French language skills?

Mar 20th, 2002, 07:14 AM
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don
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French language skills?

Any recommendation for books, tapes, etc. that will allow me to learn very basic language skills in a short time.
 
Mar 20th, 2002, 07:20 AM
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Mr. Go
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I don't have a specific product recommendation, but I do strongly suggest that you get a tape, CD or CD-ROM (preferably with accompanying book). French pronunciation is very idiosyncratic...you can't just look at a word and know how to say it unless you know what you're doing.
 
Mar 20th, 2002, 07:25 AM
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I really like the Pimsleur system. I am not good at memorizing so this worked well for me. Just have to use the lessons for 1/2 hour once or twice per day, each and every day. I have completed French I and am now doing German I.

They are expensive but if you don't want to pay full price and don't mind used, try e-bay.
 
Mar 20th, 2002, 08:40 AM
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I already speak french, but last year I went to Italy, without knowing a lick of Italian. I picked up and 'Idiot's Guide to Learning Italian on Your Own', and I did quite well. The book teaches you as if your in a class, very easy to use. Hope this helps.
 
Mar 20th, 2002, 08:51 AM
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Hi Don -

I really like the total beginner's online course from the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/languages/french/lj/index.shtml

It's cool to get the transcript, hear it, and print out the useful stuff for use later . . . HTH!
=)
 
Mar 20th, 2002, 10:10 AM
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Michel Thomas has a 2 cd and an 8 cd audio course which makes picking up the basics very easy. The 8 cd course is about 10 hours and costs $50. He also has courses on German, Italian and Spanish.
 
Mar 20th, 2002, 12:47 PM
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I am doing nicely with the Pimsleur "Quick and Simple French". They are cd's and I listen to them driving to and from work on a daily basis. The pacing on the lessons is excellent and you certainly learn the phrases they teach you. I speak Spanish and it is very difficult for me to "think" in French. I find myself sometimes "combining" French and Spanish words when they ask me to say something. It's pretty funny to me but I keep on trying. I think it's very important to make the effort to speak the language of the country you are visiting. I think they appreciate the effort as well.
It is not expensive to buy the cd's and I believe I bought them on amazon.
 
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