7 Things Your Software to Learn French Should Have

By: Dennis Cordy

Thank goodness for software to learn French! Until recently we had options of either dusty books or dull tapes. Now we have a revolution in education that makes getting to grips with the French language many times more quick and much more fun!

But with so many different ones, how do we know which software to learn French is most useful?

1. Can you review it first?

With much software you can get a demonstration to try. At least several of the French language programs give the same. If you can get some free French lessons it will help you decide whether the package is for you. Even if you don't particularly rate it, you got a few French lessons for trying it!

2. Is it interactive?

Now that may seem like a dumb question. Surely all French language software is interactive. Sadly no. Some are just re-formatted examples of the old tedious tapes that have been with us for ages. Beware low end French language software, it's probably of limited value.

3. How does it deal with French sound?

Again you might suppose any French software to take advantage of the functionality of your home PC and provide you with audio files. Surprisingly some don't. When you're searching for software to learn French it is a definite advantage if the audio is in MP3 format so you can download it to a player or CD. That way you get the bonus benefit of samples on the move, away from your home PC.

4. How does it handle actually speaking French?

Assuming your software has proper sound components, are they spoken by an English person speaking French or a native French speaker? I'd say it was of more obvious benefit to listen to and learn from a French person if that's the language I was learning.

5. How are French grammar, verbs and vocabulary provided?

One of the major advantages of learning French from programs on your PC has to be the level of interactivity. Good French programs will involve you and challenge you. Does the program you're testing offer video or illustrated lessons? Does it use games to make learning French more exciting?

6. How far can it take you?

When testing software to learn French consider how far you can go with the program. Is it just a beginner's course? Will you have to pay more for intermediate lessons? Or is it a package that will take you right from starting at zero through intermediate success to confident French?

7. What guarantees do they offer?

OK, your French software program may claim to teach you perfect French in a week (unrealistic) or capable French by a couple of months (achievable) but do they actually offer any guarantees? There are some that provide your money back if not pleased with the result. A guarantee like that would definitely make me happier in their ability to deliver. I learn or it costs me nothing - can't miss that.

Language teaching has improved no end since I was small and software to learn French can be challenging and engaging which is sure to help you learn faster and more in-depth. Like all software there are a huge range of products and prices and it's not easy to select. I hope the above will help guide you.

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