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norrahe
22nd November 2010, 17:26
Anyone recommend one that they have used.

Looking to get my French back to fluency again not sure if Rosetta Stone or Linguaphone would be better. Something that can be listened to on the train is always good.

Platypus
22nd November 2010, 17:32
When I was looking, these came highly recommended
French With Michel Thomas Complete Course CD: Amazon.co.uk: Michel Thomas: Books (http://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Michel-Thomas-Complete-Course/dp/0340780630)

I bought a set for my daughter, who of course never used them :-(

So unfortunately, I can't say how marvellous they are :ohwell

northernladuk
22nd November 2010, 17:34
If you have internet on the train or wireless dongle you could try Live Mocha (http://www.livemocha.com/) to supplement it. You can do a huge range of languages and then get in touch with 'penpals' to help use the language and practice. I have only just started but seems like a very good set up. It's like a wiki site/social network/language course all rolled in to one.

Svalbaard
22nd November 2010, 17:37
Also recommend the Michael Thomas courses. I have the Spanish and Arabic courses.

configman
22nd November 2010, 18:24
Anyone recommend one that they have used.

Looking to get my French back to fluency again not sure if Rosetta Stone or Linguaphone would be better. Something that can be listened to on the train is always good.

I'm using Rosetta Stone to learn Mandarin, the voice analyser is pretty good - my Chinese wife and friends tested it for accuracy.

TimberWolf
22nd November 2010, 19:12
When I was looking, these came highly recommended
French With Michel Thomas Complete Course CD: Amazon.co.uk: Michel Thomas: Books (http://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Michel-Thomas-Complete-Course/dp/0340780630)

I bought a set for my daughter, who of course never used them :-(

So unfortunately, I can't say how marvellous they are :ohwell

I've got that on my iPod, but it was a free download. It seems pretty good, although I didn't listen to much of it. The basic premise of it is that English is much like French.

norrahe
22nd November 2010, 19:36
Thanks Guys!

Will look into some of them.

My priority is getting back into fluency again, I can pretty much understand if someone speaks to me in French its remembering the sentence structuring and tenses.

Zippy
22nd November 2010, 19:39
I think you need to find someone you can converse with on a regular basis. It's OK learning and repeating phrases from a course but it doesn't help when the person you are talking to uses the vernacular. Just chatting gives you a lot of confidence.

Platypus
22nd November 2010, 19:51
I've got that on my iPod, but it was a free download.

<cough>
French Michel Thomas (http://isohunt.com/torrents/?ihq=French+Michel+Thomas)

:bluelight

norrahe
22nd November 2010, 20:05
I think you need to find someone you can converse with on a regular basis. It's OK learning and repeating phrases from a course but it doesn't help when the person you are talking to uses the vernacular. Just chatting gives you a lot of confidence.

I've got someone I can do that with and text them and e-mail in French, but just need to get up to speed whereby I can chat less haltingly, without constant "Qu'est ce que le mot pour....." or "J'ai oublie"

MayContainNuts
22nd November 2010, 20:07
It's a good idea!

Has anyone tried during one of these course when driving for example? A two hour commute with the CD in? Do you think this a good way to learn or distracting?

Paddy
22nd November 2010, 21:20
Anyone recommend one that they have used.

Looking to get my French back to fluency again not sure if Rosetta Stone or Linguaphone would be better. Something that can be listened to on the train is always good.

The Public Library is a good place to start and you can help them by taking your laptop and backing up the CDs and DVDs for them.

VectraMan
22nd November 2010, 22:19
I bought this:

http://www.laguinguette.com/learn/

The intermediate and advanced courses are all in French, so that's good for the intermediate learner because you're immersed in French. I've listened to them several times over in the car, but I do learn better at the computer where I can read the text and rewind to the right point without crashing into a lorry.

The Michel Thomas courses are excellent, for beginners. I have the full foundation courses and advanced courses in both French and German, but "advanced" isn't really that advanced, and (particularly in German) he leaves out an awful lot.

scooterscot
23rd November 2010, 00:29
When I was looking, these came highly recommended
French With Michel Thomas Complete Course CD: Amazon.co.uk: Michel Thomas: Books (http://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Michel-Thomas-Complete-Course/dp/0340780630)


WHS -

There's two students learning on the CD's and you're the third, the idea is you think about how you would construct a sentence rather than remembering.

norrahe
23rd November 2010, 01:09
I bought this:

La Guinguette- Le Journal (http://www.laguinguette.com/learn/)

The intermediate and advanced courses are all in French, so that's good for the intermediate learner because you're immersed in French. I've listened to them several times over in the car, but I do learn better at the computer where I can read the text and rewind to the right point without crashing into a lorry.

The Michel Thomas courses are excellent, for beginners. I have the full foundation courses and advanced courses in both French and German, but "advanced" isn't really that advanced, and (particularly in German) he leaves out an awful lot.

The intermediate laguinette ones look good and I like the fact that it's pretty much in French, so gets you thinking in French. Thanks!