If you want to learn French on-line, Rocket French learning software is my recommendation.The program works well for beginner or more advanced adults or children 10 and up. I tried this course myself and was very pleased for the following reasons:
The French learning software is recorded byMarie-Claire, a native of France. So, you will hear perfect native French pronunciation. Pronunciation is a very important part of learning. You will learn to pronounce French correctly, so people will understand you. Otherwise, why bother? You will have many opportunities to speak. You activate a microphone from your computer and repeat phrases after Marie-Claire, while they are being recorded. Then you can compare them to the original. Keep repeating and adjusting until you get it right.
This way you will develop an authentic pronunciation and you will be understood when you speak French.
Rocket French learning software provides an extremely comprehensive course.
The syllabus* is listed below(scroll down to bottom) and as you can see it covers everything you need to learn, for a general French course, I would equate it to several years of high school French - it is well worth the money.The program starts out with greetings and then adds on – a feature I promote, because if you review and add on you are likely to remember the phrases in the long run. I particularly liked “shopping therapy” lesson (a priority for me) and the birthday lesson is fun. On one of my voyages abroad we were actually invited to a birthday party.
Rocket French learning software starts out with a short dialog between Marie-Claire and Paul. You simultaneously hear and read the dialog. You will learn French, whether you are a visual or an audio learner. Plus the added benefit of learning to read the language simultaneously. You will find this method to be very efficient.
The pronunciation is clear and well paced. You will understand it and you will begin to learn to speak conversational French.Then you are asked to repeat phrases. This is your chance to perfect your pronunciation.
After the lesson, there is a short on-line multiple-choice quiz on the material from the lesson. It then tells you the correct answers and also tracks your progress. I liked this feature because you can determine what you need to review and what you have down pat.
Culture is very important when you are learning languages and it is particularly important for travel. The Rocket French cultural section has practical information. I particularly liked the suggestion about spending time in French cafés to soak up the local culture. They also highlight local customs. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, you will want to know these customs.
The language section includes all the nut and bolts of the French language. Things like gender of nouns, irregular verbs, pronouns etc. If you want a very complete French language section, you will find this section invaluable. If your goal is simply conversation, then you probably will stick to the dialog section, however you will like having the language section as a reference.
The games build in lots of repetition in a fun way. Since the subject of my site is fun French, I of course recommend the games. You can have fun, while learning.
Then when I did buy it, there was a secure payment system in place. I always recommend making sure there is secure payment, when you purchase anything on-line. For Rocket French learning software you can use major credit card, clickbank or Paypal so you don’t have to worry about reliability.
I recommend trying the program for free before purchasing. Sign up below.