Many people want to learn to speak French as the global boundaries are shrinking and traveling internationally is becoming more affordable. There are many countries all over the world where French is the predominant language. Plus there are many sports with the majority of terms in French such as ballet and fencing. It just makes sense to pick up the French language.
One way to learn to speak French is from a book. Usually you can find a French book and workbook combo that you can buy. This allows you to learn at your own pace. Except for pronunciation problems. Some books do have websites where you can listen to mp3 audio of French words being spoken. I found that it was not a good method to learn French.
Another well known way to to buy French language tapes or cds. To buy this course though, even just the beginner section, was a few hundred dollars! I didn’t want to drop that much money on a course that I wasn’t sure was going to work. Plus after you open the tapes or cds you can’t return the course.
At this point I was frustrated. I wanted to learn French, I wanted to learn it correctly with pronunciation help from a native French speaker and I wanted to learn it at home or on my iPod at my own pace on my own time. Where could I find this without blowing several hundred dollars?
I started researching on the web and somehow stumbled across a site and program called Rocket French. The program is less than $100, which met my cheap criteria. It’s also taught by a native French speaker and you can have pronunciation help right there in the program. Perfect! There are over 11 hours of audio and grammar lessons and it helps you learn interactively. I am really happy with Rocket French and amazed at how I could learn to speak French so quickly!
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