Reviews - What do customers think about Berlitz Rush Hour French (French Edition)?
Review for Rush Hour French Apr 15, 2008
My rating: I gave this three stars as an average. To me, it rates four stars for some and two stars for others. It depends on your learning style and adaptability to this type of program. It isn't ONE HUNDRED percent perfect, but it's pretty good for what it supposed to do: basics fast, fun and easy.
My review: Rush Hour French is good if you like corny so-so Broadway/Disney-style showtunes, which I do. If that sort of thing drives you up a wall, look elsewhere. But if not, give this CD package a try! You will need to listen to it over and over; otherwise, you won't benefit. (Another good idea would be to take some time to read the little booklet that comes with it while you listen to the dialogue and songs. It might help your retention.)
Some reviewers here don't seem to realize that everyone learns differently and different things click for different people. Not everyone will be able to get something out of this program but some might. I think it'd be really fun for say a parent and young child who want to learn the basics of French together or anyone, who like me, doesn't mind catchy corny tunes. They are sticking in my head quite well even after a week. I practically have the whole thing memorized.
This includes: numbers, colors, the weather, seasons, types of basic clothing, household/office items, the alphabet (an important thing to know that many language courses leave out), basic greetings, the beginnings of how to ask for directions as well as how get through a visit to a restaurant. You learn how to answer the phone or ask for someone when you call, and other basics like that.
Caveat: only use this as a supplement if you are really trying to learn French. Buy other language CDs or CD-Roms, a French/English dictionary, the Easy French Reader if you want to practice your reading skills, and maybe even try visiting the French language learning links provided free by the BBC. Utilize several sources. That's the best advice I can give. Good luck on your journey to learning a new lanuage.
Fell in love with the woman's voice - talking and singing Dec 27, 2007
Although I have been studying french for many years, I can only impress people who do not know french, and when I am in france I can get any of its citizens to speak impecable english - after only 2 of my french sentences.
Now that we know I am not the one to ask for advice ...
This is a great tool - especially for singular, plural, masculine, feminine and basic communication opposites - all delivered enjoyably.
I bought the $10.00 single CD and within two weeks I ordered the 3 CD version with the book which includes the transcript - for only about $8.00 more and I am pleased I did - so the 5 stars apply to it also.
This has been more fun than any of my CD's and when I wake up early and cannot sleep I play and listen and learn - especially pronunciation.
LOVED it. Jul 9, 2006
I'm not sure why this product is stimulating such emotional responses.....I bought the tape and listen to it in the car. I agree that the actors are annoying personalities - particularly the "student" John. That said, I am someone who memorizes song lyrics with relative ease but have trouble with languages. This product worked wonders for me. In Paris, instead of getting confused and jumbling in my Spanish I took in high school - that always pops up when I travel - the song "lyrics" which ARE the lessons had me sailing into restaurants unafraid asking for a "table for 2 please?" with confidence. I LOVED it. Very easy - the kids even protest when I listen to it - but they get a kick out of the corniness of it too. I wish Berlitz would take this idea and really produce an even better version with better actors and more common phrases like "how much is this?" "may I look at these?" and other phrases that I always wish I had on hand when I pop in and out of French shops all day. They did a great job on the restaurant phrases on this tape and now could add shopping phrases for the tourist - rather that how do you say "stapler." All in all though, if you're like me and memorize songs easily - this does come in handy.
just awful Apr 24, 2006
The folks at Berlitz must be getting desperate. Another listen-and-repeat songbook? One hour with ANY OTHER WORKBOOK will each you the French you need to "get by" on your trip to Paris. If you're a more serious student, just buy a more serious product. The botom line is: this product just doesn't work and it's not in the least charming. The reviewers who give five stars are Berlitz employees and most of the reviews you're reading are sales pitches. NOTE A DESTINATION DES PROFS: Ces livres sont du gaspillage total. Il faut les eviter à tout prix à risque de decevoir vos étudiants.
Good for kids Feb 5, 2006
I took the Rush Hour French out of our local library because my six year old wanted to learn French. I think the music and songs are VERY effective for learning-they're fun, sort of silly, and good for kids.