Linguaphone (general)

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The Linguaphone system is one of the oldest and most popular methods of learning a foreign language. The word 'Linguaphone' literally means 'language-sound', and the idea behind it is to spend time listening to native speakers using their language in context, so it can be learned almost as ... Read review

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Language Learning in Three Months? Not Likely!

AdvantagesThorough course with cassettes and guidebooks, conversation-based, learn at own pace

DisadvantagesHigh price, can't buy just one tape to try, very difficult without any prior knowledge of the language

"The Linguaphone system is one of the oldest and most popular methods of learning a foreign language. The word 'Linguaphone' literally means 'language-sound', and the idea behind it is to spend time listening to native speakers using their language in context, so it can be learned almost as a child might learn by living in a foreign country. Originally there were vinyl records provided, then cassettes, now some use CDs. These have extensive 'lessons' ..." Read review
14.06.2004

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Hard but not impossible

AdvantagesDetailed explanations

DisadvantagesVery expensive

"...leaflet that comes with any linguaphone course, the reader is told that within three months, he or she will be able to speak his or her chosen language "in as little as three months". While this is difficult, it is far from impossible to do. The Linguaphone courses generally offer detailed grammar explanations and cultural tidbits that are fun to know but not essential. However, these explanations are often spread over two or three units, or more, ..." Read review
15.04.2007

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