- Series: Ultimate Beginner-Intermediate
- Audio CD: 448 pages
- Publisher: Living Language; large type edition edition (July 20, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400021197
- ISBN-13: 978-1400021192
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 2.4 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,051,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unless your Spanish teacher in school allowed you to take your Espanol book home with you when the class ended, I would recommend this book a very good and inexpensive (esp. considering the price of school books) learning and "brush up" tool.
Given the inexpensive price, I give it 5 stars.
So why four stars instead of five? My main criticism concerns the "Learn as you Go" CDs. I do not find these terribly helpful. They contain extra phrases like "The chair is made of mahogany" that the average user is extremely unlikely to need, and that with no transcription whatever, so it's hard to say if you've repeated it correctly or not. I think the "Learn on the Go" CDs could have been put to much better use recording the many grammatical examples in the text. In their defense, they do go over the pronunciation of new verb conjugations as they are introduced, and that IS very helpful. The space on these four CDs could, however, in general have been much better used.
The book does have a few minor flaws. For instance, in one early dialogue the year 1960 is said, at a point when only the numbers up to 19 have been taught (and in French, 1960 is said as one thousand nine hundred sixty). There are a few other things that would confuse a complete newcomer to French, though if you've had any exposure to French before the book won't give you any trouble. Even if you are completely new to French, I would still recommend this product. If you make it through the first few units it will go very easily afterward if you stick with it. Also, though the course is self-contained, I would strongly recommend getting a dictionary and a verb guide to go with it. Then you will have all the tools you need to learn basic French independently.
This course's few flaws are far outweighed by its many good points. It is enjoyable to use and very informative. It demands effort, of course-like everything worth doing. I believe this is the best self-teaching course for French available, and I look forward to moving on to the Advanced set soon.
Excellent real world common topics of discussion. I'll be able to apply what I 've learned in these topics in everyday discussions!