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Pronounce it Perfectly in French: With Audio CDs (Pronounce It Perfectly CD Series) 3rd Edition
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If you want to learn to speak and understand spoken French. buy this. You will be pleased.
So, I hoped "Pronounce it Perfectly" would teach me what I needed and keep me from permanently hardening a bad accent. Tape I was great. However, throughout Tape 2, the speakers apparently realized they were running out of room. To make this minicourse fit onto the tape, they cut down the response time to almost nothing. I could barely draw breath before they were on to the next word. I found myself gabbling all my responses anyhow just to get through them before I had to listen to another word. True, I could press the Pause button, but doing that literally every few seconds gets old. As for the long phrases and minidialogs, there was no possibility of repeating them, so I had to just skip them. My accent, I'm afraid, did not improve much during the second half of the course--though I repeated it twice.
This is a shame, because "Pronounce it Perfectly" would easily have fit onto two cassettes if they had not continually repeated the same few sentences about procedure ("Repeat the words after the speaker," etc.) and cut the recordings of waltzes inserted between every unit.
As for flaws in the course itself--being thoroughly stumped by the French "R," I was disappointed to see it covered so scantily in "Pronounce it Perfectly." The course states there are three pronunciations for the French "R," but that the only one covered would be the Parisian pronunciation "as recorded by the speakers on this tape." However, the male and female speakers pronounced the "R" quite differently. And I would have liked to learn all three pronunciations.
Finally--feeling that the difference between French spelling and pronunciation is a mystery worthy of Hercule Poirot--I'd reallly have liked more explanation as to when the endings of words, as spelled, are left off when pronounced.