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2.3 out of 5 stars
2.3 out of 5 stars

on 23 June 2001
This is really just to redress the balance a little after the previous reviewer's over-harsh judgement.
Yes, it is very simplistic. No, you will not learn to *speak* Catalan by this method alone. But as an introduction to basic vocabulary and phrases and, above all, to the sounds and pronunciation of Catalan, it is really very good. And it also appears to be the only audio material available for Catalan in the UK since the withdrawal of the tapes for Hugo's 'Catalan in Three Months'.
It is easy and fun - not at all academic, unlike Yates' 'Teach Yourself Catalan'! But there is absolutely *no* grammar - so, if you want to be able to form your own sentences you are going to need something like Yates as well.
I would quibble with the price - you aren't getting a lot for your money. If you know any other romance languages well, you could probably cover everything here in about a week.
OK, so 5 stars is over the top - but I also feel that 1 is just, well, mean!
In reality I'd give it 3 - more if you want to share the learing with a young family.
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on 22 April 2009
I bought this in conjunction with Oxford Pocket Catala and Colloquial Catalan as I thought it would be a good audio enhancement. I was so wrong; the interface is a nightmare to use and, if you weren't computer literate, you would probably not be able to make any sense of it.
The worst thing about it is, some of the spoken words don't match what's written. The word for "hire", for instance, could not be matched to the spoken word until I realised it sounded a bit like the French "louer". So, I checked the dictionary and, sure enough, it was miles off. That is just one example, there were several others. Leave this item off your list; it will only teach you Swearing. Go for Colloquial Catalan, instead.
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on 12 June 2001
I bought this as I wanted to hear some Catalan spoken whilst learning. It turns out this is more of a childlike learning CD-ROM where you play a series of interactive games to pick up key words and phrases. As a stand alone learning tool it is not very useful. Perhaps if you are trying to interest a young child in learning Catalan it may be of very limited use.
I await a better audio/video learning aid. In the meantime stick to Yates!
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