Need to Learn French Quick

By: Dennis Cordy

It's nice to have time to learn a new language but sometimes it's just not practical. Sometimes you just need to learn French quick. Maybe it's because of work pressures, perhaps to take advantage of an unexpected chance of a holiday, maybe because you're just impatient - that's OK, me too! Whatever your personal reason, you want to learn French and you want to do it fast.

Not so long ago learning French in a short space of time wouldn't really have been realistic. There were the old Linguaphone sets, and they certainly worked for many, but there were about a million tapes to get through and they were dull with a capital D! About your only other option was classes (not always easy to find or convenient) or a book or two - but it's darn near impossible to learn French pronunciation from a book!

Now of course, with the internet and the availability of CDs or French MP3s, the whole picture is completely different. You can choose a range of ways to learn French from "audio books" (which are very good for taking around with you) up to full blown interactive courses costing several hundred dollars. There are advantages and disadvantages to a number of them but almost all offer scope for much faster French learning than would have been possible just a decade ago.

So from a position of little choice you now have what is in reality an embarrassment of riches - there are easily over a hundred different choices so which is right for you? How can you decide which is the best French CD, audio book or interactive course from those on offer?

My personal favorite, and one I know is recommended by many teaching professionals, is Rocket French. If you want to learn French quick, this might well be the right choice for you. How does just eight weeks from complete beginner to confident and natural French speaker sound? Pretty good I'd guess.

Rocket French uses a mixture of interactive training for learning French words and phrases and, via a series of pc based teaching games, written texts and a vast selection of French MP3s, takes you from knowing nothing at day one to mastery of a broad range of practical, everyday French in just a few short weeks.

In fact you could be speaking really quite useful French for real-world situations in just days and one of the great advantages of the course is that whilst there is a very good "road map" for learning the French language there's no strict lesson plan so you can delve into any area of particular interest straight away.

Rocket French often comes out on top when matched against it's competitors but when you consider that all this is available for under a hundred dollars you wonder how the other programs sell any copies at all! I honestly know of no other way to learn French quick that is so effective in such a short space of time and can take you on to a real confident knowledge of this complex language.

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