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My French Coach - Nintendo DS

by Ubisoft
Nintendo DS
Everyone
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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  • Adapted to any level, from beginner to advanced
  • Regular evaluations on improvement
  • Learn French through mini-games and competition
  • Write your answers with the stylus on the Touch Screen
  • With DS portability, translator and glossary features can help a traveler in any situation

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000SQ5LOG
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,832 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Playing My French Coach for 15 to 20 minutes a day is all you need to become fluent in French. This title teaches the basics of word, use, grammar and construction of phrases through minigames and evaluates your progress. There are 1000 interactive lessons designed with French teachers, 10,000 words and 400 phrases, including pronunciation tests using the built-in DS microphone. An added feature of the game is the ability to look up words or phrases in English or French by list, keyword, categories or by your favorites.

Features:

  • 8 touchpad mini-games to sharpen your mastery of the language at your own pace
  • Track your progress with charts showing your performance learning the language
  • Simple touch screen interface

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144 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Je parle français! December 18, 2007
By DJ
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I moved to a French speaking part of Europe a few months ago and have been determined to learn French ever since. I enrolled in a university level course, hired a tutor, and try to practice at my local pub as much as possible.

I was doing "OK" but then I heard about this title. I ordered it from Amazon and I have to say I am IMPRESSED! This is exactly the type of study program I needed. Unlike listening to straight audio (Berlitz Rush Hour French) the DS makes the process interactive. You get ranked (from enfant on up) based on your completion of the levels. The title has an excellent recording feature to let you record a word or phrase and then either listen to it alone, or play it back in unison with the French audio.

The many games you must play to master words to unlock the levels are challenging, somewhat addictive, but fun. I try and play all of them on the DIFFICULT level as they make me work harder.

But, it's not perfect:

One glaring thing missing is they do not list the masculine or feminine identifiers for the verbs. That would have made this a perfect tool because the M Vs. F tense is still a killer for me as I try to weave sentences together.

Also, they make a very strange error in that "Tu" or informal version of "You" is listed as "Formal" and the formal version "Vous" is listed as "Informal." That's a very blatant error.

The dictionary is very limtied. For example, while it has the word for "puppy" there is no word for "dog." It also does not provide definitions, so you'll need a dictionary to ascertain the exact meaning of a word because as in English, a single word can have many different meanings.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent aide in learning a language! December 16, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ubisoft did a wonderful job with this game; it's a very well done learning tool. I do notice, however, that the instructor (a rather comely woman!!) does speak exceptionally fast and this may not be the case for all dialects of french. Additionally, there are other dialects of french (case in point, my in-laws are french and sometimes use different words or phrases than are taught here).

Nevertheless, activities that assit with spelling, sentence building and conjugations are an invaluable addition. Having a conjugation chart is helpful and players can find themselves using the charts initially and then replaying the game without the chart. This is where real learning takes place. TRES BIEN!!

The game is also entertaining. What is nice is that being "conversational", this reivewer did not start with lesson one. Upon commencing, the game gives a "pretest"; based on those results, the player will start at a level that is right for them. For example, I started around lesson 18. It's worth mentioning, however, that one can go back to the initial lessons and it is good to do so for review.

For the price, it's a very good way to either learn a language at least conversationally and/or even sharpen language skills for those who are conversational or for those who took the language in school in years past. The reference section is very helpful for looking up both words and phrases.

EXCELLENT tool for the cost!!
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully educational & entertaining at the same time!! November 24, 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This is an absolutely wonderful title in the DS line up. I have been wanting to learn French for years, & finally I have a way to do it easily. I've used this multiple times now & it is very addicting & leaves me with a feeling that I've really learned something. I would DEFINITELY recommend this title.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very limited, mostly focused on vocabulary February 12, 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
this is a decent game/edutainment title in terms of production and content, but it's severely limited. there are relatively few mini-games, and the focus is almost solely on vocabulary and short phrases. several verbs are introduced, but there's very little reinforcement and conjugation is never fully explained. after you get to lesson 35 or so the rest of the "1000" lessons consist of completely unrelated groupings of often useless vocabulary (e.g. "quarry"). there are tons of cognates (e.g. "cookie", which is the same in french) which could've been spaced out a little more, and there are numerous notable mistakes (e.g. one lesson skips over presenting half of the word list and still tests you on them, and there are places where a word is presented as the translation, but then a different word is used when quizzing). all in all this is a good, but def. not great, package. clearly a quick money-maker that with a bit more time and effort could've been truly indispensable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A closer look at those "1000 lessons" September 29, 2009
By Chsc
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Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
I took French for 4 years in high school and wanted to keep up with it, and so bought this game - encouraged by the good reviews it was receiving.

I'm on lesson 66 of the "1000" lessons and come bearing some specifics on the content.

The first 40 lessons each have 10 words you have to "master" - a phrase or two in French using the vocab - and a grammar note or two. After that, the rest of the "1000 lessons" are simply 10 words that you have to "master" - worse is that these group of words have almost absolutely nothing to do with each other. Also, after the 50th lesson, you can't access the "lessons" after that - you can only see the latest "lesson". Basically, it's like vocab flashcards but single-serving only.

Another thing is that the grammar that they do introduce has no seeming logic behind it. Those 40 grammar points don't really amount to anything substantial. I doubt someone completely new to the language would be able to pick up what it meant. Here are the following unsatisfactory things they included for grammar:

* The game throws some verbs at you and tells you to learn how to conjugate them - but never really tells you how to do so (like what is the pattern for verbs ending in -er and -ir).
* When it does break down the conjugation, it only does it for a handful of verbs like the really irregular aller (to go), avoir (to have), and etre (to be).
* The game barely goes over articles and how they adjust and combine depending on gender and number (such as du, de la, des).
* One of the major misses is that the gender of the nouns is not considered unless when used in phrases (a big disadvantage since most of the games emphasize working on the word alone).
* Only the present tense is featured.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
It has some minor flaws and some strange words that you don't really need to know, but I have really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for reviewing
While not a perfect substitute for an actual teacher, this product certainly reviews the major components of the language, and can give you a boost when coming to a French class,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Evan M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Wonderful learning tool. The games are fun and you learn as you play. We use it daily. I'm very happy with this order.
Published 6 months ago by NTYCEC
5.0 out of 5 stars Works Great!!!
The game works as it should, got to me in a timely manner, and I love it! Thanks for a great deal on a great game!
Published 7 months ago by Michael Sipin
4.0 out of 5 stars Not precise French
I got this for my middle-school-aged son to start learning French, and he has enjoyed each lesson so far. Read more
Published 11 months ago by SBH
5.0 out of 5 stars My 10 year old loves it!
I bought this to keep the summertime boredom down with my 10 and 7 year olds. To my surprise, the 10 year old grabbed it as soon as it came in the mail and played it non-stop for... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Una Cartwright
2.0 out of 5 stars Better than nothing?
I guess if you have a young child that wants to learn a language this is an alright resource. It is mostly disjointed memorization that rarely builds on itself. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Adam Gagnon
4.0 out of 5 stars French
Simple way to learn french. makes you want to learn, you have a french grade in school got to get out of kids grades. Its a good idea to buy the ninetndo mic with this game.
Published 14 months ago by Mark Sohn
5.0 out of 5 stars So easy to learn
I love these games because it makes it so easy to learn a new language. Within a day I could count to 100, knew all of the months/days and could speak in full sentences. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Stephie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to French for my trip to Paris
I got this game about two months before a trip to Paris to work on basic French since I had no experience with the language. Read more
Published 18 months ago by BowieandBinx
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