halesworth, suffolk, United Kingdom
  • 3
  • reviews
  • 12
  • helpful votes
  • 5
  • ratings

Rather Good Methinks

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-10

A very good dramatisation; I enjoyed it greatly. The diction is lovely.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Really good fun

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-04-10

A super audio language learning program; the funky music helps to make it upbeat and fun with an interesting group of words for the listener to learn. Attractively presented, this audio program is the sort of instructional unit you can listen to again and again without getting tired. The timing is also not too fast and not too slow. Recommended.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Speak Russian With Confidence cover art

Very good but too much filler

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-10

Having used many language audio tapes over the years in order to suppliment my study, I have noticed a tendency for the narrators to include a heck of a lot of irrelevant, spurious and extraneous verbiage which doesn't directly relate to the matter in hand, i.e. improving knowledge/fluency of the language and increasing vocabulary. This course is no exception.

Two examples immediately spring to mind: in the first 30 minutes the word dasvedanya (goodbye) is repeated forty or fifty times - this is totally unnecessary because most people know what this word means even if they have never studied Russian. It became quite irritating. Also, the narrator kept reminding us that the speaker was going to say something in Russian; totally spurious because this is after all a Russian tutorial ! What on earth was she thinking of ?
One other gripe; jingles - they get very irritating after a while and don't add value, especially if you plan on listening to the tape more than once. Once of the nicest aspects of Michel Thomas's audio courses is that there are no jingles and no filler which means you can listen to them over and over again. Other producers of audio language books should take note and follow suit.

Apart from the above gripes, an enjoyable course with no irritating background music.

The speaker's voice was pleasant to listen to.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful