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My French Coach Level 2: Improve Your French (DS)

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Genre: Education & Reference / Release Date: 2007-11-23 / Published by Ubisoft

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      14.07.2009 17:15
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      good game to aid French

      I borrowed this game from a friend before travelling over to France for a long weekend as I wanted to learn a few useful phrases. In the ds game there are a range of different games you can play to develop your French. This includes word searches, matching English to French cards and quickly clicking on the correct word. These are amusing little games although very short lived and better for kids than adults. I did find the game useful for learning phrases such as ordering food and asking for directions. The game clearly reads the phrase in French and it is written in French and English on the screen. I found it very easy to quickly pick up the phrases and actually say them in an almost French accent! Another great point about this little game is that it covers a range of topics, such as travel, family, houses, directions, animals and colours. It's a handy aid for children/young people studying French and for people wanting to brush up on their language skills. A very amusing game, with a good purpose, although I felt the novelty would quickly wear off as it can be repetitive playing the same games over and over again!

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      24.06.2009 16:45
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      It should not be your only source if you are learning otherwise you will be disappointed.

      Please note this is on the INTERMEDIATE version of the game. I bought this a while ago as my boyfriend is French and I wanted to kickstart my learning to go to a French school. The concept of the game is that you have a coach, which you choose from a selection of characters, and this person encourages you to play games that help you improve your French and your progress is recorded. This sounds like an excellent theory but in practice I found it was not so useful. Having been in France prior to when I bought this (I bought the Intermediate version), I had a basic concept of vocabulary but I wanted to be able to speak rather than just know words. This game is great for learning vocabulary but sometimes the vocabulary was really irrelevant and without proper grammatical knowledge it was not possible to really construct a sentence as the verbs were only shown in the inifinitive so you needed knowledge of the different ways to use a verb. For example "avoir" is a verb that is commonly used but if you had no knowledge of French would you recognise the verb when it is in its "eus" or "auraient" form? Maybe as I bought intermediate I was expected to know this already. I also thought some of the games were a little easy, like the building blocks game where you had to spell the word on the blackboard with blocks of letters. Yes it helped me spell some words but I didn't really learn the vocabulary. Plus the nouns have no gender so if you want to put them into a sentence it is really a guessing game. The progress section is good because it shows charts on how many words you know, but as a previous reviewer said, I did not feel that I knew that many words, when it said I knew thousands. I may have known them for one game but forgot them very quickly. The one game that was useful was the split decision game which gave you a choice of two definitions for a word and you had choose the correct one. Similarly word shuffle gave you a list of words to match to a list of definitions, which i found did help me to at least recognise words. At the end of the games they also give you a list of the words and definitions and I wrote down my newly-learned (relevant!) words in a vocabulary book. There is also a pasta game, where you have to spell the word in the soup and on intermediate the letters disappear quite quickly. Then there is the game where you unlock the safe by guessing the word and spelling it faster than your opponent. Another game makes you blow balloons to the correct or incorrect pin to pop them (this is very fast paced!). The games help you feel more at ease with the language, seeing how things are spelled and you automatically pick up a feel for what is right and wrong after a while, which is a good aspect of the game. There is also a dictionary, which is useful if you are going to France to translate words into English. You will not become fluent with this game and if you have no knowledge of French grammar you may be able to string the words together in the wrong tense, in the wrong order but at least its a start! As long as you don't have the expectation of learning to speak and write French well its fine as a learning aid. The games are entertaining but it tells you to stop after 15 minutes, which is annoying when you get enthused and are on a roll! Overall it is a good learning tool but should not be your only source for learning French. It helps on the basics but to speak French you need to get something else to assist you.

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        08.06.2009 08:08
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        good game if you wanan learn or suppliment you french learning

        This game I bought to help me recap on my Frenh GCSEs as it had been years since I spoke any French and since then all I have found myself doing is playing this game for a while. It is fun and educational, who'd have guessed. The game uses lessons and minigames to help you learn words and phrases and also some grammar too. It is suitable for everyone pretty much up to A-level students say as it teaches you from scratch. The game has a dictionary funtion and will teach you grammar in lessons. An in game character shows you the basics and how to get started. The games all make good use of the touch screen as do the lessons. You can touch flash cards to turn them over, and hide/unhide the english tranlation of words. The games all differ from the simple match the words and picking the right one to constructing grammatically correct sentances to bashnig moles. Something to keep all amused. It is definately the best DS game to learn french the series as well is good for other languages. You can spend an your first hour and pick it up and play without difficulty and come away knowng that some French. The bad points however is that the dictionary does have some missing words which is annoying, but the game teaches you all the basics and touristy stuff first. Worth taking a look at if you need some help with French or thinking of starting up.

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        03.06.2009 16:54
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        a great game suitable for all, great for developing words and phrases

        I bought this game to improve my french and its amazing how much you remember from the boring french lessons! The game is great for any ability, from beginners to A-level's. Its got a range of different games to help you learn different words and phrases and a varied selection of different subject areas to learn (colours, holidays, family etc). I enjoy the playing the game little and often to help get the best from the game in learning the language. and the games help learning much more interesting! The words are pronouned clearly and and i found it useful for quickly learning new phrases. The graphics are ok, but you dont play it for the graphics so no worries there! the background music is ok but i prefer to turn it off as it can be distracting and very repetetive. Overall a great game for learning and suitable for everyone. Well worth the money if you are interested in developing your language and brill for learning those essential phrases for a holiday. Hope this helps!

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        18.01.2009 00:04
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        a useful product to back up learning

        I bought this for my daughter when she was 8, and learning French at primary school. What follows is my review from then, and then at the end I have updated it slightly. It is not as engaging as some other Nintendo DS products, and doesn't really make use of all the DS features (for example there is no way of checking pronunciation), but it has the advantage of being small and portable, and if your child is taking their DS along somewhere anyway, then just taking this too is a really minimal addition. What this really seems to specialise in is the slightly outdated concept of learning words. The emphasis now is very much upon learning to manipulate relatively small amounts of language, rather than having lots of discrete words at your command. Unfortunately these nouns are not accompanied by their gender (le or la) which is a crucial piece of information to be able to handle grammar. Nevertheless I think it is a good adjunct to another learning system. The more times something is repeated, the easier it is to learn and remember, and this gives another way of providing that necessary repetition. According to the box, you will learn "close to" 10,000 words and 700 phrases. The games do cover grammar and sentence structure as well as vocabulary, and the French coach can assess what you know already to decide upon the level at which you should start, so that you're not condemned to running through stuff you already know and might find dull. It doesn't appeal to my daughter as much as Brain Training, but on the other hand she does find it more entertaining than flash cards! And she can work on it by herself, which is handy. She is still learning French, at secondary school now, and has recently returned to using this as a quick way of practising vocabulary, although obviously this is just a small part of learning French

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          01.01.2009 14:46
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          a bit of a dissapointment

          I bought this game as I hope to go to france and wanted to actually be able to say something beyond je m'appelle! The french coach does seem promising and offers a very extensive dictionary and phrasebook, which actually has useful phrases, much better than the useless stuff you learnt at school! however, I actually thought that the game itself wasn't really something which should have been produced for the DS as it really didn't make much use of the facilities which set the DS apart from other consoles. Yes, you can record yourself speaking words to check your pronounciation, but the games were quite monotonous and I actually thought it was quite hard to remember all the words I had allegedly learnt. I also thought it was quite annoying that you had to keep repeating games to get the maximum points for words to 'prove' that you knew them. As well as this I thought that the grammar lessons weren't great, and for someone who has difficulty grasping the grammar rules of foreign languages, i felt there wasn't enough guidance. I felt that this game was laid out for children, but being 22, i actually thought that the learning aspect of it was quite complicated, and I can honestly say i remember very little of what I learnt, and what i did learn were individual words, i don't think based solely on this game i would be able to string efficient sentences together, but then maybe i'm too much of a novice!

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            10.11.2008 18:15
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            Use in conjunction with another french programme!

            I bought The French Coach in the hope that I could start to master the French language and that it could take me where my GCSE French left off! The packaging is really attractive, and would certainly grab the attention of young teenagers, in my opinion, which would encourage them to learn. Instead of a "learn french" programme, it is more like a "memorise french words" programme, which I suppose would help in the long run to allow people to learn the language, but it gets a little frustrating when you don't learn how to formulate sentences with the words that you have learnt. You start by doing some exercises to ascertain how many french words you already recognise and then the game tells you how many words are in your "bank". You then get a rating of what qualification of French speaker you are (e.g. secondary school child, college graduate etc). The aim is then to carry out the exercises every day to improve the number of words in your bank and, as you do so, your qualification improves. The people who guide you through the programme are a little irritating, but I suspect that is true of most learn french guides. I would say that it is a good programme to use in conjunction with another learn french programme, one that helps you with the grammar and formulating sentences, as it is excellent for helping you to remember the words (using a wide variety of games and you build up a "word bank" as you go along), but could just do with a bit extra. It is a fun little game though, so worth doing if you're interested in learning the language, but I wouldn't rely on it alone!

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              31.10.2008 16:26
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              A fantastic way to learn the basics of the french language.

              I brought My French Coach a little while ago in time for my trip to France, as my friend recommended the series to me after he used another version to help him. I brought the game with no experience with french and in no time I knew the basics and would be able to hold a conversation in French with my neighbour. My French Coach is aimed at DS gamers who have no french experience or little knowledge of the language. It also taught me some vocabulary and the pronunciation using the microphone the DS offer. The game is great for beginners but not the best for the advanced speakers as it doesn't offer anything except the basics. The game is not only educational but also fun as the games it uses to teach will keep you entertained for hours. The graphics are very good and the soundtrack is entertaining but the game suffers from a bad framerate. The button recognition is also slow, meaning sometimes I lost points as it didn' recognise the press in time. The game is very easy to use and you will get into it in a couple of minutes with almost no setup. Overall, a great buy for basic users but not for people who need to know the whole langauge, but it is great for a holiday.

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              28.09.2008 18:54
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              Great game to use as an aide for those learning French.

              I absolute love My french coach. I brought this game just to see if it would help with my french. I must say it certainly has. My French Coach is aimed at people who have never spoke a word of french, or people who just want to learn the basics. I wish there was a game for the advanced french speaker that you could try after this game has taught you the basics. The game layout is simple and easy to use. Gameplay includes a number of quizs ona variety of topics. This game helps to teach you some french vocabulary and pronunciation. The words are actually pronounced so you can hear them and repeat them. I think this game is a very good aide for the beginner french speake but would not suggest it for fluent speakers or for sole use of learning the french language. I believe that game provides hours of gameplay on an educational basis yet is only for the beginner as it only covers the basics of the french language.

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              03.09.2008 18:16

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              great game to introduce you to french

              My french coach on the ds is great! I bought this game not expecting much but i was pleasantly suprised. I just wish that i had this game whilst i was studying french, at least it would have taught me something. The layout is very simple and easy to use, it's bright and colourful-perfect for learning. There are many quizes on different topics. You start on quite easy topics like numbers, and it gets progressively harder as you complete each topic and move on to harder topics. I don't think that you can use this game soley on learning french, but is does help to teach you some vocabulary. There is also the pronunciation of the french words on the game which is really helpful. Overall i would seriously recommend that you buy this game if you are a beginner in french and jus want to get a gist of the language, it is ideal for young children and educational too!

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              17.01.2008 15:54
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              A modern way of learning a foreign language

              My French Coach Learning a new language couldn't be easier than using My French Coach which is one of the many games designed for the Nintendo DS. The game is designed at teaching those interested in how to speak French. It is recommended that if you spend fifteen to twenty minutes each day, you could become a fluent speaker in this language. There are two separate games available - My French Coach: Beginner's and My French Coach: Intermediate. The game consists of an amazing 1, 000 lessons ranging in difficulty and 10, 000 words and phrases. And if you manage to master all of the lessons, you can use the game as a dictionary. The game says the word / phrase to you and then you repeat the word, which is then recorded. You can then compare how you said it to the way the game said it until you get it correct. By doing this, you can correct not only how you pronounce the word(s) but also your accent and listen to how you must sound to people that do speak the French language as their first language. The game is designed at helping you learn vocabulary, sentence structure and verb conjunction in an interesting way. The game also has other features including 8 mini games which help to sharpen your knowledge of the language at your own pace. You can also track your progress using the performance charts. I think this is a fantastic game as people of any age can use the game at their own convenience. Not only that, but it is extremely cheap when you consider what you are getting from the game and weigh up what it would cost you in real-life to get private tutorial lessons. I think this game will also help those who are studying French at school and children before exams to help refresh their memories. I also find that using the touch screen makes it simple to use for those of all ages. Before you start your lessons, you are given a small test which determines what level of knowledge you already have of the language. I think this is particularly good as those who know the basics already, can begin at the level they require, instead of going through what they already know. I don't think very much of the graphics as they are very basic but still quite cute looking! And the music is the same... basic. I think the game is excellent value for what you get and think this will be a very popular game. There are other games in this collection to, such as My Spanish Coach, which has exactly the same idea as this game. My French Coach costs roughly £18.98 on Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) and is also available in shops such as HMV, Game, Gamestation etc.

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