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Can any of you recommend an easy-to-use French program for an ADULT beginner/refresher? It is looking like our family may be headed for a new missionary assignment in Francophone Africa and while we will very likely do formal lanugage study before taking up an assignment, dh has been pestering me about getting a head start. I have a background in French (took 4 years in high school), but it has been so long since I have used it that it is not something that I would say I have an active working knowledge of anymore – so it would be a refresher for me, and brand new to dh (who took Spanish in HS). I know Rosetta Stone is one possibility, but it is SO pricey that I’d love to have other options to check into. I also thought about getting something like The Easy French and making it a family project to include the kids (oldest is 5). Doesn’t necessarily need to be comprehensive either – just something introductory. Thoughts or ideas anyone?
I am researching this right now for you. I have asked people at language school in France what they recommend in your situation. This is the first:
It is free and all oral.
I’ll respond with other suggestions as I get them.
Thanks Dana!! =)
Here’s another response:
Tell Me More and Rosetta Stone are the expensive computer programs. My mom got us Tell Me More and we used it before we came and found it quite helpful. There’s also internet roaming (I think the Tachicks have a list of online resources). I think it’s hard to do too much with internet roaming if you are starting with scratch, but I found it helpful to familiarize myself with some real basic vocabulary and basic rules for how to pronounce French from the orthography (helpful in airports and whatnot).
By the way, Jen, we used Fluenz but it was expensive as well although we sold the used program on ebay recouping half of what we originally spent.houseofchaosParticipant
I’ve been using Breaking the French Barrier to refresh, as recommended by Bookworm. It is good and inexpensive.
Coordinator Language Learning International recommended ‘Transparent Language’ rather than Rosetta Stone. She also recommended the following sites to start with:
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