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I recognize the program from a podcast I listen to, a very good one. The narrators are excellent and informative, and I've always wanted to purchase more of their lessons.
However, when it comes to the lessons Innovative Language Learning chose to include in this "ultimate getting started" box set, I was very disappointed.
A huge chunk of these 55 lessons (I'd say somewhere around ~20, very rough guess) don't actually include ANY lessons on speaking French, but rather information like French pop culture icons, French politics, etc. The program starts off well with lessons about pronunciation and grammar, then for some bizarre reason all you end up learning is how French government works etc.
This isn't "Learning French"--it's helpful but it's not at all what was advertised.
19 of 21 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Learn French: Ultimate Getting Started with French Box Set, Lessons 1-55?
If you want to learn how to speak English with a rather cute French accent, this is the audiobook for you, but if you want to start your journey learning to speak French this wiil not help you much. After 13 chapters I have learnt to greet and to count and have had to listen to dialogue in English; interesting snippets about France and French society but nothing to set my on the road to SPEAKING French.
Would you ever listen to anything by Innovative Language Learning again?
Yes, perhaps the advanced lessons are better.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrator?
Narrators are fine, if only they spoke more French.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Learn French: Ultimate Getting Started with French Box Set, Lessons 1-55?
The long English dialogues.
Any additional comments?
Really not enough FRENCH text.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
If you are interested in learning about French culture and listening to two people flirt in English for a few hours with a tiny bit of language then this is for you.
If you want to learn to speak and understand French there are much better products around such as the Collins French series and the Michel Thomas series.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
Chit chat and pod cast magazine style got a bit slow after a while.
I was keen to learn conversation and actually get to grips with things. This was a frothy Magazine format that deals as much with the relationship between the presenters, as it did with the language.
I guess it's more of an introduction to the French culture and entry point language for a distant US audience, I live more local to France and know they like to strike and eat snails, I didn't need a nice American man to be surprised at the very notion. Apart from the political insecurities of right wing America I didn't dislike the book but just lost patience waiting for the language learning to start.
I apologise if this is much later in the book as I didn't get to the end, life is too short, I just want to go to France and it would be nice to say a few words.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful