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Drive Time French: Beginner Level Paperback – Abridged, Audiobook, Unabridged

ISBN-13: 978-1400006090 ISBN-10: 1400006090 Edition: Pap/Com Un

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  • Series: Drive Time
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Living Language; Pap/Com Un edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400006090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400006090
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kristal Burtrum on August 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The first section of this course was fantastic -- they pronounced each French phrase very slowly, had you repeat each syllable, and then sped it up to full speed. However, after the first few lessons the slow, careful pronunciation ceased, and the French came flying at me too quickly to hear clearly. This is supposed to be an audio-based course, so the book is not very inclusive and offered little help in deciphering the speakers. I'm very dissapointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By lemonsheron on November 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Initially, I was quite happy with this purchase. I'm not on a time-frame for my language learning, so I'm taking it slowly and making sure I understand each section before moving on.

The format of the first CD is great. You learn the basics of French - first and foremost being the masculine/feminine differences, when to use and how to say things like un, une, le, la, l', and so on. They talk about things that you would see while you're out driving so you're learning about trucks, cars, bicycles, big, small, houses, some colours, etc. Each section is broken down with lots of opportunity for you to repeat the French. You also learn how to string some sentences together (the car is big, my car is beautiful). Overall, I was happy with the structure and format of the first CD.

Enter, the second CD. The format is completely different. Gone are the baby steps to help you get a handle on things (it is, after all BEGINNER French). This CD starts throwing grammar, sentence structure, and what I would consider slightly more intermediate French at you. The pace is faster, and some things are difficult to understand. My initial reaction was to eject the CD and throw it out the window, I was so disappointed with the dramatic format change.

However, I've kept re-playing it and it is slowly sinking in. Patience pays off, as I can understand more with each replay. Trouble is, I don't feel like I'm learning as quickly or as well as I was with the first CD. All in all, this series was a disappointment and is not for me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By leezl on January 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I like this tape very much. I think they should leave a little more space for repetition even when it isn't an "ecoutez et repitez" part. Otherwise very good and fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tanya B. on August 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I like that the native speakers are reading material on CDs. I can catch the pronunciation of french words. I do not like that some of the word pronounced on CD can not be found in the book that accompany the disks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By reader on January 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Completely agree with the others, the first CD is great, I was learning French, then put in the second CD and it is like a whole different program! Completely useless. They go so fast with barely any interpretations of the French. I feel like I need to learn French and then maybe use the rest of the CDs to review pronunciations. That's why I am on Amazon right now, to find another program to learn French.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Wonderful course requiring no prior knowledge of the language. Would recommend you have a French dictionary at hand. Can't wait to visit Paris and parle Francais.
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