I especially like his "Spanish for Love and Dating" audio program and his audio program called "Mexican Spanish Accelerated." Both are entertaining and effective 'specialty' programs.
At only about 2 hours, this is a very enjoyable 'one-sitting' program. That makes it easy to listen to again and again. There are two one-hour lessons. There is a lot of material but at 2 hours total there is not so much that it is overwhelming. You can easily listen to it a half-hour or an hour at a time, or even the whole thing in one 2-hour sitting.
This is a SUPER instructional program. If you already know the standard way to say things, as taught in French language textbooks, this program will teach you how to say those very same things in the common every-day language that native French speakers use. This is authentic French slang.Slang is not trash talk. Slang is not dirty words. Slang is the vernacular, in other words, the common speech, that all of us use every day, dozens of times a day, usually without even being aware of it. We are as much if not more likely to say “I’m ticked off “ as we are to say “I’m angry.” Sometimes you “don’t care” and sometimes you’re “fed up” or “don’t give a darn!” The French don’t just use one word for “wine” or for “food” and when you are speaking French neither should you. “Clean French Slang” will teach you to express yourself in a variety of socially acceptable ways. There are police officers in France, but are there “cops?” How do you tell your French speaking friends that you just got a ticket? That cop must be “crazy?” Or maybe you’re the one that’s “nuts.”Think that this French language audio program “is not the ocean to drink?” Think again. Learn some” Clean French Slang” and “you’ll have of a vein of gold” the next time you meet a French speaking person.
Fun, Informative, Useful
I don't know of any other books exactly like this one.
A couple of his other foreign language audio titles. This one focuses specifically on love and relationships and is very practical in that regard.
Yes, and I did.
Spanish for Love and Dating is a Great Program! - So Good You Have to Be Careful.
This unique program is so good that I think the author should place the following at the beginning of it:
WARNING: Learning the material in this audio program might result in an intentional (or unintentional) romantic relationship with someone of the Spanish-speaking persuasion.
All kidding aside, whether you’re a friend, a flirt, or a wanna-be lover, this program teaches you the vocabulary of relationships, from dancing, dating, and disagreeing to breaking up and getting back together. You’ll even learn how to say ‘divorce’ (sorry, it’s not a how-to manual, though). There is nothing in this audio program that is crude or inappropriate; just words and phrases that express desire, tenderness, and affection.
Pros: “Spanish for Love and Dating” gives you everything you need to know to communicate your thoughts and feelings – to family, to friends, and/or to that guy or girl that catches your eye at a party, at work, or at school. You’ll learn to flirt a little bit, to offer a drink, and to ask someone if he or she would like to go out with you. (Uh-oh, better watch out!)
Cons: Same as the Pros. The program itself is flawless. But love is love so be careful with your tender heart.
You’ve been warned! Learn the words and phrases in “Spanish for Love and Romance” and you just might get a date. (I wonder if this audio program comes with a "dating" guarantee.)
"Alphabetical" is a pleasant read/listen, and, unlike many books about linguistics, seems well grounded in actual facts. Author Michael Rosen reads it marvelously in his British-but-not-posh accent. With this book you get an interesting and educational, if not very profound, look at alphabets and other phonetic/linguistic phenomena.
By the way, Rosen tells the reader to consult "the PDF" several times for written examples of alphabets, etc., which he refers to. This file can be found on the Audible.com page for this audiobook, at the end of the Publisher's Summary. Just click where it says "Download the accompanying reference guide."