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Learn to Speak French offers a computer-based approach to the sometimes challenging task of learning a foreign language. The CD begins with basic greetings, vocabulary, and questions, and extends all the way to cultural films about Paris, history, cultural topics, France, etc. to help the user achieve language proficiency on a beginner/intermediate level. Each section presents a real- life situation and dialogue where grammar and vocabulary are developed and reinforced.
Learn to Speak French includes a text/workbook and user guide. It is equipped with an audio capability, which tells a microphone quipped user how accurately their accent is on a scale of tourist > native speaker. There are grammar exercises, comprehension, and listening. Dialogue is geared to imparting useful information and conversation for both travelers and business people. Users may elect to hide the written translation of what is being said in French or they may read along in French or see the English translation. Different native speakers are used so one is exposed to the normal variation of dialogue.
Several games are included for a change of pace: Go Fish, Crossword Puzzle, Question Derby Matter of Fact, and more.
The chapters move in a sensible, building-block fashion and are clearly presented while the exercises support and reinforce material introduced. Short film clips review cultural and historical points of interest.
It is all here for the taking in a pretty, easy to use package - but make no mistake - learning a language doesn't just happen by osmosis. It still requires a lot of discipline and effort by the user. For those willing to make that investment, Learn to Speak French will do much to facilitate enjoyment of the process at your own pace.
PC: Windows® 95/98, Pentium® 90 MHz or faster cpu, 16 MB RAM, SVGA 256 color display, 4X or faster CD-ROM, Windows compatible sound card .return to top of page
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