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Anyone Used Rocket French?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by boomboomer, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. boomboomer

    boomboomer Executive VIP

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    I'm planning to learn a bit of French and was evaluating what reference material to buy for that.

    I'd like to know if anyone has any reviews of RF or suggestions for alternatives ..
     
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    oldenstylehats Elite Member Premium Member

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    If you're serious, you should look into Rosetta Stone. It's fantastic.
     
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  3. JCash21

    JCash21 Registered Member

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    Agreed. I've been using RS for Spanish the past few weeks and it's great.
     
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    i thought pimsleur is supposed to be the gold standard for casual language programs. but if you're really serious, you can also use FSI french. which is probably available as free download now. never tried the other stuff
     
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  5. mondele

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    I have to say the same as the other guys. Use the Rosetta Stone program and get all the levels. It is fantastic. I also have all 90 lessons of Pimsleur and some other French audio programs on my ipod. They work great too.

    Rocket French is okay but if you really want to learn quickly and with comprehension go with Rosetta Stone.

    I spent a couple of years living in the Congo and my wife's first language is French so it's a must here.
     
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  6. GoldenTiger

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    Well I speak French fluently already, so I never downloaded any "Lean French" software or materials.
    But as for language learning in general, I've used the Rosetta Stone, its quite good actually, especially to pick up vocabulary quickly. Its quite expensive if you buy it... but I've seen a few ISO's floating around on torrent sites.

    As for which program to use, it really depends on what your goal is. If all you need is to learn phrases to have basic conversations, such as while traveling, you will probably find many free sites that you can get that info from, and I am sure there are some free (not necessarily warez) programs for that too.

    It will help you a lot with the vocabulary, without getting bogged down in details like verb tenses, complex sentence structures, etc. Building up your vocabulary words is the most important step, for example, if you go to a restaurant and say "Hamburger, please", people will understand... but if you just say "Euh.... Hello...Sir, I...want"... you wont get anything!

    If your goals are to be more proficient in French, then the best way to improve is to practice speaking in French with others, read the newspaper, watch shows in French, etc.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  7. boomboomer

    boomboomer Executive VIP

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    I'm most likely gonna be in France for the next 12-15 months so thought it'd be a good idea to get started with the language.

    Looks like Rosetta Stone is the way to go. Have already found a few ISOs on TPB.. :)