The Complete Idiot's Guide language audio programs are guaranteed to work for beginners, as a refresher course, and even with those who have been frustrated in other attempts to learn a foreign language. You can start learning today.
I really like this. Having completed all of the Michel Thomas titles (Foundation, Advanced, Language Builder & Vocab course) I still felt there was something missing...and here it is. Simple to follow, with a downloadble PDF guide that you can print out. Criticisms? It's a bit cheesy here and there with the game show voice-over-man doing the narration (if you've done the Pimsleur course, its the same bloke) and they still refer to the Mark rather than the Euro, other than that its perfectly functional. Content: A good balance of useful stuff, oh! and don't be fooled by the 'level 1' tag. This is straight into the good stuff. Simple enough for the absolute beginner and useful enough for those that have done quite a bit of German language study before. All round a good buy.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
If you're looking at this program because the title implies that this program is easy and lots of fun, look elsewhere! I was expecting a light delivery, humorous anecdotes and mnenomics. Instead I found this to be one of the dryest and fastest paced programs I've ever heard.
This book is better for someone who already knows a good deal of german and wants a rapid fire review. Or if you find programs that pause so you can repeat or guess the phrases annoying, you may like this format. But if you're like me and need to really think through and repeat a phrase for it to sink in - you'll be left in the dust with this program. I must admit that the downloadable .pdf file is a nice feature. My guess is that this program was designed for print, and squeezed into an audio format as an after thought.
Listen to Audible's sample clip and several other of their offerings before spending your money!
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
I consider this book to be a bit too difficult for complete beginners but it can be very useful for those who already have some understanding of German language and want to refresh a little bit the basics. I learned German for 4 months a few years ago but by the time I bought this course I did not remember much of it. This course gave me a chance to refresh what I learned a long time ago. Plus the vocabulary with all the dialogues and words written down helps a lot!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I like that it includes a downloadable PDF file to read.
This works like Pimsleur, with dialogues. I would like it to be a lot longer though.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is third language for which I've purchased these think these Idiot Guides, the others being Spanish and French. Overall I think they're pretty good insofar as these Learn a Foreign Language audiobooks go. While I found Paul Noble courses better, I point out that I use the courses differently. Noble's courses, as great as they are, don't lend themselves to rote repetition, whereas these do; that as, where Noble makes you think and apply what you've learned, the Idiot Guides seem best utilized by listening and repeating - over and over again. That's not to say that the Idiot Guides don't have quizzes requiring you to utilize what you've learned, they do, and they're good, but I found Noble's courses predictable and boring on repetition due to the training method, whereas these are geared more to repetitive learning.
I use these Idiot Guides in that fashion. I listen to the audiobooks in sequence (I currently have 1 and 2 of the German series and plan on getting the third soon) and, upon completion, start again at 1, listening to them in 30 minute or so sessions each. I've found this method to be both enjoyable and instructive. Each time around, I get a little better.
German is a difficult language, but, like Latin, it is also kind of fun. With practice and patience, I am confident it can be mastered. Plus hanging out with Germans doesn't hurt. And though both may, at times, be vexing, the pain only makes the reward that more triumphant, rewarding and sure, whether it be in pronunciation, declension, respect, love or friendship.