Listeners learn pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar of French without the need of a textbook.
©1993 Henry N. Raymond (P)2014 Penton Overseas, Inc.
I really like Henry Raymond’s Learn in Your Car French 1 with reservations. Here are my reasons for liking and disliking this program:
1. Good native French speaker but talks much too fast. Listen to the audio sample on this page and then shoot over to Power French Accelerated by Mark Frobose and compare the two native speaking voices. You decide.
2. Relevant vocabulary. This is perhaps the strongest point to be make in favor of Learn in Your Car French 1. Very good choice of vocabulary.
3. Clear English translation before French is given. I like this and it helps me to learn French. But listen to Paul Noble’s and Mark Frobose’s French teaching. They explain more and interact more with the student. I personally like this involvement.
4. Both Noble and Frobose have good memory techniques built into their programs. Pimsleur French is excellent for this too. I have not found any memory technique being used with Learn in Your Car French Level 1. This doesn’t mean it isn’t a good program. It does mean you have to go back and review on your own.
Conclusion: I gave Learn in Your Car French 4 stars because it is a solid French program without the bells and whistles you get with other courses. I would venture to say that Learn in Your Car French would be perfect if you were to use it along with Frobose’s Power French or with Pimsleurs French 1. Just my opinion, but this combination worked wonders for my French.
I found the fact that I had already had a little French helpful for this book. But each lesson builds logically from the last and the scope is very thorough.
There is now way this audiobook will be of any help to you if you're brand new to the french language. You'll need a wide vocabulary and a decent amount of grammatical training first.
As an intermediate however, this helped me immensely.
I was looking forward to learning useful words, phrases by listening and repeating. I had my doubts based on the fact that I really need to see the words to really get them, but this course promised success without that. This is a sad compilation of stuff! No wonder Americans think the French don't like us. This course teaches the listener to bitch about broken showers, haggle for rooms with toilets and ask for cheaper hotel rooms. With modern technology and the way travel is booked in advance and everyone speaking English is any venue where either travel takes place or currency gets exchanged, this is pathetic. If your introduction to the French language makes you think that asking for the exchange rate is more important than introducing yourself and asking how the person you are talking to is doing, they sure will hate you just like you might have expected. The stuff this course is teaching is outdated and useless since the logistics of your travel should be taken care of before you get to your destination these days. Also, google takes care of the where is the nearest ATM and other banal bs.If I was to whip out my new French knowledge based on what I learned here on my next trip, but could not have a polite conversation about everyday stuff, I would expect to be kicked in the butt. I do speak multiple languages, so it's not like I don't entirely know what I am talking about. This course could only be worse if it taught the listener how to ask " Do you people really don't shave your armpits?"
No, I will just be more careful with my selections.
The part about bitching about the broken shower in your hotel.
Don't do it.
"Has HUGE amount of material. Scary,but good value"
Of all the French audio lessons I have tried so far, this one progresses the fastest. And I mean fast. I like it, but considering I have zero French lessons in my past, I will take a long time to master these 10+ hours with full understanding - however I believe it is an excellent part of my library, and that I will grown into this title as I learn and listen to it again.
I took off one star, because I could not find a downloadable PDF book of the course material - whereas other Audible titles like Paul Noble French 1,2,3,4, and also Mark Frobose's "Behind the Wheel" 1 and 2, come with a downloadable PDF booklet when you log in to Audible by a web browser).
I think over time this will become my most important French audio book as it covers such a stunning amount of material, subjects, important phrases etc - but its not for those who just wants masses of repetitions of the basic verbs. Be ready for full and interesting sentences quite quickly, on a wide range of topics!
Unlike the other French audio books I have listened to so far, this one also employs very brief chapters, say 5 or 6 minutes each. There are over 100 such audio chapters like this! I kind of like it because each one is on a specific lesson or topic, BUT because there is no accompanying PDF book that I can find, its very difficult to know which of the 100+ chapters cover which topics.
"Dreary way to learn a language!"
No. It's just too... slow...
Erm, there was no story. You people at Audible really need to categorise your books better so that reviews are meaningful.
All credit to Mr Uncredited
No! To be effective you would need to listen to this over and over and over again... and it's TOO SLOW for anyone to have the patience to do that.
I can see something that work very well would be this sort of thing, but with the facility to be able to mark vocabulary as 'done' so that you don't have to hear it again.when you so what you're supposed to do, which is listen to the material over and over again. Basically, the format is dated. Needs a decent front end app to be effective.
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