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Thirty brief audio lessons—most between five and ten minutes each—cover basic German phrases and social customs. There are two instructors: Judith Meyer for lessons 1–24, Widar Wendt for lessons 25–30. Innovative Language Learning provides a written reference guide that mirrors the audio lessons and lists their vocabulary terms.
Both narrators, being (I believe) native speakers, provide (I hope) authentic pronunciation to imitate. Both speak clearly and are easy to understand, though Mr. Wendt has a slightly stronger accent than Miss Meyer. Both give word-for-word translations for each phrase and grammatical information where appropriate. The lessons progress logically and cumulatively.
A few of the lessons are quite discursive; Miss Meyer in lesson 20, for example, rambles on at length about the intricacies of Germany’s bussing system, and relates a superfluous story that happened to a friend of hers. This feels like padding and should have been cut.
Did anyone proofread the reference guide? It’s full of typos, particularly in lessons 1–24. I can only attest to the typos in English, but the large number of them makes me wonder about the accuracy of the German. The number of errors decreases dramatically—and the vocabulary lists become much more detailed—in lessons 25–30, but I’m surprised Innovative Language Learning hasn’t posted a corrected guide since publishing these lessons on Audible.
My rating: three stars (four for the audio lessons, two for the reference guide).
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