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Very Good, but not perfect.
on March 25, 2002
Okay, so there doesn't seem to be a "perfect" course out there, but there's a good reason for that. You simply cannot become "fluent" in a foreign language without regular interaction in that language with another person. That said, this course has many positives one should consider.
It's lessons are designed nicely to teach some vocabulary, verb conjugation, grammar, common phrases, etc. The audio tapes & CD's are very helpful with pronunciation & getting your brain used to hearing the language. I must point out, however that it seems a bit advanced for the "beginner", so beginners may get frustrated & quit very quickly.
My recommendation!: This program nicely complements the Pimsleur program. Pimsleur is unbelievably user friendly and gives you an incredible comfort level with the language very quickly. There is no frustation for the beginner. Living Language helps to explain grammatical structures & verb usage in a way that Pimsleur doesn't. First do Pimsleur (as many levels as you can afford!), then round out your learning with Living Language. Finally, go find a native speaker & practice, practice, practice!