These 30 short and effective audio lessons will allow you to: - speak French before the end of your first lesson - use your newly learned French in everyday situations - understand the culture, customs, and people of France - order the food you want in restaurants - ask directions and travel by taxi, train, bus and car with confidence - master manners, etiquette, customs so you don't embarrass yourself- visit or host French guests with confidence - introduce yourself, friends and family - learn to ask for help and avoid danger and tourist traps - learn travel tips and the "do's" and "don'ts" from the experienced host This is NOT a vocabulary builder with just words and their translations. Unlike other audiobooks, we actually TEACH French and French culture. Each lesson is TAUGHT by a professional, bi-lingual teacher! Listen to the preview now! Features: -30 audio lessons with key phrases, vocab, cultural insight, and practice - 2+ hours! - downloadable lesson notes corresponding to each lesson, 50+ pages - view phrases and vocab on your iPod or iPhone Downloads in minutes!
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The narrator is excellent, his style of delivery is clear and refreshing. I like his fast pace too, its not too fast to follow along at all, but perfect if you are serious about learning and want to work to achieve some degree of fluency quickly. I have several mps or cds and use this one the most. Agreed, if youre just taking a quick trip and have no real interest in the language you may just want to buy a short guide to get you through. But I do feel this audio is very useful for a short term traveler who wants to feel more comfortable.
Overall, this is an okay product but I felt that some of the phrases are too complex for the non French speaker. If you said them correctly and a French speaker responded, you would have no idea what they were saying to you. Some sections on volume 2 might have been better in volume 1. I did enjoy the social and cultural tips. And each lesson followed the same format with repeated pronunciation examples. But if the narrator had said "bon chance" and explained what it meant one more time I might have thrown my Kindle out the window.
As I am leaving for my first trip to Paris in 4 days, it was helpful to have a "Survival" guide. The information and tips are extremely useful and I'm sure I'll use all of them. The instructor's voice, however, left something to be desired as he sounds like he has a bad cold. Add to that, at the end of each "very short" lesson, too much time is wasted explaining the exact same instructions on reviewing what was just learned. Not sure who's decision is was to include this each and every time (It's identical!) but not only was it annoying, it took away from the lessons in my opinion.
This audio was very easy to listen to and learn. The words are broken down slowly by syllable and repeated often for greater understanding. Great survival phrases!
I bought this to review my French language skills from high school (11 years ago) in order to go on vacation in Paris. It served the purpose well, I was able to order items and speak with more confidence than before listening. The presentation is a bit dry, but well done. Good tips sprinkled throughout regarding culture. I listened to it several times, I would recommend it as a good refresher if you have some previous knowledge of French. ...It is probably ok if you are starting from scratch too.
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