dislike
Talk about colours, numbers, animals, seasons,
basic feelings such as hungry, thirsty, hot, cold
various rooms and what people do in them e.g bedroom-sleep, kitchen-cook
Talk about clothes, sizes
Ask questions formally and informally.
This is much more than I could ever have imagined when I started this on the first day, and I have only finished level 1. I have a long way to go, and feel I need to practice my verbal skills with somebody and this has given me the confidence to join a night class which I think will enhance my learning.
This is so expensive, The software was given to me by a friend and I hear the language packs are free on the internet (not sure if legal or not!) but this is certainly a worthy investment. I am now motivated to go back and learn German once I have finished level 3, and perhaps another language after... I am confident to say by the end of 2014 I will be able to have basic conversations in 2 other languages!! I also plan to travel a lot in 2015 :)