Learn French by LessonStudio
By Robert J Donovan
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You are in a country town 80 kilometers south of Paris, baguette in hand, asking a local for a good place to buy cheese. Just a handful of hours with LessonStudio and you will be able to have this conversation. With the right amount of caffeine you could start LessonStudio on a flight from North America and have a basic working French vocabulary when you arrive.
LessonStudio excels at sticking in your brain so that the French is available when you need it.
LessonStudio is more defined by what it isn’t as by what it is. LessonStudio is not just some travel phrase book. We teach you words and simple grammar rules in a memorable way enabling you to assemble sentences.
The core of LessonStudio is a thousands-of-years-old technique called mnemonics. Think about being at a party and meeting Mr. Baker and imagining him wearing a baker’s hat. That is the power of mnemonics. This is how it works in our application: we give you words like ‘ice cream’ and then we ask you to ‘picture a glass with an ice cream cone in it’ as glace (pronounced glass) is French for ‘ice cream’. After a handful of words, we test you to make sure you got them. Next, we have you play with your new vocabulary in sentences. By the end of the lesson the words will have some serious stickiness in your brain.
Examples of what you will be able to create by the end of lesson one include:
Je veux le beurre.
Je veux la piscine.
Je veux le stylo.
And by the end of lesson three, you will be able to create sentences like:
Le chou-fleur intéressant est délicieux.
Pretty cool! This isn't your high-school French class with endless conjugations of verbs as that is just not how to learn a language. Stick with French Language by LessonStudio and you will be able to communicate with the people of France tout de suite (right away).
Good stuff, some errrors
Excellent use of mnemonics and repetition make learning vocabulary fast! Grammar is explained clearly and practiced simply. The lesson routine makes the new knowledge stick!
Errors abound in translations and in the app, including several blank screens in lesson 14, switching French vocabulary mid-lesson (e.g. from la pelouze to le gazon), and ou (sans accent) when oú was intended as well as several simple errors of translation such as leaving out the negatives and little mistranslations (e.g. "je ne veux pas la pomme de terre." translated as "I want the apple.")
Even with these errors, I might purchase more lesson packs as they become available because the app is so simple and clear. I would be more likely to purchase more lessons if the price was lower. Another reviewer suggested $3 - that seems reasonable for a 10-pack.
I'm impressed! I can already say a few sentences!!! The only thing is that 9.99 is too much! I would love if every week or every two weeks you release a lesson for free! And for those who cannot wait a week, then they can buy the lesson right now, it would be amazing if that happens :) its like how the app "surviving high school" works, you can buy the whole volume or you can wait every week for a free new episode!
But I love the App! Thank you for making it!
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
THIS APP IS AMZING!!!!
When I am done with college I'm moving to France so I was looking for apps and found this one! First I thought, maybe before I try it I should look at ratings. So I did, as always. It helped me so much! I only wish I didn't have to buy the rest :(. Thanks again! I highly recommend for beginners.
- Category: Education
- Released: Nov 10, 2011
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 6.0 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Robert J Donovan
- © LessonStudio
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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- Lesson Pack One$9.99
- Lesson Pack Two$9.99