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What disappointed you about Learn Hindi - Survival Phrases Hindi, Volume 1: Lessons 1-30?
The narrator is great and one's accent could really develop by copying her. However, the frustrating thing is that just after telling you how to say something, the script goes onto say "an ALTERNATIVE way to say the same thing is...". This just makes the programme incredibly difficult to follow - just as you've begun to memorise how to say one phrase your brain is scrambled by learning a similar but different phrase. For an English speaker, that might work with another European language, based on similar Latin or Greek words, but given that Hindi is so different, it just doesn't work. Maybe listening to this with the written text in front of you would work better but as it is, this is just too complicated for an audio-only 'get by in' product.
Would you ever listen to anything by Innovative Language Learning again?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Learn Hindi - Survival Phrases Hindi, Volume 1: Lessons 1-30?
I would cut all the 'an alternative way of saying this is...' sections.
So I'm kicking myself for actually paying for this item. You can get the exact same course for free via podcast on iTunes and I do mean the exact same thing.
While the content of this course is nice, and broken down into extremely short manageable pieces, which is a great plus for any language learning course, the narrator reading it is so awkward sounding. She is speaking so slowly that it could be considered painful and this isn't just when she is speaking Hindi, but also when she speaks English. This is maybe around 60-70 wpm. Which is extremely slow for a native English speaker.
On the flip side the time they give you to respond to her questions is extremely short, in fact for myself an intermediate level speaker who can speak some of these phrases at a rather fast clip it is way to fast to say more than four words.
Overall I would say that the information itself is why I rated this so high, not the narration, not the price (because as I mentioned you can get this for free), but at least if you don't have an iPod this is a rather cheap course to purchase.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Well organized, discusses colloquial as well as formal usage, useful basic words and phrases, and clear pronunciation.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful