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get swept off your feet into a whirlwind affair with french...
on November 18, 2014
This hour long intro session is a whirlwind of language learning, and provides what is missing in many language classes--the instant gratification of making a few sentences on your own, and discussion of the similarities in languages that can help you figure out what is going on.
I normally listen to language lessons while commuting in my car, but this hour long lesson is much too intense to do anything else. The hour does hover on information overload, and I had to break it up into 3 twenty minute sessions and will probably need to repeat these a few times. However, MIchel Thomas is so engaging that I look forward to repeating the lesson (and already bought the Total French series). I can't say I ever looked forward to repeating a Pimsleur session (sorry Pimsleur, I love you but Excitement is not your middle name).
You won't be fluent at the end of an hour, but you will understand more words than the standard one hour lesson of hello, goodbye, thank you, excuse me, and please. This method does not focus on pronunciation. For practicing pronunciation, I like Pimsleur method. To get used to 'real life' French in 'real time' speeds, look on the internet for free videos called 'French in Action', created by Pierre Capretz.