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Best book/cd to "brush up" my very very rusty french

Best book/cd to "brush up" my very very rusty french

Old Jul 18th, 2006, 12:52 PM
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Best book/cd to "brush up" my very very rusty french

I need a very basic review which focuses on typical travel matter. Any suggestions?
Merci.
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Old Jul 21st, 2006, 05:01 PM
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Old Jul 21st, 2006, 05:52 PM
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I have bought books and language lesson CDs but have not really liked any UNTIL.....I went to the library and in a last ditch effort tried "In Flight French". It is a CD put out by Living Language, a Random House Company. It has all the basic French you need to know to get by and I love it. I have it in my car and it is easy to listen to and use. I highly recommend it. Try your library!
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 06:16 AM
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I highly recommend the Pimsleur CD's. I am using them now for our trip next month. Because you know "un peu", you will be amazed how quickly you will pick it back up with this program.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 06:29 AM
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For someone who has never taken a formal French class, does anyone recommend the Rosetta Stone CD's or do they just have a good marketing strategy recently?
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 07:15 AM
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I've been using a BBC web site. Lots of free practice exercises. Desole, je ne connais pas how to make the link active.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/index.shtml
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 07:16 AM
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Oh sweet, looks like it worked. C'est un success!
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 07:18 AM
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I haven't used Rosetta Stone to learn a language, but I ordered their sampler and went through a few lessons.

The approach makes perfect sense to me (much more so than any other I've seen) - you are presented with four pictures and a spoken phrase in the target language. To move on, you must click on the picture corresponding to the phrase.

This model probably closely approximates the way we acquire our native language - matching a sound with a scene. The fact that one is not presented with vocabulary lists to memorize is a plus, because you don't waste time in the "lookup and translate" mode that bogs down so many courses.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 07:21 AM
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You can see it in action by clicking "Demo" at rosettastone.com
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Old Jul 23rd, 2006, 07:33 AM
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Thanks Rob...
I have tried the Demo's at my local mall. They have a booth set up and are selling the product. Their demo is the basic beginner. But they claim if you buy both sets it is equivalent to two semesters in college. Sounded too good to be true. Couple hundred dollars versus over a thousand for college?
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Yeah I thought Rosetta Stone was claiming one-year of college language equivalent.

Supposedly agencies like the State Dept. use it.

On SkyMall magazine, there was another company offering something that sounded similar but undercutting Rosetta Stone by like 50%.
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