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Paperback Ultimate French: Basic-Intermediate Coursebook Book

ISBN: 0609806793

ISBN13: 9780609806791

Ultimate French: Basic-Intermediate Coursebook

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Very Good, but not perfect.

Okay, so there doesn't seem to be a "perfect" course out there, but there's a good reason for that. You simply cannot become "fluent" in a foreign language without regular interaction in that language with another person. That said, this course has many positives one should consider. It's lessons are designed nicely to teach some vocabulary, verb conjugation, grammar, common phrases, etc. The audio tapes & CD's are very helpful with pronunciation & getting your brain used to hearing the language. I must point out, however that it seems a bit advanced for the "beginner", so beginners may get frustrated & quit very quickly.My recommendation!: This program nicely complements the Pimsleur program. Pimsleur is unbelievably user friendly and gives you an incredible comfort level with the language very quickly. There is no frustation for the beginner. Living Language helps to explain grammatical structures & verb usage in a way that Pimsleur doesn't. First do Pimsleur (as many levels as you can afford!), then round out your learning with Living Language. Finally, go find a native speaker & practice, practice, practice!

One of the best French courses available (if not THE best)!

After trying a few other "highly recommended" books I found the one that really works for me. I totally love it! The dialogs are fast-paced, close to natural speech and easy to follow. The explanations are very clear and pronounciation on CD is flawless. All grammar is presented in a very systematic way (unlike other books). And the best thing: the lessons are designed in such a way that you always stay motivated and ready for more (at least that's how it works for me). Nicely priced, too!

Great for the beginner or someone who just wants to brush up

I had a sudden desire to brush up on my French after taking three years in high school over a decade ago, so I picked up this book help me review. I found this book to be effective at teaching basic concepts while keeping my interest. The format is easy to read and organized well, the dialogues are never boring. I have other introductory French books which are less organized, difficult to read or follow, and have boring unrealistic dialogue. I tend to begin those only to stop part way through. However, Ultimate French is different. It helped motivate me to completion. I plan on starting the next book in the series, the Advanced Ultimate French book.BTW, I agree with the reader from Indonesia about the number of questions in each exercise. I feel I could get a better grasp of the concepts if there were more of them.

My opinion about Ultimate French : Basic - Intermediate

I like this book very much. It contains a complete French course for beginner. Native speaker-spoken dialogues, pronunciation guide, vocabulary, grammar usages, and excercises + key. You can rely on this book for studying French. Unfortunately there is not enuogh excercise. There's only 5 questions each section. That's why I put 4 stars for it. Otherwise, I would have put 5. To the author: if you want to publish a new edition of this book in the future, add some more excercise, 15-20 questions each section will do.


It gave me a motivation to complete the course. I recomend it to all people who want to learn or brush up on French.
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