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Most of the Details; Maybe with some Pronunciation? Answers?
on 21 February 2012
I bought this book, as it was 5 stars according to most of the reviewers and yes, it has lived up to expectations, but unlike most other CGP books, it didn't exceed them.
The key mistake in this book is that, if I was completely new to the language, having never heard French spoken before, how would I know how to say the words? There is no pronunciation in this book, and this was very disappointing, as you'd expect this to be a key part of the French studies. Therefore, even simple numbers would be spoken wrongly. Un duh Twa Cat Sank Sese Set Weet Nerf Dese (How you should pronounce them) will become to the unknown student, Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix; spoken exactly as they are written. I would imagine for struggling French students, this will be a very difficult factor to overcome, and I really don't know how they would.
Another slip up, is that with the majority of CGP books having answers to the revision questions at the back of the book. This one however, did not. You would have to look back on the previous section to find the answer you were looking for. This may, for some people, be better, since it provides even more reading and taking in the text, but for me, it just adds to the hassle, this is less of a letdown, but it is another reason to knock off a star.
Judge for yourself whether you would like this book. For me, it is fine, I can have a good guess at how the words are spoken, because I have had previous teaching, and searching the previous chapter isn't back breaking - I'm really nitpicking here. I'm also giving the facts, informing, so please if you can manage with these slight issues, then this book is definitely ideal.
There are eight informative sections, each with revision questions at the end. They are, 'Basic Stuff' 'You, Family and Home' 'School and Jobs' 'Town, Shopping, Food and Drink' 'Free Time, Hobbies and Transport' 'Letters'(As in the letters you would write to a friend) 'Weather, Holidays and Countries' and 'Grammar and Phrases'. Each of these have many details in, and if not for the two for-mentioned pitfalls, it would have got five stars; it's your own choice.
I hope this review was informative, even if negative. Thank you :-)