Teach Yourself Instant French (Teach Yourself Instant Courses) Accompanies Book
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... A language lifeline ... fun, fast and easy (The Independent)
... Elisabeth Smith's Instant Greek was a real help ... the simple scripts and audio make it crystal clear ... I'm delighted with my progress. ('Greece' magazine)
Teach Yourself Instant German: The elements are simple and very straightforward ... strong encouragement ... plenty of opportunity for spoken practice. This course worked very well for me. ('Professional Manager' magazine)
I am terrible with languages yet I am picking up Spanish! I found Instant Spanish excellent! (Helen Goddard, Devon)
We have completed your Instant French. We think it is wonderful. (Tom and Maureen Peil, Preston)
It is now a year since I first came across [Instant French] at my local library and I have benefited tremendously from this happy occurrence ... I loved the sense of humour ... Each week I did the final test with bated breath wondering if this time the little bar chart [...] would take a nose dive - but it didn't. (Lesly Hopkins, Twickenham)
This double CD provides relevant listening material to accompany the book, Teach Yourself Instant French (978 0 340 91457 1). The book and CDs can also be be purchased as a pack (978 0 340 91458 8).
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To test the book I decided to start it 6 weeks before a summer trip to france, working my way through the book I encountered everyday situations and slowly but surely got through the whole course in just under four weeks. During that period I started constructing sentences purely of my own will which was even an amazement to myself. This boost in confidence sped up my speech and gave me a better understanding of how the french language works.
I enjoyed this book tremendously and changed my view on the whole french language.
As for the trip, it was great, I understood most that was said and could actively take part in light conversation which was once just a noise.
After foolishly ditching languages at school and making regular trips to Brussels I decided it was time to revive my French to a workable level so I looked round for courses.
This one caught my eye as it looked to be just about the right level, not too basic but not too advanced. I wanted one with CD's so that I could use my 2hrs commuting everyday to learn French.
So I got the course put the disc in and off I drove all was well until reaching the 4 or 5th day when there are long passages of text to translate from English to French. For learning at home this is fine but in the car its no good.
So I've basically stopped there and I'm now trying a different teach yourself french course designed for learning in the car.
But what I did listen to an learn this is a well put together course, practical words and phrases presented in a pleasant and non patronising manner.
So good for the home not for the car
From the start its pacey without being 'heavy'.
there are various ways used to help you learn from the CD tracks to flash cards and little tests to check progress.
Half an hour a day it lasts six weeks, or if you prefer you could do it a lot faster if you have more time.
I would have given 5 stars but the CD is a bit pinched toward the end and I had the feeling it needed 2 CD's to cover properly.
In a nutshell its a perfect re-start from lapsed school-French or after the excellent 'earworms french' intro CDs.
I was surprised at what I'd achieved after this course and recomend it.
Some French courses teach highly detailed, hypothetical language (e.g. "My tailor is very rich"). By contrast, this teaches only the language you will actually need, from booking tickets, to ordering meals. The end of unit tests are simple enough to encourage you whilst not being overly complex.
The great beauty of this course is how fiendishly simple and appealing the exercises are. Even the most terrified language learner can be assured they will get real life, useable French from this.
I bought this with the intension of doing a self-taught refresher course in French having learnt French at school but letting my skills go very rusty: as such this was a very useful tool for learning the very basics - enough to get you able to feel confident enough to at least try to phrase questions and expressions in a round about way if you can't find the exact vocabulary.
There are six units - supposedly meant to be so you can spend a week on each unit, though I managed to cover all six in four weeks - though more to do with the fact this was like revising rather than learning from scratch to me. It also covers (briefly) correct grammar and pitfalls to avoid.
This course is great if you only want to cover the very basics of the French language. I like the way there are lots of vocabulary exercises where it pushes you to use your initiative and expand on the existing dialogues to to enhance your perceptions of the use of the words and phrases. A very useful tool and great for confidence building.
The only downfall for me is that I think it does sometimes encourage sloppy pronunciation at the expense of keeping the course simple. As an example it suggests pronouncing any "e" with an accent - whether grave or acute as an "a" as in the word 'hay", which I dispute.
Not a downfall as such, but a valid point all the same, this book does only touch on the basics, so do not expect to be able to speak French to the same level as if you learnt French as a language at secondary school (let's face it - one cannot condense five years of schooling into 6 weeks without cutting out a lot!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have used this sort of approach for Russian and have to say it works a treat. Very well strucktured and fun to do.Published 5 months ago by andief
It arrived in clean and crisp condition!Am not sure if it is the book or the condition it came in I am supposed to be reviewing! Read morePublished on 12 May 2012 by Rosy
the book is useful for the limited aims it sets itself: but it does need the accompanying CD if no native French speaker is available. Read morePublished on 17 April 2012 by coudois
This is a great little book. Very organised and simple to use.
I highly recommend it, but dont skip any of it. Rushing will not help you. Read more
Book in excellent condition and promptly delivered by seller.
With the cassette forms an impressive course- interesting and stresses the important aspects of conversational... Read more